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Human Rights Advocates Say “Never Again to Martial Law!”
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Friday, 11 July 2014 16:54
Human Rights Advocates Say “Never Again to Martial Law!”

 

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Quezon City – Human rights advocates led by the Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) vow to never let martial law happen in the country again. In “Remember Repression…Remember Courage…Remember Resistance - A Gathering of Human Rights Defenders”, victims of human rights violations during martial law recalled their experiences during the Marcos dictatorship.

 

The disappearance of Fr. Rudy Romano, a Redemptorist priest who was abducted by the military exactly 29 years ago today was also called to mind during the activity. Sr. Crescencia Lucero, SFIC, TFDP Co-Chairperson said however, that Fr. Rudy’s case was just among the thousands of cases of human rights violations during the Marcos regime. She added, “Thousands have been arrested and tortured. There were those who disappeared but were fortunate enough to have surfaced alive. Some were found, but already dead. Others were killed outright – salvaged, massacred – left with no chance to survive.”

 

During the event, TFDP also launched its virtual Museum of Courage and Resistance, otherwise known as the Martial Law Museum. It is an online version of the museum located at the TFDP office in Cubao, Quezon City. Pictures of victims of human rights violations, staunch human rights advocates, and important incidents during the dictatorship are just some of the files and memorabilia that can be found in the museum. The list of victims of martial law whose cases have been documented by TFDP, as well as those mentioned in its publications can also be accessed online.

 

The launching of the virtual museum, with support from the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, is part of TFDP’s year-long 40th anniversary celebration. TFDP was established by the Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines (AMRSP) during the height of martial law. “Let [the museum] be TFDP’s small contribution in the resistance against lies and deception being spread to portray the martial law years as this country’s glory days. The truth must come out. It must be told and upheld at all times,” declared Sr. Lucero.

 

Photo_by_Rommel_Yamzon2With the enactment of the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013, victims of human rights violations during the Marcos regime can now apply for compensation. With its documentation of more than 9,000 cases of human rights violations during martial law, TFDP committed to assist the victims in their application. The outcome of the law should be consistent with history. It should represent the stories of the victims’ suffering during the dark years of martial rule.

 

One story of pain and anguish is enough to break anyone’s heart; but each account of torment is also a testimony of courage. The victims’ stories put together reverberate their resolve that never again should the Marcoses be at the helm of power. Never again should martial law or any of its form happen. ###

Last Updated on Friday, 11 July 2014 17:09
 
Remember Repression, Remember Resistance, Remember Courage July 11, 2014
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Friday, 04 July 2014 12:38

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Remember Repression, Remember Resistance, Remember Courage July 11, 2014

