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ANAKPAWIS FILES HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 1569 ON THE ABDUCTION AND TORTURE OF CARLITO BADILLO, PEASANT LEADER AND MEMBER OF PEOPLE SURGE IN SAMAR

anakpawis.net - Thu, 12/14/2017 - 09:50

Republic of the Philippines
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Quezon City

SEVENTEENTH CONGRESS
Second Regular Session

HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 1569

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INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVES
ARIEL B. CASILAO
CARLOS ISAGANI T. ZARATE, EMMI A. DE JESUS, ANTONIO L. TINIO,
ARLENE D. BROSAS, FRANCE L. CASTRO, AND SARAH JANE I. ELAGO
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RESOLUTION
DIRECTING THE COMMITTEE ON HUMAN RIGHTS TO CONDUCT AN INQUIRY, IN AID OF LEGISLATION, ON THE NOVEMBER 10, 2017 – ABDUCTION, TORTURE AND ILLEGAL ARREST OF CARLITO JAMES BADILLO, LEADER OF TAG-ALAG FARMERS AND FISHERFOLKS ASSOCIATION AND MEMBER OF PEOPLE SURGE, GROUP OF TYPHOON YOLANDA VICTIMS, BY THE ELEMENTS OF THE 87TH INFANTRY BATTALION OF THE PHILIPPINE ARMY IN MARABUT TOWN, SAMAR

WHEREAS, on November 10, 2017, around 7:30 in the morning, Carlito James Badillo, 41, leader of Tag-alag Farmers and Fisherfolks Association, was abducted while on his way home after sending his children to Osmeña National High School by the elements of 87th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army (IBPA) in Brgy. Legaspi, Marabut town of Samar province;

 

WHEREAS, reports from human rights group of Eastern Visayas Katungod Sinirangan Bisayas, stated that on the victim’s abduction, he was forced to get on a white-colored car at gunpoint, subsequently, brought to a room where he was interrogated and tortured;

 

WHEREAS, the victim attested that soldiers slapped his face with a slipper, punched him in the chest, and was threatened to be killed;

 

WHEREAS, during his ordeal, he was accused being a member of the New People’s Army (NPA);

 

WHEREAS, upon his turn-over by the AFP to the police, he was forced to sign a paper which was not explained to him amid questions of its content;

 

WHEREAS, after the victim’s abduction, a quick reaction team (QRT) was organized by the People Surge, the group of Typhoon Yolanda victims, attempted to locate Badillo at the camp of the 87th IBPA in Calbiga town, Samar, but soldiers claimed he was already out of their custody;

 

WHEREAS, the members of the QRT confirmed from a news broadcasted by Bombo Radyo Tacloban that Badillo was apprehended by the AFP, which they denied on a news aired in ABS-CBN Tacloban;

 

WHEREAS, on that same day, the victim was detained at the Marabut Police Station suddenly being charged with rebellion and accused of possessing a firearm;

 

WHEREAS, the following day, he was again transferred to another police station in Palo town, Leyte and there already accused of possessing explosives, aside from the firearm;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED AS IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED, that the Committee on Human Rights to conduct an inquiry, in aid of legislation, on the November 10, 2017 – Abduction, Torture and Illegal Arrest of Carlito “James” Badillo, leader of Tag-alag Farmers and Fisherfolks Association and member of People Surge, by the elements of the 87th IBPA in Marabut town, Samar.

Adopted,

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ANAKPAWIS FILES HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 1568 ON THE EXTRA-JUDICIAL KILLING OF ALBERTO TECSON, FISHERFOLK LEADER IN NEGROS ORIENTAL

anakpawis.net - Thu, 12/14/2017 - 09:46

Republic of the Philippines
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Quezon City

SEVENTEENTH CONGRESS
Second Regular Session

HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 1568

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INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVES
ARIEL B. CASILAO
CARLOS ISAGANI T. ZARATE, EMMI A. DE JESUS, ANTONIO L. TINIO,
ARLENE D. BROSAS, FRANCE L. CASTRO, AND SARAH JANE I. ELAGO
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RESOLUTION
DIRECTING THE COMMITTEE ON HUMAN RIGHTS TO CONDUCT AN INQUIRY, IN AID OF LEGISLATION, ON THE JULY 24, 2017 – EXTRA-JUDICIAL KILLING OF ALBERTO TECSON, LEADER OF FISHERFOLK GROUP NAGKAHIUSANG MAG-UUMA UG MANGINGISDA SA BULADO (NAMABU), BY ALLEGED MEMBERS OF THE 79TH INFANTRY BATTALION OF THE PHILIPPINE ARMY IN BRGY. BULADO, GUIHULNGAN CITY, NEGROS ORIENTAL

WHEREAS, on July 24, 2017, Alberto Tecson, 45, leader of fisherfolk group Nagkahiusang Mag-uuma ug Mangingisda sa Bulado (NAMABU), affiliated with the national fisherfolk group Pamalakaya – Pilipinas, was killed by alleged members of the 79th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army (IBPA) under the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in Brgy. Bulado, Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental;

WHEREAS, reports from human rights group Karapatan – Negros said that that around 10 o’ clock in the evening, six (6) unidentified men knocked on the victim’s house and immediately shot him in front of his two children, subsequently, was dragged outside of his house and was shot again;

WHEREAS, a day prior the incident, the victim’s wife, Lorna attested that soldiers under the 79th IBPA visited their house and accused him of transporting members of armed groups using his pump boat, which the victim immediately denied;

WHEREAS, the victim’s wife added that hours before the incident, soldiers went back to their community and searched for the victim;

WHEREAS, according to Unyon ng Manggagawa sa Agrikultura (UMA), Tecson is the 2nd casualty of extra-judicial killing spree in Guihulngan City, that victimized at least 8 in a span of three months;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED AS IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED, that the Committee on Human Rights to conduct an inquiry, in aid of legislation, on the July 24, 2017 – Extra- Judicial Killing of Alberto Tecson, leader of fisherfolk group NAMABU, by alleged members of the 79th IBPA in Brgy. Bulado, Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental.

Adopted,

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ANAKPAWIS FILES HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 1567 ON THE ABDUCTION AND ILLEGAL DETENTION OF JEAN BUSTAMANTE, LUMAD YOUTH ACTIVIST IN COMPOSTELA VALLEY

anakpawis.net - Thu, 12/14/2017 - 09:43

Republic of the Philippines
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Quezon City

SEVENTEENTH CONGRESS
Second Regular Session

HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 1567

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INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVES
ARIEL B. CASILAO
CARLOS ISAGANI T. ZARATE, EMMI A. DE JESUS, ANTONIO L. TINIO,
ARLENE D. BROSAS, FRANCE L. CASTRO, AND SARAH JANE I. ELAGO
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RESOLUTION
DIRECTING THE COMMITTEE ON HUMAN RIGHTS TO CONDUCT AN INQUIRY, IN AID OF LEGISLATION, ON THE DECEMBER 5, 2017 – ABDUCTION AND ILLEGAL DETENTION OF JEAN BAGUIO BUSTAMANTE, LUMAD AND MEMBER OF COMPOSTELA FARMERS ASSOCIATION – YOUTH, BY THE ELEMENTS OF 66TH INFANTRY BATTALION OF THE PHILIPPINE ARMY IN BRGY. MAMBUSAO, COMPOSTELA TOWN, COMPOSTELA VALLEY

 

WHEREAS, on December 5, 2017, at around 10 o’ clock in the morning, Jean Baguio Bustamante, 17, lumad and a member of Compostela Farmers Association – Youth (CFA Youth), was forcibly taken by elements of 66th IBPA and was brought to their detachment in Purok 20, Brgy. Mambusao, Compostela town, Compostela Valley;

 

WHEREAS, human rights group Karapatan- Southern Mindanao Region (Karapatan SMR) reported that Bustamante was at the wake of Rodrigo Timoteo at the said barangay when soldiers abducted her;

 

WHEREAS, Timoteo is a peasant activist and member of CFA who was also a victim of extra-judicial killing on November 29, 2017, and was about to attend the protest for marking the November 30 Bonifacio Day;

 

WHEREAS, news reported that, according to the victim’s kin, at around 2 o’ clock in the afternoon, she was brought to a military camp in New Bataan town;

 

WHEREAS, Karapatan – SMR warned against the crackdown and killings of activists and members of progressive organizations in the Davao region and the whole Mindanao, especially under martial law and claimed that as of December 9, 2017, extra-judicial killings already victimized 56 in the region, illegal arrests with 81 victims, 22 incidents of aerial bombings, more than 45,000 forcibly evacuated, and 39 lumad schools forced to close down;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED AS IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED, that the Committee on Human Rights to conduct an inquiry, in aid of legislation, on the December 5, 2017 – Abduction and Illegal Detention of Jean Baguio Bustamante, lumad and member of CFA – Youth, by the elements of 66th IBPA in Brgy. Mambusao, Compostela town, Compostela Valley.

