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Marcoses hounded by their crimes, forever memorialised as a cabal of murderers, torturers and plunderers - Karapatan

Karapatan slammed Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos’ “self-appointment as speaker of the millennial generation” and her subsequent statements pertaining to the 21 grim years of martial law, calling her generation to “move on”. On August 21, Imee Marcos said in a press conference that “The millennials have moved on [from Martial Law]” and thus, so should people of her generation.

Karapatan condemns massacre of seven CPP-NDF staff, cover-up by gov’t operatives

"Stop justifying the unjustifiable,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay on the massacre of seven personnel of the National Democratic Front (NDF)  and Communist Party of the Philippines in Panay, and the consequent cover-up orchestrated by state security forces thereafter.

Duterte’s antics, pitch for another Marcos presidency are deplorable - Karapatan

“Duterte’s antics are now becoming tiring. This regime has made it a habit to be as dramatic as possible, sensationalizing the choosing of his “successor” as if it is his choice to make. We are irked that once again, he is conditioning the public for another Marcos presidency, knowing full well how that wretched family plundered and violated the country,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay on Duterte’s pronouncements made on August 14, addressing an audience composed of business executives and politicians in Malacañang.

Duterte’s drug war caused irreparable damage to communities and families - Karapatan

“Today, we remember and commemorate the killing of 17-year-old Kian Delos Santos. We likewise remember all the victims of the Duterte regime’s brutal war on drugs. The estimates point to more than 20,000 casualties while no significant and fundamental change has been observed in the government’s anti-narcotics drive. The Duterte regime is stuck in a rut. It does not know how to end the “war” that it has confidently started. As we are confronted with thousands of dead Filipinos in the wake of this campaign, Duterte will have to deal with thousands more of each victims’ families who are out to seek justice,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay on the first year commemoration of Kian Delos Santos’ killing.
 
 

Two peasant leaders arrested in Southern Tagalog

Karapatan condemns the illegal arrest of two farmers, Arnold Albarillo and Mylene Santua, in two separate incidents in the Southern Tagalog Region. The arrests came days after spouses Rowena and Oliver Rosales, former organizers of public sector union Confederation for Unity, Recognition and Advancement of Government Employees (COURAGE), were abducted by operatives in Bulacan and taken to Camp Crame, Quezon City. All four are now facing trumped-up charges filed against them.
 

Former public sector union organizers arrested

Former officers and organizers of the Confederation for Unity, Recognition and Advancement of Government Employees (COURAGE) were abducted on August 11, 2018. Spouses Rowena and Oliver Rosales were forcibly taken while onboard their privately-owned tricycle at Galvez St., Brgy. Wawa, Balagtas, Bulacan, and were later taken to Camp Crame, Quezon City. Rowena was shown a warrant of arrest for trumped-up charges of illegal possession of firearms and explosives, the same warrant used against Courage member Juan Alexander Reyes on June 2, 2018.

Karapatan welcomes dismissal of trumped-up charges vs Makabayan4, calls for abolition of IACLA

On August 8, 2018, Judge Tese Wenceslao of the Palayan Regional Trial Court Branch 40 quashed the warrant of arrest against former Bayan Muna representatives Satur Ocampo and Teddy Casino, former Gabriela representative and National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) Secretary Liza Maza, and former Anakpawis representative and former Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary Rafael Mariano. Trumped-up murder charges against the #Makabayan4 were likewise dismissed. 

Stop terror-tagging of activists, political dissenters - Karapatan

Karapatan welcomed the order of Judge Marlo Magdoza-Malagar to drop the names of former Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo, peace consultant Rafael Baylosis, UN Special Rapporteur Victoria Tauli-Corpuz and lawyer Jose Molintas in the proscription petition filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) in February 2018. The rights group further called for the withdrawal of the entire proscription petition.

Hands Off Gill Boehringer! Hands off human rights defenders! - Karapatan

“We stress that Prof. Gill Boehringer should be allowed entry in the Philippines. He is suffering from serious ailments that need medical attention. He needs to be transferred to a medical facility with adequate equipment. The detention and blacklisting of an 84-year-old man with a medical condition show the cruelty of this regime, adamant to harass and intimidate rights defenders who have worked for years in defending and promoting human rights in the country,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay, adding that Boehringer has been under custody of the Bureau of Immigration at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 since midnight of August 8, 2018. As of this writing, Prof. Boehringer is still at NAIA 1. 

Rise Up volunteer killed in Cebu, harassment vs activists continue

On August 8, 2018, human rights defender and Rise Up-Cebu volunteer Butch Rosales, 42, was shot in broad daylight while inside a jeepney. Rosales was on his way to Mandaue from Punta Engaño, Lapu-Lapu City. He boarded a multicab jeepney and sat at the front passenger seat while the assailant sat at the back. The gunman shot Rosales at the head several times and took off on a waiting getaway motorcycle driven by another man; the perpetrators did not wear masks.

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