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Karapatan on Memorandum No. 32: “Ito ang galawang diktador at terorista”

“Ito ang galawang diktador at terorista. In addition to the already worsening attacks on people’s rights in the country, Pres. Rodrigo Duterte through his Executive Secretary released Memorandum Order No. 32, adds another weapon in the current administration’s arsenal of directives that will certainly up the level of State terrorism against the people, especially in Samar, Negros Oriental and Occidental and in Bicol,” Karapatan secretary general said on the issuance of Memorandum Order No. 32 which reinforces guidelines under state of national emergency on account of alleged lawless violence in the aforementioned regions. 

9 years after Maguindanao massacre, impunity and injustice persist

Today, November 23, marks the 9th anniversary of what is considered to be the worst case of election-related violence and journalist killings in the country. The Maguindanao massacre left 58 civilians dead -- 32 of them journalists, also making it the single deadliest attack against journalists. 21 victims were female, some found with traces of semen and positive for sexual abuse. Of the 58, 15 were motorists who were just driving by and were unfortunate enough to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Three mass graves were dug for the intended cover-up. About 188 suspects were accused including the primary suspect, Andal Ampatuan Jr., who is said to have planned the attack. The Ampatuans were known allies of then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Many of the perpetrators were private armies of the Ampatuans working in cahoots with government security forces. The creation and utilization of private armies as force multipliers in the government's anti-people campaigns was inked by Gloria Arroyo in 2006 through Executive Order 546.

Karapatan Urgent Alert: Rights defenders tailed by riding-in-tandem identified to be members of the military in Negros

Karapatan Urgent Alert - November 17, 2018: Men onboard a single Honda motorcycle and those on the silver Hilux pick-up have been following our convoy since noon from Bacolod City to Sipalay (a 3-4 hour land trip), where Karapatan, NUPL, Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP), National Federation of Sugar Workers (NFSW) and many other people’s organizations were to attend the wake and funeral of Atty. Benjamin Ramos at the Sipalay Gym in Negros Occidental.

End martial law in Mindanao now! -Karapatan

The martial law proclamation in Mindanao is set to lapse on December 31 this year. The military and several lawmakers have already floated the idea of further extending martial law to another six months. AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr. has expressed that he will recommend martial law’s extension to the President. This was followed by a resolution filed by Iligan City representative Frederick Siao on November 14, 2018, urging the extension of military rule in Mindanao for another six months. 

Karapatan to Duterte: Stop gift-wrapping our sovereignty and our territory

“The Duterte government has chosen a soft stand on China, opting for a defeatist and meek attitude towards China’s aggression and hogging of our territories. Duterte remains mute and has failed to assert the international tribunal ruling in The Hague, which recognized parts of the West Philippine Sea as part of the country’s exclusive economic zone. In effect, the government is gift-wrapping our sovereignty and territory in exchange for being the next debt colony of China,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay, as people’s and human rights groups conduct a protest in front of the Chinese consulate in Makati on November 20, 2018 in time for the first state visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping.