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Instead of addressing mass poverty and hunger on Labor Day, Duterte unleashes mass arrests and fascism

Human rights group Karapatan assailed the “brutality and sheer lack of compassion” of the Duterte administration as it enforced a “policy of mass arrests and fascism instead of addressing mass hunger and the grossly inadequate government response on International Workers’ Day.”

Karapatan condemns brutal killing of Bayan Muna – Iloilo City coordinator

Human rights watchdog Karapatan strongly condemned the assassination of Bayan Muna – Iloilo City coordinator Jose Reynaldo “Jory” Porquia at 5 a.m. earlier today, April 30, in his coffee shop at Brgy. Sto. Niño, Arevalo District, Iloilo City by four masked men suspected to be State agents. Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay said that “it is simply wretched that this campaign of State terror and violence continues even in the middle of a global pandemic.”

Pulis at militar, kinundena ng Hustisya dahil sa labis na paggamit ng pwersa sa pagpapatupad ng ECQ

Kinokondena ng Hustisya (Pagkakaisa ng mga Bikma para sa Hustisya) ang mga pulis at militar sa labis nitong paggamit ng pwersa sa mga ordinaryong mamamayan upang ipatupad ang mga patakaran nito sa Enhanced Community Quarantine. 

Compassion for allies, violence and repression for “pasaway” critics and the poor

The Duterte regime is hellbent on unleashing State violence and repression on its critics and the poor while reserving compassion for its allies, human rights watchdog Karapatan said, as the group slammed the threats of deportation against an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) in Taiwan over Facebook posts critical of the government, the violent arrest of a fish vendor in Quezon City, as well as reports of police and barangay officials torturing quarantine violators in Koronadal City.

With 3 deaths, 242 coronavirus cases in jails, Karapatan asserts call for the release of prisoners

With at least three deaths and a surge in confirmed coronavirus cases in the country’s congested jails, human rights group Karapatan said it is high time for the government to definitively move for the release of prisoners, including political prisoners, especially those most at risk of contracting the disease that has infected thousands and has claimed hundreds of lives nationwide.

On the 13th year of Jonas Burgos’ Abduction: May Justice be Served!

“In a just universe, Jonas Burgos’ abductors should be in jail now and not leading a crucial government agency and heading the government’s task force to save lives from COVID-19,” says Erlinda Cadapan, chairperson of Desaparecidos, the organization of

OSG, Calida’s double standard of justice endangers lives of political prisoners — Karapatan

Karapatan criticized Solicitor General Jose Calida and his office’s opposition to the urgent petition filed by 22 elderly and sick political prisoners at the Supreme Court as a form of “double standard of justice” that endangers lives of prisoners amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

On MPD’s lies regarding the demolition of makeshift homes in Sampaloc

It is dreadful that amid the deplorable situation of the dozens of families whose makeshift shelters were torn down despite the threats of the coronavirus disease, police forces remain relentless in peddling lies to invalidate the legitimate calls of people for comprehensive responses to address the pandemic and their struggle for decent housing. 

PH Army continues to kill, peddle lies amid pandemic — Karapatan

“It is deplorable that the Philippine Army and President Rodrigo Duterte is sowing State violence, terror, as the country grapples with the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic. Karapatan strongly condemns the killing of a peasant leader and the arrest of 11 individuals including minors for unfounded allegations of being members and “child warriors” of the New People’s Army (NPA) in Iloilo by 61st Infantry Battalion (IB),” Karapatan Vice Chairperson Reylan Vergara stated. 

Karapatan: Marcosian delusion of martial law declaration will only worsen the pandemic

It seems that, after wasting weeks on ineffective militarist and anti-people policies, President Rodrigo Duterte is now using the Left and the pandemic as convenient scapegoats for his incompetence in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and to condition the public for his Marcosian delusion of a formal declaration of nationwide martial law.

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