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Urgent Action: Harassment Against Resident-Farmers and Aeta IP Group in Porac Pampanga
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Wednesday, 20 November 2013 19:17

Urgent Action

 

November 20, 2013

 

(PHILIPPINES) Harassment Against Resident-Farmers and Aeta IP Group in Porac Pampanga

 

Issues: Harassment, Threat and Intimidation; Forced Eviction; Damaged to Property; Denied of Means of Subsistence

 

Dear friends,

 

The Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) is forwarding to you an appeal regarding the harassment and intimidation against resident-farmers of Hacienda Dolores in Porac, Province of Pampanga who were forcibly evicted by two private firms who claimed ownership of a disputed land.

 

If you wish to make any inquiries please contact the Research, Documentation and Information Program of TFDP at: 45 St. Mary Street, Cubao, Quezon City, Philippines 1109; or call: +632 4378054.

_________________________________________

 

Case Title: Harassment of Porac Farmers

Case: Harassment/Forced Eviction

Name of Victims: Hector Angeles, etal.

Date of Incident: 2011-2013

Place of Incident: Barangay Hacienda Dolores, Porac, Pampanga

Alleged Perpetrators: employees and security personnel of LLL Holdings Incorporated (LLHI) and FL Properties (FLLH)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 19:20
 
[Urgent Appeal] Violent Dispersal of Protest Action of CSOs during the State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Benigno Aquino III
General Campaigns
Monday, 29 July 2013 18:39

 

