Appeals for Action

Urgent Call for the Immediate Cessation of Military Operations in Lacub, Abra

September 12, 2014

Urgent Call for the Immediate Cessation of Military Operations in Lacub, Abra

We call on peace advocates -  individuals, institutions, people’s organizations, the academe and other groups to support the call of the people of Lacub, Abra to stop the military operations of the Armed Forces of the Philippines  in their villages and nearby communities.

On September 8 and 9, a fact-finding mission team went to Lacub, Abra to gather data and assist the communities affected.

Two youth volunteers arbitrarily arrested in Carranglan town, Nueva Ecija province

Free Geary and Guilly!


Case:        Illegal Arrest and Detention    


Call for justice for the victims of human rights violation in Maguindanao province

Dear friends,

Please join us in our call for justice for the four-month old child victim of indiscriminate firing and the call to surface Mohammad Abdulkarim and his 14-year-old son Mehad Mohammad.

These cases continue to show that the military's presence in the communities endanger civilians, especially children.

Below is the account based on the initial report received by Karapatan:

Enforced Disappearance of father and son

Indigenous peoples leader arrested on trumped-up frustrated murder charges

KASALO-Caraga SecGen and KATRIBU 2nd nominee GENASQUE ENRIQUEZ arrested on trumped up frustrated murder cases

Case:    Political Persecution, Illegal Arrest, Illegal Detention on Trumped Up Charges



  • Male, 41 years old, father of 4, Secretary General of Kasalo-Caraga and second nominee of KATRIBU Partylist

Place of Incident:   Dale’s Food House, Rizal St., Surigao City

Another pregnant woman illegally arrested in Quezon Province

Case:    Illegal Arrest and Detention    


-    Female, 26 years old, four months pregnant, member of the Gabriela-Mauban Chapter

Place of Incident:    Barangay (village) Ilayang Iyam, Lucena City, Quezon Province

Date of Incident:    June 20, 2014

Alleged Perpetrator(s): Joint elements of Philippine National Police Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) and Criminal Investigation and Detection Group,  and Southern Luzon Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Account of the Incident:

On the evening of June 20, 2014, Maria Miradel Torres was arrested without warrant by elements of the CIDG and Southern Luzon Command (Solcom). The men forcibly entered the house where she was staying in IlayangIyam village, Lucena City, Quezon province.  A policeman said Torres was under arrest for being a member of the New People’s Army (NPA) using the aliases “Alex,” and “Sydney”. Torres insisted to see the warrant of arrest but she was not shown any.

The police took Torres and brought her to the Camp Gen. Guillermo Nakar Station Hospital at the Solcom headquarters in Lucena City.

Torres, 26, who is four-months pregnant, was confined at a hospital in Quezon province from June 11 to 18 due to profuse bleeding. During her stay at the hospital, several men inquired about Torres. A female who introduced herself as “Flor” and who claimed to be the provincial governor’s aide offered assistance. On June 18, Torres was discharged from the hospital and went home to Ilayang Iyam, Lucena City. While traveling home, she and her companion noticed men following them.

Appeal for Action: Pull-out military troops from peasants and indigenous communities in Mindanao






Dear friends,

Please join us in our call for the immediate pull-out of AFP troops from the communities of peasants and indigenous peoples in Mindanao.  There are at least three groups of evacuees from the provinces of Saranggani, Bukidnon and Davao del Norte. The evacuees, numbering to at least a thousand, are mostly indigenous peoples who left their homes starting May up to the present due to heavy military presence and intense combat operations in their respective communities.


State forces tailed, harassed members of people's organization

Dear friends,
Please join us in our call to stop harassment and surveillance of members and staff of progressive people’s organizations by military agents. The acts are attempts to disrupt the organizations’ activities and terrorize people involved in development and human rights work.  The three incidents below happened in a span of three weeks. 

Another fair trade staff gunned down in Janiuay town, Iloilo province

Case:  Extrajudicial killing


  • Male, 57 years old, widower, farmer
  • Member of the Janiuay-Badiangan Farmers Association (JABAFA) and Katilingban sa Mangunguma sa Dabong (Kamada). Both organizations are affiliates of the Panay Fair Trade Center (PFTC). Kamada is an association of small farmers and a major producer of muscovado sugar sold at the fair trade market through the PFTC.
  • He was also a village councillor of Barangay Aquino-Nobleza West.

Place of Incident:    Barangay (village) Danao, Janiuay town, Iloilo province.

Date of Incident:    May 26, 2014, at 9:15 a.m.

Alleged Perpetrator(s): Suspected to be members of the paramilitary group Revolutionary Proletarian Army-Alex Boncayao Brigade (RPA-ABB) who are under the auspices of the Philippine Army of the Armed Forces of the Philippines

Account of the Incident:

In the morning of May 28, 2014, Dionisio Garete was on his way to deliver sugarcane to the muscovado mill of the Janiuay-Badiangan Farmers Association (Jabafa). Garete was driving his pick-up truck behind a Jabafa cargo truck driven by fellow farmer. The truck was loaded with newly-cut sugarcane.

When their convoy reached a sloping and winding road in Brgy. Danao, Janiuay, Garete’s vehicle was behind some 50 meters from the cargo truck. Eric Nonato, driver of the cargo truck, heard gunshots and the horn of Garete’s pickup blowing. Nonato stopped the truck sensing  Garete was in danger. Aware that the perpetrators may still be on site, Nonato and his companions waited for a few minutes  before rushing to help Garete.

Urgent Appeal for the immediate release of peace consultant Roy Erecre

Dear friends,

Please join us in our call for the immediate release of Roy Erecre, peace consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), and the resumption of the peace talks between the NDFP and the Philippine government.

New-born baby of political prisoner Andrea Rosal died two days after birth

(An updated version of Urgent Appeal issued on April 22, 2014)


Andrea Rosal, a woman political prisoner and daughter of communist spokesperson Ka Roger Rosal, lost her first child two days after giving birth while in detention.   

Mother and Child

Andrea Rosal was arrested together with Edward Lazanas on March 27 by elements of the National Bureau of Investigation for trumped up charges of kidnapping with murder.  Rosal was seven months pregnant during the arrest. 


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