January, 2015

Independent probe on Mamasapano incident should include civilian casualties — Karapatan

“BS Aquino’s ‘business as usual’ and calloused attitude reared its ugly head once again. This time, on his own men killed in Mamasapano. He has shown the same insensitivity to the victims of human rights violations under his rule; and, the same indifference to the victims of typhoon Yolanda,” said Cristina Palabay, Karapatan secretary general.

US, Malacañang should answer for the Mamasapano Disaster—NDFP peace consultants

Benigno S. Aquino III has been, as usual, very glib (but obviously very evasive) in trying hard to explain the mystery of where the command and responsibility were for the operations of the Special Action Force (SAF) contingent that terribly failed and suffered a big number of its casualties (44 SAF forces killed) in its Mamasapano, Maguindanao operations last January 25. Twelve more SAF forces were wounded in action.

Jail Warden faces complaints at Taguig courts for violation of political prisoners’ rights

Male political prisoners of Special Intensive Care Area 1 – Metro Manila District Jail in Camp Bagong Diwa filed on January 27 a Joint Manifestation at the Taguig Regional Trial Court Branch 266 and Branch 271 to require S/Supt. Michelle Ng Bonto to explain violations of the rights of political prisoners.  Bonto is the current warden of the Special Intensive Care Area-1 at Camp Bagong Diwa. 

Karapatan slams arrest of NDFP consultant and Bautista's possible appointment as GPH peace panel chief

"Actions speak louder than words. The arrest of another peace consultant, Rogelio Posadas, and Gen. Emmanuel Bautista's possible appointment as chair of Aquino’s peace panel with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines contradict whatever hints of openness Aquino is trying to put on with regards to peace,” Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay said. 

Stop the attacks against peoples’ lawyers

We at Karapatan Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights - Philippines express our full support and solidarity with the peoples’ lawyers in the Philippines in their call to stop the attacks against human rights lawyers and to render justice to the lawyers who were ruthlessly killed and those who became subjects of attacks because of their work and advocacies as peoples’ lawyers.

Nationwide hunger strike ends, call to release all political prisoners continue

Political prisoners’ nationwide hunger strike/fast ended on January 19, where almost all of the 491 political detainees in more than 50 jails took part from January 15-19. The political prisoners’ hunger strike/fast was the highlight of the “Free All Political Prisoners” campaign held during the Papal visit to dramatize before the public the plight of political prisoners inside jails, and to call on Pope Francis to intercede for their immediate release. 

Open letter to Pope Francis from daughter of political prisoner

Dear Pope Francis,

As you made your journey back to Rome, you left us Filipinos with rejuvenated faith and hope, including me. On behalf of the families of the 491 political prisoners in the Philippines, I humbly thank you.

Desaparecidos to Pope: Disappearances destroyed our families

"Enforced disappearances have destroyed our families, the very foundation of a society and church. Children are left motherless or fatherless," Lorena Santos, secretary general of Families of Desaparecidos for Justice said upon hearing Pope Francis' speech at Malacañang and in his meeting with representatives of Filipino families. 

Urgent Appeal: Denounce repressive measures of jail authorities against hunger-striking political prisoners

Dear friends,

All 491 political prisoners in detention centers all over the Philippines are on hunger strike and fast to express their urgent plea for freedom, justice and human rights. The hunger strike also coincides with the visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines, as the political prisoners seek the kind intercession of the Pope for their release.

An Open letter to His Holiness Pope Francis! -Filipino Migrants Austria

An Open letter to His Holiness Pope Francis! Greetings of peace and love from Filipino migrants in Austria on the occasion of your coming visit to the Philippines from the 15th to the 19th of January 2015.

We rejoice in your leadership marked by humble service to God and His creation and by a boldness that is ready to challenge power and tradition whenever it is called for.

A Message of the US-based National Ecumenical Forum for Filipino Concerns

Contact Person:
Nerissa N. Allegretti
Mobile No: (1) 773.931.0891
Email: allegrettineris@yahoo.com

14th January 2015

Open Letter to Pope Francis:
A Message of the US-based National Ecumenical Forum for Filipino Concerns

Your Holiness,

Greetings of Peace!