URGENT APPEAL
July 24, 2013
(PHILIPPINES) Violent Dispersal of Protest Action of Civil Society Organizations during the State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Benigno Aquino III
Issues:  Violent Dispersal; Harassment and Intimidation; Arbitrary Arrest and Detention; Human Rights Defenders; Freedom of Expression and Right to Organize; Physical Injuries; Command Responsibility
________________________________________________________________________________
Dear Friends,
The Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) is forwarding to you an appeal regarding the violent dispersal of demonstrators perpetrated by members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) at the Southbound lane of Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City, Philippines during the protest against the SONA of President Aquino on July 22, 2013 and is seeking your help to end violations against the Freedom of Assembly.
Around twenty (20) persons were hurt during the dispersal and one (1) person was arbitrarily arrested during the incident.
If you wish to make any inquiries, please contact the Research, Documentation and Information Program of TFDP at # 45 St. Mary Street, Cubao, Quezon City, Philippines 1109 or call +632 4378054 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
________________________________________________________________________________
FACTS OF THE CASE
Around 20 demonstrators were hurt and 1 person arbitrarily arrested in a violent dispersal during a protest action in Commonwealth Avenue Quezon Cityon July 22, 2013 at around 3 PM. The protest was in line with the State of the Nation Address of President Benigno Aquino III.
The group of around 2,000 protesters led by the Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) were shifting towards the southbound lane of the avenue when around 250 members of the PNP immediately blocked them and instructed them to leave.
Leaders of FDC tried to initiate a dialogue and negotiate with the police to allow them to continue their protests. However, Police Ground Commander Senior Superintendent Norberto Mabagay allegedly instructed the members of the PNP to push the demonstrators back to the northbound lane of the avenue. They also started grabbing the streamers and flags of the protesters.
Further violence erupted when members of the PNP cornered and attempted to pull out FDC leaders from the group. Some protesters at the frontline fell to the ground as the PNP continued pushing them. After a while, some of the PNP started shoving their truncheons and wooden sticks against the protesters.
Some of the demonstrators claimed that they were punched and kicked by members of the PNP who were wearing combat boots. They also noted that many of the PNP were not wearing their name tags.
The scuffle stopped when the demonstrators pleaded to  the police to stop since there were already a number of persons injured.  Among the casualties were Rasti Delizo, Aaron Pedrosa, Sammy Gamboa, Rapha-el Olegario and Alex Castro, who all obtained bruises and abrasions during the dispersal.
The police also claimed that they were also hurt during the dispersal and arrested Vincent Coronacion, 19 year old son of a member of the Alliance of Progressive Labor (APL) who came to the rally to accompany his mother. The police alleged that Vincent threw the rock that hit one of the police and were recommending that he be charged with multiple cases; resistance and disobedience upon an agent of a Person in Authority, Malicious Mischief,  Direct Assault, Physical Injuries and Violation of BP 880. He was only released on July 23, 2013.
REQUESTED ACTION:
PLEASE SEND LETTERS TO THE CONCERNED GOVERNMENT AGENCIES TO:
a) Investigate officers and members of the PNP deployed in Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City during the SONA for their violent dispersal and if they are found to have committed grave abuse of authority for their excessive use of force against the Civil Society demonstrators and be held accountable for their actions.
b) Assurance from the PNP will use Maximum tolerance during protest activities and no similar violent action will be taken against protesters.
c) Guarantee the means for demonstrators to express and act freely in conformity with the bill of rights and freedoms as stated in the Philippine Constitution;
d)  Guarantee the respect of human rights and the fundamental freedoms in accordance with international human rights standards.
SAMPLE LETTER
Dear _________________,
RE: Violent Dispersal of Civil Society Group
I am writing you to draw your attention regarding the violent dispersal of a protest rally during the State of the Nation Address of President Benigno Aquino III.
I have learned that around 250 members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) tried to disperse 2,000 demonstrators affiliated with the Freedom from Debt Coalition FDC) by using excessive means that elicited violence, that caused the injury of  around 20 protesters.
It was also brought to my attention that after the incident, a young man from the group, Vincent Coronacion was arbitrarily arrested by the Police and recommended to be charged with multiple cases and was only freed a day after his arrest.
I am asking the concerned government agencies to investigate the actions taken by the PNP, as well as appropriate sanctions to be given if they have used excessive force.
I am also asking for the assurance of the concerned government agencies that no such repeat of this violence be done to protesters.
Finally, in view of the above mentioned information, I urge you to act quickly to correct this situation and ask that you inform us of the outcome of your investigation.
Respectfully yours,
____________________
PLEASE SEND YOUR LETTERS TO:
1.         Mr. Benigno Simeon Aquino III
PRESIDENT
Republic of the Philippines
Malacañang Palace
JP Laurel Street, San Miguel
Manila 1005
PHILIPPINES
Fax: +63 2 7361010
Tel: +63 2 7356201/5641451 to 80
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2.         Mr. Mar Roxas
Secretary
Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)
A. Francisco Gold Condominium II
EDSA cor. Mapagmahal St., Diliman
Quezon City
Philippines 1100
Fax: +63 2 9250332
Tel: +63 2 9250330/9250331
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3.         Mr Herber Bautista
Mayor, Quezon City
3rd Floor, High-Rise Building
Elliptical Road, Brgy. Central
Diliman
Quezon City
Philippines 1100
Fax: +632 9216750
Tel: + 632 9884242 local 8300 to 8307/ 9243592
Email:   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it / http://www.quezoncity,gov.ph
4.         Police Director Alan LM. Purisima
Chief
Philippine National Police
Camp General Rafael Crame
Quezon City
Philippines
Fax: + 632 7248763/7230401
Tel: + 63 2 7264361/4366/8763
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
5.         Chairperson Loretta Ann P. Rosales
Commission on Human Rights (CHR)
SAAC Bldg. Commonwealth Avenue
U.P. Complex, Diliman
Quezon City
Philippines
Tel: +632 9285655/9266188
Fax: +632 9290102
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
________________________________________________________________________________
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URGENT APPEAL
July 24, 2013
(PHILIPPINES) Violent Dispersal of Protest Action of Civil Society Organizations during the State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Benigno Aquino III
Issues:  Violent Dispersal; Harassment and Intimidation; Arbitrary Arrest and Detention; Human Rights Defenders; Freedom of Expression and Right to Organize; Physical Injuries; Command Responsibility
________________________________________________________________________________
Dear Friends,
The Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) is forwarding to you an appeal regarding the violent dispersal of demonstrators perpetrated by members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) at the Southbound lane of Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City, Philippines during the protest against the SONA of President Aquino on July 22, 2013 and is seeking your help to end violations against the Freedom of Assembly.
Around twenty (20) persons were hurt during the dispersal and one (1) person was arbitrarily arrested during the incident.
If you wish to make any inquiries, please contact the Research, Documentation and Information Program of TFDP at # 45 St. Mary Street, Cubao, Quezon City, Philippines 1109 or call +632 4378054 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
________________________________________________________________________________
FACTS OF THE CASE
Around 20 demonstrators were hurt and 1 person arbitrarily arrested in a violent dispersal during a protest action in Commonwealth Avenue Quezon Cityon July 22, 2013 at around 3 PM. The protest was in line with the State of the Nation Address of President Benigno Aquino III.
The group of around 2,000 protesters led by the Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) were shifting towards the southbound lane of the avenue when around 250 members of the PNP immediately blocked them and instructed them to leave.
Leaders of FDC tried to initiate a dialogue and negotiate with the police to allow them to continue their protests. However, Police Ground Commander Senior Superintendent Norberto Mabagay allegedly instructed the members of the PNP to push the demonstrators back to the northbound lane of the avenue. They also started grabbing the streamers and flags of the protesters.
Last Updated on Monday, 29 July 2013 18:41
 