 

Adopted,

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ANAKPAWIS FILES HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 1566 ON THE EXTRA-JUDICIAL KILLING OF BERNARDO CLARION, A CULTURAL ACTIVIST AND ABDUCTION OF HIS BROTHER IN DAVAO CITY

anakpawis.net - Thu, 12/14/2017 - 09:39

Republic of the Philippines
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Quezon City

SEVENTEENTH CONGRESS
Second Regular Session

HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 1566

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INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVES
ARIEL B. CASILAO
CARLOS ISAGANI T. ZARATE, EMMI A. DE JESUS, ANTONIO L. TINIO,
ARLENE D. BROSAS, FRANCE L. CASTRO, AND SARAH JANE I. ELAGO
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RESOLUTION
DIRECTING THE COMMITTEE ON HUMAN RIGHTS TO CONDUCT AN INQUIRY, IN AID OF LEGISLATION, ON THE DECEMBER 9, 2017 – EXTRA – JUDICIAL KILLING OF BERNARDO CLARION AND ENFORCED DISAPPEARANCE OF HIS BROTHER BENJIE, BOTH CULTURAL ACTIVISTS AND MEMBERS OF SULONG KULTURA (SUKUL), BY ALLEGED ELEMENTS OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE PHILIPPINES (AFP) IN BUHANGIN DISTRICT, DAVAO CITY

 

WHEREAS, on the eve of International Human Rights Day on December 9, 2017, Bernardo Clarion, 24, a cultural activist and member of Sulong Kultura (Sukul) was found dead at Brgy. Callawa, Buhangin District, Davao City while his brother Benjie, 22, also a member of the said artists’ group, was abducted and still missing as of this writing; the victims were residents of Brgy. Mandug, in the same district;

 

WHEREAS, the victim’s family members said that Sukul actively joined protests in Davao City, by performing cultural numbers and with their latest during a tribute activity for another victim of extra-judicial killing for Apolonio Maranan, who was an active Anakpawis member and local labor leader, killed last November 25, 2017;

 

WHEREAS, on December 8, 2017, the victims visited a friend’s house at Brgy. Callawa in the said district and around 6 o’ clock in the evening, a van with unidentified men raided the house, with reports that their friend was wounded in the incident;

 

WHEREAS, subsequently, the whereabouts of the victims were unknown, until the lifeless body of Bernardo was found the next day, but his brother Benjie, remains missing;

 

WHEREAS, according to human rights group Karapatan Southern Mindanao Region, Bernard Clarion, the father of the victims and a human rights activist in Davao City, was also a victim of extra-judicial killing in 2014;

 

WHEREAS, as of this writing, Bernardo Clarion is the 57th victim of political killings in the Davao region under the watch of the Duterte administration and second in just a span of two weeks in Buhangin District;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED AS IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED, that the Committee on Human Rights to conduct an inquiry, in aid of legislation, on the December 9, 2017 – Extra – judicial Killing of Bernardo Clarion and Enforced Disappearance of his brother Benjie, both cultural activists and members of Sukul, by alleged elements of the AFP in Buhangin District, Davao City.

Adopted,

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ANAKPAWIS FILES HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 1565 ON THE EXTRA-JUDICIAL KILLING OF RODRIGO TIMOTEO, PEASANT ACTIVIST IN COMPOSTELA VALLEY

anakpawis.net - Thu, 12/14/2017 - 09:33

Republic of the Philippines
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Quezon City

SEVENTEENTH CONGRESS
First Regular Session

HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 1565

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INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVES
ARIEL B. CASILAO
CARLOS ISAGANI T. ZARATE, EMMI A. DE JESUS, ANTONIO L. TINIO,
ARLENE D. BROSAS, FRANCE L. CASTRO, AND SARAH JANE I. ELAGO
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RESOLUTION
DIRECTING THE COMMITTEE ON HUMAN RIGHTS
TO CONDUCT AN INQUIRY, IN AID OF LEGISLATION, ON THE NOVEMBER 29, 2017 – EXTRA – JUDICIAL KILLING OF RODRIGO TIMOTEO, PEASANT ACTIVISTS AND MEMBER OF THE COMPOSTELA FARMERS ASSOCIATION IN BRGY. MAMBUSAO, COMPOSTELA TOWN, COMPOSTELA VALLEY BY ALLEGED ELEMENTS OF 66TH INFANTRY BATTALION OF THE PHILIPPINE ARMY

 

WHEREAS, on November 29, 2017, Rodrigo Timoteo, a peasant activist and member of the Compostela Farmers Association (CFA) was killed at Purok 20, Brgy. Mambusao, Compostela town, Compostela Valley;

 

WHEREAS, according to the human rights group Karapatan – Southern Mindanao Region (Karapatan – SMR), they received the report of Timoteo’s killing on early morning of November 30, 2017, while preparing for the protest marking the Bonifacio Day;

 

WHEREAS, members of the CFA reported that he was killed by elements of the 66th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army (IBPA);

 

WHEREAS, it added that the victim was an active member of the CFA who was campaigning for free distribution of land, against militarization and martial law in Mindnao;

 

WHEREAS, he was also planning to join the protest marking the November 30 – Bonifacio Day in Magsaysay Park in Davao City;

 

WHEREAS, Karapatan – SMR reported that the victim was the 56th activist-victim of extra judicial-killing in the Davao region under the Duterte administration;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED AS IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED, that the Committee on Human Rights to conduct an inquiry, in aid of legislation, on the November 29, 2017 – Extra-judicial Killing of Rodrigo Timoteo, peasant activist and member of CFA in Brgy. Mambusao, Compostela Town, Compostela Valley by alleged elements of the 66th IBPA.

Adopted,

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FAQ!: Ukol sa Pagdodoble sa Sahod ng mga Pulis at Militar

act-teachers.com - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 01:44
Ilang araw na lang at ilulusot na sa Kongreso ang House Joint Resolution 18 at Senate Joint Resolution 9 na sa average ay magdodoble sa suweldo ng mga sundalo, pulis, at iba pang military and uniformed personnel sa gubyerno. Hindi ito iinit sa mesa ng Pangulong Duterte, pipirmahan agad, gagawing pamaskong handog, at ipatutupad agad pagpatak ng 2018. Sa gitna ng debate, sa gitna ng paglaban natin para sa #SalaryIncreaseParaSaLahat sa loob man o labas ng Kongreso ay lumabas ang mga sumusunod na tanong laban sa ating paninindigan:
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FAQ!: Ukol sa Pagdodoble sa Sahod ng mga Pulis at Militar

act-teachers.com - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 01:38
Ilang araw na lang at ilulusot na sa Kongreso ang House Joint Resolution 18 at Senate Joint Resolution 9 na sa average ay magdodoble sa suweldo ng mga sundalo, pulis, at iba pang military and uniformed personnel sa gubyerno. Hindi ito iinit sa mesa ng Pangulong Duterte, pipirmahan agad, gagawing pamaskong handog, at ipatutupad agad pagpatak ng 2018. Sa gitna ng debate, sa gitna ng paglaban natin para sa #SalaryIncreaseParaSaLahat sa loob man o labas ng Kongreso ay lumabas ang mga sumusunod na tanong laban sa ating paninindigan:
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ANAKPAWIS FILES HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 1550 ON THE MASSACRE OF LUMAD FARMERS IN LAKE SEBU, SOUTH COTABATO

anakpawis.net - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 04:31

Republic of the Philippines
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Quezon City

