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AFP operations cause unpeace in Lumad communities

 

"It is not the pathetic whining of AFP public affairs chief Col. Edgardo Arevalo and the AFP that needs to be heard. The military's excuses and rhetoric are desperate attempts to illicit sympathy. Rather, it is the voices of the Lumad who have been most affected by military operations. It is their testimonies that will give credence to the AFP’s abuses," said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay in response to Arevalo’s statement last Saturday, August 19, 2017.

 

 

 

Año’s delusional self-congratulations to AFP, a psychopath’s stunt

“Año is a psychopath who revels in the blood of his victims. He has been responsible for violations in Mindanao – massacres, killings, illegal arrests and harassment of indigenous and peasant communities –violations which remain without justice. He is a delirious, demented maniac who butchers activists and civilians, protected by State machinery and impunity. If anyone would want to know how to get away with murder, then AFP Chief Año, one of the US lapdogs in the Duterte Cabinet, is the perfect person to ask,” said Jay Apiag, secretary general of Karapatan – Southern Mindanao Region (SMR).

 

(Photo courtesy of Kodao Productions)

On the recent EJKs in line with the Duterte regime's war on drugs

The cold-blooded killing of Kian Loyd Delos Santos, 17 year old and a Grade 11 student, by police officers in Brgy. 160 in Caloocan City is yet another proof that shows how those in power - with guns and the capacity to distort the truth with planted evidence and a staged crime scene - completely disregard the right to life of the poor, in the course of and fully emboldened by Pres. Duterte's war on drugs.

 

(Photo taken during the wake of Delos Santos, courtesy of Rise Up for Life and Rights)

The military has no place in IP communities, schools - Karapatan

On August 12, 2017, leaders of Lumad groups received information that elements of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will intrude inside the University of the Philippines, International Center where Lumad evacuees from Mindanao are currently staying. Military agents and other government agencies are planning to go to UP to talk to the children and have them return to Mindanao.

 

 

(Photo from Save our Schools Network)

 

On the recent threats of Duterte to human rights activists

President Rodrigo Duterte's repeated threats and orders to shoot and kill human rights activists vocal on human rights violations of his State security forces, especially those opposing his bloody war on drugs, is exacerbating the already dire situation in the country. His fascist campaigns against poor Filipinos - the war on drugs, his counter-insurgency war, and martial law in Mindanao - have already resulted in the killing, displacement and threats to lives, among others. News reports on the killing of 32 drug suspects in a day in Bulacan and 18 individuals in a day in Manila indicate a long apparent brazenness and bloodlust of corrupt police forces against the poor. How can this be acceptable?
 
 

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