Appeals for Action

Harassment and surveillance of human rights lawyer by suspected military intelligence units in Isabela province, Philippines

On 25 March 2014, at around 7:00 p.m., activist and paralegal William Bugatti was gunned down by unknown assailants widely believed to be government security forces.

The day before Bugatti was killed, he was with Atty. Ma. Catherince Dannug-Salucon in a hearing at the Regional Trial Court (RTC), Lagawe, Ifugao as counsel for political prisoners Rene Boy Abiva and Virgilio Corpuz. 

Justice for WIlliam Bugatti!

We are enraged over the extrajudicial killing of William Bugatti, a Tuwali and a devoted human rights worker yesterday March 25, 2014, at around 6-7 in the evening. William is a Regional Council Member of the Cordillera Human Rights Alliance-KARAPATAN, a regional Council Member of the Cordillera Peoples Alliance representing the Ifugao Peasant Movement and the Provincial Coordinator of Bayan Muna partylist.  

We condemn this human rights violation in the strongest possible terms.  

Former political prisoner assassinated in Oton town, Iloilo province

At around 6:30 p.m. on March 15, 2014, Romeo Capalla was at the Oton public market when unidentified gunmen shot him at close range. He succumbed to two gunshot wounds in the head, and was pronounced dead on arrival at the Western Visayas Medical Center. He was at the public market to pick up his mother-in-law from her store.

Capalla, 65, was a member of the Board of Directors of the Panay Fair Trade Center (PFTC) and its former manager. The PFTC, a member organization of the International Federation of Alternative Trade, exports certified-organic muscovado sugar and banana chips.

In August 2005, Capalla was arrested on false charges of arson. The said incident was allegedly committed by the New People’s Army in Guimbal, Iloilo. Capalla’s co-acused in the said case was Fernando Baldomero, then town councilor of Oton and was the first victim of extrajudicial killing under the Aquino government. Both Capalla and Baldomero were released after the charges against them were dismissed. Baldomero was killed five years later on July 5, 2010, five days after Aquino took his oath of office.

Call for justice for the victims of killing in Central Luzon

Dear friends,

Please join us in our call for justice for the farmers who were victims of killing and other human rights violations. The farmers are in haciendas owned by big landlords or in haciendas targeted for land conversion for real estate and other commercial purposes.

Arbitrary killing, frustrated killing, and harassment of farmers in Hacienda Dolores, Porac, Pampanga

Peasant leader abducted, remains missing in Isabela province, Philippines

Case:    Enforced disappearance

Romulo Dela CruzVictim/s:    ROMULO DELA CRUZ, 42 years old

  • Farmer and resident of Barangay Matusalem, municipality of Roxas, Isabela
  • Member of Agbiag Matusalem Association-Roxas Isabela (AMA-RI), an association of residents of Matusalem village, Roxas town. AMA-RI is a member organization of Danggayan Dagiti Mannalon iti (Dagami), an alliance of peasant organizations in Cagayan Valley

Place of Incident:    Nueva Era village, San Manuel municipality, Isabela province

Date of Incident:    February 28, 2014

Alleged Perpetrator(s):    Unidentified men who claimed to be agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI)

Account of the Incident:

On February 28, 2014, Romulo Dela Cruz attended the wedding of his son, Romy, in a mass wedding ceremony in Roxas town, At around 11:30 a.m., Dela Cruz boarded his motorcycle and made his way back to his village in Barangay Matusalem, Roxas, together with with Julie Danga, one of the wedding sponsors. The newlyweds, aboard another motorcycle, were behind them.

Call for justice for the victims of killing and arbitrary arrest in the Bicol region, Philippines

Dear friends,

Please join us in our call for justice for the victims of killing and arbitrary arrest in the Bicol region.

Assassination of rights defender and his son in Albay province

At around 8:00 p.m. of February 26, 2014, Rosaldo Rayteran was driving home to Matara village after plying his jeepney route from Polangui town. With him was his 18-year-old son, Rasty.

Chairperson, secretary of peasant organization ambushed by unidentified assailants in Valencia town, Bukidnon province

Case: Extrajudicial killing and frustrated extrajudicial killing

Victim/s:
JULIETO LAURON (Killed)
- 41, male, married with 4 children
- Chairperson of Kahugpungan sa mga Mag-uuma (Kasama or Association of Farmers)-Vintar Chapter, Valencia City

NERMIE LAPATIS (Frustrated killing, survived with injuries)
- 41, female, married, member of the Higaonon indigenous people’s tribe
- Secretary of Kahugpungan sa mga Mag-uuma (Kasama) – Vintar, Valencia City Chapter

Place of Incident:  Juanilla Village, Poblacion, Valencia City, Bukidnon province
Date of Incident:  05 February 2014

Alleged Perpetrator(s):
Two unidentified men aboard a motorcycle, believed to be members of State security forces

Account of the Incident:
In the morning of February 5, 2014, Julieto Lauron was driving a motorcycle with Nermie Lapatis. They were on their way to the village of Hindangon, Valencia City when two unidentified men on a red motorcycle overtook them, blocked their way and immediately shot Lauron and Lapatis.

