Appeals for Action
The 2016 campaign period for the national elections will soon conclude as Filipinos cast their votes on May 9.
Please join us in calling for an end to the string of violence, harassment and red-tagging committed against persons and groups to smear legitimate electoral campaigns that put forward the advocacies of peoples and sectors. As the violent and fraudulent character of this electoral process unfold and intensify, we call on everyone to condemn the killing of Emil Go, a volunteer for the Cerbito for Governor Movement, as well as the harassments done against its volunteers. Moreover, we condemn the continuing series of red-baiting against progressive candidates and partylist groups. There is no place for such in a supposedly democratic process.
Join us as we strongly denounce the bloody dispersal of a farmers’ rally in Kidapawan City, North Cotabato last April 1, 2016. The three-day protest, which started in March 30, 2016, ended violently when state security forces openly fired at protesters.
The incident left two persons dead, at least 37 hurt and wounded. Many are still unaccounted for after the violent dispersal, including women, elderly and six minors. At least 45 men were illegally arrested and are now under police custody at the Kidapawan Gym, while 27 women (three are pregnant and two senior citizens) were and are now at the Kidapawan City Convention Center.
Please join us in calling for an independent investigation on the burning of the evacuation camp of Lumad at the compound of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) in Davao City on February 24, 2016. Let us join hands in calling for an end to the harassment of Lumad evacuees and the pullout of military troops in Talaingod, Davao del Norte and Bukidnon where the Lumad evacuees came from.
Please join us in our call to immediately release Jose Nayve, Armando Matres, Rommel Nuñez, and George Bruce who were arbitrarily arrested by the police on November 23, 2015 who were allegedly in a “hot pursuit” operation after a telecommunications manhole exploded in General Trias Cavite.
Nayve, Matres, Nuñez, and Bruce were simultaneously and arbitrarily arrested at a “peryahan” in Brgy. Manggahan General Trias Cavite. Nayve, provincial coordinator of transport group PISTON, heard a gunshot when he was approached by men from the barangay. Immediately after, police arrested him and forced him into a police mobile while he was being kicked at the back.
(Updated) ALCADEV Exec.Director, 2 Lumads killed by AFP units and paramilitary group; community members forced to evacuatesubmitted on Mon, 09/07/2015 - 14:07
(Updated UA_September 7, 2015)
On September 1, at around 4 a.m., members of the AFP’s paramilitary group Magahat/Bagani Force/Marcos Bocales group opened fire at Dionel Campos and his cousin Juvello Sinzo (earlier reported as Aurello/Bello Sinzo) and a staff member of ALCADEV Belen Itallo in the presence of the community members in Km.16, Bgy. Diatagon, Lianga, Surigao del Sur. Campos and Sinzo died instantly, while Itallo survived. The back of Campos’s head was blown off, as some witnesses believed armed men used M203 rifle to shoot him. Sinzo’s arms were also broken due to gunshot wounds.
In the same morning, Emerito Samarca’s remains was found in one of the classrooms in school compound of ALCADEV (Alternative Learning Center for Agricultural and Livelihood Development). Samarca is Executive Director of ALCADEV. His throat was slit open, with the cut that ranged from ear to ear. He was also shot two times on the chest.
The killings happened while the same paramilitary group burnt down the community’s cooperative store.
UA Date: August 18, 2015
UA Case: Massacre/Extrajudicial Killing, Frustrated Killing, Use of Civilian in Police and/or Military Operations as Guides and/or Shield, Use of Schools, Medical, Religious and other Public Places for Military Purpose, Endangerment of Civilians