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Surface missing NDFP consultants, resume peace talks! – Karapatan

This week, the National Democratic Front Far Southern Mindanao sounded the alarm on the disappearance of peace consultant Lora Manipis and husband Jeruel Domingo, on the suspicion that they were abducted by military agents; their whereabouts have yet to be ascertained as of this writing. The couple had not made contact since February 24, 2018 and was last seen in Kidapawan City, North Cotabato. In its statement, the NDFP raised the possibility that the two were killed, or are suffering from intense torture.

 

Karapatan condemns threats harassment vs fact-finding mission in Mindanao

As the three-day International Fact Finding and Solidarity Mission in three regions in Mindanao is concluded today, Karapatan scored the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police for the numerous cases of threats and harassment faced by participants to the said mission. 

"Either these are proof of the State forces' paranoia overdrive or it is clear evidence that the Duterte administration has much to hide and cover up in its continuing implementation of martial law and counterinsurgency program Oplan Kapayapaan in Mindanao," said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay. 

On the possible resumption of the GRP-NDFP peacetalks

Karapatan welcomes the possible continuation of the peace talks between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines. The peace process is an important venue for discussions and actions on the root causes of the armed conflict in the country, including long-standing issues concerning civil, political, economic and social rights of the Filipino people, which are among the substantive agenda in the peace talks.

Arrests follow Duterte’s malicious terror-tagging – Karapatan

“The king of trash talk continues his barrage of threats one day, and backtracks to call for the resumption of the peace talks on another day. Meanwhile, the reality on the ground remains unchanged. Four individuals were illegally arrested in less than two weeks, signalling that the Duterte regime’s fascist policies, foremost his counterinsurgency program Oplan Kapayapaan, are still very much in effect,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay.

A month after arrest of six peasant organizers in Negros Oriental, Karapatan reiterates call for their release

“The illegal arrest and continuing detention of the six young peasant organizers in Negros Oriental based on trumped up charges filed by soldiers is a classic case of criminalization of political dissent and human rights activism,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay, a month after the arrest of the six organizers of the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) in Mabinay, Negros Oriental.