October, 2016

Sandugo files complaint vs PNP on US embassy violent dispersal

A recently formed alliance of national minority groups called Sandugo today filed a complaint at the GRP-Nominated Section in the Joint Secretariat of the GRP-NDFP Joint Monitoring Committee on the Comprehensive Agreement on the Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) on the October 19, 2016 violent dispersal at the US Embassy in Manila. 

Complaint_Sandugo Dispersal 

PNP implements Oplan Bayanihan in the guise of “war against drugs”

“The Philippine National Police continues to implement Oplan Bayanihan, targetting activist farmers resisting landgrabbing, now in the guise of the so-called war against drugs,” Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay said, as farmers in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan were recently arrested and detained for charges in relation to the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. 

Four KMP farmers involved in land dispute in Bulacan arrested and falsely charged with drugs

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Frustrated Killing, violent dispersal of protesting national minorities

As of October 23, 2016

Violation/s : Frustrated killing, Illegal arrests, Physical Assault and/or Injuries, Violent Dispersal of Mass Actions, Public Assemblies and Gatherings, Violation of the Rights of Medical Personnel

Karapatan to GRP on the release of all political prisoners: “Just do it”

“While it is good to hear that the GRP remains committed to release all political prisoners, this remains an unfulfilled promise,” Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay said as a response to the statement of GRP peace panel chair, Silvestre Bello III. 

Labor secretary Bello was quoted last Wednesday, October 19, that the GRP will release political prisoners in batches starting with the women, sick and elderly. 

PNP, US embassy officials should be held accountable for brutal dispersal of Moro, IPs protest

“While the Philippine National Police officials and personnel responsible for the brutal dispersal of the protesting national minorities yesterday should be dismissed, charged and jailed, US embassy officials should also be held accountable for the brutal and sadistic dispersal. The US government has police and other state forces at its beck and call to secure its embassy in Manila. So its hand in the said dispersal should be investigated immediately,” Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay said. 

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AFP shows paranoia against struggling national minorities

“Once again, the Armed Forces of the Philippines proved its sheer paranoia as its men violently dispersed the national minorities peacefully protesting against military operations in their communities,” Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay said, after water cannons were used by the AFP in the said dispersal in front of Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City, where the picket protest took place this morning. “There was nothing threatening about people making their demands heard," Palabay said. 

Peasant leader and anti-mining activist killed in Compostela

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Karapatan supports historic Lakbayan ng Pambansang Minorya 2016

“Karapatan stands in solidarity with the national minorities who have travelled from different parts of the country to Manila to call for just and lasting peace and assert their right to self-determination,” Karapatan secretary-general Cristina Palabay said today as 3,000-strong mob representing Moro peoples, Igorots of the Cordillera, Lumad of Mindanao, the Agtas, Mangyan, marched to Mendiola. 

AFP killing of civilians, encampment in communities continue amid GRP unilateral ceasefire

“We call on Pres. Rodrigo Duterte to rein in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and pull them out of civilian communities, amid his unilateral ceasefire declaration,” Cristina Palabay, Karapatan secretary general said in outrage on the death of Compostela Farmers Association (CFA) leader Jimmy Saypan.

Release political prisoners through general amnesty, stop legal offensives against peasants

“The recent joint statement of the GRP and NDFP continues to provide hope of freedom for political prisoners, yet we still wait for that day when these releases will actually happen. We hope this will be soon enough so that they can be with their loved ones, especially those who should be released on humanitarian grounds. We remain steadfast in our call for the release for all political prisoners through general amnesty,” said Cristina Palabay, secretary general of Karapatan, in the light of the conclusion of the second round of formal peacetalks between the Duterte administration and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines on October 9, 2016. In the said joint statement, both panels referred to the releases of political prisoners. 

Karapatan on Pres. Duterte’s first 100 days

“In President Rodrigo Duterte’s first 100 days in office, there are positive developments foremost being his decisiveness, the resumption of peace talks and the release of the NDFP peace consultants. But there are also persisting challenges,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay. 

Karapatan enumerated the following positive developments:

Karapatan calls on GRP to fulfill obligation, commitment to release all political prisoners

“We reiterate our call to the Government of the Republic of the Philippines to fulfill its commitment and obligation to release ALL political prisoners through general amnesty,” Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay said, as the second round of peacetalks between the GRP and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) starts today, October 6, 2016 in Oslo, Norway.

Release all political prisoners, especially sick and elderly prisoners

A day before the resumption of the second round of formal talks between the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GPH) peace panels, the Samahan ng mga Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto (SELDA) renewed its call to immediately release all political prisoner (PP) through general amnesty, especially the ailing and elderly political prisoners, PPs detained for more than a decade and women political prisoners.