Appeals for Action

Appeal for Action: Cagayan Valley leaders, activists falsely charged with kidnapping and homicide

Dear Friends, 

Pease join us in our call to stop the criminalization of human rights work, a tactic that the BS Aquino regime has repeatedly used against activists and leaders of progressive people’s organizations. 

The same tyrannical act the BS Aquino regime used in Mindanao, among leaders of people’s organizations in Davao City and General Santos City, is now used against the 69 leaders and activists in the Cagayan Valley region in an attempt to suppress the people’s voice against the rising cases of military abuses in the region. 

Appeal for Action: Brgy. White Culaman, Kitaotao, Bukidnon in a state of martial law

On June 8-10, 2015, residents of Brgy. White Culaman, Kitaotao, Bukidnon in Mindanao held a protest action at the Kitaotao municipal hall demanding from the local government unit the distribution of the PhP 8 Million calamity fund intended for farmers affected by El Nino phenomenon. 

The LGU acceded to the residents’ demands, but municipal officials reportedly called up White Culaman Brgy. Captain Felipe Cabugnason informing him of his constituents’ actions. Since then, the military operations led by the 8th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army (IBPA) and the 23rd IBPA continue to this day, October 8, 2015. 

Appeal for Action: 2 NDFP peace consultants convicted on false criminal charges


Dear friends,
Please join us in our call for the immediate release of political prisoners Emeterio Antalan and Leopoldo Caloza who were convicted of murder on September 17, 2015 by the Pasig City Regional Trial Court Branch 266 after six years of trial. Their arrest is already a violation of the JASIG, their conviction is even a graver  offense. 

Emeterio Antalan, 56, and Leopoldo Caloza, 55, both peace consultants for the National Democratic Front of the Philippines were "guilty beyond reasonable doubt", according to presiding judge Toribio Ilao, Jr.  for the murder of a certain Kathlyn Ramos, supposedly a “deep penetrating agent  (DPA) from the Armed Forces of the Philippines.”

(Updated) ALCADEV Exec.Director, 2 Lumads killed by AFP units and paramilitary group; community members forced to evacuate

(Updated UA_September 7, 2015)

On September 1, at around 4 a.m., members of the AFP’s paramilitary group Magahat/Bagani Force/Marcos Bocales group opened fire at Dionel Campos and his cousin Juvello Sinzo (earlier reported as Aurello/Bello Sinzo) and a staff member of ALCADEV Belen Itallo in the presence of the community members in Km.16, Bgy. Diatagon, Lianga, Surigao del Sur. Campos and Sinzo died instantly, while Itallo survived. The back of Campos’s head was blown off, as some witnesses believed armed men used M203 rifle to shoot him. Sinzo’s arms were also broken due to gunshot wounds. 

In the same morning, Emerito Samarca’s remains was found in one of the classrooms in school compound of ALCADEV (Alternative Learning Center for Agricultural and Livelihood Development). Samarca is Executive Director of ALCADEV. His throat was slit open, with the cut that ranged from ear to ear. He was also shot two times on the chest.  

The killings happened while the same paramilitary group burnt down the community’s cooperative store. 

Five Manobo massacred by 1st Special Forces Battalion

UA Date: August 18, 2015

UA Case: Massacre/Extrajudicial Killing, Frustrated Killing, Use of Civilian in Police and/or Military Operations as Guides and/or Shield, Use of Schools, Medical, Religious and other Public Places for Military Purpose, Endangerment of Civilians

Victims of human rights violations, human rights workers and advocates charged with criminal offenses

Dear friends, 
Please join us in our call to stop criminalizing human rights work and advocacy; and withdraw false criminal charges against human rights victims, human rights workers and other leaders of people’s organizations assisting victims of military atrocities in Davao and Sarangani provinces in Mindanao. We also call on the military to pull-out troops from hinterland communities as their mere presence in these communities already endangers the civilian population.   

Locals who volunteered to help wounded soldiers massacred by 9th IBPA

UA Date : August 25, 2015
UA Case : Massacre/Extrajudicial Killing
Victim/s :
Adam Fajardo

JASIG CONTINUES TO BE VIOLATED NDFP Consultants Concha Araneta-Bocala and Ernesto Lorenzo arrested

Dear friends, 
Please join us in our call to release National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) peace consultants Maria Concepcion Araneta-Bocala and Ernesto Lorenzo and for the Government of the Philippines to respect the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG) and other signed agreements with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). 

AFP files trumped-up criminal case vs. Karapatan-SMR Sec.Gen, leaders of people’s orgs

AFP files trumped-up criminal case vs. 
Karapatan-Southern Mindanao Sec Gen and 
leaders of people’s organizations  
On several occasions, Karapatan–Southern Mindanao Secretary General Honey May Suazo has experienced threats, harassment, or intimidation, and surveillance in the course of her work as a human rights worker in the region. 

URGENT ALERT: Women’s rights activist, former PH lawmaker barred from travelling to US

On July 9, 2015, at about 11:15a.m., while former Rep. Liza Maza and Dr. Efleda Bautista of People’s Surge were on their way to Gate 5 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 to board Korean Air 622 bound for the scheduled 12:20pm flight to the US, Maza was informed by the airline ground staff that she cannot board the plane and that her checked-in luggage will be off-loaded. 
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