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    URGENT ALERT: Transport leader arbitrarily arrested in Negros Occidental

    UA No: 2011-07-02
    July 28, 2011

    Arbitrary/Illegal arrest and Detention; Violation of the Rights of Arrested or Detained Persons

    Victim/s
    IVER BUNDA LARIT
    41 years old, married with four children
    Liaison officer of the United Negros Drivers and Operators Center (UNDOC)
    Resident of Purok Maghili-ugyon, Mansilingan village, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental

    Place of Incident                    :
    Mansilingan village, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental

    Date of Incident                     :
    July 7, 2011

    Alleged Perpetrator(s)
    12 intelligence operatives, from the Philippine National Police Station 7 led by Police Insp. Levy G. Pangue, and the 303rd Infantry Brigade led by Civilian Military Officer Lt. Col. Isabelo delos Reyes

    Account of the Incident:

    On July 7, 2011, at around 5:30 pm, Iver was helping carry a coffin into a neighbor’s house in Mansilingan village, when a group of armed men in plainclothes arrived, led by Police Insp. Levy G. Pangue who identified himself and presented a warrant.  Pangue asked Iver to come to the Police Station, but the latter refused because the warrant was for a “Ricky Larit.”  The armed men insisted to seize Iver, even as he asked to urinate first, and said: “I have no plan to run away, I will go with you…  but I am not the person in that warrant of arrest, and even my neighbors here could attest that I have no criminal record.”

    The men ignored his words and forced him into a gray vehicle which brought him to Police Station 7 in Mansilingan village, Bacolod City.  At the Police Station 7, the intelligence operatives wanted to take Iver’s mugshot with the name tag “Ricky Larit” but Iver resisted.  They also tried to make him sign a warrant issued by Judge Moises Nifras on August 8, 2006 based on a charge of robbery-in-band, but Iver refused to do so, because he was not the person named in the warrant.

    Iver was locked up overnight at Police Station 7.  At 7 am on July 8, he was transported to San Carlos City, Negros Occidental and presented to the Regional Trial Court branch 59, where he was charged with robbery-in-band with no bail recommended.

    Inside the court, the clerk of court asked him to sign the warrant of arrest, which he again refused to do.  Judge Catherine Go issued a commitment order, and set his arraignment on August 10, 2011.  Iver was transported to Escalante City where he is still detained.

    Recommended Action:

    Send letters, emails or fax messages calling for:

    The dropping of fabricated charges and immediate release of Iver Larit.
    The military to stop the labeling and targeting of human rights defenders as “members of front organizations of the communists” and “enemies of the state.”
    The Philippine Government to withdraw its counterinsurgency program Oplan Bayanihan, which victimizes innnocent and unarmed civillians
    The Philippine Government to be reminded that it is a signatory to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and that it is also a party to all the major Human Rights instruments, thus it is bound to observe all of these instruments’ provisions.

    You may send your communications to:

    H.E. Benigno C. Aquino III
    President of the Republic
    Malacañang Palace,
    JP Laurel St., San Miguel
    Manila Philippines
    Voice: (+632) 564 1451 to 80
    Fax: (+632) 742-1641 / 929-3968
    E-mail: corres@op.gov.ph / opnet@ops.gov.ph

    Sec. Teresita Quintos-Deles
    Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process
    Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP)
    7th Floor Agustin Building I
    Emerald Avenue
    Pasig City 1605
    Voice:+63 (2) 636 0701 to 066
    Fax:+63 (2) 638 2216
    osec@opapp.gov.ph

    Ret. Lt. Gen. Voltaire T. Gazmin
    Secretary, Department of National Defense
    Room 301 DND Building, Camp Emilio Aguinaldo,
    E. de los Santos Avenue, Quezon City
    Voice:+63(2) 911-9281 / 911-0488
    Fax:+63(2) 911 6213
    Email: osnd@philonline.com

    Atty. Leila De Lima
    Secretary, Department of Justice
    Padre Faura St., Manila
    Direct Line 521-8344; 5213721
    Trunkline  523-84-81 loc.214
    Fax: (+632) 521-1614
    Email:  soj@doj.gov.ph

    Hon.  Loretta Ann P. Rosales
    Chairperson, Commission on Human Rights
    SAAC Bldg., UP Complex
    Commonwealth Avenue
    Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines
    Voice: (+632) 928-5655, 926-6188
    Fax: (+632) 929 0102
    Email:   chair.rosales.chr@gmail.com, lorettann@gmail.com

    Please send us a copy of your email/mail/fax to the above-named government officials, to our address below.

    URGENT ACTION Prepared by:

    KARAPATAN Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights
    National Office
    2/F Erythrina Bldg., #1 Maaralin cor Matatag Sts.,
    Brgy. Central, Diliman, Quezon City 1100 PHILIPPINES
    Voice/Fax: (+632) 435 4146
    Email: urgentaction@karapatan.org
    Website: www.karapatan.org

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    KARAPATAN Documentation Committee
    KARAPATAN Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights
    2/F Erythrina Building, #1 Maaralin cor. Matatag Sts,
    Central District, Quezon City 1101, Philippines
    Tel. Nos: (+63 2) 4354146 or 4342837
    email: docu@karapatan.org
    http://www.karapatan.org

    KARAPATAN Urgent Action Alert
    KARAPATAN Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights
    2/F Erythrina Building, #1 Maaralin cor. Matatag Sts.,
    Central District, 1101 Quezon City, Philippines
    Telefax: (632) 435 4146

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