August, 2016

Victims to Marcoses: Move On, Answer for Your Crimes

"To 'move on' without justice is simply not possible for the thousands, even millions, of victims of the Marcos dictatorship. Instead, it is the Marcoses who should move on,” said Danilo Dela Fuente, spokesperson of SELDA, today during the Supreme Court oral arguments on the petitions against late dictator Ferdinand Marcos’ burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Former political prisoners and torture survivors during martial law, including dela Fuente and other personalities, were the first batch of those who filed the petition.  

No marcos in LNMB

Hands off teachers in Lumad community schools!

“The illegal arrests, threats and harassment of teachers in Lumad community schools prove that Oplan Bayanihan continues against Lumad communities and the people who support their struggle,” Cristina Palabay, Karapatan secretary general, said.

RMP Pond

Open Letter to Pres. Duterte

Dear Mr. President,

Much has been said about Ferdinand Marcos and his betrayal of the people’s trust as highest official of the land — he sold out our patrimony; he plundered the country; he ruled with terror; his regime, marked with thousands of human rights violations — you know it all, as we do.

Martial Law victims, kin on National Heroes’ Day: #MarcosNoHero #SurfaceDesaparecidos

“The best way to observe National Heroes’ Day this time around is to gather together and denounce the scheme to foist upon the Filipino people the fraudulent heroism of the late, unlamented Ferdinand Marcos. Marcos is no hero; he is, in fact, a heel – and that is an understatement,” Bonifacio Ilagan, convenor of the Campaign Against the Return of the Marcoses to Malacanang, said. Ilagan’s sister Rizalina were among those abducted and disappeared during the Marcos dictatorship.  

Drugs can be eliminated without curtailing rights

Karapatan Position Paper Submitted to the Public Hearing  of the Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights

August 22-23, 2016 | by Cristina Palabay, Secretary General, Karapatan


Pres. Rodrigo Duterte has repeatedly stated that one of the biggest problems in Philippine society is the proliferation of illegal drugs and the evils that come with it. The heinousness of crimes brought about by drug addiction is undeniable - the rapes and murders of women and young girls, even babies and mothers, the butchered bodies, and all else inhuman. While it is true, that this problem should be cut to the core, the solution is not as easy as one would exterminate termites.

Peace Talks should pave way for Substantive Issues, Release of Remaining Political Prisoners

Karapatan welcomed the resumption of formal peace talks between the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) today, August 22, 2016, as "an important occasion in the struggle for just and lasting peace in the Philippines."

Karapatan welcomes release of political prisoners

Karapatan welcomes the release of thirteen political prisoners. It is optimistic that recently released consultants of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines will have a meaningful and substantial participation to the resumption of the formal NDFP-GRP peacetalks.

BREAKING NEWS: NDFP consultant Adelberto Silva released

BREAKING NEWS: NDFP consultant Adelberto Silva was released this afternoon from MMDJ-SICA 1.

While we welcome Silva's release, we are concerned over PNP Custodial Center Warden Arnel Apud's callousness in facilitating the release of NDFP consultants Benito and Wilma Tiamzon, despite the issuance of release orders for them in the four local courts.

Release Benito and Wilma Tiamzon now!

Release all detained NDFP consultants now! Release all political prisoners!

Release of four more detained NDF peace consultants improves climate for the peace talks!

We, National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDF) peace consultants, who are being released today, and others expecting to be released the next few days, in time for the resumption of formal peace talks with the present Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and, in the spirit of overcoming a long-standing main barrier to the peace talks, appreciate that the matter of the questionable, if not dubious, arrest and detention of NDF peace consultants by previous regimes is now being rectified by the new Duterte regime.


We appreciate, too, the higher ups' immediate and direct intervention to overcome petty bureaucratic hitches that have delayed, at the implementation level of some courts and local jail authorities, the release of a number of detained NDF peace consultants.
We see such interventions as indications of the new Duterte regime's real interest that the resumption of the NDF-GRP peace and talks would immediately be pulled through, and that barriers to such would be overcome.

Ideals and Iron Bars

"When I was a kid, some of my teachers, pag nalalaman nilang political prisoner yung dad ko, pinagsasalita ako in front of the class.” Dimpy Jazmines, 43, son

SC Petition vs Marcos Burial

Filed by Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) and Samahan ng Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Amnestiya (SELDA)

View petition here: 

View Press Release here: 

Consultants’ Expected Release Crucial to Resumption of Peace Talks

Most local courts have already issued favorable orders granting the parallel motions for release on bail for nineteen (18) detained peace consultants of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines and protected persons under the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG) and two political prisoners for humanitarian release. 


