Karapatan slams Duterte admin over Mariano rejection

Press Release | September 6, 2017

Karapatan slammed the Duterte administration over Rafael Mariano’s rejection as secretary of the Department of Agrarian Reform.

"Today, the Duterte administration, through the Commission on Appointments, has reaffirmed its allegiances - that it is on the side of big landlords, oligarchs and warmongers in the country, with the rejection of Sec. Mariano's appointment as Agrarian Reform Secretary. Clearly, this move is to stop all efforts to further genuine agrarian reform, a cause and program advocated by Mariano and the peasant movement. This is also prodded by warmongers among the military, who act as mercenaries of the landed elite and oligarchs,” Karapatan deputy secretary general Jigs Clamor said.

Three human rights defenders killed in Negros, Davao City

"Indeed, human rights defenders already have one foot in the grave, and the prevailing conditions and policies set by the Duterte administration is making it more dangerous for activists to continue their work. In a span of three days, Karapatan received reports of incidents of extrajudicial killings involving three peasant advocates and local leaders. State fascism is directly and unapologetically trampling on the lives of those who have dedicated their lives in service of the marginalized," said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay.



Another killing further exposes PNP as expert fabricators and fake news peddlers

"This fascist drug war campaign is not only exposing the police force as among the greatest organized criminal syndicate in this country, but also as expert fabricators and fake news peddlers. Police reports and the planting of evidence have become an exercise of imagination for policemen trying to justify how they murdered fellow Filipinos," said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay.

On August 18, 19-year-old Carl Angelo Arnaiz was found dead in Caloocan City, ten days after he went missing from his home in Cainta, Rizal. Caloocan police alleged that Arnaiz hailed a cab in Navotas and tried to rob its driver as they reached Caloocan. The said driver chanced upon police personnel and sought help. The police allegedly fired shots against Arnaiz when he open fired against the policemen. The police report also claimed that packs of marijuana and shabu were recovered from the teenager’s possession.

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.

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)

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