August, 2019

Palparan is a desperate charlatan dishing out disinformation

“The convicted butcher Jovito Palparan Jr. is a charlatan. He and Mocha Uson together are disreputable – the former a convicted criminal and the latter an immaterial fanatic who wants to make a comeback into her master’s good graces. The result of that interview is an explosion of hogwash that is easily disputed by evidence already presented in courts. Ang kapal ng mukha ni Palparan na sabihing turo-turo ang paratang sa kanya. His victims are still missing because of his false claims.

Karapatan condemns trumped-up charges vs peace consultant Suaybaguio, decries political persecution and planting of evidence

Karapatan strongly condemns the arbitrary arrest of another peace consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) on August 26, 2019, at around 2am. Peace consultant Esterlita Suaybaguio, 59, was abducted in her residence in Quezon City by police and military operatives, and was brought to Camp Caringal where she was interrogated. She is undergoing inquest proceedings on trumped-up charges of illegal possession of firearms and explosives.

Pambobomba sa Bikol, mariing kinukundena ng Karapatan

Mariing kinukundena ng Karapatan ang nangyaring pambobomba at walang habas na pamamaril ng mga elemento ng Philippine Air Force sa Brgy. Lidong, Caramoan, Camarines Sur noong Agosto 13, 2019.

Karapatan hits gov’t for continuing attacks vs. IP communities

As the number of Lumad leaders killed in Bukidnon rises, human rights alliance Karapatan vehemently assails the brazen and continuing attacks initiated by the government against indigenous communities.

Karapatan blasts interview of convicted butcher Palparan inside NBP

Human rights alliance Karapatan learned on August 22, 2019 that retired major general Jovito Palparan, Jr., who was sentenced to life imprisonment after being convicted of kidnapping and serious illegal detention of activists and University of the Philippines students Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeño, was interviewed by Mocha Uson, former assistant secretary of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO).

Trafficking and child abuse charges vs youth leaders, Colmenares over “missing activists,” a clear case of state harassment

"The youth are shaming Duterte and this administration with their determination, bold voices, and courage to fight for their principles.

Karapatan assails possible release of convicted criminal Sanchez amid widespread illegal arrests of political prisoners

Rights group Karapatan vehemently condemns the possible release of convicted murderer and rapist Antonio Sanchez.

Karapatan: Let’s mourn and fight for Negros

“State terrorism torments Negros. Civilians are being killed, as the police and the military are on a rampage to destroy communities. Oplan Sauron has claimed the lives of 41 civilians since its implementation, and in the past months, the country bore witness to the region’s bloodiest days. State forces wear their mercenary uniforms, usually a black mask and civilian clothing, and ride their motorcycle to hound and eventually kill their victims – at night or in broad daylight.

Karapatan: Intensified police presence in campuses, an attack on academic freedom & prelude to military take-over of schools

Rights alliance Karapatan rejects former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief and Senator Roland “Bato” dela Rosa’s proposal to enact a law that will allow intensified police visibility in campuses, as well as the PNP’s calls to review the Soto-Enrile Accord which, if invalidated, pose grave threats to academic freedom and democratic rights.

Rights group highlights militarization, sexual harassment, strafing of indigenous farmers in recent fact-finding mission

Human rights alliance Karapatan strongly decries the intensified militarization in San Mariano, Isabela which has resulted in a spate of violations and harassment committed by the military, targeting farmers and indigenous people asserting their right to land and livelihood.
According to reports gathered from a fact-finding mission (FFM) conducted from August 8 to 10, five companies of the 95th and 86th Infantry Battalion as well as the Philippine Marines have been deployed across 15 barangays in San

Karapatan: Perjury case vs. groups seeking protection against gov’t forces is a retaliatory suit

Today, August 15, leaders of Karapatan, Rural Missionaries of the Philippines (RMP), and Gabriela filed their counter-affidavits on the perjury case filed by National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, Jr. at the Department of Justice in Quezon City.

Karapatan condemns killing of 3 individuals, rounding up of hundreds in Tondo, Antipolo anti-drug ops

Human rights group Karapatan hit the recent anti-drug operations conducted by the police and military forces in Baseco Compound in Tondo, Manila, and in Antipolo City, Rizal on Sunday, August 11, where at least three individuals were reportedly killed and hund

Comeback of anti-subversion law, anti-terror law amendments add to Duterte govt arsenal of repressive laws

“The restoration of the Anti-Subversion law will merely add to this government’s arsenal of repressive laws. It will add another moniker to the Duterte government’s many labels against critics and activists.

Karapatan condemns recent killing of two Lumad farmers in Bukidnon

Karapatan strongly condemns the brazen murder of Lumad farmers Alex Lacay and Jeffrey Bayot, active members of Kaugalingaong Sistema Igpasindog to Lumadnong Ogpaan (KASILO), in Bukidnon province on August 9, 2019 and August 11, 2019, respectively.

Karapatan urges DOJ to dismiss sedition case vs. opposition

Karapatan, a human rights alliance, strongly condemns the sedition case filed by the Philippine National Police (PNP) against Vice President Leni Robredo, detained Sen.

Karapatan urges DOJ to dismiss sedition case vs. opposition

Karapatan, a human rights alliance, strongly condemns the sedition case filed by the Philippine National Police (PNP) against Vice President Leni Robredo, detained Sen.

Hustisya-Bukidnon responds to malicious accusations against anti-Duterte rallyists

On July 23, 2019 the website of the Philippine News Agency posted an article titled "Army provided food to abandoned, hungry anti-State of the Nation Address (SONA) ral

Karapatan hits recent state-sponsored attacks against human rights defenders

It is with deep rage that we view the state-perpetrated attacks against human rights defenders as a dangerous precedent to crackdown and go after anyone who refuses to cower in fear amidst the social unrest brought out by Duterte’s inhumane policies.   

Karapatan urges DOJ: Dismiss Esperon’s baseless perjury claims against rights defenders

Following the perjury complaint filed by National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, Jr. against human rights defenders of Karapatan, Religious Missionaries of the Philippines (RMP), and Gabriela, they attended the preliminary investigation set by the Department of Justice (DOJ) in Quezon City today, August 1, 2019.