Press statement

Tanggol Bayi: ‘Palit-puri’ and other such schemes prove uniformed men the foremost violator of women’s rights

Tanggol Bayi, an association of women human rights defenders (WHRDs) in the Philippines, strongly condemns the succession of violence against women by State forces amid the implementation of the Duterte government’s anti-people policies, foremost the war on drugs and counterinsurgency program Oplan Kapayapaan.

The drug war did not only spin a series of brutal killings perpetrated by police forces who hide behind their twisted narratives. This campaign by the Duterte regime also gave rise to cases of gross violence against women and children committed with impunity. Several non-government organizations revealed a heinous scheme called sex-for-freedom scheme or “palit-puri” rampant among police operations, but have exponentially worsened amid the drug war. This involves police operatives using the drug war to rape women, by way of bargaining unwanted sexual intercourse with suspected women drug suspects or women relatives of persons they accuse of peddling drugs in exchange for freedom. 

Women’s rights group condemns persecution of Makabayan reps, supports #DefendLiza campaign

Tanggol Bayi, an association of women human rights defenders in the Philippines, condemns the political persecution mounted by the Duterte regime against the four former Makabayan representatives. We express our support for National Anti-Poverty Commission Secretary Liza Maza. We have worked with her and her office in defining the agenda for urban poor women, especially for women vendors in the informal sector who lack insurance and any form of social protection, as well as in the staunch defense of WHRDs at risk or those under attack.  

Two years after violent dispersal of farmers in Kidapawan, justice remains elusive

On April 1, 2016, farmer Darwin Sulang and Kidapawan resident Enrico Fabligar were killed when rounds of bullets were fired by the police and military at the 6,000 farmers asserting the release of rice and food aid for their families in Kidapawan, North Cotabato. Scores were wounded; more than 80 were illegally arrested and detained, including pregnant women and the elderly. Police and military surrounded the hospitals and a church compound, harassing the farmers. (For full account of incident: http://www.karapatan.org/files/Final%20%20-%20NFHM%20report.pdf

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Karapatan to Duterte: Continue the GRP-NDFP peace talks, respect previously signed agreements

Karapatan welcomes the resolution of at least 60 legislators at the House of Representatives calling for the resumption of the peace talks between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). The continuation of the said talks should pave the way for discussions and agreements on socio-economic and political reforms that will benefit the Filipino people, especially the poor majority of peasants and workers in the country. 

Karapatan hits PH immigration blacklisting of Canadian human rights activist

Karapatan decries the decision of the Philippine Bureau of Immigration (BI) placing Canadian citizen and human rights activist Emile Kinley-Gauthier’s name on the blacklist of the Bureau of Immigration.

Kinley-Gauthier was a participant in the International Conference on Human Rights in the Philippines on 18-21 July 2013. The conference was organized by the International Coalition on Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP), Karapatan and the Ecumenical Voice for Human Rights and Peace (EcuVoice).

Duterte’s Charter Change violates people’s rights - Karapatan

Once again, charter change is being floated by self-serving politicians loyal to President Rodrigo Duterte, in an attempt to revise the 1987 Philippine Constitution to further benefit their interests. Current proposals in Congress, particularly the PDP-Laban Proposed Federal Constituion and the Resolution of Both Houses No. 8 (RBH 8), are shamelessly unabashed in selling out the economy to foreign powers and inserting tyrannical elements to further the agenda of the vanguards of the status quo.

#ConvictPalparan, Justice for all victims of rights violations – Karapatan

“We look forward to the day that this “butcher-criminal” – unremorseful and proud of his record of violations and abuses – will finally be convicted in court,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay. 

Today, February 15, 2018, retired Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan is set to take the witness stand for charges of kidnapping and serious illegal detention of UP students Karen Empeño and Sherlyn Cadapan.

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On the filing of charges against perpetrators of the killing of Fr. Fausto Tentorio

The reported filing of murder charges against soldiers and paramilitary group members on the killing of Italian missionary Fr. Fausto “Pops” Tentorio is a long-overdue measure in the long struggle for justice of his family, friends, and indigenous communities. Tentorio was killed on October 17, 2011, yet authorities have only managed to seemingly complete the investigation and file charges for preliminary investigation more than six years after. 

On the recent statement of UN experts on rights violations in Mindanao

Karapatan welcomes the joint statement of UN Special Rapporteurs on the rights of indigenous peoples Victoria Tauli-Corpuz and on internally displaced persons Cecilia Jimenez-Damary expressing concern on human rights violations against indigenous communities in Mindanao, in the context of increasing militarization and martial law in Mindanao. 

Martial law (ML) extension in Mindanao, an inch closer to nationwide ML

Karapatan, on December 11, 2017, questioned President Rodrigo Duterte’s move to extend martial law for another year, following the AFP and the PNP’s recommendation. This is despite the AFP’s declaration of “victory” in Marawi.

“What, then, is the basis for extending martial law for another year? This is a dangerous precedent that inches the entire country closer to a nationwide declaration of martial rule. Martial law in Mindanao has paved the way for the intensification of rights violations – both within and outside of Marawi. We cannot expect the institution to benefit most from another year of martial law to decide against it. If this is allowed in Congress, speculation will be enough to put the entire country under martial law, creating an environment for State security forces to continue violations without accountability,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay.

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