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Karapatan calls for the immediate release, humane treatment of hors de combat Zaldy Cañete

Human rights group Karapatan today echoed the calls of the family of wounded combatant Zaldy Cañete, reportedly an official of the New People’s Army Pulang Bagani Command, and that of the Exodus for Justice and Peace for his immediate release and humane treatment.

Rights group slams acquittal of police officers in illegal arrest, torture of security guard Rolly Panesa

Karapatan expressed disappointment on the ruling of the Regional Trial Court Branch 36 of Calamba, Laguna yesterday, May 16, 2018, on the criminal cases filed by security guard Rolly Panesa against four police officers and other John and Jane Does.

A Tale of Three Mothers

Today, mothers’ day, the shops and malls put out all the stops to entice families to celebrate that one day of the year to honor mothers, while 3-year old Luis* is probably oblivious to all these commercial celebrations of mothers’ day.

Luis doesn’t live with his mother, yet he is being reminded of his mother all his life, all the time, by his father, grandparents, friends and colleagues of his mother, or even strangers who come in  for a visit. And whenever family finances allow, Luis visits his mother at the Taguig City Jail Female Dorm in Camp Bagong Diwa.

Duterte’s “strongman” image, a facade of cowardice

“Strongmen” like Rodrigo Duterte exercise power through State terror and violence with impunity, couched in populist language that misleads the public and trains the guns of his armed forces and police on his perceived enemies - the people. His “strength” comes from dehumanizing the urban poor and workers by calling them “drug addicts” and “lazy criminals,” by tagging activists and political dissenters as “terrorists,” and by branding any and all criticism to his anti-people policies as forms of “destabilization.”

Duterte uses BS Aquino’s repressive immigration policy to suppress rights

“Two wrongs do not make a right. Both the Duterte and the Aquino governments are accountable for the creation and continued use of repressive policies, no doubt for their own gains. In any case, regardless of this useless and ludicrous blaming game, the fact is that this BI order is already being put to use to persecute a nun who has spent almost three decades of her life serving poor communities in the country," said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay in response to Duterte's speech Sunday, April 29, on the basis of the Bureau of Immigration’s decision regarding Sr. Patricia Fox.