“While the Philippine National Police officials and personnel responsible for the brutal dispersal of the protesting national minorities yesterday should be dismissed, charged and jailed, US embassy officials should also be held accountable for the brutal and sadistic dispersal. The US government has police and other state forces at its beck and call to secure its embassy in Manila. So its hand in the said dispersal should be investigated immediately,” Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay said.
“We call on Pres. Rodrigo Duterte to rein in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and pull them out of civilian communities, amid his unilateral ceasefire declaration,” Cristina Palabay, Karapatan secretary general said in outrage on the death of Compostela Farmers Association (CFA) leader Jimmy Saypan.
“The recent joint statement of the GRP and NDFP continues to provide hope of freedom for political prisoners, yet we still wait for that day when these releases will actually happen. We hope this will be soon enough so that they can be with their loved ones, especially those who should be released on humanitarian grounds. We remain steadfast in our call for the release for all political prisoners through general amnesty,” said Cristina Palabay, secretary general of Karapatan, in the light of the conclusion of the second round of formal peacetalks between the Duterte administration and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines on October 9, 2016. In the said joint statement, both panels referred to the releases of political prisoners.