SEVENTEENTH CONGRESS
Second Regular Session

HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 1550

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INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVES
ARIEL B. CASILAO
CARLOS ISAGANI T. ZARATE, EMMI A. DE JESUS, ANTONIO L. TINIO,
ARLENE D. BROSAS, FRANCE L. CASTRO, AND SARAH JANE I. ELAGO
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RESOLUTION
DIRECTING THE COMMITTEE ON HUMAN RIGHTS TO CONDUCT AN INQUIRY, IN AID OF LEGISLATION, ON THE DECEMBER 3, 2017 – MASSACRE OF EIGHT (8) T’BOLI AND DULANGAN MANOBO FARMERS AND WOUNDING OF TWO (2) BY THE ELEMENTS OF THE 27th AND 33rd INFANTRY BATTALION OF THE PHILIPPINE ARMY, AND PHILIPPINE MARINES IN LAKE SEBU, SOUTH COTABATO

WHEREAS, on December 3, 2017, around 1 in the afternoon, eight (8) T’boli and Dulangan Manobo farmers were massacred by a joint team composed of elements from the 27th and 33rd Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army (IBPA) and Philippine Marines, while they were about to harvest their produce from their farm on their ancestral land in Sitio Datalbong, Brgy. Ned, Lake Sebu town, South Cotabato;

WHEREAS, killed were victims, Datu Victor Danyan, Victor Danyan, Jr., Artemio Danyan, Pato Celardo, Samuel Angkoy, To Diamante, Bobot Lagase, Matend Bantal, while two were wounded, namely Luben Laod and Teteng Laod;

WHEREAS, the victims were resisting against land grabbing and displacement efforts of the big firm, DM Consunji, Inc. (DMCI), as the firm has taken control of the of their ancestral lands that are productive and useful to the lumad communities of Sultan Kudarat;

WHEREAS, according to Sandugo, the national organization of indigenous people and Moro, there were 140 lumad farmer families who reclaimed 300- hectares of their ancestral land from DMCI’s control and cultivated it with corn and other food crops which the firm’s subsidiary Silvicultural Industries, Inc. (SII) used as coffee plantation, and its produce being supplied to the big coffee company Nestle;

WHEREAS, as reprisal, a unit official of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) threatened the lumad and branded them as members of the New People’s Army (NPA) and on a day before the incident, December 2, the said official broadcasted over the media his threat of immediate surrender, and pinpointing a certain “Commander Victor;”

WHEREAS, according to Sandugo and Bagong Alyansang Makabayan – SOCSKSARGEN (Bayan) asserted that Datu Victor Danyan was not a member of NPA but an active community leader and the victims were unarmed lumad farmers;

WHEREAS, Sandugo added that the reclamation of the lumad farmers in Brgy. Ned, Lake Sebu town, was influenced by triumphant taking back of other lumad communities in Sultan Kudarat within the Daguma Mountain Range;

WHEREAS, DMCI’s control over vast tracks in the land in the Daguma Mountain Range in Sultan Kudarat and South Cotabato provinces has been widely opposed by lumad communities as it encroached their ancestral lands and caused their displacement and threatened their sources of livelihood;

WHEREAS, as stipulated in House Resolution No. 527 filed in November 2016, also filed by the authors, on the DMCI’s displacement efforts of lumad communities from 102,954-hectares of their ancestral land covered by Integrated Forestry Management Agreement (IFMA) contracts awarded by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to the said firm;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED AS IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED, that the Committee on Human Rights to conduct an inquiry, in aid of legislation, on the December 3, 2017 – Massacre of eight (8) T’boli and Dulangan Manobo farmers and wounding of two by the elements of the 27th and 33rd IBPA, and Philippine Marines in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato.

Adopted,

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ANAKPAWIS FILES HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 1549 ON THE HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES AGAINST FARMERS IN NORTHERN SAMAR

anakpawis.net - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 04:19

Republic of the Philippines
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Quezon City

SEVENTEENTH CONGRESS
Second Regular Session

HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 1549

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INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVES
ARIEL B. CASILAO
CARLOS ISAGANI T. ZARATE, EMMI A. DE JESUS, ANTONIO L. TINIO,
ARLENE D. BROSAS, FRANCE L. CASTRO, AND SARAH JANE I. ELAGO
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RESOLUTION
DIRECTING THE COMMITTEE ON HUMAN RIGHTS TO CONDUCT AN INVESTIGATION, IN AID OF LEGISLATION, ON THE SPATE OF HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES AGAINST FARMERS AND OTHER SECTORS IN NORTHERN SAMAR PERPETUATED BY THE ELEMENTS OF ARMED FORCES OF THE PHILIPPINES (AFP) IMPLEMENTING THE COUNTER-INSURGENCY PROGRAM OPLAN KAPAYAPAAN

WHEREAS, the Northern Samar Small Farmers Association (NSSFA), that supports poor, landless farmers and farm workers in the province on their agrarian problems, as well as, opposing human rights abuses perpetrated by elements of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) who are launching massive military operations in farmer communities, as implementation of the counter-insurgency program Oplan Kapayapaan;

WHEREAS, the various human rights abuses continue to threat the lives and livelihood of farmers and other sectors in the province;

WHEREAS, NSSFA and the human rights group Katungod – Northern Samar, documented the various cases of human rights abuses against farmers and other sectors committed by the AFP under the guise of “peace caravans,” “humanitarian missions,” intelligence-driven programs and others:

• elements of the 20th and 43rd Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army (IBPA) conducted military operations disguised as “peace caravans” from May to August 2017;

• elements of the 43rd IBPA and 20th THS Tactical Helicopter Squadron dropped 2,500 copies of leaflets in the hinterlands of Northern Samar calling for surrendered, which is essentially red-tagging farmer villages, triggering distress among residents;

• the 20th IBPA partnered with various government agencies for tree-planting, land titling, livelihood projects, scholarship and intelligence-driven programs, on which beneficiaries such as of the scholarship program from Catubig, Mapanasa, Pambujan and Palapag towns were being commissioned by AFP as intelligence agents against the New People’s Army (NPA);

• 20th IBPA engages in military indoctrination operation in infiltrating several schools for an outreach program in partnership with SM Foundation such as distributing school supplies, Youth Leaders’ Summit and feeding programs in Taylor Elementary School, Youth Organization of Pambujan and other, which are violation of the Section 22 or “Children as Zones of Peace” of the Republic Act No. 7610 Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act;

WHEREAS, cases of illegal arrest and detention, physical assault of farmers and human rights advocate perpetrated by the elements of the 20th IBPA were documented by Katungod – Northern Samar and NSSFA:

• in Brgy. Osmeña, Las Navas, thirteen (13) farmers including a barangay official were illegally detained by the elements of the military without warrant;

• on November 24, 2017, three (3) farmers namely Richard Avino, Teny Gerbon and Arnel Aquino from Brgy. Osmeña, Palapag, Northern Samar were abducted by elements of 20th IBPA;

• on November 26, 2017, Sargie Macallan, human rights activist and coordinator of Katungod – Northern Samar was physically assaulted and strangled by Lieutenant Colonel George Domingo, commanding officer of the Civil-Military Operations (CMO) Battalion inside their detachment at the Brgy. Opong, Catubig, when the victim was seeking a dialogue on the location of abducted three farmers;

