Karapatan criticizes Duterte’s threats to arrest martial law critics, orders to kill civilians

"Duterte's threats to arrest those who oppose martial law in Mindanao and his orders to the military to kill civilians reek of his authoritarian tendencies and his propensity to commit further violations of human rights and international humanitarian law. While he fully lends his ears to militarist thugs such as Defense Secretary Lorenzana and Gen. Eduardo Ano, he has turned a deaf and callous ear to the cries of the Moro peoples calling for the lifting of martial law and an end to aerial strikes. With US troops and the military as his only sources of information on the ground, how sure is he that everything these fascist institutions report is indeed true, when they are one of the foremost purveyors of fake news?" said Cristina Palabay, Karapatan Secretary General, on the latest pronouncements of Pres. Duterte last Saturday. 

Karapatan said that the people's opposition to martial law in Mindanao is based on reasonable and just grounds. "If your homes are bombed for reasons which are seemingly blown out of proportion, and when warrantless arrests and killings are done for the insidious "peace and security" reasons, martial law will indeed be seen as an anathema to people's interests," Palabay said. 

The Karapatan leader also called out Lorenzana and the Commission on Human Rights for their statements that there are no human rights violations since Duterte's imposition of Proclamation 216 on May 23, 2017, because no one has filed complaints. Lorenzana even dismissed reports of harassment and other rights violations instigated by soldiers as mere propaganda of groups that they have conveniently labeled as communist fronts. "It would do well for these officials to look at the mirror. No one is filing complaints in their offices because in many, if not all, of the cases filed against State security forces at CHR and other venues, nothing has been done to mete out accountability and justice, while victims and their families are harassed if they pursue these cases. They were never seen as instruments of justice, but instead as mere facades that only enabled further impunity," Palabay said. 

Karapatan documented extrajudicial killings and illegal arrests in Mindanao, after May 23, 2017 (Please see attached table of initial documentation of Karapatan). Most of the victims are farmers, Moro and indigenous peoples. The most recent is the illegal arrest of Alicia Tindasan, Jhona Rose Baugto, Rolan Segovia and Estanislao Talledo, members of Compostela Farmers Association (CFA), who were supposed to attend the scheduled barangay-wide assembly of the local peasant organization in Purok 4B, Barangay Mangayon Compostela, Compostela Valley. They were held by soldiers under the 66th IBPA yesterday, at around 2pm and were brought to Compostela Municipal Police Station, where they were charged with fabricated illegal possession of explosives cases.  

Aside from the 400,440 individuals or 84,855 families from Marawi City, Lanao del Sur and Lanao del Norte, cited from the NDRRMC Report as of July 1, 2017, there are 1, 695 families more who evacuated from Datu Saudi Ampatuan, Maguindanao, Matanao, Davao del Sur and Pres. Roxas, North Cotabato affected by military aerial bombings.

“The humanitarian crisis and corresponding rights violations as consequences of military bombings and operations in line with martial law, which is also being used for the government’s counter-insurgency war against the people of Mindanao, are more than enough reasons for the lifting of Proclamation 216. With the Supreme Court decision on citizens’ petitions to revoke the martial law declaration in Mindanao at peril, the Filipino people are more emboldened to resist these fascist attacks of the Duterte administration,” Palabay concluded.  


Victims of Extrajudicial Killings in Mindanao (May 23, 2017 - June 30, 2017)

As documented by Karapatan*

Name of Victim

Date of Incident

Place of Incident




Idris Rascal, Moro resident

May 23, 2017

Marawi City

Jalal Rascal, Moro resident

May 23, 2017

Marawi City

Abdullah Mamansag, Moro farmer

May 25, 2017

Brgy. Salat, Pres. Roxas, North Cotabato

Daniol Lasib, Blaan farmer and council member of Akma Aksasatu Matanao

May 26, 2017

Brgy. Colonsabac, Matanao, Davao del Sur

Ana Marie Aumada, Mandaya farmer and member of Alyansa sa mga Mag-uuma sa Sidlakang Davao

May 27, 2017

Brgy. Lucod, Banganga, Davao Oriental

Jessie Cabeza, farmer and member of Hugpong sa mga Mag-uuma sa Mabini

May 31, 2017

Brgy. Mascareg, Mabini, Compostela Valley

Jaynudin Amiludin, Moro farmer

June 8, 2017

Brgy. Elian, Datu Saudi Ampatuan, Maguindanao


Victims of Illegal Arrests in in Mindanao (May 23, 2017 - June 30, 2017)

As documented by Karapatan*   

Name of Victim

Date of Incident

Place of Incident




Saripa Abdullah and 29 Moro, Lumad and Christian women

May 25, 2017

Brgy. Domulon, Sultan Kudarat

At least 260 persons, mostly Moro youth

May 25, 2017

Davao City

Nestor Quintano and Remon Rodela, farmers and members of Unyon sa mga Mag-uuma nga Nakigbisog

May 27, 2017

Brgy. Poblacion, Maragusan, Compostela Valley

Kidjol Marcelo Antay Sr. and Noeme Antay, farmer couple

May 29, 2017

Brgy. Andap, Laak, Compostela Valley

Otik Catalino and Maricho Catalino, farmer couple and members of Nagkahiusang Mag-uuma sa Laak

May 29, 2017

Brgy. Malinao, Laak, Compostela Valley

Cesario dela Rosa, farmer and member of Kahugpongan sa mga Mag-uuma sa Maco

May 31, 2017

Brgy. Magangit, Maco, Compostela Valley

Ramil dela Cruz, farmer and member of HUMAWAC-KMP

May 31, 2017

Brgy. Napnapan, Pantukan, Compostela Valley

Eric Noble, Vicente Boy Barrios, Pio Salar, Elisar Lague, Angelito Atamosa, Crispo Atamosa, Gerry Atamosa, Ernesto Calinawan, Carmin Atamosa, Francisco Milallos, Ritiza Milallos, Lanie Rose Millalos, workers of Shin Sun Workers Union (SSWU-NAFLU-KMU) and their supporters

June 2, 2017

Compostela, Compostela Valley

Gimmy Adlin, Romar Ruales, Kagawad Junrex Mission and Mendoy Tonlay, farmers and members of Pederasyon sa mga Asosasyong Mag-uuma ug Lumad sa Agusan ug Davao

June 26, 2017

Barangay LS Sarmiento Laak Compostela Valley

KMP-SMR leaders Lito Lao, Pedro Arnado, and Jerry Alborme, along with Karapatan-SMR secretary general Honey Mae Suazo

June 28, 2017

Brgy. Lasang, Davao City

Lea Digwaan and eight other Lumad leaders and members of Bagkus-Salog

June 30, 2017

Barangay Sto. Niño Talaingod Davao del Norte


*The reproduction and distribution of information contained in this publication are allowed as long as sources are cited, and KARAPATAN is acknowledged as the source. Please furnish KARAPATAN copies of the final work where the quotation or citation appears. E-mail: karapatan@karapatan.org. 


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