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Court acquits peasant political prisoner of trumped-up charges

Press Release | 23 June 2017

On June 22, 2017, the Regional Trial Court Branch 30 in Basey, Samar acquitted peasant Elpidio Romanca after the State Prosecutor failed to refute Romanca and his counsel’s argument that the evidence against him were tampered by the military, thus the fabricated charges of illegal possession of firearms and ammunition are patently false.

Romanca with his family 

Court denies political prisoner’s plea to visit his father’s wake

Press Statement | June 23, 2017

In a court order issued on June 22, 2017, Judge Lily Villareal Biton of Regional Trial Court Branch 77 in San Mateo, Rizal denied the motion of Dumagat political prisoner Eddie Cruz to visit his father’s wake in the family’s makeshift house in Sitio Ee, Brgy. San Rafael, Montalban, Rizal. 

Dumagat political prisoner asks court to attend his father's wake

Press Statement | June 21, 2017

“For humanitarian considerations, political prisoner Eddie Cruz should be allowed to visit the wake of his father. The government has deprived him too long of his liberty to be with his loved ones, since his arrest on fabricated charges," said Cristina Palabay, Karapatan secretary general.

The Cruz family hails from the Dumagat tribe in Sitio Tuay, Rodriguez, Rizal. Before his arrest, Eddie worked as a farmer and was also occasionally hired as a tour guide in Rizal, as the breadwinner of the family. Since his arrest by virtue of a trumped up charge of illegal possession of firearms on August 28, 2010, his elderly parents had no choice but to work in the “kaingin” to meet the family’s needs.

Tatay Cresencio Cruz 

Release of cops in rub-out case in Leyte, non-release of political prisoners, clear signs of impunity under Duterte

“We express our condemnation and extreme disappointment on the release on bail of police officers involved in the Espinosa case, as among the clear indications of prevailing impunity under Pres. Rodrigo Duterte. We remind the President that his job as commander-in-chief does not entail protecting State security forces from accountability on their crimes,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay on the release of the nineteen (19) accused policemen involved in the killing of Albuera mayor Rolando Espinosa.

KARAPATAN statement on the National Day of Prayer and Action for Peace and Human Rights, June 12, 2017

"There are US soldiers unaccountable to Philippine laws loitering in Mindanao, there are groups that sow terror, we have martial rule and US-driven counterinsurgency programs which continue to repress people’s rights, and there are continuing unequal agreements with countries like the US. What we don’t have and what we are moving away from is the possibility of lasting peace, social justice and our capacity as a sovereign nation,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay during today’s national day of prayer and action to call for peace and respect for human rights by people's organizations, personalities and individuals from various faiths, sectors and political affiliations.

 

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