WHEREAS, cases of illegal search, illegal arrest and detention to farmers and military encampment in peasant communities:

• on June 26, 2017, farmers of San Jorge, Northern Samar complained for military checkpoints and illegally search their belongings;

• reports from Alyansa san mga Parag-uma Kontra-Kagutom san Las Navas (APKLAS) that in Brgy. San Isidro, Las Navas, military men encamped inside the peasant communities;

• in Brgy. San Miguel, Las Navas, military men occupied the barangay hall and barangay health center which disrupted barangay sessions and health services;

WHEREAS, cases of illegal arrest, brutal interrogation and red-baiting of minors has been documented:

• APKLAS also reported that, a child named Jimboy Obiado was illegally arrested by the elements of 803rd IBPA and was labelled as “NPA child warrior;” the boy was only in errands instructed by his parents to bring sacks of rice in Brgy. Tubang, Las Navas;

• a 16-year old boy named Joshua from Brgy. Perez, Las Navas was accosted and brutally interrogated by a certain Sgt. Tados for more than an hour who accused the victim as a member of the NPA;

WHEREAS, Katungod – Northern Samar reported that military encampment in schools and harassment was documented that threatens the lives of the students and the teachers, which are clear violations of the Section 22 or “Children as Zones of Peace” of the RA 7610:

• last May to August 2017, elements of 20th IBPA headed by Colonel Noli Lapizar encamped in Las Navas National High School and occupying school buildings that drove several classes to be held in makeshift tents;

• on June 5, 2017, San Isidro Farmers’ Association for Human and Environmental Protection (SIFA – Protect), a local environmental organization, reported elements of the AFP with high-powered firearms, disrupting classes and enticing children into becoming spies;

• a barrio teacher from Brgy. San Miguel, Las Navas was harassed and stalked by a drunk soldier to her classroom and threatened her and her pupils;

WHEREAS, it was reported in the news that, last November 6, 2017, members of APKLAS along with residents, progressive group leaders and human rights advocates confronted the 20th IBPA to immediately leave farmer communities in Brgy. San Miguel, Las Navas and other villages of Northern Samar; an army official Staff Sargeant Sevillano responded that he will consult the issue to his commanding officer who was not present during the dialogue;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED AS IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED, that the Committee on Human Rights to conduct an investigation, in aid of legislation, on the spate of human rights abuses against farmers and other sectors in Northern Samar perpetuated by the AFP implementing the counter-insurgency program Oplan Kapayapaan.

Adopted,

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ANAKPAWIS FILES HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 1548 ON THE GOV’T NEGLECT OF NORTHERN SAMAR FARMERS AFFECTED BY ABACA BUNCHY TOP VIRUS EPIDEMIC

anakpawis.net - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 04:16

Republic of the Philippines
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Quezon City

SEVENTEENTH CONGRESS
Second Regular Session

HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 1548

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INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVES
ARIEL B. CASILAO
CARLOS ISAGANI T. ZARATE, EMMI A. DE JESUS, ANTONIO L. TINIO,
ARLENE D. BROSAS, FRANCE L. CASTRO, AND SARAH JANE I. ELAGO
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RESOLUTION
DIRECTING THE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE AND FOOD, AND POVERTY ALLEVIATION, TO CONDUCT A JOINT INQUIRY, IN AID OF LEGISLATION, ON THE APPARENT GOVERNMENT NEGLECT OF ABACA FARMERS OF NORTHERN SAMAR, AFFECTED BY THE ABACA BUNCHY TOP VIRUS EPIDEMIC, AND PERSISTENT EXPLOITATIVE AND UNFAIR TRADE PRACTICES

WHEREAS, the Philippines continue to take on the role of a global supplier of cheap raw materials to developed countries, as demonstrated by the report of Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority (PhilFIDA), the country is the largest producer of abaca fibers, supplying about 87% of the world’s requirement;

WHEREAS, abaca-producing provinces include Catanduanes, Sorsogon, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Davao Oriental, Davao Del Sur, Surigao Del Sur and Northern Samar that involve about 176,549-hectares of land, cultivated by more than 122,758 farmers;

WHEREAS, raw materials from abaca fiber is used for manufacturing of electrolytic (condenser) paper, high grade decorative paper, Bible paper, dissolving pulp, tea bags, coffee filters, meat and sausage casings, special art papers, cable insulation papers, adhesive tape papers, lens tissues, mimeograph stencil base tissues, and carbonizing tissues;

WHEREAS, according to Northern Samar Small Farmers Association (NSSFA), the province is considered to be the regional hub in abaca production and second biggest abaca-producing province in the country covering a total of 10,290 hectares of land and each year, produces 3,381 metric tons;

WHEREAS, municipalities with the highest production are Las Navas, Silvino Lobos and Mondragon;

WHEREAS, despite from the abaca’s notable contribution to the economy, farmers remain poor and suffer from exploitative relations of production, at the same time, decry on the continuing neglect of the local government;

WHEREAS, NSSFA added that, abaca farmers continue to endure underpricing, high costs including transportation, negative net income and monopoly pricing by by traders;

WHEREAS, farmers sought redress from local government units but received inadequate response, hence, persist:

• barrio traders buy abaca at lower prices of P60 to 65 per kilogram while selling it to the municipal trading station for P70 to 72 per kilogram;
• farmers are forced to sell their produce to barrio traders who provided them with loans;
• the barrio traders who also own the “habal-habal” used for hauling the produce charge about P150 to 200;
• due to excessive costs and low prices, farmers usually end up with deficit as the usual cost of production amounts to P28,550 when their gross earnings from their produce were only at P26,000;
• all the production taks such as “hadhad,” “tadtad,” “turok,” “himari” and others cost P250 per day usually multiplied to an average 15 persons;

WHEREAS, Ching Bee Trading Corporation is the biggest trader in the province, who owns 60% of the total abaca export in the country, it is also affiliated with Specialty Pulp Manufacturing, Inc., operates a trading station in Catarman where it dictates the price at P81 per kilogram from local traders;

WHEREAS, there are thirty-six (36) traders and four (4) authorized Grading and Baling Establishments (GBEs) in the province which serve as intermediaries of abaca producers and export traders; who buy from barrio traders for P72 per kilogram;

WHEREAS, amid being systematically exploited from unfair trade practices, NSSFA also raised the alarm on the impact of bunchy top virus infestation on abaca crops, that resulted to a dramatic drop of 95% of production in the province;

WHEREAS, local farmers cried that the average yield of 200 kilograms dropped to 20 kilos per hectare; and in worse incidents no single abaca crop survived the infestation;

WHEREAS, the PhilFIDA concentrated its abaca pest management program in Leyte, thus, not reaching Northern Samar;

WHEREAS, according to news reports, PhilFIDA Eastern Visayas Regional Director Wilardo Sinahon claimed that due to massive infestation, the region’s production dropped to 8,418 MT in 2015 from 29,000 MT from 2003 that 31,871 farmers were forced to abandon cultivation and shifted to planting other crops,
WHEREAS, the agency also announced that in 2016, 60% of 46,360-hectares of abaca farms were productive while 40% were rehabilitated;

WHEREAS, NSFFA claimed that aside from being subjected to the abovementioned predicaments, farmers in the province are yet to recover from the damages brought about by Typhoon Nona that struck in December 2015, amounting to an estimated P19.1 million in the agricultural sector;

WHEREAS, NSSFA, with its regional farmers’ group SAGUPA – Sinirangang Bisaya and other people’s organization were able to bring up the issue of abaca farmers during a dialogue with officials of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in December 2016 and other agencies, as well as local government units, decisive actions are yet to be executed for the welfare of the affected population;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED AS IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED, that the Committee on Agriculture and Food, and Poverty Alleviation, to conduct a joint inquiry, in aid of legislation, on the apparent government neglect of abaca farmers of Northern Samar, affected by the abaca bunchy top virus epidemic, and persistent exploitative and unfair trade practices.