Fasting in Solidarity with Political Prisoners in the Philippines

The Centre d'appui aux Philippines / Centre for Philippine Concerns calls on its members and supporters to join in a 24-hr fast starting at 6 pm Saturday, January 17 until 6 pm Sunday, January 18, 2015 in solidarity with political prisoners in the Philippines.

Political detainees’ hunger strike gains Int’l support


Human rights advocates from the United States, Canada, and Austria held solidarity fasts and sent letters to Pope Francis urging him to support the “poor and oppressed” in the Philippines, by his intercession for the release of political prisoners and for the resumption of the peace talks between the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines.

Mothers of detained youth activists call for the release of the “sons of the poor farmers”

Youth activists Guiller Martin Cadano, Gerald Salonga, both graduates of the University of the Philippines, and Edward Lanzanas, from a peasant family heeded the call of the times to serve the people. They offered the vitality of their youth to serve the poor farmers as they work for a bright future, a better country. 

Detained mothers' message to Pope Francis

Andrea (left) Miradel (right) 

Aquino gov’t muffles voices of political prisoners, hunger strike still on

Karapatan welcomed and fully appreciated the speech of Pope Francis as an expression of his solidarity with the real and concrete issues of the poor and oppressed in Philippine society. 

Foul reactionary and repressive moves of jail authorities against our hunger strike

Statement of the Political Prisoners at Camp Bagong Diwa
January 15, 2015

For five days before the visit of Pope Francis I to our country, we, political prisoners at the Special Intensive Care Area 1 Jail in Camp Bagong Diwa, have been on partial hunger strike to express our urgent plea for freedom, justice and human rights. Now, on the day of arrival of Pope Francis I, up to the day of his departure, we, jailed advocates of freedom, justice, people's interest and peace have escalated our form of struggle to total hunger strike.


Health Action for Human Rights or HAHR is a group of health professionals and other volunteers, providing health services to politically marginalized groups in areas of conflict and to political prisoners.

Father and 7-year old son victims of injustice write to Pope Francis

“Dear Pope Francis, sana makalaya si Papa Kennedy. Sana Mabigyan ng hustisya si Mama Recca. Mabait sila at tumulong sa mga tao. Salamat Pope Francis. (Dear Pope Francis, I hope Papa Kennedy will be released [from prison]. I also hope that justice be given to Mama Recca. They are both good people and helped many others. Thank you Pope Francis.)—Diwin  Jude Kenn Monte Bangibang)

Relatives, rights groups ask Pope Francis to see political prisoners on hunger strike

Karapatan today asked Pope Francis to see the political prisoners, especially those at the Special Intensive Care Area 1-Camp Bagong Diwa who are on their eighth day of hunger strike-fasting. Karapatan made the request after the jail warden rejected twice the entry of the political prisoners’ physician to check on their condition.  

Detained artist’s mother hopes for son’s freedom

“My son has been in jail for too long. The justice system is too slow. I hope that during Pope Francis’ visit here in the Philippines, His Holiness could to help us in our call for the release of my son and other political prisoners,” Mrs. Zenaida Guray said.

Pope Francis, stand with us for peace and justice

Karapatan welcomes Pope Francis, as he embarks on his four-day visit to the Philippines. His messages on the need for the institution of the Catholic Church to be among the poor and to stand for the poor and oppressed resonate among us human rights workers, especially as we bear witness to the continuing assault on the rights of the Filipino people under the Benigno S. Aquino regime.

Statement of Political prisoners on hunger strike at SICA-1 Camp Bagong Diwa

On the reservations of the BJMP to our request that the food budget supposedly for us, political prisoners at the BJMP-SICA 1 Jail, be donated to typhoon victims.

Political prisoners start nationwide hunger strike, fasting on January 15, to light candles to welcome Pope Francis

Five days after political prisoners at Camp Bagong Diwa started their hunger strike, other political prisoners in at least fifty (50) jails nationwide today announced their hunger strike/fasting for the duration of the Papal visit in the Philippines. All political prisoners are also set to light candles in their respective jail as a symbolic welcome to Pope Francis.