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On the conviction of three police officers in the killing of Kian delos Santos

Karapatan welcomes the conviction of three police officers in the killing of Kian delos Santos in August 2017. We lament, though, that Police Station Commander Amor Cerillo and Caloocan City Police Chief Senior Supt. Chito Bersaluna have not been charged for condoning and orchestrating murders done in similar police operations which resulted in the killing of Delos Santos and many others. They, too, should unequivocally be held accountable. We are enraged that Pres. Rodrigo Duterte, then Philippine National Police Chief Ronaldo “Bato” dela Rosa and several other high officials who ordered, encouraged, endorsed and even mandated the police to commit such dastardly crimes have remained unpunished. 

Duterte’s death squad signals open season for killing Filipinos

“As if this sham drug war and Duterte’s counterinsurgency program is not enough, this government is continuously coming up with more sinister schemes to kill more Filipinos. The process of identifying targets will inevitably be arbitrary and will result in the deaths of activists and critics already red-tagged by this government and of the poor in its anti-drug campaign. This is an insidious ploy that will add to the number of murders that this regime has already ruthlessly committed – all denied of their right to due process,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay on President Duterte’s statement creating a death squad to target the New People’s Army (NPA) and “idlers” in a recent speech at Camp Rajah Sikatuna in Carmen, Bohol.

Philippines is a dangerous place for women and women human rights defenders (WHRDs)

“The Philippines is a dangerous place for women and women human rights defenders. The situation has aggravated because the Duterte government is hell-bent on protecting the foremost violators of women’s rights – the military and the police. We have a government that coddles rapists and murderers, headed by a leader who spouts demeaning statements against women and actively orders his mercenaries to act with the same disrespect and lack of regard for women’s rights,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay during the commemoration of the International Women Human Rights Defenders Day on November 29, 2018.

Justice for Elisa Badayos and Eleuterio Moises! Stop the attacks against rights defenders!

It has been a year since the killing human rights defenders Elisa Badayos and Eleuterio Moises. On November 28, 2017, two unidentified gunmen linked to a local politician’s private army shot and killed Badayos and Moises while they were on a fact-finding mission in Brgy. San Ramon, Bayawan City, Negros Oriental. Elisa, or “Nene” among friends, was the coordinator of Karapatan Negros Oriental while Eleuterio was a farmer and active member of Mantapi Ebwan Farmer’s Association.  

Two weeks in Mindanao: Two farmers shot, four teachers abducted, five students tortured and a family assaulted

“Two dead, four missing, a family assaulted and five minors tortured by government forces in Mindanao – all in a span of two weeks! This is the real face of martial law, the reality that the Duterte regime is desperately trying to whitewash. The government, however, is still eyeing the extension of military rule in Mindanao, insistent on cracking down against marginalized sectors raising legitimate demands. The perpetrators are guaranteed protection, while the Filipino people are left to suffer unbridled repression and plunder,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay, citing the recent cases of killings and frustrated killings, abduction, and torture in Mindanao.