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11 massacres under Duterte, 51 victims, and zero accountability – Karapatan

“There is zero accountability for the atrocious crimes done by past and present regimes. September 1, 2018 will mark the 3rd year since the massacre of Manobo leaders Dionel Campos and Datu Juvello Sinzo, and school executive Emerito Samarca in Brgy. Diatagaon, Lianga, Caraga. The perpetrators, though identified, are still roaming freely in communities. They are being presented as “rebel surrenderees” even if they have always been in active military service of the Philippine Army as paramilitary members. We can never expect justice from the Duterte regime, considering it has merely continued the brutal massacre of peasant and indigenous peoples and worse, it has conducted the mass murder of the poor through its drug war,” said Karapatan Deputy Secretary General Roneo Clamor in a press conference in Quezon City.
  

Karapatan hits GMA, Malacañang officials on proposals to extend martial law in Mindanao, after Sultan Kudarat bombing

Karapatan slammed the pronouncements of Malacañang officials and House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on the proposal to extend martial law in Mindanao, as the human rights group conveyed its condolences to the families of those who were killed in the bombing in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat on August 28, 2018.

Solidarity statement for dying political prisoner in Russian labor camp

Karapatan stands in solidarity with Ukrainian writer and director Oleg Sentsov, who was sentenced in Russia to 20 years of strict-regimen labor colony on trumped-up charges of terrorism. Today is the 94th day of his hunger-strike and his health condition has dramatically deteriorated, leaving him near death. 

AFP’s Eastern Mindanao Command whitewashes ML violations, drumbeats old, brazen lies

On August 23, 2018, the Eastern Mindanao Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, during its 12th anniversary celebration at the Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao in Panacan, Davao City, again announced that there are no rights violations during the more than one-year implementation of martial law in Mindanao. The event was attended by President Rodrigo Duterte.
 
 

Karapatan slams the acquittal of police officers charged for grave coercion filed by tortured security guard Rolly Panesa

“For the beatings, the torture, for 11 months in imprison for a case of mistaken identity, is PhP60,000 considered justice being served? I want to see them rot in jail. These officers, owing from their corrupt institution, were cruel. They do not respect people or care about rights; they will surely do this again to someone else if given the opportunity, falsely charging another person for money. The acquittal of the guilty is how the police are enabled to commit more violations,” said security guard and complainant Rolly Panesa after hearing the court verdict acquitting four police officers charged for grave coercion.

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.
 
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