"Two more lives were taken in defense of their land," Marie Hilao-Enriquez, Karapatan chairperson said following the killing of couple Roger and Lucila Vargas on September 19, 2015 in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan. The Vargas couple was in the middle of a land dispute with the influential Singsons of Ilocos Sur who claims ownership of the couple’s 2.5 hectares of land. The Singson family is also after at least 11 hectares of land in San Isidro Village, San Jose del Monte, Bulacan, occupied and tilled by many other farmers.
Karapatan at the Berlin human rights confab
In a conference organized by German human rights advocates and church workers in Berlin, Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay called on the international community to support the call for justice for the 282 victims of extrajudicial killings in the Philippines, including the 49 Lumad killed under the Aquino administration.
AMP coordinator Johannes Icking, German Parliamentarian Angelika Glockner and Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay