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Members of factfinding mission in Negros shot; 2 dead, one wounded

Three members of the factfinding mission team were shot by unnamed men at around 2:40 this afternoon at Brgy. San Ramon, Bayawan, Negros Oriental. Elisa Badayos, coordinator Karapatan Negros Oriental and Eleuterio Moises, a barangay tanod and member of local peasant organization Mantapi Ebwan Farmers Association, were pronounced dead-on-arrival after having been brought to a hospital in Bayawan. Carmen Matarlo, a 23-year-old member of Kabataan Partylist-Cebu was also reportedly wounded.

Duterte’s foul remarks against UN expert are words of a fascist madman – Karapatan

“Duterte’s repeated public statements insulting and threatening physical violence on United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial killing Agnes Callamard are not only deplorable and undiplomatic pronouncements of a head of state, but are dangerous acts undermining international human rights mechanisms that are in place to provide redress to victims of rights violations and peoples suffering from State violence. To defend these statements as ‘unorthodox rhetoric’ is simply a lame excuse to promote further rights violations and impunity,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay, after Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque commented on the recent statements of the UN High Commissioner for Human Right defending Callamard.

Political killings, abduction, and forcible evacuation mark days after Duterte’s threats to crackdown on progressive groups

“Duterte’s verbal threats have had chilling implications on the ground. With a bloodthirsty and trigger-happy military and police to do his bidding, the Duterte regime has, without hesitation, used all ploys within its power to terrorize individuals and entire communities. The recipe for repression detailed by past fascist regimes has been compounded by more innovations, courtesy of Duterte, his imperialist masters, and their loyal Cabinet security cluster. From the drug war, the US-driven counterinsurgency program Oplan Kapayapaan, and martial law in Mindanao, the formation of the Inter-Agency Committee on Legal Action (IACLA) and his termination of the peace negotiations with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines have been added to the mix. This has resulted to the spate of killings and arrests in just a matter of days,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay. 

Anti-terror law legitimizes repression, violation of civil and political rights – Karapatan

“The Anti-Terror Law (or the Human Security Act) or Republic Act 9372 is a dangerous law, so ambiguous and vague, that it can only be seen as a tool to criminalize any and all political dissenters arbitrarily. Now, the fascists in government are at it again – rabidly tagging genuine opposition as terrorists in a delirious frenzy. The Duterte regime is citing the anti-terror law as a legal instrument to foist upon activists and civil society groups, intent to conceal the reality that it is the State that has long been terrorizing the Filipino people,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay after presidential spokesperson Harry Roque’s pronouncement that organizations suspected as ‘legal fronts’ of the CPP-NPA will be charged under the HSA. 

On Proclamation 360 and Duterte’s termination of the peace negotiations

Duterte’s termination of the peace negotiations further exposes his fascist mold and his insincerity to pursue just and lasting peace in the Philippines. His stubborn refusal to abide by the Comprehensive Agreement on the Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL), through his non-release of political prisoners and intensifying repressive measures against the people, manifests itself as once again, he ranted and raved like a madman instead of discussing these major significant issues in the aborted fifth round of formal peace talks.   


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