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Duterte’s martial law extension will bring more rights abuses

Press Release | July 14, 2017 

“President Duterte’s call for Congress to extend martial law in Mindanao until the end of 2017 is like exhorting a mad cabal of harbingers of impunity to inflict and applaud further grave violations on people’s rights and civil liberties,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay, on Malacanang’s announcement that Duterte has asked Congress to extend martial law until December 31 of this year. 

Release ALL political prisoners, stop filing trumped up charges vs civilians and activists

“Their release is only partial remedy to the injustices inflicted upon political prisoners by the State,” said Karapatan deputy secretary general Jigs Clamor during a mobilization in front of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) on July 18, 2017.

Duterte’s reinstatement of Supt. Marcos to police service, a classic example of impunity

Press Release | July 14, 2017 

“The reinstatement of superintendent Marvin Marcos to police service and his non-indictment on murder charges on the rub-out of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. is a classic example of impunity under the Duterte administration. Encouraging cops who spit on the right to due process to continue doing so and rewarding them with immunity from grave criminal charges is the order of the day,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay, on the recent announcements of President Rodrigo Duterte regarding Marcos and his war on drugs.

Has change really come?, asks relatives and victims of State repression

Press Release | July 14, 2017 

“Hustisya! Wala kaming kasalanan, pero pinatay nila [mga sundalo] ang anak ko. Hustisya para sa anak ko, para sa nangyari sa akin. Nabubuhay pa rin kami sa takot, hindi na ito nagbago,” said Rodolfo Tagalog Sr., father of slain peasant Rodolfo Jr. His son was brutally killed and tortured by elements of the 2nd Infantry Battalion-Philippine Army (IBPA) and 9th Infantry Division in Milagros, Masbate on April 15, 2017. Rodolfo Jr.’s body was found 2 days later, on April 17, with his body full of bruises and bearing signs of torture.

Kin of victims to Duterte: We need justice, not martial law and other fascist attacks

We are mothers, daughters, friends, nieces, relatives who have lost our beloved to State repression. What we have is our strength, our solidarity, and our voices combined together to arduously push the call for justice. We refuse to accept that our loved ones have simply become mere statistics, normalized in the everyday frenzy of gunshots, bombings, arrests and violations,” said Hustisya Chairperson Evangeline Hernandez, during the gathering of kin of victims of drug-related and politically motivated extrajudicial killings, political prisoners and desaparecidos at UP Diliman on July 8, 2017.


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