March, 2010

Peasant member of indigenous group in Capiz, Philippines summarily executed by security forces

On March 18, 2010, Ronelo Perez visited his farm in the nearby Sitio Marandan which is located in the tri-boundary of the towns of Jamindan and Tapaz, Capiz and Libacao, Aklan.  He was inside his hut when soldiers fired at it.  After the initial volley of gunfire, Ronelo, thigh shattered by the gunshot, went out of the hut to seek help.  But instead of giving him assistance, a soldier came towards him and shot him in the head killing him instantly.

The Philippine Army through the 3rd ID public information officer 1Lt. Mark Andrew Posadas maliciously accused Ronelo to be a member of a group of illegal loggers supported by the armed rebel New People's Army.  He was allegedly killed during the military operation to recover illegally cut lumber in Sitio Marandan.  This was disputed by the barangay (village) chairman who attests that Ronelo was a bona fide farmer in the village and was not a part of any illegal group.

Consultant of a KMP regional chapter abducted and illegally arrested in Cagayan Valley, Philippines

On March 22, 2010, Myrna Abraham was on her way to Sanchez-Mira and was supposed to get off in Claveria but she slept in the bus that she missed her bus stop. When she woke up, it was already 6:30 PM and she was already in Cauginganan, Pamplona. She immediately got off the bus. As she alighted from bus, four men wearing white shirts with the word police grabbed her. They also shouted that they were the police to stop bystanders from helping Myrna. They then threw her into a white van. Two more men were waiting inside the van sitting in front. Then the van sped off towards the direction of Abulog.

Inside the van, Myrna struggled but was easily overpowered by her abductors. She was blindfolded and handcuffed. They travelled for about two hours. She was brought to an unknown place where she heard sounds of pigs and of airplanes taking off or flying. There her captors started interrogating her. Her main interrogator introduced himself as Raymond Wong who claimed to “belong to the Philippine Government”. Myrna replied that they have something in common since she is also from the government. She asked them what had she done. They told her she did something against the government. They were forcing her to tell her real name. They did not believe her when she told them that Myrna Cruz- Abraham is her real name and she's from Pasig City. They insisted that she is Nel Villanueva. They would allegedly bring her home if she admitted that she is Nel Villanueva and tell them her address.

Human Rights Defender survives an ambush in Sipalay City Negros Occidental, Philippines

The public information officer of CASFA and CHW, Ronaldo Capitanea, who drives a passenger motorcycle for a living, was shot on 23 February at around 6:25 AM, while on his way to pick up a regular passenger. When he was driving along the road in Hacienda Mabuhay in Brgy. Gil Montilla, Sipalay City, two men on board a black DT motorcycle shot him at close range. He was hit on the upper right side of his back and the bullet exited on the upper right chest. However, he mustered his strength, drove his motorcycle fast and tried to look back to see his assailants. He saw that they were chasing and shooting at him again. By sheer willpower, he drove his motorcycle all the way to his passenger’s house in Brgy. Canturay, which is a kilometer away from the place of incident. Upon reaching the place, he fell to the ground. His passenger immediately brought him to a nearby clinic but due to his critical condition, he was later transferred to the regional hospital.

CHR investigation on rights violations committed against Morong 43 must be supported

Where the Court of Appeals feared to tread

The CHR Investigation on human rights violations committed against and the conditions of the arrest and detention of the Morong 43 must be supported!

The government must investigate mysterious death of Filipino in the barracks of U.S. troops in a military camp in Marawi City

Human rights alliance Karapatan, Kawagib Moro Human Rights Center and other human rights organizations in Mindanao, which formed the “Justice for Gregan Cardeño Movement,” supports the quest for justice of the family of the 33 year-old Gregan Cardeño, who died under mysterious circumstances on February 2, barely two days after being hired as an interpreter for US troops under the Joint Special Operations Task Force (JSOTF)-Balikatan in Camp Ranao, Datu Saber, Marawi City, home of the 103rd Brigade of the Philippine Army.

Gregan Cardeño, a family man from Ipil, Zamboanga, applied as an interpreter for the US forces with the contracting company which hire employees for the troops in Zamboanga  He and his family were very happy that he would have a job that will earn money for the family.

On February 1, his wife, Myrna, even accompanied him to the Edwin Andrews Air Base in Zamboanga City, where Gregan was airlifted with three American soldiers, supposedly to Cotabato City then to his place of assignment in Camp Siongco, Awang, Datu Odin Sinsuat Municipality, Maguindanao.

Two days later, Myra Cardeño claimed her husband’s body in La Merced Memorial homes in Zamboanga City. Gregan Cardeño allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself, midnight of February 2, 2010.

Rights group slams CA dismissal of habeas corpus petition of 43 health workers.

The human rights alliance Karapatan expressed its disgust at the Court of Appeals’ dismissal of the petition for the writ of habeas corpus filed by the relatives of 43 health workers who were arrested early February.

“It is now very apparent that this Court is becoming an arm of the Oplan Bantay Laya counter-insurgency program by handing down this abominable decision,”  declared Jigs Clamor, deputy seceretary general of the human rights alliance Karapatan and husband of the detained Dr. Merry Mia-Clamor, one of the Morong 43.

As the military races to beat its 2010 deadline of OBL 2 and in the runup to the May elections

Rights group warns of more gross and systematic violations as the Arroyo regime is now implementing martial law tactics against dissenters

The human rights alliance KARAPATAN is raising the alarm that the Arroyo regime through her generals, is now implementing martial law tactics against its supposed “enemies.”  

Marie Hilao-Enriquez, Chairperson of the Alliance pointed out that this is being shown by the military’s illegal arrest of the 43 health workers, its brazen disregard and violation of the law, specifically RA 7438, its outright initial defiance of the Court order to present the victims to the Court, and its intransigence in keeping the victims in a military camp where military elements continue the torture of the detainees, denial of medical attention to the victims and harassments of relatives.

The Arroyo regime, through her generals’ martial law treatment of the 43 Health Workers and the military’s blatant disregard for human rights and violation of the law, is setting the pattern for the military’s conduct of beating its Oplan Bantay Laya 2’s supposed deadline to end the insurgency this year.  “It is no wonder why the military continues its vilification campaign against KARAPATAN and other progressive people’s organizations; through this campaign, the military seeks to justify its fascist ways of silencing legitimate criticism of inimical government policies by legitimate people’s organizations whose members are vocal in their dissent and opposition, “said Hilao-Enriquez.


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