May, 2014

Karapatan supports call of the Erecre family for peace consultant’s immediate release

Joseph Erecre and Mary Roxie Taneo, son and sister of Roy Erecre respectively, called for the immediate release of  the National Democratic Front of the Philippines’s peace consultant. In a statement released to the media, representatives of the Erecre family said, “Roy Erecre is ill. When he was arrested, he just had a series of laboratory tests and was diagnosed with venous insufficiency, peripherial arterial disease and diabetes. His eyes were blurring, too,”  adding he needs immediate medical attention especially with his age.

Inhuman and Degrading Prison Conditions

The case of Andrea Rosal exemplifies the dreadful situation in Philippine prisons and detention centers. Rosal is a woman political prisoner whose only offense, if one would consider it as such, is being the daughter of the late spokesperson of the Communist Party of the Philippines Ka Roger Rosal. She faces charges of murder and kidnapping with murder after she was arrested in Caloocan City on March 27. To make things worse for Andrea, 28, she is now in her full term and due to give birth to a baby girl anytime soon. This is her first pregnancy and she barely knows what to expect.


Jail the plunderers and release all political prisoners!

Calling to "Jail the plunderers and release all political prisoners!" Karapatan, SELDA and other human rights organizations today held a protest picket in front of the general headquarters of the Philippine National Police at the Camp Crame, Quezon City. Camp Crame is reportedly being prepared for the detention of legislators allegedly involved in the pork barrel scam. 

Jail the plunderers! 

AFP told to shut up and stop muddling the issue on the death of Andrea Rosal’s baby

Today, Baby Diona was buried without her mother Andrea Rosal. The Court prohibited Andrea to bury her own child for "security reasons".  Yesterday, she was only allowed to visit the wake of Baby Diona at the Cathedral of the Philippine Independent Church for three hours, and “with overkill security escorts”. Observers counted at least 40 escorts from the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, mostly armed with high powered rifles.   

New-born baby of political prisoner Andrea Rosal died two days after birth

(An updated version of Urgent Appeal issued on April 22, 2014)


Andrea Rosal, a woman political prisoner and daughter of communist spokesperson Ka Roger Rosal, lost her first child two days after giving birth while in detention.   

Mother and Child

Andrea Rosal was arrested together with Edward Lazanas on March 27 by elements of the National Bureau of Investigation for trumped up charges of kidnapping with murder.  Rosal was seven months pregnant during the arrest. 


Why the Continuing Detention of Andrea Rosal is Unjust

Andrea Rosal is a woman political prisoner whose only offense, if one would consider it as such, is being the daughter of the late spokesperson of the Communist Party of Philippines Ka Roger Rosal. 

Mother and Daughter

Pahayag ni Benito Tiamzon at Wilma Austria-Tiamzon tungkol sa Kasong Kidnapping with Serious Illegal Detention

Walang Kidnapping na Naganap
Ang kasong kidnapping with serious illegal detention laban sa amin sa Quezon City Trial Court ay persekusyong pulitikal na nais kaming palitawing mga komon na kriminal na dapat ibilanggo nang matagal.

New-born daughter of political prisoner Andrea Rosal passed away

As of 5pm today, Karapatan received reports that two-day old Diona Andrea Rosal, newborn baby girl of detained Andrea Rosal, has passed away at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) in Manila. Baby Diona Andrea was brought to said hospital unit because she was suffering from hypoxemia or oxygen deficiency in the blood. Since her birth, she was on artificial respirator and experienced seizures. 

Diona Andrea Rosal 

Nat'l Mission in Talaingod press for just and lasting peace, resumption of GPH-NDFP peacetalks

Manobo leader DAtu Guibang Apoga and the datus of Salugpungan Ta Igkanugon of Talaingod, DAvao del Norte addressed the media recently. He called for the pull out of the AFP from their communities and for the junking of Oplan Bayanihan
“We need peace, respect for our right to the land we till, and protection for the environment, for our children and the future generation.”

Environmental activist abducted and detained in Koronadal City, South Cotabato

On May 3, the Eastern Mindanao Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), through its spokesperson Capt. Alberto Caber, released a statement to the media claiming it has captured the “notorious NPA front secretary Felix Armodia who operated in Davao del Sur, South Cotabato and Tulunan, North Cotabato.”