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URGENT APPEAL: A Political Activist Threatened to be Killed by A Police Officer
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Tuesday, 21 January 2014 14:26
URGENT APPEAL
January 14, 2014
(PHILIPPINES) A Political Activist Threatened to be Killed by A Police Officer
ISSUES: Human Rights Defender; Harassment; Right to Peaceful Assembly
_______________________________________________________________________________
Dear friends,
The Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) is forwarding to you an appeal regarding the conduct unbecoming of a police officer who threatened an activist during a protest action.
If you wish to make any inquiries please contact the Research, Documentation and Information Program of TFDP. Kindly email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call +632 4378054.
________________________________________________________________________________
Case Title: Delizo Harassment
Case: Harassment/Threat
Name of Victim: Rasti Delizo
Date of Incident: December 5, 2013
Place of Incident: in front of the main gate of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Pasay City
Alleged Perpetrators: Senior Inspector Charito Estrada, Pasay City Police
Motive:
_____________________________________________________________________________________
Account of the Incident:
An officer of a militant group actively involved in campaigning against the continuing human rights violations in Burma was threatened by a police officer during a demonstration in Pasay City.
Rasti Delizo, Political Affairs Coordinator of Sanlakas, a broad multi-sectoral organization, together with members of the Free Burma Coalition (FBC) held a peaceful protest action on December 5, 2013 in front of the main gate of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) building at 2330 Roxas Boulevard in Pasay City, Metro Manila. Delizo acted as the rally’s lead negotiator representing the civil society group.
The FBC organized the mass action in response to the three-day state visit of Burma’s President Thein Sein in Manila (December 4 to 6) upon the invitation of President Noynoy Aquino.  The rally’s highlight was the formal submission of an official FBC statement addressed to Pres. Thein Sein.  Specifically, the FBC’s intention was to further highlight Burma’s continuing human rights violations by the country’s military-dominated regime.  Also, FBC aimed to urge the Philippine Government to strongly push for the immediate release of all of Burma’s political prisoners, and to urgently advance a much-needed democratization agenda within Southeast Asia.
Toward the end of the rally, at about 11:35 a.m., Delizo happened to be talking with Senior Inspector Charito Estrada (Precinct Commander of the Pasay City Police Station’s PCP-1/with operational jurisdiction over the DFA’s premises) and Mr. Felix De Leon (a Foreign Service Staff Officer detailed with the DFA’s Office of Intelligence and Security Services/OISS). Delizo directly negotiated with PSINSP Estrada and gave him an assurance that the rally will end in a peaceful manner. De Leon of the DFA-OISS also joined the conversation as an observer.
Delizo was explaining to PSINSP Estrada the rally’s peaceful nature, as well as its political intentions and democratic aims. Unfortunately, however, PSINSP Estrada reacted to Delizo’s assertions. Wearing the full uniform of a PNP Sr. Inspector and on official duty at the time, Estrada told Delizo (in the full presence of Mr. De Leon of the DFA): “If your group misbehaves, then we will kill you.” (He first pointed his finger in the direction of rally, then shifted his finger and pointed directly to Delizo’s face.)
In response to Estrada’s threat, Delizo shouted at him and denounced Estrada’s behavior and conduct unbecoming of a police officer. Delizo told him that he could inform some of Estrada’s officers of his arrogant behavior. At this point, Estrada pleaded not to let them know of the incident.
Three of Estrada’s subordinates who accompanied him to the rally site began to feel uncomfortable with the situation themselves. Their conversation between Delizo and Estrada has not yet ended, but the said policemen began to slowly withdraw toward their mobile patrol car parked roughly thirty meters away.
REQUESTED ACTION:
Please write a letter to the following authorities, calling on them to initiate inquiries regarding the threat and harassment of a Pasay City police officer.
SAMPLE LETTER
Dear ____________,
I am writing to draw your attention regarding the threat and harassment of a Pasay City police officer.
I have learned that Mr. Rasti Delizo, one of the leaders of a civil society group actively involved in campaigning against the continuing human rights violations in Burma was threatened by a police officer during a demonstration in Pasay City.
