September, 2019

Karapatan hits killing of two abaca farmers mistaken as NPA members

Human rights group Karapatan vehemently assails the murder of two abaca farmers in Catanduanes who, according to their village official, were mistaken as members of the New People’s Army (NPA) in an alleged encounter.

Karapatan welcomes UN SecGen report on reprisals, hits PH govt’s worn-out denials

Karapatan welcomed the report of UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres which was presented to the 42nd UN Human Rights Council by UN Assistant Secretary General Andrew Gilmour on reprisals experienced by human rights defenders and civil society organizations a

Army humiliated by an unyielding Alexandrea Pacalda, continues to illegaly detain her and threatens to file trumped-up charges

"After maliciously releasing a so-called signed certification and affidavit of surrender by Alexandrea Pacalda, the Philippine Army and police were humiliated when the victim publicly recanted and revealed how she was coerced. The articles from the Philippine News Agency (PNA) and the many troll accounts by state forces were likewise put to shame by an unyielding activist. Pacalda remains in military custody for nine days now.

Karapatan hits hazing, torture and death of PMA cadet

Human rights group Karapatan condemned the killing of a PMA cadet last week. A military 4th class cadet died of hazing at the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) in Baguio City on September 18, 2019. According to reports, Darwin Dormitorio suffered from blunt force trauma that was caused by the maltreatment initiated by at least three of his fellow cadets.

Ecumenical group exposes rights violations vs IPs, reprisals vs defenders under Duterte administration at the UN HRC

Human rights defenders from the Philippines submitted statements to the 42nd UN Human Rights Council sessions during the interactive dialogues with the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous People Victoria Tauli-Corpuz and the Expert Mechanism on t

Mass arrest of 9 cultural workers in Negros, indicative of de facto ML in the island

Human rights group Karapatan strongly condemned the unlawful arrest of activists and cultural workers at Escalante City, Negros Occidental on September 18, 2019. Nine activists and artists, who were on their way to perform in an activity in time for the 34th commemoration of the 1985 Escalante Massacre, were illegally arrested and charged with trumped-up charges by elements of the police and the army.

Activist Alexandrea Pacalda was subjected to mental torture, forced to surrender – Karapatan

On September 14, 2019, Karapatan received information from its regional chapter in Southern Tagalog that Alexandrea Pacalda, a human rights worker affiliated with the organization, was abducted by six operatives of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in General Luna, South Quezon. She was initially brought to the 85th Infantry Battalion headquarters, and then later to the General Luna police station.

Karapatan on 47th anniversary of martial law: End Duterte’s martial law! Resist dictatorship and attacks on people’s rights!

47 years ago, darkness reigned, but it did not prevail against the force of a united people.

Karapatan assails arrest, trumped-up charges vs former government workers’ union leader Dizon

Human rights alliance Karapatan decried the arrest of Antonietta Setias Dizon, former deputy secretary general of government workers’ union Confederation for Unity, Recognition and Advancement of Government Employees (COURAGE), on September 17, 2019 at around 11:50 PM. Contrary to reports, Dizon is not a “top NPA leader”, but is instead a union organizer for several years.

Karapatan: Preposterous Hilongos “mass grave” case used for political persecution

On September 18, 2019, the Hilongos “mass grave” case is set to undergo another hearing where the prosecution is expected to present another witness. Karapatan deputy secretary general Roneo Clamor has called the recycling of the Hilongos case as a “circus that is kept alive for political persecution.”

Karapatan assails recent killing of activists, harassment against rights defenders

Human rights group Karapatan condemns the Duterte regime for the incessant attacks against activists and human rights defenders. Recently, a farmer activist and a village watchman were killed; and a peasant leader was abducted.

Karapatan bares “rogue gallery” of wanted human rights violators as Duterte gov’t reps face CHR public inquiry

Karapatan and various rights groups held a protest action outside the Commission on Human Rights, as government representatives face the public inquiry. Military and police officials, including retired uniformed men appointed by Duterte in his Cabinet, were invited in the said CHR hearing, which started on September 9 and is set to end on September 13, 2019.

PhP8.2B budget of Office of the President to escalate killings, attacks vs Filipinos

Human rights group Karapatan questioned and opposed the PhP 8.2 billion budget of the Office of the President (OP) for the year 2020, which was swiftly approved in less than 7 minutes.

‘Only for those favored by the powerful:’ Karapatan hits corruption, irony and impunity amid GCTA Law mess

Human rights group Karapatan assailed the abuse of power committed by government officials as records and testimonies unveiled how hundreds of detainees convicted of heinous and drug-related charges were freed from prison amid individuals still suffering from imprisonment because of wrongful conviction, minimal offenses, trumped-up accusations, and inability to seek competent counsel.
In August, the looming release of convicted rapist-murderer and former Calauan Ma

At the CHR public hearing, Karapatan exposes trends on attacks vs human rights defenders in PH

Karapatan is set to participate in a public inquiry initiated by the Commission on Human Rights (CHR). CHR opened the session today, September 9, 2019, until September 13. In the said inquiry, civil society organizations, human rights defenders, and victims and kin of human rights violations will raise issues concerning widespread violations perpetrated against various sectors.

Inopacan’s alleged mass grave a recycled, preposterous story - Karapatan

“Mass graves were the great inventions of the military during the tutelage of then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s Inter-Agency Legal Action Group (IALAG). The said formation was famed for masterminding the filing of trumped-up charges against activists and critics.

Karapatan calls on PH Senate to pass SOGIE Equality Bill

Human rights alliance Karapatan joins the call of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI+) community in strongly urging the Senate to pass the Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) Equality Bill, which seeks to assert the rights of the LGBTQI+ community and protect all individuals from discrimination on the basis of their sexuality and gender identity.

Rights groups troop to DOJ Quezon City, face NSA Esperon’s perjury charges

“This perjury case is an act of reprisal. National Security Adviser (NSA) Hermogenes Esperon Jr. jumps at every opportunity to malign and harass human rights defenders, even using the most minute and ridiculous of charges. He will now have to stretch the flimsy accusations that he has hurled against Karapatan, the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines (RMP) and Gabriela.