October, 2013

Political prisoner Ramon Patriarca held incommunicado in a military camp should be immediately released

Karapatan, through its chairperson Marie Hilao-Enriquez, today called for the release of political prisoner Ramon Patriarca as she echoed Patriarca’s appeal for an immediate transfer to a civilian detention facility from the AFP Central Command Headquarters, Camp Lapulapu, Cebu City.

Bail for Baliaga is a way to escape prosecution-Desaparecidos

"The Burgos case is not on the track to justice. First, the brains of the abduction of Jonas Burgos was exonerated and Gen. Eduardo Año was  even confirmed as Chief of the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Now, while Maj. Harry Baliaga has a standing warrant of arrest against him, he can still bail himself out of prison for only P40,000," said Lorena P. Santos, secretary general of Families of Desaparecidos for Justice.

Whitewash of Capion massacre a push for plunderers and murderers

“All along, the whitewashing of the massacre of anti-mining activist JuvyCapion and her two sons is the intent of the Armed Forces of the Philippines as they compromised the physical evidence and crime scene, and desecrated the remains of the victims to justify the massacre and the continuing military operations against the indigenous peoples defending their ancestral lands.”

A letter of appeal from political prisoner Ramon Patriarca to Cebu Governor Davide

September 19, 2013


Dear friends,

As I approach my fifth year of unjust detention, I would like to once again appeal for your support to my call since January 2012 that I be immediately removed from solitary confinement and unconditionally transferred to a civilian facility.  As it is now, I am the only one among the 400+ political prisoners nationwide languishing in a military camp.


Perpetrators of Capion massacre and Tentorio killing still on killing spree; justice under BS Aquino dim

"The Capion siblings would have been playing together today, attending school or caring for their six month old baby, if only the massacre didn't happen a year ago," Cristina Palabay, secretary general of Karapatan said.

Karapatan Monitor 2013 Issue No. 2

The Filipino people seethe with anger and discontent.

The protest actions that followed the exposé on the PhP10-billion pork barrel scam sent the Aquino government scampering for ways to dissipate the people’s anger, but only in ways that Benigno Simeon Aquino III and the bureaucrats in his government can continue to feast on the pork and drown themselves in pork fat.   

Jailing of scientist another sabotage at people’s rehab efforts in Pablo-stricken areas

The arrest and illegal detention of a University of the Philippines professor in Cateel, Davao Oriental by the 67th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army is yet another blow on the typhoon Pablo victims’ self-help rehabilitation efforts.  

Karapatan scores CA for clearing ex-Gov. Reyes on Ortega slay, likens to Gen. Año and Gen. Palparan

"It’s a shame for BS Aquino to drag the name of environmentalist and broadcaster Dr. Gerry Ortega in his attempt to defend his discretionary power to use billions of people’s money and to clear his name from any involvement in the corruption cases hounding his administration,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay.