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Campaigns on Political Prisoners
Pursue peace. Resume the peace talks.
On Political Prisoners
Tuesday, 07 February 2017 19:30

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TFDP laments the decision of both parties – the National Democratic Front (NDF) and the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) – to end its unilateral ceasefire declarations.

Recently, the GRP President declared the suspension of the peace talks. He ordered the re-arrest of all NDF consultants involved in the peace talks. Further, he declared the CPP-NPA-NDF a terrorist group.

This saber-rattling of both parties does not augur well for peace and justice to reign in our land. Forty-eight years of internecine conflict have wasted so much of our fellow Filipinos’ lives and our meager resources.

We cannot turn our backs on any opportunity for peace, how fleeting and ephemeral it may be. It can be lasting if we allow it, if we nurture it, if we toil to make it bloom and grow.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 February 2017 19:33
 
Free ALL political prisoners coming from ALL rebel groups
On Political Prisoners
Monday, 20 June 2016 15:28

Free ALL political prisoners coming from ALL rebel groups

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Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) welcomes the resumption of peace talks between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front (NDF). Since 1986, we have keenly watched the perilous journey towards peace between the two parties.

TFDP, like all other Filipinos, desires peace – a peace firmly anchored on the bedrock of justice. For too long so many of our kababayans have wallowed in abject poverty and exclusion. Thirty years of elite democracy has proven it cannot alleviate the problems of hunger, landlessness, joblessness, exclusion and discrimination.

The time to change was years ago. Now, we are given the opportunity once more to tread the path of change.

TFDP welcomes the release of political prisoners through amnesty. We welcome the immediate release of those who are sickly and those who are covered by the JASIG.

In the spirit of compassion and mercy and as an act of statesmanship, we request the two parties to consider these proposals.

We ask the two parties to consider the release of ALL political prisoners coming from ALL rebel groups as a major step towards peace and reconciliation. We are fully aware that a great number of the political prisoners come from the NDF bloc but we are aware too that a significant number come from our Moro brothers and sisters. There are also long-held political prisoners like Juanito Itaas, Gerry Butial,  and Basilides Badion who have languished in jail since the time of Cory Aquino and Fidel Ramos. There are also those coming from other rebel groups such as the RPM-RPA-ABB, the RHB, the MLPP-ABB, etc.

All of them deserve freedom. All of them long to embrace their loved ones.

Any meaningful amnesty proclamation must cover ALL political prisoners coming from ALL rebel groups. Any release of political prisoners should not discriminate against their political affiliation and must not exclude any by virtue of a limited period of coverage.

We must free ALL political prisoners recognized as such coming from ALL rebel groups regardless of when and where they committed their alleged offenses.

The amnesty proclamation should cover Juanito “Nitoy” Itaas, the longest held political prisoner to date (based on our records). He has already applied for amnesty under the administration of Fidel V. Ramos but was denied release due to outside pressure.

We reiterate our call: Free ALL political prisoners coming from ALL rebel groups!

Pursue peace based on justice!

Last Updated on Monday, 20 June 2016 15:35
 
Free ALL political prisoners and detainees regardless of political affiliations
On Political Prisoners
Tuesday, 31 May 2016 18:11

Free ALL political prisoners and detainees regardless of political affiliations

Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) welcomes the pronouncement of the President-elect Rodrigo Duterte to release all political prisoners not only as a confidence building measure for the resumption of peace talks with the CPP-NPA-NDF but to begin to heal the divide and exclusion of different groups/sectors from governance and development.

We strongly urge the incoming administration to free ALL political prisoners coming from different political/revolutionary groups and all the human rights defenders who are victims of trumped-up charges under the previous administrations.

TFDP documented 340 political prisoners and detainees nationwide including those alleged members of different Moro rebel groups, alleged members of Revolutionary Proletarian Army-Alex Boncayao Brigade (RPA-ABB) and alleged members of the Rebolusyonaryong Hukbong Bayan (RHB).

There are also human rights defenders detained because of false charges to silence them in fighting and defending their rights.  Antonio Tolentino or Apung Tony, a barangay chieftain in Porac, Pampanga was arrested on April 16, 2014 on false charges of kidnapping and carjacking.

Apung Tony leads the residents and farmers’ group in a dispute against land developers in Hacienda Dolores.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 May 2016 18:13
 
Immediately release Maritess and Rosario, hold their torturers accountable so that it may not happen again to anyone
On Political Prisoners
Thursday, 12 February 2015 11:40
TFDP STATEMENT
February 11, 2015

Immediately release Maritess and Rosario, hold their torturers accountable so that it may not happen again to anyone

Free_Lotero_and_Marquez_copyTask Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) calls on the immediate implementation of the Review Resolution issued by the Department of Justice Secretary Leila De Lima and the immediate release of the two Agta women illegally arrested, detained and psychologically tortured by authorities.  (http://opinion.inquirer.net/79521/to-have-peace-there-must-be-justice)
(http://tfdp.net/campaigns/on-political-prisoners/482-urgent-action-philippines-two-civilian-agta-women-arrested-arbitrarily-and-psychologically-tortured-by-police-and-soldiers-)

All those involved must be held accountable and this practice that violates human rights must be stopped.

TFDP pertains to the case of Marites Dela Cruz Marquez (Sierra Madre in Tumbil, Barangay Umiray,  General Nakar, Quezon) and Rosario Marquez Loreto (Mataping, Barangay Umiray, General Nakar, Quezon) who were illegally arrested on September 26, 2014 at Barangay Sta. Ines, Tanay, Rizal Province. (http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/665395/doj-finds-arrest-of-women-tribe-members-illegal-orders-reinvestigation)

Marites and Rosario were arrested by combined elements of the 59th and 16th Infantry Battalions and local police of Tanay, headed by 2LT Ronnel Avanzado and Chief Insp. Reynaldo Francisco because they were suspected to be members of the New People’s Army (NPA), accused of kidnapping, robbery and murder.
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 February 2015 11:46
 
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