Adopted,

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ANAKPAWIS FILES HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 1547 ON THE ILLEGAL ARRESTS OF FARMERS, FISHERFOLK OPPOSING MINING IN BATANGAS

anakpawis.net - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 04:12

Republic of the Philippines
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Quezon City

SEVENTEENTH CONGRESS
Second Regular Session

HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 1547

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INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVES
ARIEL B. CASILAO
CARLOS ISAGANI T. ZARATE, EMMI A. DE JESUS, ANTONIO L. TINIO,
ARLENE D. BROSAS, FRANCE L. CASTRO, AND SARAH JANE I. ELAGO
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RESOLUTION
DIRECTING THE COMMITTEE ON HUMAN RIGHTS
TO CONDUCT AN INQUIRY, IN AID OF LEGISLATION, ON HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES AND ILLEGAL ARREST OF FARMERS AND FISHERFOLK OPPOSING DISPLACEMENT BY ASTURIAS INDUSTRIES IN CALATAGAN, BATANGAS

WHEREAS, on early morning October 5, 2017, leaders of farmer and fisherfolk groups Samahan ng Mamamayan at Magsasaka sa Baha at Talibayog (SMMBT) and Samahan ng Magsasaka at Mangingisda ng Brgy. Hukay, Inc. (SMMBHI) from Brgy. Talibayog and Hukay in Calatagan were arrested by elements of the Batangas and Calatagan Philippine National Police (PNP);

WHEREAS, among arrested were Brgy. Talibayog Chairman and Vice-President of SMMBT Manolo Delos Reyes, SMMBT President Senando Marco, Joseph Marasigan, member of SMMBT and Allan Dimaisip, member of SMMBHI, who were charged with illegal possession of firearms and explosives;

WHEREAS, according to human rights group Karapatan Batangas, around 4 o’ clock, 18 vehicles of the PNP, from Batangas and Calatagan police, as well as SWAT, arrived in Brgy. Talibayog,

WHEREAS, Brgy. Talibayog Chairman Delos Reyes saw 7 vehicles approaching his house, with 3 SWAT members accosting him and attempted to enter his house at around 4:30am, ensued were the following:

• the victim tried to stop them from barging his house, but the SWAT members kicked the door, then entered, searched on his belongings and when they found nothing, walked out of the premises;

• but around 5am, members of the PNP again entered his house and walked out, again found nothing;

• on their 3rd attempt at about 5:35am, members of the PNP again entered his house, and this time, claimed to have found a grenade and caliber 45 handgun;

• following this, a document, supposed to be a search warrant was shown to the victim, who were not able to comprehend what was actually written, and he was handcuffed and taken away;

WHEREAS, almost at the same period, the house of SMMBT President Senando Marco was barged in by PNP members without his consent, with the following circumstances:

• the PNP members entered his house, while a barangay councilor was talking to the victim outside;

• the PNP members claimed to have found a caliber 45 handgun, an armalite and a grenade;

WHEREAS, the other victim Joseph Marasigan, went through more or less similar encounter, who were accused of possessing a caliber 38 handgun and a grenade;

WHEREAS, the people’s organization, human rights and environmental groups condemned the harassment and filing of trumped up charges as they claim it was carried out to threaten those who are opposing the entry of mining operations of Asturias Industries and its eviction of farmers from their lands;

WHEREAS, the farmers at the area were holders of emancipation patent and certificate of land ownership awards, under the Presidential Decree 27 and Republic Act No. 6657 Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program, until the Supreme Court decided for its cancellation in 2008;

WHEREAS, since 1998, Asturias Mining Corp., attempted to mine the lands, using a Mineral Production Sharing Agreement with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources on more than 800-hectares, which were also subject of EPs held by farmers;

WHEREAS, since then until present, the farmers have been strongly opposing the entry of mining operations in their communities as they assert it will lead to destruction of the environment, loss of livelihood and their displacement;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED AS IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED, that the Committee on Human Rights to conduct a joint inquiry, in aid of legislation, on the mounting human rights abuses in Batangas, brought about by militarization and aerial bombings of rural communities in Batangas City and Lobo town around Mt. Banoi by the AFP and PNP.

Adopted,

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ANAKPAWIS FILES HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 1546 ON THE AERIAL BOMBINGS, MILITARIZATION OF FARMER COMMUNITIES IN BATANGAS

anakpawis.net - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 04:08

Republic of the Philippines
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Quezon City

SEVENTEENTH CONGRESS
Second Regular Session

HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 1546

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INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVES
ARIEL B. CASILAO
CARLOS ISAGANI T. ZARATE, EMMI A. DE JESUS, ANTONIO L. TINIO,
ARLENE D. BROSAS, FRANCE L. CASTRO, AND SARAH JANE I. ELAGO
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RESOLUTION
DIRECTING THE COMMITTEE ON HUMAN RIGHTS
TO CONDUCT AN INQUIRY, IN AID OF LEGISLATION, ON THE MASS EVACUATION OF FARMER-RESIDENTS IN THE PROVINCE OF BATANGAS, BROUGHT ABOUT BY MILITARIZATION AND AERIAL BOMBINGS OF RURAL COMMUNITIES IN BATANGAS CITY AND LOBO TOWN AROUND MT. BANOI BY THE ARMED FORCES OF THE PHILIPPINES AND PHILIPPINE NATIONAL POLICE

WHEREAS, on September 23, 2017, the human rights group Karapatan – Southern Tagalog received reports that the combined forces of the AFP, 2nd Infantry Division, 202nd Infantry Brigade and 730th Combat Group of the Philippine Air Force, with the Philippine National Police – Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB) conducted military operations in Lobo town and Batangas City, prompting the group and the Batangas Integrated Human Rights Advocates (BIHRA) to launch a fact-finding mission (FFM) to gather data on the impact and situation of affected farmer communities;

WHEREAS, around noon on September 24, a team of the FFM group arrived at Brgy. Santo Domingo in Batangas City, while asking for directions toward Brgy. Cumba, residents told them that they heard explosions and gunfire since 8 o’ clock in the morning; following were the circumstances;

• around 2 o’ clock in the afternoon, the FFM team witnessed 2 helicopter flying around that dropped bombs, which the residents claimed it was around the area of Brgy. Cumba and the explosion were so loud that made the ground shaking;

• upon reaching Brgy. Cumba past 3 o’ clock, the FFM team was able to meet residents on vehicles exclaiming “Giyerna! Giyera na!” and he asked where the team is going and said “Bakit pa kayo pupunta sa Brgy. Cumba ay giyera na at maraming sundalo!”

• the team also met a woman on a wedding gown crying in fear, subsequently, they witnessed many vehicles full of residents, including women and children on vehicles, purportedly to evacuate from the area;

• the team reached the barangay hall for a courtesy call where they met the barangay chairman lookig pale, and about 5 bonnet-cladding elements of the Philippine military were posting in front of the hall;

WHEREAS, on September 26, another team of the FFM arrived at Brgy. Talahib Pandayan in Batangas City and they were able to collate accounts from some barangay council officials that about 300 individuals took refuge at the covered court, in Lobo town, at Brgy. Banalo with 91 individuals, Brgy. Balatbat with 35 individuals, total of 426 individuals were affected;

WHEREAS, however, the FFM team were barred by local village officials to get the account of their resident’s circumstances that compelled them to massively evacuate from their communities, but as some residents approached them, they were able to converse with a farmer, accompanied by his wife and children, and his mother, and told them that a helicopter was bombing their community, thus, they evacuated in fear, leaving their possession and livestock;

WHEREAS, as the reports of displacement of farmers due to militarization reached the national media, lawmakers under the Makabayan Coalition joined a humanitarian mission on September 30, aiming to deliver relief to farmer families who evacuated, but were subjected to massive harassment, surveillance and were barred to reach the victims, with the military operations launched by the AFP and PNP affecting 12 barangays of Batangas City and Lobo town, leading to cancellation of classes in schools;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED AS IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED, that the Committee on Human Rights to conduct a joint inquiry, in aid of legislation, on the mass evacuation of farmer-residents the province of Batangas, brought about by militarization and aerial bombings of rural communities in Batangas City and Lobo town around Mt. Banoi by the AFP and PNP.