[Urgent Appeal] Killing of a human rights defender, Antonio “Dodong” Petalcorin, Sr.
General Campaigns
Monday, 29 July 2013 18:33

URGENT APPEAL


Dear Friend,


Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) writes to inform you about the killing of a human rights defender, Antonio “Dodong” Petalcorin, Sr. on July 2, 2013 at his home in Maharlika Village, Matina Aplaya, Davao City, Philippines by an unknown person.  Petalcorin was the president of the Davao City based group, Network of Transport Organizations (NETO), a member of the Alliance of Progressive Labor and Akbayan in Davao.


________________________________________________________________________________


FACTS OF THE CASE


In the morning of July 2, 2013, at around 8:15 AM, Antonio “Dodong” Petalcorin, Sr. was shot three times by an unknown gunman at his home garage in Maharlika Village, Davao City.


According to Petalcorin’s wife, she heard a gun shot then heard Petalcorin shout. Alarmed, she hurriedly went to the garage and found her husband’s body in blood on the ground.


Thinking that Petalcorin was still alive, his wife went inside the house and called the emergency hotline. The emergency team along with the Police came after about 15 minutes, but Petalcorin was dead.


The assassin was allegedly caught on a CCTV camera as he walked away from the scene and rode a motorcycle. A sketch of the suspect is currently in the hands of the police.


According to Petalcorin’s wife, her husband has not received any death threats. However, prior to Petalcorin’s death, another leader of a transport group, Emilio Rivera, former chair of Matina Aplaya Transport Cooperative was killed on January 25, 2013. Petalcorin and Rivera both took part in a campaign to expose the corruption in the Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and to oust its director, Benjamin Go.


Petalcorin’s name had previously appeared on the alleged order of battle that was leaked in 2008.

