December, 2013

Arrest of Hacienda Luisita workers a display of BS Aquino’s power trip

Karapatan calls for the immediate pullout of all State military forces, led by the 3rd Mechanized Battalion, paramilitary troops, police, and company guards in Hacienda Luisita “for they are used by BS Aquino to defy Supreme Court decision and the Department of Agrarian Reform’s Notice of Coverage to redistribute the lands to the farmer-workers of Hacienda Luisita.”

$40M US military aid, bane to rights and sovereignty of Filipino people

Human rights group Karapatan considers the $40 million US military aid pledged by US State Secretary John Kerry during his visit in the Philippines as “another hefty addition to the growing war chest of the Aquino and Obama administrations against the Filipino people and the people of Asia and the Pacific.”

After 3 years, Palparan’s arrest still nowhere near: Under Aquino, murderers and rights violators go free - Karapatan

"By all indications, BS Aquino and DILG Sec. Roxas would rather go after the small fish like the 'martilyo gang' that recently robbed a mall than to catch and punish butchers like Gen. Jovito Palparan or Pfc. Roderick dela Cruz, one of the suspected killers of Hacienda Luisita farm-worker leader, Ric Ramos, " said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay. 

NDF consultant Eduardo Sarmiento’s conviction a violation of JASIG—Karapatan

Eduardo Sarmiento

Peace consultant Eduardo Sarmiento was sentenced to 20 to 40 years imprisonment by Judge Myra Bayot Quiambo of the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 203, yesterday, December 11, onthe basis of trumped up criminal charge of illegal possession of firearms and explosives.

On 2013 HR Day commemoration: Burning of “P-Noy the Destroyer” symbolizes people’s anger and discontent

Oppressed people are angry people.  And even as the BS Aquino government take steps to contain this anger and gloss over the dismal human rights situation in the country, it cannot quell the rising discontent and distrust of the people.

This was the main message at today’s rally to commemorate the International Human Rights Day as speakers from the different sectors lambasted the Aquino regime for the damage it has caused on the rights, lives and livelihood of the Filipino people, especially the poor majority. 

Commemoration of the Int’l Human Rights Day marked by series of killings

As human rights groups and people’s organizations gear up for the commemoration of the International Human Rights day on December 10, the BS Aquino government opted to commemorate the event by going on a rampage, resulting to a series of extrajudicial killings committed by State forces, and in violation of human rights and international humanitarian laws. 

Time to Reckon, Time to Rage

The Filipino people commemorate the International Human Rights Day with rage and protests over the morose record of the US- Aquino regime’s gross human rights violations in the past three years.

Political prisoners’ fast on its 2nd week, call for release remains unheard—Selda

“As former Batangas governor Antonio Leviste walks out of prison, 449 political prisoners, who were wrongfully accused of criminal offenses because of their political beliefs, will have to spend Christmas again in jail. Some 28 of them are elderly like Leviste. They, too, deserve to be out of prison. Afterall, they are not criminals,” said Marie Hilao-Enriquez, chairperson of SELDA and Karapatan.

Lacson-Bonafos combination in Visayas means more human rights violations

"The promotion of Gen. John Bonafos as commander of the Central Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines that conducts military operations in the Visayas, and the recent appointment of former police general Panfilo Lacson as rehabilitation czar in Yolanda-stricken provinces is BS Aquino's move not to rebuild the lives and homes of the victims but to fully implement his counter-insurgency program Oplan Bayanihan," said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay. 

Goldberg admits real deal in US’ humanitarian aid in Yolanda-hit areas

“The cat is out of the bag—the so-called humanitarian assistance by the US troops in the disaster areas is simply a justification for their permanent basing and operation in the Philippines. Even without this disaster, the US was pushing for an increased and permanent presence of their troops and warships in the Philippines for its Asian pivot,” said Cristina Palabay, Karapatan secretary general. 

Lacson appointment adds insult to injury

"BS Aquino’s appointment of Gen. Panfilo Lacson as 'rehabilitation czar' in typhoon-affected areas is the same as appointing Gen. Jovito Palparan to a plum civilian position in government. Nothing in Lacson’s bloody record indicate his competence to handle the rehabilitation of communities affected by typhoon Yolanda. In fact, he is most known as a notorious torturer during Martial Law, and his involvement in high-profile case of rights abuses such as the disappearance of PR consultant Salvador “Bubby” Dacer in November 2000,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay.

Detained NDFP consultants go on fast, protest continued detention, calls for resumption of peace talks

International Day of Solidarity with Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War 

Peace consultants of the National Democratic Front join other political prisoners in a ten-day fast/hunger strike to protest their “continued detention, the unabated human rights violations, the continuing corruption in the government and the ineptitude of the BS Aquino Aquino regime in responding to the people’s situation in the areas hit by typhoon Haiyan.”