October, 2014

Killing, burning of school, drive Lumad to leave homes

On October 27, six armed men set on fire a corn sheller and a school at Kabulohan, Brgy. Buhisan, San Agustin, Surigao del Sur. The corn sheller was a donation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to the community. The men also set on fire a UNICEF tarpaulin with a sign, “All schools are peace zones. Don’t use it as command post, detachment and supply depots. RA 7610 Protection of the Rights of Children”. 

Church, rights advocates disappointed with De Lima’s handling of Palparan, other HR cases

From a “glimmer of hope to extreme disappointment, if not righteous indignation” is how human rights victims and their families, UCCP Bishops, human rights groups, artists and writers, and members of the academe described their feelings over the “slow progress of many human rights cases” handled by the Department of Justice under Sec. Leila de Lima’s leadership.  

Forcible Evacuation of 378 families from 16 Lumad Communities in Surigao del Sur


Victim/s: 378 families with 1,783 individuals

Place of Incident: Lumad (indigenous peoples) communities of Lianga, San Agustin and Tago, Surigao del Sur

Date of Incident: October 27, 2014

Alleged Perpetrator(s):

Release NDFP consultant Wilma Tiamzon, political prisoners on humanitarian grounds

“We call on the Philippine Government to immediately release NDFP peace consultant Wilma Austria-Tiamzon on just and humanitarian grounds as the inhuman jail condition has worsened her health situation,” Cristina Palabay secretary general of Karapatan said. 

Killings and disappearances, AFP’s gauge of Oplan Bayanihan’s success

“The brutal tradition of Gen. Palparan and his protégé, former 4th Infantry Division Major Gen. Ricardo Visaya, continues as units under the 4th ID rampages on communities of indigenous peoples in Surigao del Sur. The military operation resulted in the death of two Lumad and the disappearance of two others on October 24 and the subsequent evacuation of some 240 families in Lianga, Surigao del Sur on October 27,” said Cristina Palabay, secretary general of Karapatan.


Extra-Judicial Killing of MAPASU Council member HENRY ALAMEDA


Rights victims and kin to seek out Pope Francis

"We join the faithful Christians in raising the voice of the oppressed, especially the kin of the victims extrajudicial killing and enforced disappearance, the political prisoners and other victims of human rights violations; and their desire for justice and peace in the country. We hope His Holiness Pope Francis may hear and seek them out during his visit in January,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay.

Karapatan reminds public on US troops’ atrocities under the VFA

"The murder of Jennifer Laude and the rape of 'Nicole' are not the only incidents committed by United States soldiers stationed here in the Philippines. With the Enhanced Defence Cooperation Agreement (EDCA), the ‘Nicole’ and Laude cases will not be the last," Cristina Palabay, secretary general of Karapatan said.  

Rights groups challenge to DOJ: Stand by the victims of Palparan

"The Justice Department should know that the whole world is watching closely at how the prosecution of The Butcher Jovito Palparan develops. We want no less than the speedy conviction and detention of Palparan. As it is now, Palparan is as free as he was in the service, at home in a military headquarters," Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay said. 

On Justice Guarina's "Economic Nationalism: Voices from the Past"

The very well-written article "Economic Nationalism: Voices from the Past" (Commentary, Philippine Daily Inquirer, September 24, 2014) was for me quite refreshing, considering that it was surprisingly written by a former high court official, retired Court of Appeals Associate Justice Mario Guarina III.

Unequal US-PH military agreements license to violate people’s rights

“The killing of transgender woman Jennifer Laude by a US serviceman is the most recent vivid violation of people’s rights, a consequence of lopsided military agreements between the US and the Philippine governments. The US-RP Military Bases Agreement to the Visiting Forces Agreement and the US-GPH Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement have become licenses for numerous gross transgressions, especially on the rights of Filipino women and children,” said Cristina Palabay, Karapatan secretary general. 

"Arrest 'em then charge 'em of whatever" is the name of the game for BS Aquino, AFP

"The filing of trumped up criminal charges poses a serious threat to the liberties of the Filipino people," Cristina Palabay, Karapatan secretary general, said on the arrest of Lito Lao, a peasant leader in Southern Mindanao. Lao was arrested on October 7 at the ABC Hall in Kapalong, Davao del Norte while facilitating a dialogue between farmers and a land grabber in the area. 

NSM Update 3: Lacub children affected by military operations, military encampment near school

Drawing of a child during the psychosocial therapy initiated by the National Solidarity Mission
A helicopter flying above the school ground was among the disturbing images drawn by the students. Many of them recalled that their classes were often disturbed because of the ear- deafening sound of the helicopter that land and bring supplies to the soldiers encamped near their school.

Stop AFP operations in Abra, resume GPH-NDFP peace talks

"Tell your army troops to pull out of Lacub, Abra!" Cristina Palabay, secretary general of Karapatan demanded to Sec. Teresita Ging Deles as the group staged a protest action in front of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP). "Instead of perpetrating rights violations against the residents of Lacub, Abra and continue in violating international humanitarian law, the Aquino government should resume the peace talks with the National Democratic Front," Palabay said.  
Jang Monte, sister of slain NPA Recca Monte, cry out for justice at OPAPP