The Bureau of Immigration (BI) last night arrested Kim Chatillon-Meunier, a 24-year old Canadian student, as she passed through immigration at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport for her 7:10pm flight to Hongkong. She is now detained at the BI detention center at Camp Bagong Diwa, Bicutan, Taguig.
Victim of mistaken identity Rolly Panesa fights back through a criminal case of torture against abductors, torturersSubmitted on Wed, 09/04/2013 - 11:10
"Hindi pwedeng tanggapin ko lang kung anong nangyari sa akin. Kailangang lumaban ako para makuha ang hustisya para sa akin at para sa ibang nakulong at natorture nang walang kasalanan katulad ko, (I will not just accept what has happened to me. I am fighting back to get justice for me and for others who were tortured and jailed innocent like me)," security guard Rolly Panesa said, as he filed criminal cases at the Department of Justice against several soldiers and police involved in his torture, arbitrary arrest and detention .
Amid the people’s call to abolish the presidential and congressional pork, Karapatan and several people’s organizations today held a picket at the House of Representatives, in time for the hearing of the proposed budget for the Department of National Defense (DND) for 2014. The protest underscored the “DND’s more than 82.1 billion-peso proposed budget meant to oil the Aquino government’s killing machine, the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the primary implementer of Oplan Bayanihan.”
The Cordillera Human Rights Alliance strongly condemns the air strike and strafing that took place yesterday, August 30, 2013, in Sagada, Mountain Province. This is the second incident in the Cordillera region within the year. The first took place in Malibcong, Abra last May 31which caused psychological and emotional stress on the community people especially on the two children who almost got hurt.
Charge and jail AFP Chief of Staff, military officials for illegal arrest and torture of security guard PanesaSubmitted on Fri, 08/30/2013 - 10:56
Karapatan said the Armed Forces of the Philippines should be made accountable for the rights violations against security guard Rolly Panesa, with the recent Court of Appeals decision granting his petition for writ of habeas corpus and ordering his release from jail after 10 months and 24 days in detention.
"Aquino's penchant for giving special treatment to high profile and notorious rights violators and thieves is once again illustrated in the case of Janet Napoles and former Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Gen. Avelino Razon. The double standard is obvious and sickening, as compared to the inhuman treatment of political prisoners and common offenders," said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay.
"As the world commemorates the International Day of the Disappeared on August 30, another person is victimized. We strongly condemn the enforced disappearance of anti-mining activist Bryan Epa and we hold the Aquino administration accountable for this heinous act,” said Lorena ‘Aya’ Santos, secretary general of Families of Desaparecidos for Justice.
“Nothing justifies torture and illegal arrest,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay on the military’s claim that Ramon de la Cruz, one of the illegally detained and tortured members of the “Morong 43”, was killed in an encounter with the New People’s Army in Bulacan on August 9.
“Yung mga political detainees pa ang unang naka-alala sa aming mga nabaha, samantala yung mga dapat nakakulong na nagpapahirap sa taumbayan ay nagsasaya at walang pakialam sa kalagayan namin (The political detainees were the first to respond to needs of the flood victims, while those who are ought to be in jail are mindless of our situation),” remarked Fernando Piccoro, leader of tricycle drivers plying the streets of Sampaloc when they receive food packs from political detainees at Camp Bagong Diwa.
"The recent court decisions on the charges filed against activists prove our claim that they were illegally arrested and detained because of fabricated cases. Other similar cases should likewise be dismissed and those languishing in jail for the same reason should be immediately released," Cristina Palabay, Karapatan secretary general said.