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Cyberlibel charge vs. satire sites display government desperation to curtail free speech – Karapatan

Human rights alliance Karapatan expressed grave concern over the cyberlibel charge filed by Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) spokesperson Pircelyn Pialago against satirical social media pages Barurot News and Pinoy Laugh Page in what is clearly “a display of the government’s increasing desperation to silence any form of criticism and its continuing attacks on the basic right to freedom of expression.”

Incoming NCR police chief, AFP Chief of Staff sourced from a long line of butchers, human rights violators - Karapatan

“The impending designation of Brig. Gen. Debold Sinas as Philippine National Police National Capital Region chief and the recent appointment of Lt. Gen. Noel Clement as the new Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff are indications of how the Duterte regime rewards butchers who have instigated unspeakable terror in many communities,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay. 

Karapatan assails closure of 54 Lumad schools in Mindanao, calls it a violation of the right to self-determination

Human rights group Karapatan assailed the resolution of the Department of Education (DepEd) - Region XI ordering the permanent closure of 54 Salugpongan Ta Tanu Igkanogon Community Learning Centers in Davao Region.

“The permanent closure of the said learning centers is a denial of every Filipino child’s right to education. We are enraged by the DepEd’s decision to order the closure of the Salugpongan schools based solely on false accusations made by National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon. This unilateral decision that did not consider the testimonies of teachers, administrators and students is an affront to the efforts of indigenous communities to provide education for their children. This government is once again choosing militarism over education, thus outrightly violating the right to self-determination by indigenous communities,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay.

Two years after formation of gov’t body filing charges vs activists, Karapatan calls for its abolition

"Under the Duterte government, we have seen an alarming increase in the number of activists and government critics charged with trumped-up cases and subjected to illegal arrests. This is a systematic maneuver meant to silence those voicing out legitimate issues and the poor’s interests. Since October 2017, the machinery tasked with case build-up for the filing of trumped-up charges has been the Inter-Agency Committee on Legal Action (IACLA), alongside the devious machinations under the National Task Force (NTF) to End Local Communist Armed Conflict and the implementation of counterinsurgency Oplan Kapanatagan,” Cristina Palabay, Karapatan Secretary General said.
 

Duterte-Marcos alliance continues to rehabilitate the Marcoses – Karapatan

“There is a duplicitous and sly plan in motion to continue the political rehabilitation of the Marcoses. Starting from the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos’ undeserved burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in 2017, up to the refusal of this government to jail convicted criminal Imelda Marcos and the congenial accommodation for Bongbong Marcos’ ongoing electoral protest, the Duterte regime is the gift that keeps on giving. This special treatment is reserved for Marcos Jr. who, if successful in acceding as Vice President after some serious hocus pocus, will provide protection for Duterte and his allies once the latter steps down,” said Karapatan deputy secretary general Roneo Clamor.
 

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