Adopted,

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On latest MRT offloading incident​: Don’t wait for a serious accident – Anakpawis solon to DOTr

anakpawis.net - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 01:14

On latest MRT offloading incident​
Don’t wait for a serious accident – Anakpawis solon to DOTr

Manila, Philippines – Anakpawis Party-list Representative Ariel “Ka Ayik” Casilao warned that the recent offloading incident of the MRT, due to smoke emission on one of the coaches last Friday morning. The incident discommoded about a thousand passengers which the lawmaker presumed arrived late for their work.

“The government and the DOTr are so pre-occupied with phasing out the jeepney as primary mode of transportation, while a flagship mass transport system is disintegrating in front of our faces, we urge Sec. Tugade to make the most of his time to resolve the MRT issue, and abandon the PUV modernization which is obviously trivial at present,” Casilao said in a statement.

The lawmaker urged the commuting public to see beyond the issue of maintenance, and said it was just a tip of the iceberg. He was referring to the fundamental neo-liberal framework that shrouded the MRT, particularly the Build-Lease-Transfer contract between the government and the MRT Corporation (MRTC). Former DoTR Usec. Cesar Chavez revealed that the government is paying MRTC with P610 million monthly as equity rental payment (ERP). The MRT’s total cost was $675.5 million in 2000 (about P30.2 billion), while the investors’ equity was at $190 million in 1996 or about P5 billion).

“With all the funds only going to the investors as profits, it is doomed from the beginning that maintaining the system will be sacrificed, what is worse is that the Duterte government is espousing this arrangement that is obviously unfavorable to public interest,” Casilao added.

He reiterated their call for a decisive government take-over of the MRT, and strategically nationalize the mass transport system. The government should set-up a support industry for its maintenance and operation, instead of totally relying on private contractors.

Casilao also expressed doubt of the government’s negotiations with the Sumitomo firm would lead to any positive outcome as it had more or less similar performance with Busan Universal Rail Incorporated (BURI). Chavez also revealed that even under Sumitomo’s term on the MRT, the number of passenger unloading incidents increased from 2007 at 539 to 2011 at 457. While incidents under BURI, the peaked at 576 in 2016, also in 2009 to 2011, Sumitomo could only make 19 to 20 trains available during peak hours, a slight difference with BURI’s 17 to 19 trains.

“Instead of pouring gigantic subsidies to the MRT from taxpayers’ money, about P13 billion for the last three years, it should have been used to established a support industry, integrated with the local steel industry, so as to sustain the system, as well as serve as a proto-industry to totally support a nationalized mass transport system in the country,” Casilao ended. ###

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On martial law extension in Mindanao: Duterte admits incapacity to govern democratically, respect human rights

anakpawis.net - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 01:05

On martial law extension in Mindanao
Duterte admits incapacity to govern democratically, respect human rights

Manila, Philippines – “Extending martial law in Mindanao is simply President Duterte, unable to rule democratically, by tolerating dissent, hence, he needs to infringe on constitutionally sanctioned rights of the people,” Anakpawis Party-list Representative Ariel “Ka Ayik” Casilao said in a statement. Casilao hailed from Davao City and is a leader of the Kilusang Mayo Uno – Southern Mindanao Region (KMU – SMR).

Casilao asserted that there is no legal basis for extending martial law in the major island as there is no immediate threat to public safety, government institutions are functioning and national territory is not compromised by secession. President Rodrigo Duterte has recently referred congress his letter urging to extend martial law for a year.

“Martial law in Mindanao actually targets the legal-democratic movement composed majorly of farmers, indigenous people, fisherfolk, workers, urban poor and other sectors who are demanding reforms, defending their rights to land, livelihood, self-determination and other democratic rights,” Casilao said.

He claimed that killing of farmers under the Duterte regime is mounting, to at least 113 victims in November, according to Karapatan human rights group and Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP). The rights group added that extra-judicial killings in Mindanao under martial law victimized 29, majority from the Davao region at 15 victims and majority were members of KMP. It also documented 15 cases of torture, 23 victims of frustrated killings, 58 victims of illegal arrest and detention, and 335,686 victims of strafing and aerial bombings.

The lawmaker also revealed that since the Duterte presidency last year to September, most killings of farmers were in Compostela Valley province at 17 victims or 35% of the total number in Mindanao, followed by Davao provinces with 11 victims and Bukidnon with 7 victims. He attributed these atrocities to the execution of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) of its counter-insurgency program Oplan Kapayapaan against the New People’s Army (NPA).

“A major island that is home to at least 21 million Filipinos, where dissent or protest being banned is a snapshot or dress rehearsal for a nationwide martial law as it using the numerous offensives of the NPA in Mindanao as basis, and will label protesters as supporters or conspirators,” Casilao said.

He claimed that under a martial law rule, nothing would restrain the Duterte regime to en masse accuse activists belonging to the legal-democratic movement of supporting the NPA, leading to political persecution. With the illusion of silencing the national democratic movement, repressing opposition from traditional political camps will be effortless.

“President has slammed the poor, the church, the media, and now the progressives, if not opposed, it is a matter of time for his total tyrannical rule,” Casilao emphasized.

The lamwaker urged sectors to publicly denounce the authoritarian actions of Duterte, particularly the Proclamation No. 360, terminating the peace talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and Proclamation No. 374, labelling the NPA as terrorists.

“If the public does not speak out against the hunting down progressives, there will be no one to speak out when Duterte eventually hunt down all of us,” Casilao ended. ###

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Youth groups march to fight crackdown on activists, civilians

kabataanpartylist.com - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 17:18

KABATAAN Partylist joins youth groups and students today as they register their staunch opposition to the ongoing “crackdown” of the US-Duterte regime on activists and civilians.

The youth group vehemently slams the Duterte administration for officially declaring the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) as terrorists, and implicitly mixing in legal organizations with it.

“If anyone’s a terrorist here, it is the US-Duterte fascist dictatorship because of its records of killings of the people, apart from the various forms of human right violations committed by the state forces since the start of his term,” Kabataan Partylist Rep. Sarah Elago said.

“If anything, the war on the Left is the new drug war. Expect not just activists but civilians to be affected and victimized. ‘Komunista’ is the new ‘dorogista,’” Elago added.

Growing list of victims

The list of victims has grown exponentially in the past months since Duterte’s assumption of office and since his crackdown on vocal critics and dissenters. Innocent people have been “intentionally killed” and gunned down under the guise of drug war, how much more vicious for those who have braved this tyrannical regime by speaking up and defending their rights.

After the issuance of Proclamation 360 cancelling the GRP-NDF peace talks, human rights organizations have recorded killings, disappearances and forced arrests over the country on a daily basis, especially on activists in the cities.

“An activist priest killed by armed men in Nueva Ecija; 8 Lumads from T’boli and Dulangan Manobo were massacred by state forces; food blockade by the AFP on Lumad communities, schools closed; Supreme Court upholds Martial Law extension decision; George San Mateo of Piston unlawfully arrested; student-leader from League of Filipino Students-UST SHS received death threats; 17-year old Lumad forcibly taken by state agents during wake; Oplan Tokhang back in operation, PNP to continue anti-poor drug war; and AFP, PNP spotted during anti-jeepney phaseout mob; tensions raised. All of these are proof of the intensified attacks and happened just in a span of few days; what more in the long run. Dark days ahead are saddeningly apparent,” Elago elaborated.

Desperation for ‘revgov’

Elago adds that Duterte’s declaration tagging the New People’s Army (NPA) as terrorists has been forthcoming since he decided to terminate the peace talks. As his strongest and fiercest opposition, targeting the left only solidifies the fact that he is scared of losing his political power, that is hellbent in maintaining his diminishing popularity.

