Friday, October 23, 2020
More

    Latest Posts

    ICHRP on the adoption of UNHRC Resolution: PH gov’t peddled lies to the UN body

    The International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP) once again expressed their...

    Duterte now a known dictator with EU Parliament vote

    President Rodrigo Duterte has become a globally infamous dictator with the European Union (EU) Parliament passing a resolution on the country’s human...

    ICHRP mourns state murder of Filipina human rights worker

    Slain paralegal Zara Alvarez helped bring cases of Negros killings to UNHRC “We mourn the killing of human rights...

    Global rights group condemns state murder of Filipino peace consultant

    Assassination of land reform activist Randall Echanis designed to destroy peace dialogue The International Coalition for Human Rights in...

    Small-scale miners found dead in shallow grave in Abra; farmer still missing in Isabela

    Oplan Bayanihan intensifies crimes against the people

    3 small-scale miners found dead in a shallow grave in Abra; farmer still missing in Isabela http://www.karapatan.org/3+small-scale+miners+found+dead+in+a+shallow+grave+in+Abra%3B+farmer+still+missing+in+Isabela

    “With the rising trend of extrajudicial killings and other human rights violations, our bases to demand for Aquino to step down is getting stronger,” said Cristina Palabay, secretary general of Karapatan. In the first nine months of 2014, the group Karapatan already documented 10 victims of the extrajudicial killing, and a case of enforced disappearance.

    The latest case was the massacre of the Ligiw family in Abra, Cordillera region; and enforced disappearance Romulo de la Cruz, a farmer in Isabela, Cagayan Valley region. De la Cruz’s disappearance is the 14th case documented under the Aquino regime.

    “Kahayupan ang ginawang ito ng militar sa ilalim ng Oplan Bayanihan ni Aquino,” [These acts committed by the military under BS Aquino’s Oplan Bayanihan are  barbaric and inhumane], Palabay said as the rights group strongly condemned the series of killings.

    “We hold the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Aquino government accountable, they have blood on their hands and they should be punished. The AFP even had the guts to spread misinformation that the NPA, the KASTAN (Kakailian Salakniban Tay Amin ti Nagtaudan) and CPA (Cordillera Peoples Alliance) were behind the abduction and brutal killing of the three,” said Palabay.

    On February 19 at Lenneng, Domenglay, Baay-Licuan, Abra Province, elements of the 41st Infantry Battalion took Freddie “Fermin” Ligiw and forced him to serve as guide in the military operation against the New People’s Army who were said to be in the area.

    On March 2, Fermin’s brother and father, Eddie and Licuben respectively, were last seen by their family members at their pacalso, a hut used as shelter of farmers and small-scale miners. On the same day, Fermin went home from the military operation. He ate with his family and told them he would see his father Licuben at their pacalso. Fermin, Edie and Licuben never got back home. For days, the family members assisted by the Abra Human Rights Alliance searched for the three.

    On March 7, the search team, composed of 50 residents of Domenglay, Licuan-Baay, found a shallow grave near the victims’ pacalso. The team wanted to exhume the site but it had to wait for the police.  The exhumation was done the following day. The residents’ suspicion was confirmed: the remains of Eddie, Licuben and Fermin were piled up, all were in fetal position. They were bound and gagged.

    The three were member of KASTAN, the provincial chapter of CPA in Abra; Fermin was a member of Anakbayan.

    Enforced disappearance

    On February 28 in Roxas City, Isabela, Romulo de la Cruz was abducted and remains missing as of this writing.
    De la Cruz came from his son’s wedding and was on his way home when a gray van, without plate number blocked their path.

    A man, whose face was covered by a handkerchief, alighted from the van and pulled the handlebar of De la Cruz’s motorcycle. Dela Cruz and his passenger fell to the ground. The man then grabbed Dela Cruz by the neck and pointed a small gun to his head. The assailant said he was a member of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).  The man pushed Dela Cruz inside the van where six other armed men were seated. The van quickly drove away with Dela Cruz.

    De la Cruz was a member of Agbiag Matusalem Association-Roxas Isabela (AMA-RI), a member organization of Danggayan Dagiti Mannalon iti (Dagami).

    Reference:
    Cristina “Tinay” Palabay
    Secretary General
    +63917-3162831

    Angge Santos
    Media Liaison
    +63918-9790580

    ———————————————————————
    PUBLIC INFORMATION DESK
    publicinfo@karapatan.org
    ———————————————————————

    Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights
    2nd Floor Erythrina Building
    #1 Maaralin corner Matatag Streets
    Central District, Diliman
    Quezon City, PHILIPPINES 1101
    Telefax: (+63 2) 4354146
    Web: http://www.karapatan.org

    KARAPATAN is an alliance of human rights organizations and programs, human rights desks and committees of people’s organizations, and individual advocates committed to the defense and promotion of people’s rights and civil liberties.  It monitors and documents cases of human rights violations, assists and defends victims and conducts education, training and campaign.

    Latest Posts

    ICHRP on the adoption of UNHRC Resolution: PH gov’t peddled lies to the UN body

    The International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP) once again expressed their...

    Duterte now a known dictator with EU Parliament vote

    President Rodrigo Duterte has become a globally infamous dictator with the European Union (EU) Parliament passing a resolution on the country’s human...

    ICHRP mourns state murder of Filipina human rights worker

    Slain paralegal Zara Alvarez helped bring cases of Negros killings to UNHRC “We mourn the killing of human rights...

    Global rights group condemns state murder of Filipino peace consultant

    Assassination of land reform activist Randall Echanis designed to destroy peace dialogue The International Coalition for Human Rights in...

    Don't Miss

    HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS PERPETUATED BY PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT

    Statement of the High-Level Delegation of church, union, political, and foundation leaders on extreme human rights violations occurring in the Philippines 1. High Level Delegation  From...

    PCPR-HK Statement on Red-tagging

    TERRORIST TAGGING ONLY STRENGTHENS NCCP’s FAITH IMPERATIVES TO SERVE THE POOR, THE DEPRIVED AND OPPRESSED  The Promotion of Church Peoples’ Response-Hong Kong Chapter (PCPR-HK) vehemently...

    Urgently withdraw “red-tagging” of National Council of Churches of the Philippines, restore the peace talks

    November 7, 2019 Ret Maj Gen Delfin Lorenzana, Secretary, Dept of National Defence DND Building, Segundo Ave. Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo Quezon City, Philippines 1110; Email: publicaffairs.dnd@gmail.com Urgently withdraw “red-tagging” of National...

    Asia Pacific Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines Condemns Mass Arrest of Activists in Negros and Metro Manila

    4 November 2019 Asia Pacific Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines Condemns Mass Arrest of Activists in Negros and Metro Manila The Asia Pacific Coalition...

    Condemn mass arrest of 57 unionists and social activists in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental

    November 5, 2019 Hon Michelle Bachelet United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Palais des Nations CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland E-mail: registry@ohchr.org Condemn mass arrest of 57 unionists and social...

    Stay in touch

    To be updated with all the latest news, offers and special announcements.