Karapatan

Karapatan warns against all-out war in Basilan and other Moro areas

“As in the past, civilians are likely the casualties of an all-out war against the MILF. Moro areas have been ceaselessly attacked by the military but that did not solve anything. It only fans centuries-old biases against the Moro people,” said Jigs Clamor, Deputy Secretary General of Karapatan.

AFP’s insistence on SCAA to protect mining corporations negates Oplan Bayanihan’s “people-centered” slogan—Karapatan

The AFP’s refusal to stop using Special Civilian Armed Auxilliary (SCAA) to protect the interests of mining corporations demonstrates the AFP’s connivance with corporations that plunder the country’s mineral resources,” said Jigs Clamor, Deputy Secretary General of Karapatan, reacting to the statement of Colonel Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos, AFP public affairs chief that SCAA “would enhance security in the area and would prevent a similar incident to happen.” Col. Burgos was referring to the NPA attack in the mining sites in Claveria, Surigao del Norte.

Karapatan calls for the immediate investigation of the killing of Fr. Fausto Tentorio, PIME

Karapatan strongly condemns the killing of Fr. Fausto Tentorio, an Italian missionary priest of the PIME congregation, and calls on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to conduct an immediate and thorough investigation on the said incident.

Fr. Fausto Tentorio, an Italian missionary priest of PIME in Arakan Valley, North Cotabato. Sadly, Fr. Tentorio is the 54th victim of extrajudicial killings and the first EJK victim from the Roman Catholic Church under the Aquino government.

The President’s men undermine peacetalks—Karapatan

While President Aquino urges Myanmar government to further its reforms in the light of the recent release of some 120 political prisoners in Myanmar, the President’s men issued statements that Malacanang is not inclined to release political prisoners who are in various jails all-over the country for fabricated charges. 

Protecting Big Mining Corporations, Oplan Bayanihan's Style of Development

Jigs Clamor, Karapatan’s Deputy Secretary General said that, “The recent move by the military and the big mining companies to finance military-trained units of SCAA (Special Civilian Active Auxilliary) shows the AFP’s connivance with corporations that plunder the country’s mineral resources.”

KARAPATAN welcomes the release of the NPA’s prisoners; Calls for the immediate resumption of GPH-NDFP talks

“The release of Mayor Mayor Henry Dano of Lingig, Surigao del Sur, his two military escorts and the PNP/BJMP guards is a welcome gesture on the part of the NPA that should push the peace talks forward,” said Jigs Clamor, Deputy Secretary General of Karapatan. 

Karapatan also looks forward to Pres. Noynoy Aquino’s release of political prisoners “as a sign of reciprocity” on the part of the GPH.  “The GPH should release most, if not all, of the 13 JASIG-protected NDF consultants. This will give impetus for the resumption of the talks,” added Clamor. 

Karapatan to Palparan, et.al: Stay away from the witnesses

Karapatan urged Ret.Maj.Gen. Jovito Palparan, et.al to stay away from
the witnesses to the criminal case filed in relation to the abduction
of UP students Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeño.
Counsels for the complainants manifested during the DOJ’s
clarificatory hearing last September 23 that Wilfredo Ramos was coaxed
thrice by elements of the military stationed in their barangay to
recant his earlier statements and to stand as witness for the
respondents in exchange of certain “benefits.”  Had he agreed, Ramos

Oplan Bayanihan’s brutality hides under the slogan of “human rights, peace and development”—Karapatan

Extrajudicial killings and other human rights violations continue despite the government’s claim that its new counter-insurgency program Oplan Bayanihan adheres to human rights and that the AFP is in the communities for peace and development. 
 

Marcos is alive in the person of P-Noy’s spokesperson

“There are no political prisoners.”
“We have no political prisoners.”
 
The first statement was issued by former dictator Ferdinand Marcos. The second statement was issued by P-Noy’s spokesperson Edwin Lacierda. Marcos’ statement echoes on the lips of P-Noy’s spokesperson 39 years after Marcos declared martial law. It really is alarming to think that Marcos is alive!
 

Political repression remains under P-Noy, son of a political prisoner - Karapatan

Today’s commemoration of the 39th year of the declaration of martial law is again an occasion for the President to reminisce the experience of how he and his family suffered under martial law. His father, Ninoy Aquino, was jailed for expressing his views against the ills in Philippine society, for criticizing the human rights record of the former dictator and for espousing democracy.  

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