September, 2009

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KARAPATAN reiterates call for greater vigilance to protect the people’s rights; condemns continuing human rights violations

The human rights alliance Karapatan today raised the alarm on the continuing assault to the people’s rights and reiterates its call to the public for greater vigilance on the alarming continuing killings, abductions, militarization of both urban and rural communities, harassments and surveillance of civilians and other human rights violations reminiscent of the martial law period.

Jun Cruz Reyes at pressconIn a press conference today, Karapatan Chairperson Marie Hilao-Enriquez joined the UP organizations in denouncing the series of surveillance operations committed on artist, writer and UP professor Jun Cruz Reyes, by men believed to be military intelligence agents.

Reyes, a writer and professor at the University of the Philippines reported that on September 13, 2009, a man approached him at an eatery and photographed him without his permission. He also divulged that on the same day and on September 10, men who looked like soldiers went to and observed his house in Bulacan. Reyes also disclosed that on November 15, 2007, men in army fatigues with their faces covered attempted to bribe his neighbor to point out his whereabouts.  He also said that in August of 2007, two men who looked like soldiers attempted to enter his house but the dogs’ barking gave their presence away so the men ran when they saw that neighbours saw what they tried to do.  After this incident, his dog was poisoned. Reyes also revealed that in 2006, he was warned by his friend that he was in the Philippine Army's so-called "order of battle" list, a list believed to be targets for "liquidation." 

Never again to Martial Law! Resist and Fight Tyranny!

The 37th anniversary of the declaration of martial law today is not a reason to celebrate but to remember the dark period of our Philippine history when tyranny and oppression seemed never-ending. Victims of the Marcos dictatorship and those under Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo remind the nation to be always vigilant and struggle against those who attempt to crush the people's civil liberties and will for genuine social change.  This is also a day to honor the memories of those who laid down their lives fighting for the people’s democratic rights.

National artist home cased by AFP intelligence units

Initial reports revealed that at around 6:00 am of September 17, 2006, three men were seen taking photos of the home of National Artist Bienvenido Lumbera in Mapayapa Village, Quezon City. The Lumberas’ house helpers noticed the men taking photos of the house at all angles.

Alarmed, the Lumberas immediately called the Village security personnel who quickly responded to the residence. The security was only able to apprehend one of the men, identified by his Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) ID as Corporal Hannival Mondido Guerrero. Guerrero’s companions quickly escaped when the village security arrived. 

Guerrero’ was questioned by village security why he was casing the Lumbera home. Guerrero insisted that he was only interested in the vacant lot beside the Lumbera home.

Youth activist abducted by armed intelligence units in Cagayan Valley, Philippines


Noriel Rodriguez, an ANAKBAYAN member and a youth volunteer of the peasant organization in Cagayan – Kagimungan – was on board a tricycle on his way to Brgy. Tapel, Gonzaga, Cagayan at around 5 pm of September 6, 2009.

At a waiting shed, along the national road going through Sitio Comunal, which was 3.5 kilometers away from Bgy. Batangan, four unidentified men in civilian clothes suddenly stopped the tricycle. Three of the men were armed with .45 caliber pistols. The armed men grabbed Rodriguez out of the tricycle and immediately pushed him unto a waiting red vehicle known to the locals as “spider car”.  The tricycle driver only remembers the last three digits (522) on the vehicle’s plate.

Peasant activist killed in front of wife, children

On September 5, 2009, at around 2:00 PM, the victim Romulo Mendoba, with his wife Nora and their children Emiljon (9 years old) and Christine Joy (4 years old), left their village Sitio Cambabang, Brgy. Cogon for the town proper of Basey, Samar. While they were walking, not far from the community, they came across two unidentified men walking towards them. One of the men who had short hair, fair complexion and slightly fat, wore a white shirt and faded jeans; while the other one who was medium built, had a darker complexion, wore a black shirt and short pants and carried a back pack.