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Political prisoners to Duterte: Those in power are the real criminals, terrorists

On Duterte’s 3rd State of the Nation Address (SONA), political prisoners (PPs) from various jails across the country joined their voices to call for justice and demand accountability for the crimes and rights violations perpetrated by the Duterte regime.

As of June 2018, Karapatan documented 509 political prisoners in the country. Of this number, 179 were arrested under Duterte, 118 are sickly, 46 are women, 39 are elderly, 5 are minors, and 6 are consultants of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). Most of the political detainees come from peasant and indigenous communities who were charged with trumped-up criminal charges.  

On Duterte’s 3rd State of the Nation Address: Stop the attacks against the Filipino people!

“In line with its counterinsurgency program, the Duterte regime kills 2 per week and arrests 20 individuals in the same period – many of the victims are farmers and indigenous peoples. No doubt this figure will be whitewashed to give way to the administration’s conjured version of an imagined state of the nation. The reality of the country under Duterte is tainted with the blood and sufferings of the poor, denied of their rights and continuously being burdened by the government’s repressive and anti-people policies,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay.

International groups express grave concern on PH rights situation

Global civil society alliance CIVICUS and the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development  (APWLD) expressed concern over the worsening cases of rights violation in the Philippines, citing the recent illegal arrest and detention of 13 human rights defenders in General Santos City, Mindanao last July 4, 2018. While 11 were released on July 6, 2018, two remain detained, facing trumped criminal charges.

On the BI's deportation order for Sr. Fox

“The Bureau of Immigration order being used to justify the persecution of Sr. Patricia Fox is both vague and arbitrary, certainly a dangerous tool for foul-mouthed and tyrannical leaders who fear international solidarity. Sr. Fox deserves to stay in the country, surely more than the parasites in government who have willingly plundered and violated the rights of the majority; and definitely more than pretentious nationalists who might as well give up our territories to US and China. She has sufficiently answered all allegations, remained true to her mission, and expressed her solidarity to the Filipino people,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay. 

Lumad in Surigao del Sur evacuate yet again, military withholding relief

“This is the Duterte regime’s version of peace – terrorizing communities and strengthening military rule over civilians. This trend has progressively worsened under Duterte, with the Armed Forces of the Philippines turning indigenous and peasant communities into their playground for rights abuses. Their unwanted presence in rural areas has once again caused the evacuation of more than a thousand individuals,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay.

 

 

(Photo courtesy of SOS Caraga)


 

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