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Prosecute Dyan and Armand’s abductors for violating Anti-Torture Act - Karapatan

The abductors of Dyan Gumanao and Armand Dayoha violated multiple provisions under Section 4 of RA 9745, otherwise known as the Anti-Torture Act of 2009.

Human rights alliance Karapatan called on the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), as the group accompanied Gumanao, Dayoha and their parents in a meeting with CHR Chairperson Richard Palpal-latoc, to conduct a thorough investigation of the abduction of Gumanao and Dayoha, who were held against their will for six days by men introducing themselves as policemen.

Hold abductors of Cebu union organizers accountable under anti-enforced disappearance law - Karapatan

QUEZON CITY -- “State security forces, from the regional to the national level, should be held accountable for the abduction and disappearance of Dyan Gumanao and Armand Dayoha, under the Anti-Enforced Disappearance Law,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay, as they expressed support for the couple’s call for justice on their ordeal.

Palabay said that the Philippine National Police, and the Armed Forces of the Philippines, are complicit in the abduction and disappearance of the two union organizers and development workers.

Karapatan: Marcos Jr., NTF-ELCAC’s counterinsurgency program endangers workers’ lives, rights

The counterinsurgency program that is being implemented by the Marcos Jr. administration, which it continues from previous regimes including the Duterte government, through the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) has resulted in gross violations on the working people’s right to life and to their freedom of association and right to organize, human rights alliance Karapatan said.

“We urge the High Level Tripartite Mission of the International Labor Organization to take the Marcos Jr. administration and the NTF-ELCAC to task for having gravely endangered the lives, security and liberty of workers, including trade unionists and labor rights advocates, and strongly recommend the abolition of the NTF-ELCAC,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay, as the mission is scheduled to meet officials of the NTF-ELCAC and other government agencies this morning.

Release of long-detained political prisoners urged, in light of SC ruling on Gigi Reyes

Human rights alliance Karapatan called on the Supreme Court and local courts to conduct a review or audit of cases and possibly apply to long-detained political prisoners the same ruling that led to the release on bail of Atty. Jessica Lucila “Gigi” Reyes, Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile’s former chief of staff.

Reyes faces plunder charges in relation to the pork barrel scam which involved the funnelling of congressional funds to bogus NGOs, and enabled lawmakers to receive multi-million pesos in kickbacks. She invoked the writ of habeas corpus, saying that her nine-year detention without the resolution of her case has violated her right to speedy trial. In August 2015, Enrile, who stands as among the principal accused charges with Reyes, was ordered released on bail by the Supreme Court on “humanitarian grounds.”

Karapatan to DILG, NTF-ELCAC: Stop harassing widow of onion farmer who committed suicide

Human rights alliance Karapatan called on the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) to stop harassing the widow of an onion farmer who testified at the Senate earlier this week that her husband committed suicide after sustaining insurmountable losses.

According to Merlita Gallardo of Bayambang, Pangasinan, her husband Roger Gallardo killed himself in January 2021 because their debts were piling up and he didn’t want to borrow money anymore. At the same Senate hearing, Elvin Jerome Laceda, president of non-governmental organization Young Farmer’s Challenge Club of the Philippines (YFCCP), said his group had learned about four other farmers in Bayambang who were also driven to suicide because of debt.