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Duterte’s statement, charges vs 2 NFSW leaders absolve real perpetrators in Sagay 9 massacre - Karapatan

President Duterte’s order to arrest or kill farmers who occupy land is reflective of the government’s long-existing practice of maintaining the feudal exploitation of peasants to maintain the interests of landlords and hacienderos in the Philippines. It shows how the government is complicit in the killings and rights violations against the peasants perpetrated by landlords and their private armies acting in cahoots with the military and police. Instead of implementing genuine agrarian reform to pave the way for land distribution to peasants, the government chooses to kill and arrest those who act to air their grievances and uphold their right to the land they have tilled and made productive for years.

Karapatan condemns kidnapping, serious illegal detention charges vs NUPL lawyer

Karapatan strongly condemns the kidnapping and serious illegal detention charges reportedly filed by Vic Pedaso, the biological father of “Lester”, a 14-year old witness-survivor of the Sagay massacre, against Atty. Katherine Panguban, National Union of Peoples Lawyers (NUPL) Women and Children's Committee Head.

We stand with Sr. Patricia Fox - Karapatan

As Australian missionary Sr. Patricia Fox is compelled to leave today under protest, Karapatan denounces the nearly seven-month ordeal of Fox as one that illustrates the Duterte regime’s contempt for those who promote genuine peace and social justice in the Philippines. 

Two members of paramilitary group charged with murder of Lumad student

In a resolution, the Department of Justice found probable cause to charge Ben Salangani and Joven Salangani, members of paramilitary group Alamara, for the murder of 19-year old Lumad Obello Bay-ao, a student of the alternative school Salugpongan Ta’Tanu Igkanogon Community Learning Center (STTICLC). 

Bay-ao’s parents through their legals counsels from the National Union of Peoples Lawyers received a copy of the resolution dated May 21, 2018 only yesterday. 

Karapatan: Investigate role of local gov't officials, private armies in Sagay 9 massacre

Karapatan demands an independent, thorough investigation on the most plausible role of the private army of the Marañons composed of the Special Civilian Auxiliary Army (SCAA) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and mercenaries who are former RPA members in the massacre of the nine farmers in Sagay, Negros Occidental. 
(Photo: Members of the recently concluded National Fact Finding Mission in Sagay, Negros Occidental call for an impartial, thorough investigation on the role of local government officials and their private armies, particularly the involvement of SCAA elements in the Sagay 9 massacre).