“He is bent on killing off any and all opposition in desperation to build, build, build his tyrannical ‘revolutionary government,’ which is just another Martial Law declaration. This is in collusion with the US and President Donald Trump who rubberstamped Duterte’s fanatical wishes just before the crackdown on the Left,” Elago said.

“Time and again, the youth is faced with the challenge to heed history’s calling. With the threat of Martial Law declaration in the country, the US-Duterte regime is on its way to a no-holds-barred tyrannical rule. The challenging times pose an imperative for the youth to further resist and enjoin its force with the other oppressed and exploited sectors,” Elago ended.

Kabataan Partylist is a member of Youth Act Now Against Tyranny (YANAT), the biggest alliance of students, organizations and councils against Duterte’s emerging dictatorship. On December 10, YANAT is set to join various sectors in a people’s protest on International Human Rights Day.  ###

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ANAKPAWIS, MAKABAYAN FILE HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 1517 ON THE NOVEMBER 25, 2017 – EXTRA-JUDICIAL KILLING OF ANAKPAWIS MEMBER APOLONIO MARANAN IN DAVAO CITY

anakpawis.net - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 07:15

Republic of the Philippines
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Quezon City

SEVENTEENTH CONGRESS
Second Regular Session

HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 1517

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INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVES
ARIEL B. CASILAO
CARLOS ISAGANI T. ZARATE, EMMI A. DE JESUS, ANTONIO L. TINIO,
ARLENE D. BROSAS, FRANCE L. CASTRO, AND SARAH JANE I. ELAGO
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RESOLUTION
DIRECTING THE COMMITTEE ON HUMAN RIGHTS TO CONDUCT AN INQUIRY, IN AID OF LEGISLATION, ON THE NOVEMBER 25, 2017 – EXTRA – JUDICIAL KILLING OF APOLONIO MARANAN, MEMBER OF ANAKPAWIS PARTY-LIST SOUTHERN MINDANAO REGION CHAPTER, ALLEGEDLY BY ELEMENTS OF 16TH INFANTRY BATTALION OF THE PHILIPPINE ARMY (IBPA) IN BUHANGIN DISTRICT, DAVAO CITY

WHEREAS, at around 7:49pm of November 25, 2017, Apolonio Maranan, 64 years old, was killed on his way out of his house to buy dinner for his family in DDF Village, Brgy. Mandug, Buhangin District, Davao City, allegedly by members of the 16th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army (IBPA), according to the human rights group Karapatan – Southern Mindanao Region;

WHEREAS, the victim was an active member of Anakpawis Party-list in Davao and a local campaigner during the 2016 national elections;

WHEREAS, according to Teresita Maranan, the victim’s wife, about five minutes after he left their house, she heard a series of gunfire, hence, she immediately ask her son to check on his father, where, they found the victim’s body on the ground, already bloodied, with the motorcycle-riding suspects rushed to escape;

WHEREAS, the victim sustained multiple gunshot wounds and died on the spot;
WHEREAS, local leaders of Anakpawis said that the victim as an active supporter of Mandug farmers on their struggle for their rights to land and against Lapanday Food Corporation;

WHEREAS, the victim’s family also disclosed that after the April 2017 burning of Lapanday’s equipment by alleged members of the New People’s Army (NPA), he observed that he was under military surveillance;

WHEREAS, prior the killing, the victim was confronted by men who introduced themselves as intelligence assets of the military, threatened and questioned him of whereabouts of members of the NPA and promised to facilitate their surrender, according to his wife;

WHEREAS, in reality, the victim was known as a simple electrician in the locality who works and charges low fees, and sometime provide freebies to his customers;

WHEREAS, before his death, he was busy preparing for the birthday party of his grandchild, set up the venue, tables and chairs and other needs, hence, they were totally shaken as they were used for his funeral instead;

WHEREAS, according to Karapatan – SMR, Maranan was the 55th victim of extra-judicial killings in the Davao region under President Rodrigo Duterte;

WHEREAS, the group also professed that that after President Duterte’s threats of “all-out” war and crackdown on legal activists, human rights violations such as extra-judicial killings, harassments, filing of trumped up charges escalated, with most of the victims belonging to the rural poor sector;

WHEREAS, Maranan was among the first wave of civilian casualty of President Duterte’s Proclamation No. 360, or the declaraton of the termination of peace negotiations with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) signed last November 23, 2017;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED AS IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED, that the Committee on Human Rights to conduct an inquiry, in aid of legislation, on the November 25, 2017 – Extra – judicial Killing of Apolonio Maranan, member of Anakpawis Party-List Southern Mindanao Region Chapter, allegedly by elements of the 16th IBPA in Buhangin District, Davao City.

Adopted,

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ANAKPAWIS, MAKABAYAN FILE HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 1516 ON THE DECEMBER 4, 2017 – EXTRA-JUDICIAL KILLING OF FR. MARCELITO “TITO” PAEZ IN NUEVA ECIJA

anakpawis.net - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 07:12

Republic of the Philippines
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Quezon City

SEVENTEENTH CONGRESS
Second Regular Session

HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 1516

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INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVES
ARIEL B. CASILAO
CARLOS ISAGANI T. ZARATE, EMMI A. DE JESUS, ANTONIO L. TINIO,
ARLENE D. BROSAS, FRANCE L. CASTRO, AND SARAH JANE I. ELAGO
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RESOLUTION
DIRECTING THE COMMITTEE ON HUMAN RIGHTS TO CONDUCT AN INQUIRY, IN AID OF LEGISLATION, ON THE DECEMBER 4, 2017 – EXTRA-JUDICIAL KILLING OF REVEREND FR. MARCELITO “TITO” PAEZ, NATIONAL BOARD MEMBER AND REGIONAL COORDINATOR OF RURAL MISSIONARIES OF THE PHILIPPINES (RMP) – CENTRAL LUZON BY ALLEGED GOVERNMENT SECURITY FORCES IN JAEN TOWN, NUEVA ECIJA

WHEREAS, on December 4, 2017, Reverend Father Marcelito “Tito” Paez, 72 years old, a priest under the Diocese of San Jose City, Nueva Ecija was killed by alleged government security forces on December 4, 2017 in Jaen town in the same province, according to the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines (RMP) and Alyansa ng Magbubukid sa Gitnang Luson – Nueva Ecija (AMGL – Nueva Ecija);

WHEREAS, Fr. Paez, was a National Board Member – Treasurer and the Regional Coordinator of the RMP – Central Luzon; was active for his advocacies in defending the rights to land of farmers in Brgys. Manggang Marikit, Bagong Barrio and Yuson (Mambayu), Guimba town and other parts of Nueva Ecija, Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac, Hacienda Dolores in Pampanga and other parts of Central Luzon;

WHEREAS, reports from AMGL – Nueva Ecija stated that at around 8pm on December 4, Fr. Paez was driving his vehicle along a road in Jaen town when he was shot upon by motorcycle-riding men; immediately after the incident, he was brought to Gonzales General Hospital in San Leonardo town but was declared dead at around 10pm;
WHEREAS, the group added that in the 80s, Fr. Paez actively campaigned against Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP) and became a leader of the Central Luzon Alliance for Sovereign Philippines (CLASP) that demanded the ouster of the US military bases in the country; he was also a Convenor of the Promotion of Church People’s Respons (PCPR) – Central Luzon, Convenor of the Nueva Ecija for Change, Justice and Peace;

WHEREAS, according to the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), Fr. Paez was active in leading church services for communities and victims of human rights violations in the province and in the region;

WHEREAS, leaders of AMGL – Nueva Ecija and some religious leaders were still able to get an account from Fr. Paez at the hospital:

