Karapatan Position Paper Submitted to the Public Hearing of the Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights
August 22-23, 2016 | by Cristina Palabay, Secretary General, Karapatan
Pres. Rodrigo Duterte has repeatedly stated that one of the biggest problems in Philippine society is the proliferation of illegal drugs and the evils that come with it. The heinousness of crimes brought about by drug addiction is undeniable - the rapes and murders of women and young girls, even babies and mothers, the butchered bodies, and all else inhuman. While it is true, that this problem should be cut to the core, the solution is not as easy as one would exterminate termites.
Karapatan welcomed the resumption of formal peace talks between the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) today, August 22, 2016, as "an important occasion in the struggle for just and lasting peace in the Philippines."
Karapatan welcomes the release of thirteen political prisoners. It is optimistic that recently released consultants of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines will have a meaningful and substantial participation to the resumption of the formal NDFP-GRP peacetalks.