Relatives of victims of human rights violations criticized the House of Representatives (HOR) Committee on Human Rights for its “insensitivity” to their “urgent and immediate concerns for justice.” The reaction came after yesterday’s (May 26) omnibus hearing on several cases of rights abuses
Nelson Salvador, husband of extrajudicial killing victim Engr. Fidela Salvador said, “The committee opted to hear the perpetrators instead of hearing the facts of the case from us—the families, victims, and witnesses.”
“We dare the 72nd Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army (IBPA) to disarm Alamara which has been on a killing spree in Kapalong, Davao del Norte,” Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay said. Alamara, a paramilitary group known to be armed and supported by the 72nd and 60th IBPA, has been “reportedly on a power trip and sowing terror in Kapalong villages by killing people out of sheer compulsion or even personal grudges,” Palabay said.
Karapatan today called on the United Nations Sub-committee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) to look into the 110 cases of torture and numerous cases of illegal arrests under the Aquino administration.
The UN SPT will be in the Philippines for a country visit from May 25 to June 3 to monitor the implementation of the Optional protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OpCAT), which was ratified by the Philippines in 2012.
Thick barbed wires surround the roof top of Taguig City Jail-Female Dorm (TCJ-FD). It was a hot and humid afternoon and a basin atop a broken table is waiting for six-month-old baby Karl and his 3-year old brother, Mar. It was Karl and Mar’s baptism. Miradel Torres’ family, friends, and fellow political prisoners gathered as they wait for Miradel to come up.