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Karapatan denounces conviction of Baguio journalist for cyberlibel, calls anew for decriminalization of libel

Human rights alliance Karapatan assailed the conviction of Baguio-based Rappler correspondent Frank Cimatu for cyberlibel.

Cimatu’s cyberlibel case which was filed by former Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol stemmed from a 2017 Facebook post where Cimatu wrote “Agri sec got rich by P21-M in 6 months. Bird flu pa more.” Cimatu’s post was based on a previous report from the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism showing that Piñol’s net worth rose by a “fantastic P21,956,632.23,” from P3,643,000 in 2009 to P25,599,632.23 in December 2016 based on his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth.

Karapatan urges bail reduction for Tondo 3

Human rights alliance Karapatan welcomed the granting of bail to Reina Mae Nasino, Ram Carlo Bautista, and Alma Moran, collectively known as the Tondo 3, but urged the court to reduce the amount, saying the bail required is excessive.

In an order dated December 12, 2022, Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 47 Judge Paulino Gallegos granted Nasino and her two co-accused’s motion to post bail, citing the prosecution’s failure to prove that evidence of guilt is strong, but required them to pay a total of P1.41 million for their temporary liberty.

“Justice is ours to achieve,” say victims of rights violations from the dictator Marcos to the son Marcos Jr.

“Justice is really ours to achieve, as it did not take long for Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to show that his government will never pursue justice for victims of human rights violations. This government of the dictator’s son is a human rights violator of its own.”

Thus said rights groups Hustisya (Victims United for Justice) and Desaparecidos (Families of the Disappeared for Justice), as they marched at the forefront of protests today on December 10, International Human Rights Day.

Karapatan assails zero justice, and mounting killings, other rights violations under Marcos Jr. - Duterte regime

Human rights alliance Karapatan slammed the prevalence of injustice and the rising number of extrajudicial killings under the administration of Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Sara Duterte, as various groups marked International Human Rights Day through protest actions and other activities nationwide.

Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay said the group has documented at least 17 cases of extrajudicial killings (EJK) of civilians under the administration’s counter-insurgency program, in addition to four other cases where the victims survived. Karapatan’s documentation includes the recent killing of peace consultant Ericson Acosta and peasant organizer Joseph Jimenez in Negros. If data from the Third World Studies Center’s Dahas project is considered, there have already been 150 individuals killed in the government’s anti-drug campaign, in the first five months alone of the Marcos Jr. - Duterte rule.

Hustisya para kay Ericson Acosta at Joseph Jimenez!

Mariing kinukundena ng Hustisya (Pagkakaisa ng mga Biktima para sa Hustisya) ang brutal na pagpaslang kay peace consultant Ericson Acosta at Joseph Jimenez, organisador ng mga magsasaka.

Umaga ng Nobyembre 30, 2022 nang pinaslang ang dalawa ng pinagsanib-pwersang 47th at 94th Infantry Battalion ng Philippine Army.

Hinuli nang buhay ang dalawang biktima noong  2:00 ng madaling araw sa Sitio Makilo, Brgy. Camansi, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental. Pagkalipas ang ilang oras ay napabalitang patay na ang dalawa. Ayon sa report, napatay ang dalawa sa engkwentro sa pagitan ng New People's Army (NPA) at Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), ngunit ayon sa mga residente at saksi ay walang naganap na labanan.