According to the report, while Delizo was reassuring one police officer named Senior Inspector Charito Estrada of the rally’s peaceful nature and political intentions, he intensely reacted to Delizo’s assertions. In the full presence of the public, police officer Estrada told him, “If your group misbehaves, then we will kill you.” At the same time, police officer Estrada first pointed his finger in the direction of rally, then shifted his finger and pointed directly to Delizo’s face.
I have also learned that Rasti’s group, the Free Burma Coalition (FBC) organized the said peaceful mass action to highlight Burma’s continuing human rights violations by the country’s military-dominated regime. The rally’s highlight was the formal submission of an official FBC statement addressed to Pres. Thein Sein during his three-day state visit to Manila.
Mr. Delizo also added that one of the intentions also is to urge the Philippine Government to strongly push for the immediate release of all of Burma’s political prisoners, and to urgently advance a much-needed democratization agenda within Southeast Asia.
At present, Mr. Delizo together with other witnesses is planning to file a complaint before concerned government agencies against police officer Estrada.
Therefore, I humbly urge you to initiate an investigation into the said case and that Senior Inspector Estrada should be held accountable for his misbehavior and conduct unbecoming of an officer.
I look forward to your urgent action on this case.
Respectfully yours,
_________________________
PLEASE SEND YOUR LETTERS TO:
Please send your letters to:
1.    Police Director General Alan LA Madrid Purisima
Chief, Philippine National Police
Camp General Rafael Crame
Quezon City, Philippines
Fax: +632 724 8763 / +632 723 0401
Tel: + 632 726 4361 / +632 4366 8763
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
2.   MANUEL A. ROXAS II
Chairperson, National Police Commission
371 Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenue
Makati City, Philippines
Tel: +632 896 5980 / +632 895 5068
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
3. Chairperson Loretta Ann P. Rosales
Commission on Human Rights (CHR)
SAAC Bldg., Commonwealth Avenue
U.P. Complex, Diliman
Quezon City
Philippines
Tel: +63 2 928 5655, +63 2 926 6188
Fax: +63 2929 0102
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
URGENT APPEAL
January 14, 2014
(PHILIPPINES) A Political Activist Threatened to be Killed by A Police Officer
ISSUES: Human Rights Defender; Harassment; Right to Peaceful Assembly
_______________________________________________________________________________
Dear friends,
The Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) is forwarding to you an appeal regarding the conduct unbecoming of a police officer who threatened an activist during a protest action.
If you wish to make any inquiries please contact the Research, Documentation and Information Program of TFDP. Kindly email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call +632 4378054.
________________________________________________________________________________
Case Title: Delizo Harassment
Case: Harassment/Threat
Name of Victim: Rasti Delizo
Date of Incident: December 5, 2013
Place of Incident: in front of the main gate of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Pasay City
Alleged Perpetrators: Senior Inspector Charito Estrada, Pasay City Police
Motive:
_____________________________________________________________________________________
Account of the Incident:
An officer of a militant group actively involved in campaigning against the continuing human rights violations in Burma was threatened by a police officer during a demonstration in Pasay City.
Rasti Delizo, Political Affairs Coordinator of Sanlakas, a broad multi-sectoral organization, together with members of the Free Burma Coalition (FBC) held a peaceful protest action on December 5, 2013 in front of the main gate of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) building at 2330 Roxas Boulevard in Pasay City, Metro Manila. Delizo acted as the rally’s lead negotiator representing the civil society group.
The FBC organized the mass action in response to the three-day state visit of Burma’s President Thein Sein in Manila (December 4 to 6) upon the invitation of President Noynoy Aquino.  The rally’s highlight was the formal submission of an official FBC statement addressed to Pres. Thein Sein.  Specifically, the FBC’s intention was to further highlight Burma’s continuing human rights violations by the country’s military-dominated regime.  Also, FBC aimed to urge the Philippine Government to strongly push for the immediate release of all of Burma’s political prisoners, and to urgently advance a much-needed democratization agenda within Southeast Asia.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 January 2014 14:27
 
