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Karapatan: Duterte regime’s “Red October” spin meant to justify further rights violations

“This alleged destabilization plot is an underhanded move to justify further repression and rights violations against organizations and personalities considered as critics of the Duterte government. Concocting lies and fantastic conspiracy theories is natural for insecure and fascist governments . If October passes without much ado, we are almost sure “Red November”, Red December”, and “Red 2019” will be this regime’s next conspiracy theory. Ridiculous!” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay on the alleged “Red October” destabilization plot against Duterte. 

Karapatan to the military: Quit giving excuses, transfer Palparan to Bilibid immediately!

“I did not kill them, I just inspired the triggermen” - Jovito Palparan, in an interview with Rappler

“Gone is the arrogant soldier to which the above statement is attributed to. No longer is retired Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan, Jr. as willing to claim that he “inspired the triggermen”, especially now that victims of rights violations perpetrated by him and soldiers under his command won a case against him. Now, he peddles the image of pure innocence, shamelessly presenting himself as a victim. Truly disgusting!” said Karapatan deputy secretary general Roneo Clamor on Palparan’s continued claim of innocence over the guilty verdict promulgated by the Malolos, Bulacan Regional Trial Court Branch 15 on September 17, 2018 for charges of kidnapping and serious illegal detention of missing UP students Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeno.

Attacks against Moro communities, Moro rights defenders escalate

Karapatan strongly condemns the recent killing of another woman human rights defender in Mindanao. On the afternoon of September 23, 2018, Mariam Uy Acob, 43, a paralegal of Kawagib Moro Human Rights Alliance in Maguindanao and a leader of Tindeg Bangsamoro, was gunned down by suspected military agents. Kawagib Moro Human Rights Alliance is among the member-organizations of Karapatan.

“Duterte degrades and threatens women”: Women testify at the International Tribunal

[Brussels, 19 September] Women’s voices were at the forefront in the two-day International Peoples’ Tribunal on the Philippines. Testimonies from women human rights defenders and family members of political prisoners or victims of extrajudicial killings, demonstrate the impact of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s policies on women, and how they harken back to earlier repressive eras.  

Duterte regime using an old, dirty tactic as bomb threats plague Metro Manila universities days before Sept. 21 - Karapatan

Both Mapua University and the University of Sto. Tomas were on high alert after bomb threats sent via text messages circulated on social media on September 18 and September 19, respectively. The threats were allegedly sent by the New People’s Army (NPA), a matter vehemently denied by the group, even calling the bomb scare as “cowardly threats”.

Authorities who investigated the reports said that it was a false alarm in both cases.