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Urgent Appeal: Continuing harassment of members of Bugho Farmers Association (BFA), farmer beneficiaries in Barangay Matica, Ormoc, Leyte
General Campaigns
Friday, 19 June 2015 16:52


June 18, 2015

(PHILIPPINES) Continuing harassment of members of Bugho Farmers Association (BFA), farmer beneficiaries in Barangay Matica, Ormoc, Leyte

ISSUES: Right not to be deprived of means of subsistence; Access to Justice; Right to Peace and Order




Dear friends,


Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) writes to inform you about the continuing harassment suffered by members of the Bugho Farmers Association (BFA) by Danilo Doroy, Fran Farm Workers chairperson and Barangay Matica tanod in Barangay Matica, Ormoc City, Leyte.



On May 19, 2015, around 10:00 a.m., members of the Bugho Farmers Association (BFA) were harassed by Barangay Matica tanod and Fran Farm Workers chairperson Danilo Doroy at Sitio Boongon, Barangay Matica, Ormoc City, Leyte.

On the day of the incident, BFA members were plowing the field when 50 unidentified bolo and machete-wielding Fran Farm Workers led by Doroy arrived and surrounded them.

According to Rosenda Apay, BFA chairperson, the members stopped plowing and returned to their houses within the farm premises. The tarpaulins where their rights to the ownership of the land were printed were destroyed by Doroy.

On May 27, 2015, around 10:00 a.m., 20 unidentified men with bolos and machetes took over the land where the BFA members planted and plowed.

Apay narrated that several unidentified men with bolos and machetes have been coming in and out of the area since their self installation. They seemed to survey the farm and were taking videos and photos of the beneficiaries while they engage in farming activities.

On June 5, 2015, the farmer beneficiaries asked the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) to put up a military or police detachment to keep the place peaceful.

Last Updated on Friday, 19 June 2015 16:53
Inform, Assert, Defend - What is “the respect and protect HRDS campaign?”
General Campaigns
Friday, 01 May 2015 12:43



HRD_logo_female_and_male_copyIt is an information campaign with our networks about who human rights defenders (HRDs) are. It will highlight, publicize, and discuss cases of human rights violations perpetrated against HRDs. This aims to generate solidarity and public awareness.


It is a campaign to inform the public that those who defend human rights often face risks and challenges.  They become victims of harassment, arrest and detention, vilification campaign, sometimes even torture, or worse, enforced disappearance, or extra-judicial killings.


It is an awareness campaign on the rights that HRDs as individuals have and which the State has the obligation to protect.



Provide network with a platform to present HRDs’ work to encourage the public to assert and defend human rights.


That there is a Declaration for the Protection of HRDs adapted by the United Nations (UN) that recognizes the risks HRDs face. That it recognizes and acknowledges the vital role of HRDs in human rights issues, both in international and domestic levels.


  • Everyone has the right to promote and strive for the protection and realization of human rights and fundamental freedoms;
  • Everyone has the freedom of assembly, association and the right to communicate;
  • Everyone has the right to know, seek, receive and disseminate human rights information and form/hold opinions on the matter for public attention;
  • We have the right to develop new human rights ideas and advocate for their acceptance;
  • We have the right to effective access and participate in the conduct of public affairs, and to submit proposals and criticism;
  • We have the right to an effective remedy and protection from violation, the right to complain about official acts, the right to observe trials, and the right to unhindered access to international bodies;
  • Everyone has the right to participate in peaceful activities publicizing human rights violations and to be protected against violence or adverse discrimination.


Generate support and mobilize participation in creative actions in calling for the government to respect and protect HRDs.


Initiate a solidarity campaign for all issues concerning different sectors. Initiate actions to support individual cases of HRDs and call for accountability of perpetrators towards ending impunity.

Mobilize advocates to call on the government to respect and protect HRDs and urge people to assert and defend human rights.




  • Protect Human Rights Defenders!
  • Stop criminalization of HR work!
  • Stop the killings and harassment of HRDs!
  • End impunity of human rights violations against HRDs!
  • Enact a law protecting human rights defenders!



  • Uphold, assert, and defend human rights!


Last Updated on Friday, 01 May 2015 12:49
[Urgent Appeal] Death of a human rights defender, Elisa Tulid, exacts a huge toll on physical and mental health conditions of victim’s relatives
General Campaigns
Friday, 01 May 2015 12:36

April 30, 2015

(PHILIPPINES) Death of a human rights defender, Elisa Tulid, exacts a huge toll on physical and mental health conditions of victim’s relatives

ISSUES: Right to an Effective Remedy, Access to Justice


Dear friends,

The Medical Action Group (MAG) is forwarding to you an appeal regarding provision of prompt, immediate and effective medical care to the relatives of Elisa L. Tulid, who was a victim of extrajudicial killing due to her human rights work as a human rights defender and a member of Samahan ng Magsasakasa Barangay Tala at Camflora (Organization of farmers in Barangay Tala and Camflora), in San Andres, Quezon.

If you wish to make any inquiries, please contact the Medical Action Group (MAG) through e-mail address: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call +632 4547513, website:


Description of the case:

Elisa LascoñaTulid, a human rights defender and agrarian reform beneficiary, was a leader of the farmers’ group, Samahan ng Magsasaka sa Barangay Tala at Camflora, was killed on October 19, 2013 at around 2:00PM, at Sitio Kumbenyo, Barangay Tala, San Andres, Quezon.

Based on documentation by the Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP), Ms. Tulid was walking along with her husband and her four-year-old daughter when she was shot point-blank by a man who was identified as Mr. Rannie Bugnot, suspected trustee of Mr. Edwin Ausa, an alleged land grabber in the area.Ms. Tulid who suffered gunshot wounds in the nape, mouth, left eye and left thigh, was pronounced dead on the spot. Her husband and daughter both managed to run away. Her husband rushed to a nearby military camp in Barangay Tala to seek help and report the incident. The military called the police and requested their assistance. The police arrested Mr. Bugnot on the same day at his house in San Andres, Quezon and charged him later for murder.

As of this writing, suspect Mr. Bugnot is in detention at Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) Gumaca District Jail, Quezon. The case is pending before the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 62 in Gumaca, Quezon.

Background information

There is a persistent agrarian conflict in Bondoc Peninsula where San Andres, Quezon is located, where almost 80 percent of households depend on subsistence farming mainly banana and coconut mono cropping as well as fishing.
Last Updated on Friday, 01 May 2015 12:42
Immediately remove CHR Commissioners “midnight” appointment!-PAHRA
General Campaigns
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 13:40
Immediately remove CHR Commissioners “midnight” appointment!-PAHRA

April 20, 2015
Photo by PhilRights
Photo_by_PhilRightsThe Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA), after judiciously discerning received  reliable information, calls for the immediate removal of CHR Chairperson Etta Rosales, Commissioners Ma. Victoria Cardona and Norberto dela Cruz for committing a grave abuse of discretion in making a “midnight” and procedurally-flawed appointment of a person with questionable eligibility, Atty. Marc Titus Cebreros, as CHR Executive Director.

The 4th Commission on Human Rights has been earlier assessed by different human rights groups as under par in performance.  Then came the Ombudsman’s historic decision of dismissing former Commissioner  Cecilia Rachel V. Quisumbing due to graft and corruption and abuse of authority. This was followed by the en banc resolution of finding Com. Norberto dela Cruz of human rights violations and pending case in Ombudsman filed against him by a former staff for misconduct.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 April 2015 13:45
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