The urgent motions were filed through defense counsels of the political prisoners, after the Supreme Court resolution on the release of those who will participate in the opening of the formal peacetalks between the NDFP and Philippines government this August 20-27, 2016 in Oslo, Norway. 

Earlier, the GRP Panel, through the Office of the Solicitor General, filed the Urgent Manifestation and Motion for the issuance of orders to various trial courts to issue orders of conditional release to specified members of the NDF panel. In the resolution of the SC on August 2, 2016, it stated that “appropriate motions and pleadings should be filed for consideration of the trial courts.” According to the SC, the concerned regional trial courts where charges were filed against the political prisoners shall give the “appropriate priority to hearings of such motions and manifestations.” 

Martial Law victims to SC: Stop Marcos burial at LNMB

Martial Law victims led by former political detainees and people’s organizations filed a petition at the Supreme Court Monday, August 15, for Certiorari and Prohibition with Application for a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) and/or Writ of Preliminary Injunction to disallow the burial of the deposed dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB).


Marcos is no hero, martial law imprints should be spurned

For the millions of Filipinos who overthrew the Marcos dictatorship and drove it out of power, Marcos is no hero. For the millions of Filipinos impoverished through sky-rocketing inflation and unemployment rates combined with gargantuan foreign debt while the Marcoses and their cronies siphoned public funds into their vaults, Marcos is no hero. For the thousands disappeared, summarily executed, tortured, raped, incarcerated and who experienced unspeakable horrors

Cenon Sambola, elderly political prisoner jailed in place of his son

Cenon Sambola, a 60-year old elderly and sickly detainee, has been a political prisoner for more than a year now, as a replacement for his son, Jerson. You read it right – as a replacement. 

Woman dead as hundreds displaced in mil-ops in Comval

Soldiers shot dead a woman farmer in Monkayao on Monday, as human rights violations escalate in military operations by the Philippine Army's 10th Infantry Division in various communities in Compostela Valley.
Reports from Karapatan-Southern Mindanao said that last August 7, 19-year old Rose Em Sayson was shot by soldiers who mistaken her and her companions as members of the New People's Army.

Free NDFP peace consultant Tirso “Ka Bart” Alcantara!

Tirso Alcantara, 62 years old, is better known as the legendary New People's Army (NPA) commander "Ka Bart." He is one of the 22 National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) peace consultants, who has been detained since his arrest in early 2011.
Even before his arrest, foul fascist acts had been viciously waged against his family. 

KARAPATAN Statement on August 2, 2016 SC Reso, release of political prisoners

It is lamentable that the Supreme Court did not grant the motion for temporary release of the eight (8) detained peace consultants of the NDFP and two political prisoners for humanitarian release to directly facilitate their release. We also take exception to the limitations set by the SC order on the participation of NDFP consultants Vicente Ladlad and Randall Echanis. We, however, welcome the SC’s emphasis on the need for the local courts to give “appropriate priority” to hearings of motions for the releases of the 10 political prisoners. 

Karapatan dares Duterte gov’t to disband paramilitary groups and serve warrant against its leaders

"We dare the Duterte government to arrest paramilitary butchers Alde ‘Butsoy’ Salusad and his father, Benjamin and serve their warrant. In fact, all the named perpetrators in the killings of Lumad and peasant activists should immediately be arrested," Karapatan and other progressive organizations called today on the AFP’s continuing attacks against civilians through Oplan Bayanihan.

Relatives of detained peace consultants: What’s taking the GPH so long?

“Our loved ones should be released on just and humanitarian grounds. What is taking the Duterte administration so long?” relatives of political prisoners said today. 

Paramilitary Rampage in Bukidnon kills Pregnant Woman, wounds 5 children and 2 others

Dear Friends,

Morning of July 30, 2016, a community of Tigwahanon tribe in Sitio Tibuwagan, Barangay Kawayan, San Fernando, Bukidnon was strafed by eleven (11) elements of the 8th Infantry Battalion- Philippine Army (IBPA) and Alde ‘Butsoy’ Salusad, leader of the paramilitary group New Indigenous People’s Army for Reform (NIPAR). The residents were at a wedding when Salusad and his companions indiscriminately fired at them.  After the incident, all residents of Sitio Tibugawan and nearby communities were forced to evacuate and sought sanctuary in Brgy. Kawayan. 

Case vs lying AFP witness filed by kin of slain Kidapawan farmer

"He is lying." This is what Ebao Sulang, father of slain farmer during the April 1 dispersal in Kidapawan City, North Cotabato, said on military witness Charlie Pasco as he filed a perjury case against Pasco at the Department of Justice (DoJ).