February, 2008

People power will deliver us from 'Evil'

On the occasion of the 22nd anniversary of People Power, we human rights defenders under the banner of Karapatan salute the swelling ranks of Filipinos calling for the removal of the thieving, murderous and puppet Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo regime.

We put our faith in the Filipino people because they yearn for change and work for it, contrary to the administration's "people power fatigue" line which is a self-serving rant from those deathly afraid of suffering the same fate as the late dictator Marcos and plunderer Estrada, both ousted by people power.

In the face of the Lozada abduction, new cases of disappearances

Congress called upon to immediately enact laws against enforced disappearance and torture

At the hearing of the Committee on human rights, the human rights alliance Karapatan today called upon members of Congress to immediately enact a law against enforced disappearance and torture in the face of the abduction of NBN-ZTE probe witness Rodolfo Noel “Jun” Lozada, Jr. by military personnel and new cases of enforced disappearances in Negros Oriental and Pampanga.

The case of Lozada, according to Karapatan, bears the mark of enforced disappearance as defined in HB 2263, consistent with the definition of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance.

Rights groups oppose Gen. Esperon’s office term extension

Human rights groups join a caravan to oppose the term extension of Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Gen. Hermogenes Esperon Jr., a day before his birthday.

"Today, on the eve of General Esperon's birthday, we present to him this symbolic cake to remind him how he served the Filipino people by violating their rights rather than protecting them," Jigs Clamor, deputy secretary general of Karapatan, said.

Razon, Malacañang et al caught lying through their teeth

The families of victims of enforced disappearance today commiserates with surfaced ZTE scandal witness Rodolfo Lozada Jr. and urge him to be strong enough to tell his story, and prove how the Arroyo regime and its cohorts lied through their teeth.

Strong international pressure against GMA's reeking human rights record is behind decrease in killings

As we tremble at the thought that the President and Commander-In-Chief doesn't have any compunction in violating human rights - as evidenced by the police's abduction yesterday at the airport of a rich and known personality like Mr. Rodolfo Lozada, Jr., star witness to the anomalous ZTE deal -- we are enraged at the systematic, brazen deception that this regime put out to cover up gross human rights violations.

I hope to see my parents free

Writ of Amparo hearing for Elizabeth Principe and Leo Velasco

Surface Leo Velasco!The daughter of National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) consultants Elizabeth Principe and Leo Velasco expressed hopes that the writ of amparo will help her set both her parents free. Today, the Court of Appeals Special 8th Division opens the hearing on the writ of amparo filed by Lorena Santos, 25, daughter of the said NDFP consultants.

Lorena is optimistic that the writ of amparo will lead the way for her father's surfacing, and for her mother's release.

Philippine Peasant Movement's Deputy Secretary General for External Affairs arrested in Bago City, Negros Occide(Initial Update)

At around 2:00 in the afternoon of 28 January 2008, around 30 armed elements of the PNP-PMG in plainclothes and ski masks surrounded the Builders Training Center where the Unyon ng Manggagawang Agrikultura (UMA) or the Agricultural Workers Union and the Negros Federation of Sugar Workers (NSFW) were holding a Conference for Genuine Agrarian Reform. When the participants saw the armed men, they closed the door and barred them from entering.

UCCP Pastor shot dead in the town of Abuyog, Leyte, Eastern Visayas, Philippines

At around 7:00 in the morning of 23 January 2008, Pastor Filomino Catambis was on his way home to the town of Abuyog, Leyte on board his motorcycle from his chapel in Mahaplag. As he was traveling along the road in Sitio Catugan in Brgy. Balucawe, two men on board a motorcycle overtook him and shot him several times with a 9mm pistol. Police recovered 9 empty shells at the crime scene. He was brought to a local hospital in the area but was pronounced dead-on-arrival. He sustained nine gunshot wounds.

Filomino was an ordained pastor of the Northeastern Leyte Conference (NELCON) of the UCCP.

Rights group slams Esperon extension

The human rights alliance, KARAPATAN, slams the term extension of Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Hermogenes Esperon Jr.  His continued stay in the command of the Armed Forces will mean more extrajudicial executions, disappearances and other forms of human rights violations. 

 

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