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Duterte’s “very good” ratings on human rights protection questioned

Two years ago today, on September 1, 2015, the Magahat paramilitary group under the 36th Infantry Battalion-Philippine Army (IBPA),massacred Lumad leaders Dionel Campos and Aurelio Sinzo, andEmerito Samarca, the executive director of Lumad school Alternative Learning Center for Agricultural and Livelihood Development (ALCADEV), in Lianga, Surigao del Sur. The incident triggered theforcible evacuation of communities in Lianga. They were only able to return to their community a year later, on September 2016, only to evacuate again this July 2017 because of ongoing militarization and threats of aerial bombings.

Return ALL ill-gotten wealth of the Marcoses, hold them accountable - Karapatan

“The Marcoses have become legends among thieves and they usedpublic funds for their political and personal gains. All their ill-gotten wealth should be returned to the people. We should be vigilant against any compromise agreement of the Duterte administration with the Marcoses that enables their getting a free pass for all their crimes and their continuing political rehabilitation. This will only perpetuate the injustices they committed against the Filipino people,” said Karapatan Deputy Secretary General Roneo Clamor, on statements of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte and Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre that the Marcoses will return some of their ill-gotten wealth and that a compromise agreement is being arranged.

PNP official in Kian’s case, notorious for planting evidences - Karapatan

‘In a last-ditch effort to save face and justify the killing of Kian Delos Santos, Northern Police District (NPD) Chief Supt. Roberto Fajardo had to search through his old box of lies. Fajardo’s expertise in fabricating testimonies and planting evidences has been tried and tested. When he was the PNP-CIDG-NCR Director, he was involved in the illegal arrest and detention of Benito and Wilma Tiamzon, and the planting of evidences to warrant the filing of trumped-up charges of illegal possession of firearms and explosives against them,’ said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay.

Duterte responsible for deaths under drug war, intl orgs should halt funding for PNP and AFP

"Duterte cannot feign ignorance nor concern in the series of events that led to the killing of 17-year-old Kian delos Santos, and other victims of his drug war. He has the obligation to put these police-murderers behind bars, but he should also account for his own responsibility in the said crime. It is easy to stack up all his pronouncements and orders which emboldened the police," said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay on the killing of Delos Santos, which, after autopsy reports, showed he was lying on the ground and defenseless when he was shot.

No respite in attacks against human rights defenders

"Following verbal assault and open threats against human rights defenders by the President himself, several human rights defenders and other leaders belonging to people’s organizations have been targeted by State security forces. This is but a desperate attempt to silence them and derail their work. Such attacks are not new, but they have escalated following State policies that only embolden the police and the military to commit violations with impunity," said Karapatan secretary general on the recent spate of harassment against human rights defenders.


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