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Honoring a Martyr, Remembering His Heroism
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Monday, 11 July 2016 13:29

Honoring a Martyr, Remembering His Heroism

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Photo by Jack Eslit, TFDP Visayas

romanoThirty-one years ago, Fr. Rudy Romano of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer was enforcibly disappeared.

He has not been seen since.

The enemies of freedom and democracy silenced the voice of a prophet of his time. He dared to stand against tyranny and dictatorship. His voice gave words to the anguish of a people longing for liberation from modern-day slavery and corruption.

His eyes saw the plunder of the nation’s wealth, the gross human rights violations and the capacity for terror of a regime reeling from the incessant assaults of the people’s resistance.

His arms sought the arms of the oppressed and linked with them in an act of solidarity. In the struggle to be free, priest and people became one. Truly, the man of God became a man for, and of the people.

Today, his voice lingers in the cries and shouts of the poor still struggling to be human, still longing for a life of dignity.

Today, his shadow haunts those who snatched him from our midst. Their restless souls are damned to perdition.

Today, the lessons from his life and struggles continue to find meaning:

In the struggle of the working class for an end to contractualization and slave labor;

In the fight to promote and defend human rights and human dignity;

In the battle for decent housing for the rural and urban poor;

In the struggle to free ourselves from foreign domination;

In the struggle to emancipate our women from patriarchy and discrimination;

In the struggle of all other sectors for a life of dignity and inclusion.

Today, we remember a martyr. Today, we honor a hero of the people’s struggles.

By EMMANUEL AMISTAD,Executive Director TFDP

Last Updated on Monday, 11 July 2016 13:38
 
TFDP to President Duterte: Marcos’ hero’s burial an insult to Fr. Rudy Romano, enforced disappearance victim during Martial Law
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Monday, 11 July 2016 13:18

TFDP to President Duterte: Marcos’ hero’s burial an insult to Fr. Rudy Romano, enforced disappearance victim during Martial Law

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Photo by Ramiel Aballe, TFDP Visayas

One of the thousand reasons why Ferdinand Marcos should not be given a hero’s burial is the disappearance of Fr. Rudy Romano thirty-one years ago, according to the human rights group Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP).

TFDP together with other human rights and church groups commemorate the 31st Anniversary of the disappearance of Fr. Rudy Romano in a gathering of human rights defenders, student leaders, teachers, youth and religious leaders on July 9, 2016, at the University of San Jose Recoletos (USJ-R) Auditorium, Magallanes Street, Cebu City and on July 11 at the Museum of Courage and Resistance in Quezon City.

“The enemies of freedom and democracy silenced the voice of a prophet of his time. He dared to stand against tyranny and dictatorship,” Emmanuel Amistad, Executive Director of TFDP said in a statement read during the opening of the said event.

“His voice gave words to the anguish of a people longing for liberation from modern-day slavery and corruption”, he added.

Fr. Rudy Romano of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer was involuntarily disappeared on July 11, 1985 by suspected military men. He has not been seen ever since.

Last Updated on Monday, 11 July 2016 13:26
 
Urgent Appeal: The EJK of Gloria Capitan, HRD and president of the Samahan ng Nagkakaisang Mamamayan ng Lucanin (SNML) in Mariveles, Bataan
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Friday, 08 July 2016 12:44

URGENT APPEAL

July 7, 2016

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Photo by Medical Action Group (MAG)

(PHILIPPINES) The extra-judicial killing of Gloria Capitan, human rights defender, environmental advocate and president of the people’s organization Samahan ng Nagkakaisang Mamamayan ng Lucanin (SNML) in Purok 2, Barangay Lucanin, Mariveles, Bataan.

ISSUES: Right to life; Access to Justice

URGENT APPEAL URGENT APPEAL URGENT APPEAL

Dear friends,

Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) writes to inform you about the extra-judicial killing of Gloria Capitan, human rights defender, environmental advocate and president of the people’s organization Samahan ng Nagkakaisang Mamamayan ng Lucanin (SNML) in Purok 2, Barangay Lucanin, Mariveles, Bataan.

CASE DETAILS:

On July 1, 2016, at around 7:30 p.m., human rights defender, environmental advocate and president of the people’s organization Samahan ng Nagkakaisang Mamamayan ng Lucanin (SNML), Gloria Capitan, was gunned down by two unidentified men inside her business establishment in Purok 2, Barangay Lucanin, Mariveles, Bataan. She died of multiple gunshot wounds shortly before arriving at the hospital.

Present on the night of Capitan’s death was her cousin Hermina Jordan, a waitress named “Grace”, and her two grandchildren, Angel Capitan, and Jerson Capitan. According to the witnesses, Capitan had just opened her videoke business and was cutting recycled foil wrappers for a project when two unidentified men riding a motorcycle parked near the door. One of them entered the establishment and shot her four times.

Jordan, who was helping with the foil wrappers, was sitting directly in front of Capitan while Angel and Jerson were singing at the videoke about three yards from where Capitan was sitting. “Grace” was standing next to Capitan and, thinking that they were customers, had asked the men for their orders. According to the four, one of the men went directly to Capitan who was sitting on a plastic chair with her back to the entryway of the establishment. The man then allegedly wrapped his left arm around Capitan’s shoulder and shot her. According to Angel and Jerson, the first shot did not fire but was immediately followed by three more shots. The second hit Capitan on the neck; the third shot, which Capitan tried to block hit her arm, and the fourth was fired as the gunman was exiting and its slug hit Jerson Capitan on the right arm.

According to Jordan, none of them were able to shout for help since the incident happened very fast (less than 5 minutes estimate). It was only after the men left that she was able to stand and catch Capitan before she fell off her chair. Jordan also shouted for Capitan’s family, the two grandchildren began to scream and “Grace” allegedly went into shock.

According to Capitan’s grandchildren, the gunman was wearing a yellow handkerchief with “x” patterns around his face, a black cap with the visor to the back of his head, a dark jacket and maong pants, while the other man who drove the motorcycle was wearing a black helmet, dark sweater and pants as well. This was later verified by Ernesto Hatol and Sandra Cabuso, neighbors who both allegedly saw the men pass by the road on the way to the videoke business.

Last Updated on Friday, 08 July 2016 12:52
 
Task Force Detainees of the Philippines’ position on the proposed restoration of death penalty
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Thursday, 02 June 2016 18:05
TASK FORCE DETAINEES OF THE PHILIPPINES’ POSITION ON THE PROPOSED RESTORATION OF DEATH PENALTY

Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) reiterates its strong opposition to the planned restoration of death penalty with the following reasons:

1.    Death Penalty does not eliminate crime

When death penalty was implemented in 1994 crimes punishable by death persisted. As long as justice system fails to render fair and effective prosecution, occurrence of crime will continue and death penalty will not be a deterrent.  

Scientific research failed to prove that death penalty deters crime and has any significant impact on the incidence of crime.

2.    Implementation of death penalty law bears several flaws

The study conducted in 2001 – 2002 by the Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) shows that 2/3 of death row inmates are poor and those who cannot afford to pay a legal counsel. They relied on the free legal services offered by the government. Thus, death penalty will be biased against the poor.

And because torture still persists even with RA9745 or the Anti-Torture Law, there will always be great possibility of suspects being forced and compelled to admit the crime.

Based from the review of death penalty cases from 1995 to 1999 conducted by the Supreme Court, they admitted that two out of three death sentences were erroneous and since death penalty is irreparable, the sanctions deprives the offender to improve and do good in the society.

3.    Death penalty is a violation of person’s right to life


Death penalty is a violation of a person’s right to life which is non-derogable, that is, they cannot be suspended even in a state of emergency.  Article 4(2) of the

International Covenant on Civil Political Rights (ICCPR) provides that no derogation to right to life is permitted.

Philippines is signatory to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and has ratified ICCPR and is obliged to respect, protect and fulfill human rights.
Last Updated on Thursday, 02 June 2016 18:06
 
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