Duterte’s reinstatement of Supt. Marcos to police service, a classic example of impunity

Press Release | July 14, 2017 

“The reinstatement of superintendent Marvin Marcos to police service and his non-indictment on murder charges on the rub-out of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. is a classic example of impunity under the Duterte administration. Encouraging cops who spit on the right to due process to continue doing so and rewarding them with immunity from grave criminal charges is the order of the day,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay, on the recent announcements of President Rodrigo Duterte regarding Marcos and his war on drugs.

Has change really come?, asks relatives and victims of State repression

Press Release | July 14, 2017 

“Hustisya! Wala kaming kasalanan, pero pinatay nila [mga sundalo] ang anak ko. Hustisya para sa anak ko, para sa nangyari sa akin. Nabubuhay pa rin kami sa takot, hindi na ito nagbago,” said Rodolfo Tagalog Sr., father of slain peasant Rodolfo Jr. His son was brutally killed and tortured by elements of the 2nd Infantry Battalion-Philippine Army (IBPA) and 9th Infantry Division in Milagros, Masbate on April 15, 2017. Rodolfo Jr.’s body was found 2 days later, on April 17, with his body full of bruises and bearing signs of torture.

Kin of victims to Duterte: We need justice, not martial law and other fascist attacks

We are mothers, daughters, friends, nieces, relatives who have lost our beloved to State repression. What we have is our strength, our solidarity, and our voices combined together to arduously push the call for justice. We refuse to accept that our loved ones have simply become mere statistics, normalized in the everyday frenzy of gunshots, bombings, arrests and violations,” said Hustisya Chairperson Evangeline Hernandez, during the gathering of kin of victims of drug-related and politically motivated extrajudicial killings, political prisoners and desaparecidos at UP Diliman on July 8, 2017.

Karapatan criticizes Duterte’s threats to arrest martial law critics, orders to kill civilians

"Duterte's threats to arrest those who oppose martial law in Mindanao and his orders to the military to kill civilians reek of his authoritarian tendencies and his propensity to commit further violations of human rights and international humanitarian law. While he fully lends his ears to militarist thugs such as Defense Secretary Lorenzana and Gen. Eduardo Ano, he has turned a deaf and callous ear to the cries of the Moro peoples calling for the lifting of martial law and an end to aerial strikes. With US troops and the military as his only sources of information on the ground, how sure is he that everything these fascist institutions report is indeed true, when they are one of the foremost purveyors of fake news?" said Cristina Palabay, Karapatan Secretary General, on the latest pronouncements of Pres. Duterte last Saturday. 

Duterte’s 1st year: A grim year for human and people’s rights

“It is unfortunate how the promises that became the basis for optimism at the start of Duterte’s term have now been replaced by excuses and lies by the police and military to justify blatant violations of people's rights. The series of policies that Duterte is implementing has substantiated claims that he is veering towards a rightist direction - a path ladened with militarist and repressive policies. If this continues, what kind of change can we expect?" said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay on the first year of the presidency of Rodrigo Roa Duterte. 

Martial law in Mindanao and intensifying rights abuses mark Duterte’s 1st year

Press Statement - June 29, 2017

Victims of human rights violations and their families, human rights and peace advocates, leaders and members of people’s organizations and communities joined the National People’s Summit yesterday, June 28, 2017, at the Philippine Heart Center in Quezon City and forwarded their one year assessment* of their proposal for the Duterte administration’s peace and human rights agenda. The assessment of the Peace and Human Rights situation under the Duterte administration was led by Karapatan, Promotion for Church People’s Response, Hustisya, SELDA and Pilgrims for Peace.

Torture continues under Duterte

"The use of torture remains routine for State security forces. Political prisoners, for example, have been subjected to such cruel, inhuman and degrading acts, done by the police or the military for purposes of humiliating them and breaking their spirit. Instruments of the State who have the primary mandate to uphold, protect, and promote human rights are those who readily commit these violations. Moreover,

Court acquits peasant political prisoner of trumped-up charges

Press Release | 23 June 2017

On June 22, 2017, the Regional Trial Court Branch 30 in Basey, Samar acquitted peasant Elpidio Romanca after the State Prosecutor failed to refute Romanca and his counsel’s argument that the evidence against him were tampered by the military, thus the fabricated charges of illegal possession of firearms and ammunition are patently false.

Romanca with his family 

Court denies political prisoner’s plea to visit his father’s wake

Press Statement | June 23, 2017

In a court order issued on June 22, 2017, Judge Lily Villareal Biton of Regional Trial Court Branch 77 in San Mateo, Rizal denied the motion of Dumagat political prisoner Eddie Cruz to visit his father’s wake in the family’s makeshift house in Sitio Ee, Brgy. San Rafael, Montalban, Rizal. 

Dumagat political prisoner asks court to attend his father's wake

Press Statement | June 21, 2017

“For humanitarian considerations, political prisoner Eddie Cruz should be allowed to visit the wake of his father. The government has deprived him too long of his liberty to be with his loved ones, since his arrest on fabricated charges," said Cristina Palabay, Karapatan secretary general.

The Cruz family hails from the Dumagat tribe in Sitio Tuay, Rodriguez, Rizal. Before his arrest, Eddie worked as a farmer and was also occasionally hired as a tour guide in Rizal, as the breadwinner of the family. Since his arrest by virtue of a trumped up charge of illegal possession of firearms on August 28, 2010, his elderly parents had no choice but to work in the “kaingin” to meet the family’s needs.

Tatay Cresencio Cruz 

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