"The day has finally come. BS Aquino has lost immunity from suits!” Cristina Palabay, Karapatan secretary general said, as the President Rodrigo Duterte succeeds Aquino.
“With the 307 extrajudicial killings, 30 enforced disappearances, more than a hundred thousand victims of forced evacuations, torture and illegal arrests, BS Aquino should immediately be jailed,” Palabay said.Just before his term ends, 15 activists are threatened for arrest for helping the Lumad who forcibly evacuated due to Philippine Army and Alamara paramilitary’s occupation in their communities.
“Up to the last days of his presidency, BS Aquino has not ceased to attack the Filipino people,” Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay said on the Davao City court’s issuance of warrants of arrest against leaders of people’s organizations, human rights advocates and church workers in Southern Mindanao who assisted Lumad evacuees in UCCP Haran, Davao City.
“On June 15, we received two good news for peace and human rights advocates,” Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay said in a press conference of advocates led by Pilgrims for Peace.
June 8, 2016
Dear President Duterte,
I once heard you call your daughter drama queen. My father would probably say the same for me. I was not raped, but my father is a desaparecido for nine years now, which brings out the drama queen in me.
I am Aya Santos, daughter of Leo Velasco, a missing peace consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).
Karapatan position on various issues arising from the statements of incoming President Rodrigo DuterteSubmitted on Fri, 06/03/2016 - 18:08
On peace talks with the NDFP
Karapatan fully supports the incoming President’s move to resume peace talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines(NDFP) and the release of all political prisoners unjustly jailed because of trumped-up criminal charges. We also urge the incoming President to pull-out the troops of the Armed Forces of the Philippines from communities and to junk the Aquino counterinsurgency program Oplan Bayanihan. We also urge President Duterte to immediately indemnify the victims of human rights violations under martial law.
Marie Hilao-Enriquez, Chairperson of Karapatan and SELDA (an organization of former political detainees, mostly detained during the martial law era) today called on President-elect Rodrigo Duterte to “be more circumspect” on the issue of the burial of the former dictator Ferdinand Marcos, Sr.
“While the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Report on the Kidapawan carnage confirms the failure of the government to provide a timely and appropriate response to the needs of the El Niño-affected farmers and the accountability of State forces in the violent dispersal, it also parroted the BS Aquino regime's attempt to obfuscate the issue raised by the farmers by equally blaming the protesters,” said Cristina Palabay, secretary general of Karapatan.