September, 2011

Church worker and brother of EJK victim also gunned down by suspected state security forces in Palawan, Philippines

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According to reports of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) South Luzon Jurisdiction, on September 5, 2011 at around 1:30pm, Rabenio Sungit was shot dead by an unidentified motorcycle-riding man wearing a balaclava using a .45 caliber pistol in the public market along Pagayona Street, Municipality of Quezon, Palawan Province.  Rabenio was with his wife, Trinidad Sungit and their 17 year old son, when the incident happened. 

Seven-year-old girl shot by drunken soldier in Compostela Valley, Mindanao, Southern Philippines

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Karapatan to Palparan, Stay away from the witnesses

Karapatan urged Ret.Maj.Gen. Jovito Palparan, to stay away from
the witnesses to the criminal case filed in relation to the abduction
of UP students Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeño.
Counsels for the complainants manifested during the DOJ’s
clarificatory hearing last September 23 that Wilfredo Ramos was coaxed
thrice by elements of the military stationed in their barangay to
recant his earlier statements and to stand as witness for the
respondents in exchange of certain “benefits.”  Had he agreed, Ramos

Oplan Bayanihan’s brutality hides under the slogan of “human rights, peace and development”—Karapatan

Extrajudicial killings and other human rights violations continue despite the government’s claim that its new counter-insurgency program Oplan Bayanihan adheres to human rights and that the AFP is in the communities for peace and development. 

Political repression remains under P-Noy, son of a political prisoner - Karapatan

Today’s commemoration of the 39th year of the declaration of martial law is again an occasion for the President to reminisce the experience of how he and his family suffered under martial law. His father, Ninoy Aquino, was jailed for expressing his views against the ills in Philippine society, for criticizing the human rights record of the former dictator and for espousing democracy.  

Marcos is alive in the person of P-Noy’s spokesperson

“There are no political prisoners.”
“We have no political prisoners.”
The first statement was issued by former dictator Ferdinand Marcos. The second statement was issued by P-Noy’s spokesperson Edwin Lacierda. Marcos’ statement echoes on the lips of P-Noy’s spokesperson 39 years after Marcos declared martial law. It really is alarming to think that Marcos is alive!


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