Last Updated on Monday, 29 July 2013 18:39
 
A call to human rights defenders: conduct creative & courageous actions on four (4) fronts to end impunity!-PAHRA
General Campaigns
Tuesday, 23 July 2013 11:37
A CALL TO HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS:
CONDUCT CREATIVE & COURAGEOUS ACTIONS
ON FOUR (4) FRONTS TO END IMPUNITY!
July 22, 2013
“Ang mali – gaano katagal man ito nanatili – ay mali pa rin.
Hindi puwedeng “Oks lang, wala lang iyan.”
Kapag kinalimutan natin ang mga ito,
mangyayari lang ulit ang mga kamalian ng nakaraan.
Kung hindi magbabayad ang mga nagkasala,
parang tayo na rin mismo ang nag-imbita
sa mga nagbabalak gumawa ng masama na umulit muli.”
President Benigno Aquino III. SONA July 2011
The Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) recalls that:President Benigno Aquino III, in his 2011 State of the Nation Address (SONA) popularly well defined impunity: That which is wrong, no matter how long it takes, is still wrong.  No way can anyone say after sometime that:
“It already is OK.  Let bygone’s be bygone’s.”  Otherwise, the same wrongs will recur.  If no one pays for what has been done, it would be like we ourselves have encouraged the wrong doer to do it all over again.
Impunity is a deadly social virus of such strain that addressing it with half-measures and / or insufficient dosages of actions only emboldens its bearers more while it instills  more widely within Philippine society the climate of fear and of helplessness against impunity’s next choice as its victim.  The danger is increased when those infected belong to the high echelons of government, the security sector and the business sector – as shown in the unwillingness of PLDT to comply with the final decision of the Supreme Court in favor of the Digitel Employees Union as well as in the still un-captured ex-Maj.Gen. Jovito Palparan, Jr. and the highly possible involvement of military and police officers in rub-outs.
Yes, the reported number of extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances and torture are down.  But very few have been made to pay for what they have wrongly done.  Government and the security sector has miserably failed to diligently investigate and appropriately prosecute the past and present violations. The culture of impunity persist.  And the private sector, in varying degrees, is being infected with it. The President’s past SONA words are a warning unto itself:  Kung hindi magbabayad ang mga nagkasala, parang tayo na rin mismo ang nag-imbita sa mga nagbabalak gumawa ng masama na umulit muli.
An outbreak of impunity can again occur anytime.
Extrajudicial killings, for one, by death squads are no longer confined in Davao City.  Similar incidents, according to Human Rights Watch, are being reported in the cities of Zamboanga, General Santos, Cagayan de Oro and Cebu.
To prevent this backlash, we call on all human rights defenders to conduct creative and courageous actions to:
1.                  Assert the right to truth.
2.                  Pursue the right to justice.
3.                  Organize to obtain  the right  for an effective remedy and to received reparations.
4.                  Work for structural and institutional reforms to prevent recurrence of systemic abuses.
Determinedly work for the passage of the Freedom of Information Bill.  Now we need to push for the success of the People’s Indirect Initiative as it has been freed from the clutches of political unwillingness.
Barriers to obtain the truth about graft and corruption as well as criminal activity and/or human rights violations must be demolished to deliver justice to victims and their families and to the Filipino people as a whole.
The intransigence of both the AFP and the PNP, as pointed out by the Court of Appeals, in cooperating with the CHR to obtain information relevant to the resolution of Jonas Burgos case must be decisively dealt with.
If wrongly permitted to take this course,  Jonas Burgos and his family would be, despite being a high profile case, added victims of impunity, piled on cases like that of the enforced disappearances of six young casual workers from Surigao known as the PICOP 6.  If there is no full consideration, as another example, of the truth about the massacre of the Capion family in Davao del Sur, proper redress and compensation  along with justice will be not achieved.
Truth should not only be obtained in the realm of civil and political rights, but also in economic, social and cultural rights.  The right to information is not only on the accessibility of police blotters, military camp records but also of transparency of business plans and records containing also financial reports affecting people, their sources of subsistence and the environment particularly in areas of extractive industries.
Till now there is no official National Human Rights Action Plan (NHRAP) that would guide this administration’s compliance of its human rights obligations.   It must be remembered that most of the time, impunity in the realm of civil and political rights is rooted in the impunity of economic, social and cultural rights.  The completion of CARPER and the people’s control, not foreigners, over sources of subsistence should be ensured to progressively root out the causes of the armed conflict and concomitant abuses.
The touch-and-go or piece-meal style in human rights will not weaken, much less stop, impunity but rather strengthen impunity by using new learned technicalities to subvert actions that respect, protect and fulfil human rights, such as blind-folding a person to escape identification in a torture case.
Passage of some legislation related to human rights, such as the laws on reproductive health, enforced disappearances, compensation for human rights victims during Martial Law and on domestic workers,  are noted and commended.
While awaiting the said laws’ full implementation, there are others which should be soonest addressed by the Chief Executive who is also the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
The President should order, not merely endorse, that transparency and accountability be diligently done in dealing with serious accusations of criminal and/or human rights violations implicating both rank-and-file personnel and officers.  The President should review and / or  rescind executive actions which give rise to human rights violations, like the Executive Order 546 which allows the arming of militias by local officials.
Alongside the ban, he should issue an Executive Order which bans all para-military formations and to dis-arm immediately all the said groups.  There is urgency as well to check that Command Responsibility does not deteriorate into a ‘command conspiracy’ between officials both in the civilian bureaucracy and the security sector and their corresponding rank-and-file personnel.
Finally, to ensure that systemic abuses do not recur, structural and institutional changes should take into serious consideration without discrimination the promotion and protection of human rights of all, especially, the indigenous peoples, the peasants, the workers, women, children, the LGBTs, the elderly and persons with disabilities.  Human Rights Defenders should monitor government compliance.
No trade-off’s to end impunity.

