November, 2007

For Human Rights Vol 3. No.1

For Human Rights Vol 3. No. 1

KARAPATAN Human Rights Defenders harassed in Metro Manila, Philippines

On 2 November 2007, between 4:45-5:00 in the afternoon, Olivia Bernardo was sitting in the front seat of a passenger jeepney, on her way home. When the jeepney stopped at the corner of East Avenue and V. Luna St. for the red light, a motorcycle with no license plate stopped about two arms length away from the jeepney and the man on board the motorcycle angrily said to her, "Masyado kang nakikialam!" (You're meddling too much!) which caught her attention and prompted her to look in the man's direction. At this instance, the man brought out a camera, aimed it at her and took her picture, after which he sped off towards the direction of Epifaño De Los Santos (EDSA) Avenue.

At 7:10 in the evening of the same date, Mary Guy Portajada received a text message from a mobile phone number 09168397804 saying "HANAPIN NINYO SA IMPIYERNO ANG MGA KALULUWANG HINAHANAP…HUWAG NA KAYO MAGPAPOGI SA MEDIA…IKAW NA ANG SUSUNOD.+ +" (Search the souls you're looking for in hell…Quit preening before the media…You're next.+ +)

Alrico Barbas