• prior the incident, he helped facilitate the release of political prisoner and peasant organizer of AMGL – Nueva Ecija Rommel Tucay, who was arrested on March 22, 2017, by elements of the 56th Infantry Battalion of the Phillipine Army and accused him as a member of the New People’s Army (NPA);
• Fr. Paez who was driving his vehicle, noticed that thay are being tailed by unidentified motorcycle-riding men and upon reaching Zaragosa town, the men put on their bonnet;
• then arriving Jaen town, the assailants shot upon him while driving, resulting two gunshot wounds at his left side, lower back;
• Fr. Paez was still able to sought help from bystanders, and among them called for police assistance, and they rushed him to the Gonzales General Hospital in adjacent town San Leonardo; and he died on about 10pm;

WHEREAS, Fr. Paez is the latest addition to the list of victims coming from the religious sector of extra-judicial killings in Central Luzon, following the killing of Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI) Father William Tadeña in March 2005 in La Paz, Tarlac, and Bishop Alberto Ramento in October 2006 in Tarlac City, who were both supporters of Hacienda Luisita farmers; and Dutch Missionary and development worker Willem Geertman who was also a supporter of farmers in Central Luzon was killed in July 2012 in Angeles City, Pampanga;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED AS IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED, that the Committee on Human Rights to conduct an inquiry, in aid of legislation, on the December 4, 2017 – extra-judicial killing of Reverend Father Marcelito “Tito” Paez, National Board Member and Regional Coordinator of Rural Missionaries of the Philippines (RMP) by alleged government security forces in Jaen town, Nueva Ecija.

Adopted,

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Priest, pastor, 8 lumad killed; arrest of transport leader since December 3: Anakpawis solon denounces mounting rights abuses, killings

anakpawis.net - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 04:32

Priest, pastor, 8 lumad killed; arrest of transport leader since December 3
Anakpawis solon denounces mounting rights abuses, killings

Manila, Philippines – Anakpawis Party-list Representative Ariel “Ka Ayik” Casilao denounced the Duterte administration for the mounting human rights abuses in the country and held President Rodrigo Duterte, primarily accountable. Since last week, two religious leaders were killed in Mindoro and Nueva Ecija, 8 lumad massacred in South Cotabato, and most recent the trumped up charges against Piston transport group leader George San Mateo.

“This is martial law, without President Duterte declaring one, we hold him primarily accountable for these atrocities and urge the broad public to express their rage against the dying of the light,” Casilao said in a statement.

Casilao earlier condemned the extra-judicial killings of Fr. Marcelito “Tito” Paez in Jaen town in Nueva Ecija last night and Pastor Lovelito Quiñones in Mansalay town, Mindoro last December 3. As of press time, lumad and human rights group Karapatan Socsksargen are reporting that 8 T’boli and Dulangan Manobo farmers were massacred by elements of the Philippine Army in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato last December 3. The victims were Victor Danyan, Victor Danyan, Jr., Artemio Danyan, Pato Celardo, Samuel Angkoy, To Diamante, Bobot Lagase, Matend Bantal. Wounded were Luben Laod and Teteng Laod.

Also this afternoon, the lawmaker accompanied transport group leader George San Mateo to post bail at a Quezon City court, who was brought to a police station for processing. He was charged with an archaic provision of the 1936 Commonwealth Act No. 145 or Public Service Law.

Casilao lamented that victims of extra-judicial killings are mounting, reaching to 121, mostly farmers, according to Karapatan human rights group and Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP). He also took serious note that in a span of two days, 10 activists fell victim to extra-judicial killings, and related this to President Duterte’s “de facto” order to “shoot armed NPAs.” Duterte also derided the human rights defenders who were killed in Negros Oriental last week who said “Gago kayo. Ayan, ‘yan ang nakuha niyo.”

“While the people used to look up to President Duterte to realize fundamental changes in the country, he failed to address the root causes of poverty such as landlessness, low wages and unemployment, he is now on the onslaught against activists, who he is very familiar to oppose anti-people policies and oppressive government measures,” Casilao said.

The lawmaker pinpointed that Duterte’s counter-insurgency program Oplan Kapayapaan is a plagiarism of Oplan Bantay Laya under the Macapagal-Arroyo regime. It was primarily composed of extra-judicial killings, filings of trumped up charges and all-out militarization of farmer communities.

“As the people were subjected to pro-oligarch neo-liberal programs and policies under the past regimes, it is the same thing under the present administration, thus, the repression against activists,” Casilao basing on the latest survey on self-rated poverty which is at 47%, triggered partly by rising inflation rates.

Casilao also urged the public to brace for more tyrannical measures as the country already witnessed that the presidency already slated the church, the media, destroyed the heritage city of the Moro people, and continuing at present, fascist assault the national democratic movement. He pressed freedom-loving Filipinos to join the protest to mark the International Human Rights Day on December 10 at the Bonifacio Shrine in Manila. ###

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Anakpawis solon condemns killing of priest supporting farmers’ rights in Nueva Ecija, Central Luzon

anakpawis.net - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 04:12

“A devil’s doing”
Anakpawis solon condemns killing of priest supporting farmers’ rights in Nueva Ecija, Central Luzon

Manila, Philippines – Anakpawis Party-list Representative Ariel “Ka Ayik” Casilao condemned in the highest possible terms the brutal extra-judicial killing of Catholic priest Father Marcelito “Tito” Paez in Jaen town, Nueva Ecija yesterday evening. Paez is the regional coordinator for Central Luzon of the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines (RMP).

Fr. Paez is the latest addition to the list of victims coming from the religious sector of extra-judicial killings in Central Luzon. The incident is reminiscent of the ruthless killing of Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI) Fr. William Tadeña in March 2005 in La Paz, Tarlac, and Bishop Alberto Ramento in October 2006 in Tarlac City, both were supporters of Hacienda Luisita farmers. Moreover, Dutch Missionary and development worker Willem Geertman who was also a supporter of farmers in Central Luzon was killed in July 2012 in Angeles City, Pampanga.

“We condemn this as most evil, killing of a priest who is helping the rural poor, we demand justice for Fr. Paez, we demand a stop to the killings,” Casilao said in a statement.

He added that the victim was active in helping farmers in Nueva Ecija haciendas, against displacement and land grabbing, as well as, the continuous actions of Hacienda Luisita farmers in Tarlac. He was once a victim of red-baiting under the counter-insurgency program Oplan Bantay Laya under the Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo regime.

Aside from Fr. Paez, another church leader was killed in Mansalay town, Oriental Mindoro last December 3. Kings Glory Ministry Pastor Lovelito Quińones was killed by alleged elements of the Philippine National Police Public Safety Battalion. While last night, the national office of Kilusang Mayo Uno was barged into by the police who attempted to arrest George San Mateo, leader of the Piston transport group.

“We warn against the pattern comparable to what the butcher Major General Palparan has wreaked against activists, Oplan Bantay Laya led to the killings of church people, local government officials, lawyers and other middle sectors who are supporting the campaigns of farmers and workers, everything, EJK, trumped up charges, total militarization of farmer communities was on the blueprint of OBL, we hold culpable the Duterte government and its national security chief Hermogenes Esperon, who then executed the brutal campaign against activists,” Casilao said.

The lawmaker guaranteed to push for a congressional inquiry on the extra-judicial killing of Fr. Paez and Pastor Quińones.

Casilao urged the public to oppose this assault on democratic rights and expressed condemnation to the measures of the Duterte government.

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Solons condemn killing of progressive priest, escalating attacks

act-teachers.com - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 02:52
PRESS RELEASE 05 December 2017 Solons condemn killing of progressive priest, escalating attacks ACT Teachers Representatives Antonio Tinio and France Castro condemned in the strongest possible terms the killing of Fr. Tito Paez in Nueva Ecija yesterday evening, December 4 and the increasingly worsening state of human rights in the Philippines under the Duterte administration. Both solons hold President Duterte accountable for the increasing number of human rights defenders harassed, attacked and killed under his administration. Another killing of a human rights defender was reported last night. Fr. Tito Paez, former parish priest in ...
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