A call to human rights defenders: conduct creative & courageous actions on four (4) fronts to end impunity!

July 22, 2013
“Ang mali – gaano katagal man ito nanatili – ay mali pa rin.
Hindi puwedeng “Oks lang, wala lang iyan.”
Kapag kinalimutan natin ang mga ito,
mangyayari lang ulit ang mga kamalian ng nakaraan.
Kung hindi magbabayad ang mga nagkasala,
parang tayo na rin mismo ang nag-imbita
sa mga nagbabalak gumawa ng masama na umulit muli.”
President Benigno Aquino III. SONA July 2011
The Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) recalls that:President Benigno Aquino III, in his 2011 State of the Nation Address (SONA) popularly well defined impunity: That which is wrong, no matter how long it takes, is still wrong.  No way can anyone say after sometime that:
SONA2013
“It already is OK.  Let bygone’s be bygone’s.”  Otherwise, the same wrongs will recur.  If no one pays for what has been done, it would be like we ourselves have encouraged the wrong doer to do it all over again.
Impunity is a deadly social virus of such strain that addressing it with half-measures and / or insufficient dosages of actions only emboldens its bearers more while it instills  more widely within Philippine society the climate of fear and of helplessness against impunity’s next choice as its victim.  The danger is increased when those infected belong to the high echelons of government, the security sector and the business sector – as shown in the unwillingness of PLDT to comply with the final decision of the Supreme Court in favor of the Digitel Employees Union as well as in the still un-captured ex-Maj.Gen. Jovito Palparan, Jr. and the highly possible involvement of military and police officers in rub-outs.
Yes, the reported number of extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances and torture are down.  But very few have been made to pay for what they have wrongly done.  Government and the security sector has miserably failed to diligently investigate and appropriately prosecute the past and present violations. The culture of impunity persist.  And the private sector, in varying degrees, is being infected with it. The President’s past SONA words are a warning unto itself:  Kung hindi magbabayad ang mga nagkasala, parang tayo na rin mismo ang nag-imbita sa mga nagbabalak gumawa ng masama na umulit muli.
An outbreak of impunity can again occur anytime.
Extrajudicial killings, for one, by death squads are no longer confined in Davao City.  Similar incidents, according to Human Rights Watch, are being reported in the cities of Zamboanga, General Santos, Cagayan de Oro and Cebu.
To prevent this backlash, we call on all human rights defenders to conduct creative and courageous actions to:
1.                  Assert the right to truth.
2.                  Pursue the right to justice.
3.                  Organize to obtain  the right  for an effective remedy and to received reparations.
4.                  Work for structural and institutional reforms to prevent recurrence of systemic abuses.
Determinedly work for the passage of the Freedom of Information Bill.  Now we need to push for the success of the People’s Indirect Initiative as it has been freed from the clutches of political unwillingness.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 July 2013 12:02
 
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