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Karapatan hits spate of killings in Negros, as 4 victims reported dead in one day

Human rights group Karapatan strongly condemns the spate of killings in Negros, now claiming four victims in one day. The killings were done using the same modus operandi – shot by riding-in-tandem and masked gunmen.

Karapatan: No justice, more death and deception as Bato leads senate inquiry on drug war

Rights group Karapatan slammed former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief and now Senator Roland "Bato" dela Rosa's recent election as chair of the Senate Public Order and Dangerous Drugs Committee in the 18th Congress, saying his chairpersonship would only result in a deceptive and partial investigation on the anti-narcotics campaign, as well as contribute to the climate of impunity and heightening human rights violations.

On Esperon’s recommendation to extend martial law in Mindanao

National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. recently recommended another 1-year extension of martial law in Mindanao.

Red-tagging a prelude to the killings of activists and defenders -Karapatan

Karapatan denounces the coldblooded murder of another human rights lawyer in Negros. According to initial reports, Atty. Anthony Trinidad, 53, and his wife, Novie Marie, were on their vehicle yesterday afternoon when two motorcycle-riding assailants fired on them in Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental. They were later rushed to the Guihulngan District Hospital, where Atty. Trinidad was pronounced dead, while his wife remained confined due to serious injuries.

Karapatan on Duterte’s SONA: Same old anti-people policies, new and harsher priorities

President Rodrigo Duterte delivered his 4th State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 22, 2019. Parallel protest actions, attended by tens of thousands, were held within and outside the country. 

“For three more years, we will be confronted with the same ineffective and anti-people kill-kill-kill solution and policy framework of the Duterte government. Duterte peddles the same policies and initiatives that will result to further deaths, illegal arrests, torture and other forms of gross violations on the people’s civil and political rights. It is the same tactic of fear mongering and warmongering to justify repression and militarism,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay. She also assailed the militarist bills that the President has mentioned as priorities, including his marching orders to pass the death penalty measures, his drug war and counterinsurgency program, the mandatory ROTC bill, among others.

Duterte’s 4th SONA: Three Years of State Terrorism, Deteriorating Human Rights Situation, and Gross Impunity

“The Duterte government is deliberately fueling fears and paranoia, spewing dangerous and oftentimes unfounded claims on criminality and terrorism. The three years of this government is anchored on bloated statistics and disinformation meant to justify widespread repression and unnecessary brutality directed towards the poor, the oppressed, and the critical. There is no transparency amid the wholesale abuse of power, corruption, and human rights violations.

Rights group slams wrongful conviction of two political prisoners

“We condemn the wrongful conviction of political prisoners Lilia Bucatcat, 72, and Billy Morada. Accused with trumped-up charges by the government, they have been languishing in prisons in different parts of the country for crimes they did not commit. Both are peasant organizers in the Eastern Visayas region. It is infuriating that the Duterte government wrongfully convicts activists and human rights advocates while the government forces behind human rights violations are parading free,” said Karapatan Secretary General Crisitina Palabay, referring to the recent acquittal of military generals involved in the illegal arrest of the “Morong 43” health workers back in 2010.

Karapatan decries Sandiganbayan decision on Morong 43 case

Karapatan today lambasted the recent reported ruling of the 7th Division of the Sandiganbayan, which dismissed charges filed by the health workers collectively known as the Morong 43 on violations of their rights under Republic Act 7438. 

“The decision of the 7th Division of the Sandiganbayan on the Morong 43 case is one of the most stark indications that despite strong evidence and testimonies of human rights violations by State actors, impunity rules the land,” said Karapatan Deputy Secretary General Roneo Clamor, who also testified in the said proceedings as husband of Dr. Merry Mia Clamor, one of the tortured and illegally arrested and detained members of the Morong 43. 

Karapatan backs NUPL amid CA’s denial of temporary protection order request

In a resolution dated July 11, the Court of Appeals (CA) has denied the National Union of People’s Lawyers’ (NUPL) request for a temporary protection order (TPO) “which is an ancillary remedy to the privilege of the writ of amparo.” If granted, the protection order would have prohibited state forces from threatening and harassing the members of the lawyers’ group, but the court’s Special 15th Division rejected the application.
 
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EJK victims’ kin, rights advocates call for an end to killings, challenge PH gov’t to cooperate with UN report process

Condemning the killings under President Rodrigo Duterte’s regime, relatives of the victims of extrajudicial killings, along with several human rights groups on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 trooped to the Department of National Defense (DND) in Camp Aguinaldo and to the Philippine National Police (PNP) Headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City.
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