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The President’s men undermine peacetalks—Karapatan

While President Aquino urges Myanmar government to further its reforms in the light of the recent release of some 120 political prisoners in Myanmar, the President’s men issued statements that Malacanang is not inclined to release political prisoners who are in various jails all-over the country for fabricated charges. 

Protecting Big Mining Corporations, Oplan Bayanihan's Style of Development

Jigs Clamor, Karapatan’s Deputy Secretary General said that, “The recent move by the military and the big mining companies to finance military-trained units of SCAA (Special Civilian Active Auxilliary) shows the AFP’s connivance with corporations that plunder the country’s mineral resources.”

KARAPATAN welcomes the release of the NPA’s prisoners; Calls for the immediate resumption of GPH-NDFP talks

“The release of Mayor Mayor Henry Dano of Lingig, Surigao del Sur, his two military escorts and the PNP/BJMP guards is a welcome gesture on the part of the NPA that should push the peace talks forward,” said Jigs Clamor, Deputy Secretary General of Karapatan. 

Karapatan also looks forward to Pres. Noynoy Aquino’s release of political prisoners “as a sign of reciprocity” on the part of the GPH.  “The GPH should release most, if not all, of the 13 JASIG-protected NDF consultants. This will give impetus for the resumption of the talks,” added Clamor. 

Karapatan to Palparan, et.al: Stay away from the witnesses

Karapatan urged Ret.Maj.Gen. Jovito Palparan, et.al to stay away from
the witnesses to the criminal case filed in relation to the abduction
of UP students Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeño.
Counsels for the complainants manifested during the DOJ’s
clarificatory hearing last September 23 that Wilfredo Ramos was coaxed
thrice by elements of the military stationed in their barangay to
recant his earlier statements and to stand as witness for the
respondents in exchange of certain “benefits.”  Had he agreed, Ramos

Oplan Bayanihan’s brutality hides under the slogan of “human rights, peace and development”—Karapatan

Extrajudicial killings and other human rights violations continue despite the government’s claim that its new counter-insurgency program Oplan Bayanihan adheres to human rights and that the AFP is in the communities for peace and development.