Appeals for Action

Appeal for Action: Pull-out military troops from peasants, indigenous communities in Mindanao

APPEAL FOR ACTION
CALL FOR THE IMMEDIATE PULL-OUT OF MILITARY TROOPS FROM
THE COMMUNITIES OF PEASANTS AND INDIGENOUS PEOPLES  IN MINDANAO

Dear friends,
 
Please join us in our call for the immediate pull-out of AFP troops from the communities of peasants and indigenous peoples in Mindanao.  There are at least three groups of evacuees from the provinces of Saranggani, Bukidnon and Davao del Norte. The evacuees, numbering to at least a thousand, are mostly indigenous peoples who left their homes starting May up to the present due to heavy military presence and intense combat operations in their respective communities. 
 

69th IB-Army massacred peasant, IP leaders; 2 still missing

APPEAL FOR ACTION

THREE CIVILIANS MASSACRED BY 69th IB-PA,  12-YEAR-OLD CHILD WOUNDED AND WOMAN LUMAD LEADER, HUSBAND STILL MISSING

Dear Friends, 

Please join us in our call to immediately surface woman Lumad leader Aida Seisa and husband Henry and justice for the killing of tribal chieftain Datu Ruben Laydan Enlog, Jr., Randy Lavarcon Carnasa, and Oligario Quimbo by elements of the “Palparan battalion” 69th Infantry Battalion- Philippine Army (IBPA). Seisa’s house was strafed on June 14 in Paquibato, Davao City. 

Chronology of Events 

On June 10-12, 2015, Aida Seisa, spokesperson of Paquibato District Peasant Alliance (PADIPA), led a fact-finding mission to check on reports of aerial bombings and a series of human rights violations, including military encampments of the notorious 69th (IBPA) in several communities in Sitio Quimotod, Barangay Fatima, Paquibato District. A resident of Paquibato District, Seisa is familiar with the situation of the communities, thus, she gave the participants security guidelines  safety in the conduct of the mission. 

Appeal for Action: Two farmers illegally arrested for murder, illegal possession of explosives

Dear friends,

Please join us in our call to immediately release illegally-arrested Norberto Burrico and Evelyn Flauta who were nabbed by joint forces of Special Action Force (SAF) and Criminal Investigation and Detection Group of the Philippines National Police (CIDG-PNP) in Brgy. Niogan, Lemery, Batangas.

At around 6:00 a.m. last April 23, 2015, combined forces of the SAF and CIDG of the PNP illegally arrested farmers Evelyn Flauta and Norberto Burrico, common-law couple, in their home at Brgy. Niogan, Lemery, Batangas. 
 

Urgent Appeal to keep Lumad children in school

An appeal to condemn and stop military attacks on Lumad schools in Mindanao
by the Save Our Schools (SOS) Network
 
Greetings of Peace and Solidarity!
 
We are alarmed that 2,896 Lumad children will be denied of their right to education when the Aquino government closes down Lumad community schools in Davao del Norte.
 

State forces tail, harass members of people's organizations

Dear friends,
 
Please join us in our call to stop harassment and surveillance of members and staff of progressive people’s organizations by military agents. The acts are attempts to disrupt the organizations’ activities and terrorize people involved in development and human rights work.  The three incidents below happened in a span of three weeks. 
 

Manobo activist victim of enforced disappearance:John Calaba missing, last seen at Consunji Inc.compound

Dear friends,
 
Please join us in our call to immediately surface Manobo activist John Calaba who was last seen inside the premises of David M. Consunji Inc. (DMCI) compound. 
 
Calaba, 28,  is the Public Information Officer of KIDUMA, an organization opposed to the logging and mining projects of DMCI, which displaced peasants and Manobo tribes away from their farms and ancestral land.
In the morning of April 30, 2015, Calaba, was sitting in front of his house at Brgy. Salangsang, Lebak, Sultan Kudarat when members of the Consunji company guards namely, Christopher dela Cruz, Loloy Aquino and Jayjay Cruz approached him. The men invited Calaba to the outpost of Consunji guards at Brgy. Sabanal for a meal. Calaba went with them to the Consunji company compound. Prior to the incident, the guards have been persistent in befriending Calaba.
 

Breastfeeding political prisoner may be separated from baby (Update on Miradel Torres)

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Breastfeeding political prisoner may be separated from baby

(An Update of the Urgent Alert dated July 25, 2014)

Dear friends,

Please join us in our call for the immediate release of political prisoner Miradel Torres who is currently at the Taguig City Jail-Female Dorm (TCJ-FD) at Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City.

Pull-out the 73rd IBPA from Sarangani Province and stop human rights violations among the Blaan tribe

Dear friends,
 
Please join us in our call for the immediate pull-out of the 73rd IB-PA operating in Sarangani Province that has victimized the Blaan indigenous group in 10 villages in Malapatan, Sarangani province. The military operation is part of the Aquino government’s counterinsurgency program Oplan Bayanihan.
 
 
 

Karapatan HR workers, rights violations victims in Southern Mindanao under attack

 

On April 26, 2015, at around 9:50 a.m., a man with military haircut wearing light fatigue shirt and short pants was walking back and forth the road, and would tiptoe to look over what was behind the gates of the Karapatan-Southern Mindanao Region office. At the time, those inside the office were Leonora Ricafort and son Jayson; Eduardo E. Regidor and sons Levie, Eduardo Jr. and Jhon Mark; Romnick Talara, wife “Jessa” and son Justin James; Aida Sanduman-Seisa, Primjun ObliandaCabatuan, and Roselyn Tausa (Most of them are victims of human rights violations).They noticed the man because he passed through the road four times. On the 5th time, he stood at the side of the Karapatan office. He looked up to see what was inside the office.

Call for the immediate release of 13 civilians, including a peace consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines

On March 4, 2015, combined elements of the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) simultaneously raided three houses in Quezon City and Caloocan City in the guise of implementing “Oplan Paglalansag”, a campaign of the PNP to go after illegally held firearms. The raid ended up with the arrest of 13 civilians, including a duly-accredited peace consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines.
 
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