April, 2014


Karapatan Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights – Philippines fervently greets and congratulates the Frente Popular Revolucionario (FPR) on its fourth Congress on May 1 – 3, 2014.

We salute the FPR for its 13 years of endeavor to lay down the foundation for a strong and large national organization closely linked with the workers and masses of Mexico and deeply embroiled in their struggle.

We, the Filipino people, share with Mexico the same history of conquest and revolution. 


April 29, 2014 

Karapatan Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights – Philippines strongly condemns the arrest of four human rights lawyers, together with 34 political activists, in Peru on trumped-up charges. The lawyers, including Alfredo Crespo, Carlos Gamero and Manuel Fajardo, are counsels of political activists and prisoners, including the alleged leader of Sendero Luminoso, Abimael Guzman. 

US-PH EDCA worsens PH human rights situation

"Try harder in defending your human rights record, Pres. Aquino,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay, “because the people know the real score of the human rights situation in the country under your regime. And, with the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement now signed, the human rights situation is bound to get worse before it gets any better.” 

Obama-Aquino war agenda hides behind peace and human rights issues

“With the aim to dissipate people’s anger around the world, the master war-monger US President Barack Obama and his puppet Philippine President Benigno Aquino desperately attempts to place out of sight its war agenda by using the all-too-familiar shroud of“anti-corruption, pro-peace and human rights” slogans. The catch phrases, the two expect, would lend a veneer of acceptability to their treachery to the Filipino people,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay. 

Illegal arrest and detention, torture, threat and harassment of Andrea Rosal and Edward Lanzanas

On March 27, Edward Lazanas accompanied 7-month pregnant Andrea Rosal to Caloocan City for her check-up. They went to the residence of Ruben Gatchalian, barangay (village) captain of Brgy. 169, in BF Homes, Brgy. 169, Caloocan City to drop off their belongings before going to Rosal’s doctor.  At around 8:00a.m., Gatchalian went outside the house when they heard a sound of a car horn to check if it was someone he knew. A man with an armalite rifle introduced himself as an NBI agent and said he was looking for Rosal. The NBI agent approached Rosal and forced her to go with him, threatening her she will be dragged if she refused.


Pahayag ng mga bilanggong pulitikal na sina Benito Tiamzon at Wilma Austria sa Talaingod-Pantaron Manobo ng Davao del Norte

Dapat papanagutin ang gubyernong B.S. Aquino sa 1,300 na kasong paglabag sa Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) laban sa Talaingod-Pantaron Manobo sa Davao del Norte. Maaari pang lumobo ang kasong paglabag sa 2,300 kapag na beripika ang dokumentasyon ng munisipyong Talaingod sa bilang ng mga bakwit na Talaingod-Pantaron Manobo.

Obama’s visit a pat on the back on Aquino’s HRVs

"The visit of US Pres. Barack Obama to the Philippines, especially to address and hobnob with the Philippine military, is a reaffirmation of support for the Aquino government’s gross human rights violations,” Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay said days before the US president sets foot on Philippine soil for a state visit. "Through its increasing funding for the Philippines military’s counter-insurgency program Oplan Bayanihan, the United States Government is equally responsible for the killings, abduction, arrest and detention, torture, and harassment of the Filipinos," Palabay said.

Amended DND-DILG Joint Order another proof that arrest of Tiamzons illegal

DND-DILG ORDER ON REWARD NUMBER 14(A)-2012, A proof of GPH's recognition to the JASIG
“The GPH cannot escape the fact that the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG) is operative and JASIG-protected persons are immune from arrests, including recently arrested NDFP consultant Wilma Austria Tiamzon,” declared Cristina Palabay, secretary general of Karapatan. 

Obama, US troops undesirables in the Philippines

"With the four-country visit of US Pres. Barack Obama, he is virtually stamping Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines a 'US property' seal on the world map," Cristina Palabay, Karapatan secretary general said. "Many of the peoples of these nations are now geared up to protest US Pres. Obama 'unfriendly' visit," Palabay announced. 

Talaingod mayor covers up military atrocities, should be charged with neglect of Ata-Manobo

"Don’t turn the table around. The Talaingod mayor is guilty of neglecting his constituents to cover up military abuses in the Ata-Manobo community,” said Cristina Palabay, Karapatan secretary general in reaction Mayor Basilio Libayao’s threat to file charges against community organizers who 'influenced' the Manobo communities of Brgy. Palma Gil, Talaingod town, Davao del Norte to leave their homes. 

Oppose US Military Base in Kyoto, Japan! Down with US Imperialism!

In solidarity with the Japanese people, Karapatan strongly denounces the construction of an X-band radar base in Ukawa district, Kyotango City, Kyoto.  This new US base in Japan is in line with the US pivot to Asia and the Pacific for its political, military and trade interests in the region.  A new comprehensive trade agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) which is a follow through to the World Trade Organization that engendered neoliberal globalization, will lay open all remaining trade restrictions of countries in Asia and the Pacific.

Enforced disappearance of gardener in San Fernando town, Cebu province

Case: Enforced disappearance


  • 48 years old, male, working as a gardener at the house that was leased by the arbitrarily arrested and detained Wilma Austia Tiamzon, Benito Tiamzon, et al.  

Arrest and detention of peace consultants, companions

Case: Arbitrary/illegal arrest and detention; psychological torture; violations of the rights of arrested or detained persons includes violation of Miranda rights, right to counsel and visit by a human rights organization, among others]


Harassment and surveillance of human rights lawyer by suspected military intelligence units in Isabela province, Philippines

On 25 March 2014, at around 7:00 p.m., activist and paralegal William Bugatti was gunned down by unknown assailants widely believed to be government security forces.

The day before Bugatti was killed, he was with Atty. Ma. Catherince Dannug-Salucon in a hearing at the Regional Trial Court (RTC), Lagawe, Ifugao as counsel for political prisoners Rene Boy Abiva and Virgilio Corpuz. 

Karapatan supports rights lawyer vs AFP, PNP harassment and surveillance

Karapatan today expressed support for Atty. Catherine Dannug Salucon as she files petitions for writ of amparo and writ of habeas data at the Court of Appeals for the continuous harassment and surveillance by members of the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines, specifically Philippine Army and the Intelligence Service of the AFP (ISAFP).

Political detainees Benito Tiamzon, Wilma Austria on trumped up multiple murder charge against them

Labis na nagpapasulak ng dugo ang gawa-gawang kasong multiple murder na isinampa laban sa amin at iba pa naming kasamahan. 

Response of Tiamzon and Austria to Rina Jimenez-David’s column on “Cats and Dogs”

In her April 1 column “Dogs and Cats”, Ms. Rina Jimenez-David has given a smirking take on our arrest. She has chosen to skim through the froth of the official version, or rather official versions of the arrest and related issues and in doing so, she has joined in muddling some real questions.

Rights groups slam trumped-up charges vs activists, peace consultants

Rights groups held a protest action in front of the Manila Regional Trial Court today in time for the clarificatory hearing on the multiple murder case filed against former Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo and peace consultants Randall Echanis, Rafael Baylosis, Vicente Ladlad, and recently arrested Benito Tiamzon and Wilma Austria. All are consultants of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines in the peace negotiation with the GPH.