Rights groups score Aquino gov’t on disappearance of anti-mining activist

"As the world commemorates the International Day of the Disappeared on August 30, another person is victimized. We strongly condemn the enforced disappearance of anti-mining activist Bryan Epa and we hold the Aquino administration accountable for this heinous act,” said Lorena ‘Aya’ Santos, secretary general of Families of Desaparecidos for Justice.

Morong 43 are health workers; arrest and torture are illegal

“Nothing justifies torture and illegal arrest,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay on the military’s claim that Ramon de la Cruz, one of the illegally detained and tortured members of the “Morong 43”, was killed in an encounter with the New People’s Army in Bulacan on August 9.

Tricycle drivers, vendors thank political detainees for relief packs

“Yung mga political detainees pa ang unang naka-alala sa aming mga nabaha, samantala yung mga dapat nakakulong na nagpapahirap sa taumbayan ay nagsasaya at walang pakialam sa kalagayan namin (The political detainees were the first to respond to needs of the flood victims, while those who are ought to be in jail are mindless of our situation),” remarked Fernando Piccoro, leader of tricycle drivers plying the streets of Sampaloc when they receive food packs from political detainees at Camp Bagong Diwa.

Karapatan demands release of political activists based on recent court decisions

"The recent court decisions on the charges filed against activists prove our claim that they were illegally arrested and detained because of fabricated cases. Other similar cases should likewise be dismissed and those languishing in jail for the same reason should be immediately released," Cristina Palabay, Karapatan secretary general said.


US troops in PH violates sovereignty, perpetuates impunity

“The permanent presence of US troops in the country, the unlimited access to Philippine facilities, including storage of arms, and the use of drones, are direct attacks against Philippine sovereignty and the people’s rights,” said Cristina Palabay, Karapatan secretary general, on the talks between the US and Philippine governments which start today on the increase of rotational presence of American forces in the country.

AFP P19.25M reward to “informers” a rip-off at the expense of people’s rights

“The Armed Forces of the Philippines has no right to brag about the capture of ‘terrorist personalities and communist leaders’ through their so-called informants. It’s a shame that it spent P19.25 million of the nation’s money for capturing and torturing people like security guard Rolly Panesa  and presenting him as “Benjamin Mendoza”,  a high-ranking official of the Communist Party of the Philippines, for the prize of P5.6 million. It’s simply a rip-off, an organized racket,” commented  Karapatan’s secretary general Cristina Palabay. Panesa has been in jail for 10 months now.

Natl ID system and SIM card registration twin proposals to curtail rights

“The twin proposals from the Senate and the House of Representatives – the introduction of a national identification system and the registration of phone SIM cards – are bound to lead to the curtailment of the right to privacy, freedom of expression and other violations of civil and political rights.”

Thus said Cristina Palabay, Karapatan secretary general, amid proposals from legislators from both houses of Congress for such measures.

US support to Aquino govt will worsen rights violations in the Philippines

Karapatan today slammed the US and Aquino administrations’ design to intensify US intervention and increase support for Aquino’s counter-insurgency program Oplan Bayanihan that will aggravate human rights violations in the Philippines. 

Cristina Palabay, secretary general of Karapatan, said the recent appointment of Philip Goldberg as US ambassador to the Philippines alongside reports of Washington’s increase of US military financing for the Philippines fromUS$30 to US$50 million signals the US’ renewed support for Oplan Bayanihan. 

CHR Chair acting like PNP-AFP spokesperson should resign

“Ms. Etta Rosales should immediately resign from her post as chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights as she is acting more like the spokesperson of the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines, instead of fulfilling the mandate of her office. Etta Rosales has been repeatedly remiss in her responsibilities, and in the process, justified the violation of the rights of the Filipino people to freedom of speech, of expression and the right to peaceably assemble and petition the government for redress of grievances as enshrined in the Bill of Rights in the Philippine Constitution.”

CHR Rosales 

“Flying Dutchmen” campaigning for HR in the Philippines: a “portent of doom” for the crimes of the US-Aquino regime

Statement Released by: 
Peter Murphy
International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP)
The right-wing Aquino regime continues to harp on the spin about the violence (which the police clearly started)  during the recent State of the Nation Address, blatantly covering up the fact that the Aquino regime itself is a violent regime and purveyor of state terrorism against its own people.
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