Karapatan Monitor 2014 Issue No. 1

K Monitor 2014-1 
In his grandest show as a puppet, Benigno S. Aquino rolled down the red carpet to welcome the head of the number one imperialist country, Barack Obama of the US of A. The combined proposed change in the Philippine Constitution with the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) with the US government was BS Aquino’s gift to his real boss. 

Statement of political detainee and NDFP peace consultant Roy Erecre

Let me convey my gratitude for the opportunity to respond to baseless allegations and malicious innuendoes hurled at me by the AFP and their patrons.
Immediately after abducting me in my hometown, this government has kept me incommunicado by transferring me from one detention cell to another across the seas until finally jailing me in Bohol where I once studied and then learned the necessity and worked for the realization of a systemic revolution.  In the crucial time following my abduction, government agents denied me the right to counsel, as they interrogated and threated and manhandled me. While locked up from public scrutiny, I was accused of trumped up charges and misrepresented as guilty felon through trial by publicity. 

Solidarity for the Manobo people’s struggle for the protection of land rights, self-determination, and the environment

May 11, 2014

Dear fellow advocates: 

Greetings of peace!

The Pantaron Range is a mountainous area that contains one of the last remaining primary forests in Mindanao, a part of our few remaining biodiversity corridors, and is a critical watershed for major river systems such as the Pulangi, Lasang and Davao rivers. It is ancestral home to thousands of Talaingod Manobo indigenous people, Lumads who gallantly defended Pantaron from big logging firm Alcantara and Sons (also known as Alson’s) in the 1990’s by organizing themselves into the Manobo federation, Salugpungan Ta Tanu Igkanugon (Unity in Defense of Ancestral Land; or, literally, 'a gathering {salugpong}for a land {tanu} that cannot-be-alienated [from us] {kanugon}').

In 1993, Datu Guibang Apoga, the chieftain of the Talaingod Manobos, united 83 different Manobo villages to rise against Alson’s and led a pangayaw, or a tribal declaration of war in defense of their lands, using traditional weapons against the company and its private security. The Pantaron struggle forced Alson’s to leave the area, thus preserving to date the flora and fauna of the Pantaron Range.

The current plight of the Talaingod Manabos

The Talaingod Manobos were forced on an exodus to Davao City away from their ancestral homes by a series of aerial bombings and intensified militarization by the combined forces of the 68th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army (IBPA), 60th IBPA of the 1003rd Brigade, and the 4th Special Forces under the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), which started on March 3, 2014.


National Solidarity Mission to investigate rights abuses in Mindanao

A National Solidarity Mission (NSM) kicks off today as representatives of various national people’s organizations, progressive partylist organizations and human rights groups fly to Davao City to join other human rights workers, peace advocates in Mindanao. The National Solidarity Mission is set to investigate rights abuses committed against peasants and indigenous peoples specifically in Davao and Cotabato provinces. 

Call for justice for Menelao "Boy" Barcia, Antonio Tolentino and farmers of Hacienda Dolores, Porac, Pampanga

Dear friends,

Please join us in our call for justice for the human rights violations of farmers in Hacienda Dolores, Porac, Pampanga.

Killing of village councilor

Initial reports from Karapatan-Central Luzon cited the killing of Menelao "Boy" Barcia, 57. Barcia was a Barangay councilor (kagawad) and an official of Alyansa ng Nagkakaisang Mamamayan ng Hacienda Dolores (Aniban or Alliance of United People of Hacienda Dolores).

Another case of mistaken identity as AFP ‘racketeers’ strike again

An environmentalist and anti-mining activist Romeo Rivera Jr., 53, now face at least four criminal charges filed against Felix Armodia, allegedly the Front Secretary of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army in Davao del Sur, South Cotabato, and Tulunan, North Cotabato.  

10 years in jail on trumped up charges is too much, free Eduardo Serrano now!

Political prisoner Eduardo Serrano testified yesterday at the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 97 to refute the false charges of kidnapping for ransom case filed against him. Serrano is the last witness slated to testify before the court finally resolves the case.  Eduardo Serrano is among the 14 peace consultants of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) who are currently detained. Atty. Rachel Pastores of the Public Interest Law Center (PILC) facilitated the direct examination of Serrano.