January, 2016

Lies, cover-up still hound Mamasapano carnage

“There will be more of these operations as the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) is implemented,” Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay said, on the first year of commemoration of the Mamasapano carnage. 

Karapatan scores BS Aquino and AFP on recent killing of Lumad child by Alamara paramilitary

"Killing a child is the peak of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Alamara paramilitary group's monstrosity," Cristina Palabay, Karapatan secretary general on the recent killing of Lumad child Alibando Tingkas, 15, a grade 3 pupil of Salugpungan Ta Tanu Igkanugon Learning Center in Talaingod, Davao del Norte. Tingkas was killed by the Alamara paramilitary group.

Political prisoner Eduardo Serrano laid to rest as a hero

With his family, friends and comrades in struggle, we grieved as we laid our beloved Eduardo Ka “Edikk” Serrano to rest on January 17, 2015 in his hometown in Camarines Sur. 

Eduardo Serrano 

Government slammed as tributes for political prisoner Ed Serrano pour in

In death, tributes for political prisoner Eduardo “Ka Eddik” Serrano pour in.  Across the land,  the tragedy of a man about to be freed, unjustly charged by the state for crimes he did not commit, and for which he had endured 11 long years in prison, is not lost among his comrades and fellow prisoners – political and otherwise.  

Supreme Court hailing EDCA whips up a storm

“The people’s movement for peace, freedom, and sovereignty is not about to take it sitting down,” Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay said on the high court's decision upholding the 'constitutionality' of the Enhanced Defence Cooperation Agreement (EDCA). “ Expect mighty protest actions to reconstitute Philippine sovereignty and defend the rights of our people,” she warned. 

Aquino Government accountable for death of NDFP peace consultant Eduardo Serrano

"No less than President BS Aquino is accountable for the death of detained peace consultant Eduardo Serrano; and so are the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) and the 204th Infantry Brigade (IB) of the Philippine Army,” Cristina Palabay, Karapatan secretary-general said in a picket protest in front of the OPAPP.

Eduardo Serrano criminalized and jailed for serving the Mangyan and peasants

"For the BS Aquino regime, serving the people and aspiring for a just and lasting peace are considered crimes," Cristina Palabay, Karapatan secretary general said as the remains of political prisoner Eduardo Serrano arrived in his hometown in Naga City. "Eduardo Serrano’s ‘crime’ was to help develop the farming techniques of the Mangyan tribe and the farmers in Mindoro. For this, he suffered 11 years in jail for trumped-up cases of murder and frustrated murder," Palabay continued. 

Remains of Eduardo Serrano in Naga City 

Political prisoner’s death “under state fascism” reignites call for resumption of peace talks

On the third day since the death of political prisoner and National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) consultant Eduardo Serrano, a countless amount of people have rushed and mourned with his family, all the while remembering shared memories. They also united in condemnation of the sad plight of Serrano under the prisons of state forces for more than eleven years. Many believe that the incarceration, and the stress brought by the trial for trumped-up charges against him took a great toll on his health.

Political prisoners start hunger strike/fasting; demand justice for Eduardo Serrano

As the remains of NDFP peace consultant Eduardo Serrano journeys back to his hometown in Naga City, his fellow political detainees today started their hunger strike/fasting and other protest actions for the injustice committed against Serrano and to all political prisoners. 

Karapatan renews call for immediate release of ailing political prisoners

"Imprisonment based on trumped-up criminal charges combined with the inhuman jail condition and the slow grind of the justice system caused political prisoner Eduardo Serrano's death," Cristina Palabay, Karapatan secretary general said. "Serrano, a peace consultant for the National Democratic Front of the Philippines, would have walked out of jail a free man a long time ago had the BS Aquino government fulfilled its commitment to release ‘most, if not all’ political prisoners," Palabay said. 

Eduardo Serrano portrait by Jess Santiago 

Justice for Eduardo Serrano! Free all political prisoners!

Karapatan mourns with the family and friends of political prisoner and NDFP peace consultant Eduardo “Eddik” Serrano who passed away on January 8, 2016 due to cardiac arrest. Karapatan shares the grief and rage of the detained peace consultants of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines, other political prisoners, and inmates of Ka Eddik, with whom he spent the last 11 years of his life.

Eduardo Serrano