Statement on the 1st State of the Nation Address of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte

“On his first State of the Nation Address (SONA), Karapatan calls on Pres. Rodrigo Duterte to address the military’s continuing rights violations and immediately stop the implementation of Oplan Bayanihan. The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) should be held accountable for gross violations of human rights, people’s rights and international humanitarian law,” Cristina Palabay, Karapatan Secretary General, said today, as the group joined thousands from Mindanao, Bicol, Southern Tagalog, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Negros and Metro Manila in a rally in time for Duterte’s first SONA in Quezon City. Scores of foreign delegates from the International Conference on People’s Rights in the Philippines (ICPRP) were also seen among the rallyists. Karapatan chapters and members joined Bayan-led rallies nationwide.

 

 

Karapatan said that through Oplan Bayanihan, the BS Aquino administration left behind 108,612 victims of forced evacuation, mostly in Mindanao. There are 332 victims of political killings and 244 cases of torture. BS Aquino is accountable for crimes against the Filipinos, especially the gross human rights violations he and his military perpetrated. (all data documented from July 2010 to June 30, 2016)

“Oplan Bayanihan continues to this day. On July 7-8, around 399 families evacuated from Brgy. Pichon, Caraga, Davao Oriental to escape the 67th Infantry Battalion’s air strikes,” Palabay reported. 

According to Karapatan Southern Mindanao, “There were at least 12 bombs dropped in civilian communities. A total of 17 sitios were affected by the military bombings. Prior to the bombings, the residents were constantly terrorized by the Mandaya Ancestral Defense Unit (MANADU), a paramilitary group backed by the 67th IBPA.”

“We call on Pres. Duterte to pull out AFP troops from civilian communities to facilitate the safe return of all evacuees affected by continuing military operations,” she stated.

Karapatan also attributes the many cases of illegal arrest and detention to Oplan Bayanihan and previous counter-insurgency programs such as Arroyo’s Oplan Bantay Laya. “BS Aquino continued Arroyo’s policy and practice of filing trumped up charges, which resulted in 306 individuals arrested under Aquino. Most remain in detention centers and prisons up to present. They are among the 524 political prisoners on record,” Palabay said.

“We look forward to the upcoming formal peace talks of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines and the Duterte government in August 2016, as well as the reaffirmation of the commitment of both the GPH and NDFP to previously signed agreements. We also look forward to the release of the all political prisoners, especially the 22 NDFP peace consultants, who should not have been arrested at all because they are JASIG protected” she added.

The group also expressed concern over the recent spate of drug-related killings. “Extrajudicial killings, whether political or drug-related, must stop. We call on Pres. Duterte to strongly call for adherence to and live by the principle of one’s right to due process, most especially of those from the poor sectors. Employment and livelihood programs are more comprehensive solutions which should be made available to all who may fall or have fallen prey to the drug trade having been pushed to do so by abject poverty. On the other hand, we support Pres. Duterte’s campaign to arrest and prosecute high officials in the military, police and government agencies accountable for the drug menace,” Palabay ended.  

Violation of Civil and Political Rights

under the Noynoy Aquino Government

July 2010 to June 2016

Based on reports gathered by Karapatan

 

Table 1:

Violation of Civil & Political Rights

Under the Noynoy Aquino Government

(July 2010 to June 2016)

 

Violations

No. of Victims

Extrajudicial killing

332

Enforced Disappearance

30

Torture

244

Rape

12

Frustrated Extrajudicial Killing

624

Illegal Arrest without Detention

1,131

Illegal Arrest and Detention

635

Illegal Search and Seizure

289

Physical Assault and Injury

574

Demolition

12,331

Violation of Domicile

1,129

Destruction of Properties

4,245

Divestment of Property

952

Forced Evacuation

108,612

Threat/Harassment/Intimidation

200,743

Indiscriminate Firing

92,247

Forced/Fake Surrender

319

Forced Labor/Involuntary Servitude

125

Use of Civilians in Police and/or Military Operations as Guides and/or Shield

1,839

Use of Schools, Medical, Religious and Other Public Places for Military Purpose

79,961

Restriction or Violent Dispersal of Mass Actions, Public Assemblies and Gatherings

24,699

 

Table 2:

Victims of Extrajudicial Killing & Enforced Disappearance

under the Noynoy Aquino Government

By Region (July 2010 to June 2016)

 

Region

Extrajudicial

Enforced Disappearance

Killing

Ilocos

3

 

Cordillera Administrative Region

9

 

Cagayan Valley

7

2

Central Luzon

13

1

National Capital Region

11

 

Southern Tagalog

22

4

Bicol

66

4

Western Visayas

18

4

Central Visayas

4

 

Eastern Visayas

17

2

Northern Mindanao

39

 

Caraga

28

6

SoCSKSargen

9

2

Western Mindanao

25

1

Southern Mindanao

52

1

ARMM

9

3

Total

332

30

Women

33

0

Organized

144

13