“The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) should follow Pres. Duterte’s order to control government-backed paramilitary groups such as Bagani and halt their operations in the communities,” Karapatan secretary general, Cristina Palabay, said after Pres. Rodrigo Duterte issued a verbal order Friday that the Philippine Army take full control of the Bagani and other paramilitary groups responsible for killings in Bukidnon, Surigao and North Cotabato.
“The existence of political prisoners in a so-called democratic country proves that imprints of martial law are still here,” Jigs Clamor, Karapatan deputy secretary general said on the 44th year since late Ferdinand Marcos’s declaration of martial law.
Karapatan said there were at least 120,000 persons imprisoned during martial law, many are victims of warrantless and illegal arrests because of their political beliefs. To date, there are 525 political prisoners, as of June 30 2016, languishing in jails all over the country.
“Arrest and prosecute the perpetrators of the massacre of four farmers in Fort Magsaysay Military Reservation!" Cristina Palabay, Karapatan secretary general, said in condemnation of the killing spree by armed goons of a landgrabber-mayor in Palayan City, Nueva Ecija.
A year after the Lianga massacre: No arrests of paramilitary perpetrators, military troops still in the villagesSubmitted on Thu, 09/01/2016 - 10:50
The more than 2,000 Lumad evacuees from Lianga, Surigao del Sur, together with human rights and cause-oriented groups, commemorated the first anniversary of the massacre of Manobo leaders Dionel Campos and Datu Juvello Sinzo, and school executive Emerito Samarca at the Tandag Sports Complex today.