Lauron who was hit on his neck, chest and stomach immediately died, while Lapatis was hit in her right knee. The assailants quickly escaped.

Farmers’ group, woman rights defender threatened in Aurora province, Central Luzon, Philippines

Case:    Threat, harassment and intimidation, surveillance

Victim/s:    

ROSEMARIE ROJAS, 44
- Community organizer and coordinator of Samahang Magbubukid na Kababaihan (Samaka or Association of Women Farmers), and  Panlalawigang Alyansa ng mga Magbubukid ng Aurora (Pamana or Alliance of Peasants in the Aurora Province)

At least 42 households and residents of Sitio Ilaya, Barangay Zabali, Baler, Aurora

Staff members of Pamana

Places of Incident:    
- Sitio Ilaya, Barangay Zabali, Baler, Aurora
- The Pamana office located in Maria Aurora town, Aurora

Dates of Incident:    January 16 and 17, 2014

Alleged Perpetrator(s):
Two unidentified men believed to be the State intelligence agents; and, at least 15 elements of the 56th Infantry Battalion Philippine Army.

Account of the Incident:

On the evening of January 16, 2014, members of the Philippine Army surrounded the house of peasant organizer Rosemarie Rojas.

According to Rojas’s neighbors, at least 15 members of the 56th Infantry Battalion arrived in their community past 11:00 p.m. The soldiers surrounded Rojas’s house, as some soldiers were lying face-down on the grassy lot across the street, their guns trained at the house. A number of soldiers entered Rojas’s yard, peeked through the windows and through the small gaps on the walls.

Military occupies community-based school in Compostela town, Compostela Valley province, Philippines

UA Case :
  • Attacks on or Use of Schools for Military Purposes;
  • Endangerment of Civilians;
  • Threat, harassment and intimidation;
  • Violation of Domicile

Victim/s:
  • 230 pupils and 5 teachers of Salugpungan Ta Tanu Igkanugon Community Learning Center (STTICLC), a community-based school of Matigsalog indigenous people accredited by the Department of Education
  • 51 households near the STTICLC

Place of Incident :

Anti-mining advocate shot dead in Maco, Compostela Valley province, Philippines

UA Case:    Extrajudicial killing

Victim/s:    MARCELO C. MONTERONA, Jr.

  • Male, 41, married with three children  ages 16, 14 and 12
  • Self-employed mechanic and driver
  • Resident of Maco town, Compostela Valley province
  • Council member, Indug Kautawan, Maco chapter of Barug Katawhan (People Rise Up! a group of typhoon “Pablo” survivors in Maco)
  • Member, Kabalikat Civicom – Maragusan Chapter

Place of Incident:    Near the victim’s house in Elizalde village, Maco, Compostela Valley

Date of Incident:    3 January 2014

Alleged Perpetrator(s):    Two unidentified men believed to be members of the 71st Infantry Battalion Philippine Army on board a motorcycle.

Account of the Incident:

On January 3, 2014, Marcelo Monterona was fixing his multicab vehicle. At around 11 a.m., he went to Km. 11 on-board his motorcycle to borrow a sparkplug ring from his friend Edgardo Sedillo, a bakery owner. Sedillo’s bakery is about 600 meters from Monterona’s residence. While waiting for Sedillo, Monterona noticed seven army soldiers in uniform at a neighbourhood store across the street. Right after Monterona got the sparkplug ring, he returned to his house to continue fixing the multicab.

At around 12:00 noon, Monterona tested the multicab on the road in front of his house. He was some 13 meters from his house when two unidentified men, aboard an XRM motorcycle, stopped near the driver’s seat of the multicab. Witnesses said the gunman went straight to the driver’s seat and shot Monterona with a .45 caliber pistol, hitting him on the left side of his mouth. He tried to crawl out of the vehicle through the passenger’s side. But the gunman got on the vehicle through the driver’s side door and shot Monterona several times more before speeding away.

Monterona fell out of the vehicle and was rushed to a hospital in Tagum City by his wife and son. Sedillo, who was grazed by a stray bullet in the stomach, was also brought to the hospital.

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