Desaparecidos

Mothers of missing UP students ask Malolos court on its first hearing to bring surrendered soldiers back to regular jail

Today marks the first hearing at the Malolos City Regional Trial Court on the cases of kidnapping and serious illegal detention filed by the mothers of missing University of the Philippines activists Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeno against "The Butcher" Ret. Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan Jr., M/Sgt. Rizal Hilario, Lt. Col. Felipe Anotado, and S/Sgt. Edgardo Osorio. 
 

Mothers of missing UP students call for people's manhunt for Palparan

We welcome the issuance of warrants of arrest for Ret. Major General Jovito Palparan, Lt. Col. Felipe Anotado, Master Sergeant Rizal Hilario, and Staff Sergeant Edgardo Osorio for charges of kidnapping and serious illegal detention of our daughters, Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeno.

Karapatan calls for the immediate arrest of Palparan, et al

Karapatan welcomes the resolution of the Department of Justice (DOJ) finding probable cause on the cases filed against Ret. Maj. General Jovito Palparan, Lt. Col. Felipe Anotado, Master Sergeant Rizal Hilario and Staff Sergeant Edgardo Osorio with two counts of kidnapping and serious Illegal Detention for the abduction of two missing UP students, Karen Empeno and Sherlyn Cadapan in 2006. The DOJ released the resolution on December 15.

GMA is P-Noy's smokescreen for rights violations under his administration

“PRESIDENT NOYNOY AQUINO conveniently uses GMA as a shield by endlessly harping on her crimes and wrongdoings as a subterfuge to evade taking responsibility for human rights violations committed by his administration and its inability to solve any of the country’s basic problems. No amount of political manipulation or attempt to project himself as a protagonist in the quest for justice against GMA can dispel the truth that he continues Arroyo’s legacy of state terror through Oplan Bayanihan.”Jigs Clamor, Deputy Secretary General of Karapatan, made the statement as human rights and people’s organizations led by Karapatan and Bayan marched today from Blumentritt to Mendiola to commemorate International Human Rights Day.

“GMA has been a convenient smokescreen to blur the spotlight on P-Noy.  For instance, Malacañang benefits from all the fuss about Arroyo’s transfer to the presidential suite of the veteran’s hospital because it hides the fact that his government has been sorely remiss in promptly prosecuting and putting Arroyo to jail,” Clamor explained.

Palparan and his men must face a swift trial towards imprisonment

Today is the first hearing in the Department of Justice’s preliminary investigation on the criminal case against Ret. Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan Jr.  and the other officers and men of the Armed Forces of the Philippines for the continued disappearance of Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeño.  "If presented with a chance, how we would love to let Palparan, Jr and the other AFP men feel the pain they inflicted on our daughters, but we know they deserve more punishment than that," mothers of the missing University of the Philippines students said during the hearing. 

Mrs. Erlinda T. Cadapan and Mrs. Concepcion E. Empeño filed criminal cases of rape, serious physical injuries, arbitrary detention and maltreatment of prisoners against retired General Palparan, Jr. and other members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines namely, Lieutenant Colonels Rogelio Boac and Felipe Anotado, 2nd Lieutenant Francis Mirabelle Samson, Master Sergeants Donald Caigas and Rizal Hilario.

Panata ng Dalawang Ina

Walang inang hindi maghahanap sa kanyang nawawalang anak. Kahit gaano man ito katagal o gaano man ito kahirap. Hindi mawawala sa puso ng inang tulad ko ang pag-asang mahahanap ko si Sherlyn at ang kasama niyang si Karen Empeño at makakamit namin ang katarungan. 

HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN THE PHILIPPINES CONTINUE WITH IMPUNITY UNDER PRESIDENT BENIGNO AQUINO III

On the occasion of International Human Rights Day, we commend the Filipino people’s militant struggle for freedom and democracy and their international solidarity for defending and asserting human rights. This struggle has become more important and necessary with the worsening human rights violations and continuing impunity under the administration of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III.

Families of desaparecidos march to Mendiola

 

Noynoy, where is justice?

Families of desaparecidos called on the Aquino administration to act immediately to surface all victims of enforced disappearances, as they march to Mendiola on the International Day of the Disappeared.  

Led by Desaparecidos (Families of the Disappeared for Justice), families brought masks bearing the faces of the 206 victims disappeared during the Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo regime. 

Desaparecidos deputy secretary general Lorena Santos criticized the continued silence and inaction of the Aquino government on the cases of enforced disappearances. 

“How can we truly believe that Pres. Noynoy Aquino is sincere in resolving cases of human rights violatios, if it continues to be silent on the thousands of human rights violations under Arroyo? How can we be at peace if Arroyo and her former minions who were behind extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances are comfortably sitted in the halls of Congress,” Santos said. 

Enough of the human rights violations! Enough of Gloria Arroyo!

 

Today, human rights advocates under the banner of Karapatan, and relatives of victims of human rights violations Hustisya! (Victims of Arroyo Regime United for Justice), Desaparecidos, together with Selda (Society of Ex-detainees Against Detention and for Amnesty) and the Ecumenical Movement for Justice and Peace (EMJP) declare that they will do everything to make sure this will be Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s last State of the Nation Address.

After almost a decade in power, Arroyo has been the president with the longest residency in Malacañang after the dictator, Ferdinand Marcos. Her administration has ruled in a state of an undeclared martial law making her worse than her predecessors.

For the human rights advocates, her track record proves that if she ever has a human rights agenda, apparently, is nothing but to systematically violate the Filipino people’s civil and political rights to keep her into power. Human rights violations are being committed as a matter of state policy, thus with immunity, to quell public dissent and cover up the plunder and economic exploitation of the Filipino people. 

End the policy of Torture and human rights violations; Stop Oplan Bantay Laya!

The human rights organization, Karapatan, together with the Samahan ng mga Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at para sa Amnestiya (SELDA), Hustisya! and the families of the Desaparecidos, today observes the International Day In Solidarity with Victims of Torture with a protest action in front of the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA).  NICA IS one of the government agencies that plans the notorious Oplan Bantay Laya, a counter-insurgency program that victimizes Filipinos.

Syndicate content