January, 2018

Attacks against peasants escalate as January ends

“A rare celestial occurrence called the blood moon will be visible today, as the first month of 2018 closes. Yet, on the ground, frequent violations where the blood of farmers and indigenous peoples are spilt have already tainted the fields red. As January closes, attacks against peasant communities have escalated, with the Duterte regime perpetrating a string of unbridled violations against the country’s poorest,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay.

Killings, violations vs human rights defenders to intensify with martial law extension, counter-insurgency crackdown – Karapatan

“With the extension of martial law in Mindanao, the continuing implementation of counter-insurgency program Oplan Kapayapaan, the crackdown on progressive and human rights organizations advocating for people’s rights, and attacks against press freedom, the Duterte regime is keen on intensifying extrajudicial killings, illegal arrests, threats and harassment against human rights defenders (HRDs) in a brazen and detestable attempt to muzzle legitimate opposition to its anti-people policies,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay, in a consultation led by international rights group International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) in Quezon City, Philippines. 

Duterte, martial law are the threats to public safety – Karapatan

“Duterte and his anti-people policies such as martial law are the real threats to public safety. Policemen loitering around in urban poor communities and conveniently using the ‘nanlaban’ excuse to justify the murder of poor people are threats to public safety. Soldiers and paramilitary elements conducting operations in indigenous and peasant communities while mouthing their ‘martial law ngayon’ narrative to escape accountability are the real threats to public safety. This regime, which has been inching the country closer to a full-blown dictatorship with little to no checks and balances, is the real threat to public safety,” said Karapatan secretary general in response to Solicitor General Jose Calida’s statement that martial law in Mindanao is required by public safety. 

Bato’s refusal to release police info on drug war, a disgraceful attempt to escape accountability

“PNP Chief Ronaldo ‘Bato’ Dela Rosa’s refusal to release information on police operations regarding the drug war campaign is a disgraceful attempt to escape accountability, not that one can expect integrity from the Philippine National Police anyway. Releasing information on the drug war would indeed endanger cops, in the sense that they will be legally prosecuted and made accountable for their murder spree in urban poor communities,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay. 

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Free Ahed Tamimi, Nariman Tamimi and all political prisoners!

Free Ahed Tamimi, Nariman Tamimi and all political prisoners!

End the Zionist occupation and military operations in Palestinian lands!

We, members of the Commission 3 of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle, vehemently condemn the illegal arrest, torture and continuing detention of Ahed Tamimi and Nariman Tamimi, as we call for their immediate release and the release of all Palestinian political prisoners. 

Nariman and Ahed 

Jail authorities subject visitors of political prisoners to degrading practice of strip search - Karapatan

On January 22, 2017, political prisoners  (PPs) and Karapatan sent complaint letters to SICA 1 warden Joey Gencera and Director Deogracias Tapayan, Chief of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), and Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Jose Luis Gascon, respectively, with regard to violations done by Bureau of Jail Management and Penology personnel to families and visitors of political detainees.  The violations pertain to the humiliating and arbitrary jail policy of conducting strip searches.

Justice for Fr. Fausto Tentorio, disband all paramilitary groups – Karapatan

“The filing of murder complaints against soldiers and paramilitary perpetrators of the extrajudicial killing of Italian missionary Fr. Fausto Tentorio is a long-overdue measure that shows how difficult it is to pursue justice in the Philippines, how the climate of impunity has pervaded given six long years that has passed since the crime against Tentorio, and why it is necessary to disband paramilitary groups,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay, on reports that the National

Illegal arrests, frustrated killing, threats vs communities & human rights workers reported in first two weeks of 2018

“There is no let-up in the Duterte regime’s wanton violation of civil and political rights of farmers, indigenous peoples and human rights workers. In the first two weeks of 2018, reports of illegal arrests, frustrated killing, threats and harassment continue to come in. These forebode another year of terror inflicted by Duterte and his rabid murderous dogs in the military and police,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay.

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Order to rearrest released NDFP peace consultants, a violation of GRP-NDFP agreement

Karapatan deplored the recent issuance of warrants of arrest against National Democratic Front of the Philippines peace negotiating panel member Benito Tiamzon and peace consultants Wilma Austria Tiamzon and Adelberto Silva as “clear and wanton forms of violation of the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG).”

Duterte regime moves to constrict press freedom

"The Duterte regime’s revocation of Rappler’s Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) registration, after months of articles about the Duterte regime’s anti-people drug war campaign, is clearly a move to constrict press freedom, targetting media platforms exposing the brutality and inhumanity of the government program. This also attests to the reality that this regime is gradually moving towards a dictatorship,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay.

Full-blown dictatorship looms to the tune of Cha-cha - Karapatan

“From floating the bogus revolutionary government concept, to waving the banner of federalism as the end-all, be-all solution of the problems of Philippine society, the Duterte regime is once again peddling another scheme that will essentially benefit and strengthen political

Release of Ortega killer shows rule of law for the elite, injustice for the poor

“For moneyed and corrupt officials, the courts find ways to perform ‘miracles’ to decide in favor of murderers, while the poor and the oppressed either rot in jail, or are met with bullets. The recent decision of the Court of Appeals (CA) to release former Palawan governor Joel Reyes is not only questionable, but is indicative of a justice system that operates on a double standard,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay on the CA decision to release Reyes, the main suspect for the murder of journalist and environmental activist Gerry Ortega.



Año's assurance of no EJK under his watch a shameless lie from a seasoned murderer - Karapatan

“What will be relentless in the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) headed by a butcher will be human rights violations. Eduardo Año, in an interview, assured the public that there would be no extrajudicial killings under his term. This is an outright lie, one that spits at the bodies of hundreds of farmers, indigenous peoples, and activists killed during his stint in the military. Año is not just a murderer, he is also a seasoned liar,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay on Año’s recent statement as he started his first day as DILG officer in charge yesterday. 


Karapatan earlier condemned the appointment of former AFP chief Año as the DILG OIC. Año served as the chief of the Intelligence Service of the AFP (ISAFP) before he became the commander of the 10th Infantry Division. On July 2015, he was appointed as the AFP Chief of Staff.




Karapatan hits Año's appointment as DILG head, warns against intensifying rights abuses

Karapatan earlier condemned the appointment of former AFP chief Eduardo Año as head of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). Año was among those charged in a criminal complaint for the disappearance and arbitrary detention of activist Jonas Burgos in 2011, among other rights violations. Prior to his appointment as AFP chief, Año was commanding officer of the 10th Infantry Division in Davao City, a division notorious for several rights abuses, including the Paquibato massacre which resulted to the killing of 3 indigenous people in Paquibato district, Davao City in 2015. 

On the filing of charges against perpetrators of the killing of Fr. Fausto Tentorio

The reported filing of murder charges against soldiers and paramilitary group members on the killing of Italian missionary Fr. Fausto “Pops” Tentorio is a long-overdue measure in the long struggle for justice of his family, friends, and indigenous communities. Tentorio was killed on October 17, 2011, yet authorities have only managed to seemingly complete the investigation and file charges for preliminary investigation more than six years after. 

On the recent statement of UN experts on rights violations in Mindanao

Karapatan welcomes the joint statement of UN Special Rapporteurs on the rights of indigenous peoples Victoria Tauli-Corpuz and on internally displaced persons Cecilia Jimenez-Damary expressing concern on human rights violations against indigenous communities in Mindanao, in the context of increasing militarization and martial law in Mindanao.