February, 2020

Karapatan 2019 Year-end Report

Gov't hellbent on silencing critics with Esperon's motion for reconsideration of dismissed perjury charge vs rights groups

“National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr.'s announcement that he will pursue another motion of reconsideration on the trumped-up and dismissed perjury charges against leaders of Karapatan, Gabriela, and the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines is another form of textbook lawfare and judicial harassment," said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay.

Karapatan blasts Senate’s approval of anti-terrorism bill

Karapatan denounces the Senate’s approval of the anti-terrorism bill, calling the said measure a monster legislation that will provide a pretext for de facto martial law in the Philippines. 

Rights group condemns arrest of Rodolfo Salas for trumped-up charges

Karapatan denounces the arrest of Rodolfo Salas, an organizer of farmers and cooperatives in Pampanga since 1992, on February 18, 2020 in Pampanga on trumped-up multiple murder charges filed at the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 32.

Artists, freedom of expression advocates face greater challenges under Duterte admin

“The recent pull-out of a movie referencing Duterte’s sham drug war and rights violations in a film festival and the suspension of the Twitter account for a musical production that shows the struggles during the Marcos martial law period are the most recent examples of the challenges faced by artists and freedom of expression advocates under the Duterte administration.

Karapatan on EDSA People Power Uprising’s 34th anniversary: Resist and end Duterte’s fascist dictatorship

Karapatan stands in solidarity with the Filipino people today in commemorating the 34th anniversary of the EDSA People Power uprising. Today, we remember the thousands of victims of the brutal Marcos dictatorship under martial law along with the long struggle of the people's martyrs for national democracy, genuine justice, and social change. This momentous event in our history displayed the power of the unity of the Filipino people that ultimately led to the ouster of the fascist dictator Ferdinand Marcos.
 

NTF-ELCAC desperate in harassing Sister Elenita Belardo, rights defenders —Karapatan

Human rights alliance Karapatan cried foul over the so-called protest staged by groups affiliated with the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) at the Quezon City Hall of Justice on Thursday, February 20, 2020, as former Rural Missionaries of the Philippines (RMP) National Director Sister Elenita Belardo, RGS attended the arraignment proceedings of the trumped-up perjury charge filed against her by National Security Adviser and NTF-ELCAC Vice Chairman Hermogenes Esperon, Jr. The rights group slammed the protest as a "desperate attempt" to malign and harass the 80-year old nun.

Rights network calls on CHR to investigate judicial harassment, trumped up charges vs Mindanao activists, dev’t workers

In a press conference and meeting at the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) today, February 12, 2020, Defend Mindanao, a newly-formed campaign network in defense of Mindanao human rights defenders and development workers facing judicial harassment, appealed to CHR Chairperson Chito Gascon and members of the commission to immediately investigate and facilitate remedies for the embattled activists.

Political prisoners condemn attacks vs activists, legal organizations

Amidst the continuing assault against legal progressive organizations and human rights workers, political prisoners in Metro Manila District Jail (MMDJ) - Annex 4 in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig vehemently condemned the recent questionable arrest of five (5) activ

Enactment of amendments to anti-terror law, a steep descent to martial rule in PH – Karapatan

Human rights group Karapatan today submitted its position paper to the House of Representatives Committee on Public Order and Safety regarding the six House bills which seek to amend the Republic Act 9372 or the Human Security Act of 2007, during the committee’s hearing on the proposed measures. 

Quo warranto vs ABS-CBN franchise, a desperate attempt to shut down dissent —Karapatan

In the wake of the quo warranto petition filed by the Office of the Solicitor General seeking to forfeit the legislative franchise of broadcasting network ABS-CBN, human rights alliance Karapatan tagged Solicitor General Jose Calida as “a pathetic lapdog to the whims of Duterte’s political vendetta” and slammed Calida’s petition as “a direct assault on press freedom, human rights, and democracy in the country.”

Rights group questions integrity, independence of Tacloban judge who signed off on questionable search, arrests vs Tacloban 5

In a press conference in Quezon City today, human rights group Karapatan questioned the integrity and independence of Judge Eligio Petilla of the Regional Trial Court Branch 44 in Tacloban City, who issued the search warrants effecting the highly questionable search and arrests of five human rights defenders last February 7, 2020.

Karapatan denounces Gestapo-like raids of NGO offices in Tacloban City

Karapatan denounces the arrest of our National Council member for Eastern Visayas Alexander Philip Abinguna along with four other human rights defenders, in the course of Gestapo-like police raids of our chapter’s office in Tacloban City and that of other people’s organizations.

Karapatan condemns arrest of Western Mindanao coordinator

Human rights group Karapatan condemns the arrest of its National Council member in Western Mindanao, Engr. Jennefer Aguhob, yesterday, February 5, 2020.

Aguhob was reportedly arrested based on a warrant for charges of murder issued on July 26, 2019 by Judge Victoriano Lacaya, Jr. of Regional Trial Court Branch 9 in Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte. She is currently detained at the Oroquieta City Police Station.

DICT intel fund a backdoor for corruption, civil rights violations —Karapatan

Human rights group Karapatan called for an independent investigation of the intelligence and confidential funds allocated for all government agencies, as it slammed the allocation of such funds for the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT). The rights group made the statement following the revelations of DICT Undersecretary Eliseo Rio, who resigned from his post on Monday, February 3, over anomalies on the use of the department’s confidential funds.

On Malayao’s death anniv, Karapatan blasts Duterte regime’s impunity; calls for justice, accountability

One year since the merciless and brazen killing of peace consultant and staunch human rights activist Randy Felix Malayao, justice remains elusive as the government continues its all-out war against individuals who are opposing his fascist policies.

 

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