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Sandugo files complaint vs PNP on US embassy violent dispersal

A recently formed alliance of national minority groups called Sandugo today filed a complaint at the GRP-Nominated Section in the Joint Secretariat of the GRP-NDFP Joint Monitoring Committee on the Comprehensive Agreement on the Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) on the October 19, 2016 violent dispersal at the US Embassy in Manila. 

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PNP implements Oplan Bayanihan in the guise of “war against drugs”

“The Philippine National Police continues to implement Oplan Bayanihan, targetting activist farmers resisting landgrabbing, now in the guise of the so-called war against drugs,” Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay said, as farmers in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan were recently arrested and detained for charges in relation to the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. 

Karapatan to GRP on the release of all political prisoners: “Just do it”

“While it is good to hear that the GRP remains committed to release all political prisoners, this remains an unfulfilled promise,” Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay said as a response to the statement of GRP peace panel chair, Silvestre Bello III. 
Labor secretary Bello was quoted last Wednesday, October 19, that the GRP will release political prisoners in batches starting with the women, sick and elderly. 

PNP, US embassy officials should be held accountable for brutal dispersal of Moro, IPs protest

“While the Philippine National Police officials and personnel responsible for the brutal dispersal of the protesting national minorities yesterday should be dismissed, charged and jailed, US embassy officials should also be held accountable for the brutal and sadistic dispersal. The US government has police and other state forces at its beck and call to secure its embassy in Manila. So its hand in the said dispersal should be investigated immediately,” Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay said. 


AFP shows paranoia against struggling national minorities

“Once again, the Armed Forces of the Philippines proved its sheer paranoia as its men violently dispersed the national minorities peacefully protesting against military operations in their communities,” Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay said, after water cannons were used by the AFP in the said dispersal in front of Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City, where the picket protest took place this morning. “There was nothing threatening about people making their demands heard," Palabay said. 


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