URGENT APPEAL: Harassment against a Student Human Rights Defender
General Campaigns
Tuesday, 21 January 2014 14:19
URGENT APPEAL
January 13, 2014
(PHILIPPINES) Harassment against a Student Human Rights Defender
ISSUES: Human Rights Defender; Harassment, Coercion and Intimidation; Student Rights and Welfare; Physical Injuries
________________________________________________
Dear friends,
The Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) is forwarding to you an appeal regarding the harassment case involving a human rights defender in the student sector.
If you wish to make any inquiries please contact the Research, Documentation and Information Program of TFDP, kindly send email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call +632 4378054.
________________________________________________
Case Title: Quisora HAR
Case: Harassment/Physical Injury
Name of Victim: Ernie Gonzales Quisora
Date of Incident: December 20, 2013
Place of Incident: Marikina Polytechnic College, Marikina City
Alleged Perpetrators: Mr. Joseph Quiles
Motive: One of the Alleged Instigators of Student Protest Action
Account of the Incident:
Ernie Quisora, 20 years of age, of 57 B.G. Malina Street, Parang, a student of Marikina Polytechnic College taking up Industrial Technology Major in Automotive and a Student Council volunteer, suffered minor injuries during a scuffle between him and a college professor.
On December 20, 2013, at around 8:30am, Quisora decided to enter the school premises while a protest action is being set-up by some members and officers of the faculty association of the Marikina Polytechnic College. The said protest is in relation to the additional working hour imposed by the school officials to the members of the faculty, and the absence of a democratic process by which these policies went through without any consultation.
The Security guards on-duty inspected Quisora’s belongings and found a black t-shirt inside his bag. The security guards confiscated the t-shirt and told Quisora that it is prohibited inside the campus. He then asked the security guards, why it is not allowed? Quisora further explained that he will be wearing the black t-shirt as a replacement after his subject “Metallic and Solid Painting AT222”. Apparently, the security guards alleged that Quisora is one of students who advocate and backing the campaign protest of the faculty and that they will be wearing the black t-shirt as a sign of support.
While both were arguing, a professor named Joseph Quiles approached them.
Quisora told him what the security guards did. He added that they have no right to confiscate his t-shirt since it was “wash day”, and he can wear any attire he wants as long as it is appropriate and proper.
The heated argument started between Quiles and Quisora. Moments later, Quiles grabbed Quisora’s shirt from his chest and pulled him back and forth repeatedly. Not satisfied with what he did, Quiles snatched and snapped the lace of his school identification card while wearing with around his neck. Several students and teachers witnessed the incident. Quisora suffered a bruise to his left hand. He also felt a pain to his nape.
A few days after the incident, Quisora again encountered Quiles on several occasions. Quiles accussed him of being a liar, arrogant and discourteous to school administrators. These were done in front of students. In one occasion it happened in front of Quisora’s teacher. Quiles also threatened Quisora and told that he will “drop” him from his subject.
Quisora is now planning to file a formal complaint to concerned government agencies, and at the Marikina City prosecutor’s office for appropriate charges.
Quisora is an advocate of student rights and welfare and an active volunteer of the Marikina Polytechnic College Student Council.
REQUESTED ACTION:
Please write a letter to the following authorities, calling on them to initiate inquiries into the case of harassment and physical injuries obtained by Ernie Quisora, a student of the Marikina Polytechnic College, and urge concerned agencies to immediately intervene and resolve the case.
SAMPLE LETTER
Dear ____________,
I am writing to draw your attention regarding the case of Ernie Quisora, 20 years of age, currently residing at 57 B.G. Malina Street, Parang, a student of Marikina Polytechnic College who experienced harassment and suffered minor injuries at the hands of his professor.
I have learned that a heated argument transpired between Mr. Joseph Quiles and Quisora. Quiles grabbed Quisora’s shirt from his chest and pulled him back and forth repeatedly. Not satisfied with what he did, Quiles snatched and snapped the lace of his school identification card while wearing with around his neck. Several students and teachers witnessed the incident. Quisora suffered a bruise to his left hand. He also felt a pain to his nape.
I have also learned that the incident happened on December 20, 2013, at around 8:30am. Quisora decided to enter the school premises while a protest action is being set-up by some members and officers of the faculty association of the Marikina Polytechnic College. The said protest is in relation to the additional working hour imposed by the school officials to the members of the faculty, and the absence of a democratic process by which these policies went through without any consultation.
It was also brought to my attention that before the incident occurred, the Security guards on-duty inspected Quisora’s belongings and found a black t-shirt inside his bag. The security guards confiscated the t-shirt and told Quisora that it is prohibited inside the campus. He then asked the security guards why it is not allowed even Quisora explained that he will be wearing the black t-shirt as a replacement after his subject “Metallic and Solid Painting AT222”. Apparently, the security guards alleged that Quisora is one of students who advocate and backing the campaign protest of the faculty and that they will be wearing the black t-shirt as a sign of support.
While both were arguing, a professor named Joseph Quiles approached them. Quisora told Quiles what the security guards did. He added that they have no right to confiscate his t-shirt since it was “wash day”, and he can wear any attire he wants as long as it is appropriate and proper.  At that point, the heated argument started. A scuffle transpired and Quisora suffered physical injuries.
At present, Quisora is now planning to file a formal complaint to concerned government agencies, and at the Marikina City prosecutor’s office for appropriate charges.
Quisora is an advocate of student rights and welfare and an active volunteer of the Marikina Polytechnic College Student Council.
Therefore, I humbly urge you to initiate a probe into the said case and appropriate action must be done accordingly.
I look forward to you urgent action.
Respectfully yours,
_________________________
PLEASE SEND YOUR LETTERS TO:
Please send your letters to:
1.    Chairperson Patricia B. Licuanan
Commission on Higher Education (CHED)
4th Floor Higher Education Development Center (HEDC) Building
C.P. Garcia Avenue, U.P. Campus
Diliman, Quezon City 1101
Philippines
Fax: +632 4411256
Tel:  +632 4410927 loc. 400, 401, 402
Email:     This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
2.    Chairperson Loretta Ann P. Rosales
Commission on Human Rights (CHR)
SAAC Bldg., Commonwealth Avenue
U.P. Complex, Diliman
Quezon City
Philippines
Fax: +63 2929 0102
Tel: +63 2 928 5655, +63 2 926 6188
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
3.    Chairperson Leon G. Flores
National Youoth Commission (NYC)
4th Floor, Bookman Building
373 Quezon Avenue
Quezon City
Philippines
Tel: +632 4487330
E-mail:   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
4.    Mayor Del De Guzman
Marikina City
Marikina City Hall, Shoe Avenue
Sta. Elena,
Marikina City 1800
Philippines
Fax: +632 6465277; +632 6461621
Tel: +632 6461634; +632 6829281; +632 6462360-70
URGENT APPEAL
January 13, 2014
(PHILIPPINES) Harassment against a Student Human Rights Defender
ISSUES: Human Rights Defender; Harassment, Coercion and Intimidation; Student Rights and Welfare; Physical Injuries
________________________________________________
Dear friends,
The Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) is forwarding to you an appeal regarding the harassment case involving a human rights defender in the student sector.
If you wish to make any inquiries please contact the Research, Documentation and Information Program of TFDP, kindly send email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call +632 4378054.
________________________________________________
Case Title: Quisora HAR
Case: Harassment/Physical Injury
Name of Victim: Ernie Gonzales Quisora
Date of Incident: December 20, 2013
Place of Incident: Marikina Polytechnic College, Marikina City
Alleged Perpetrators: Mr. Joseph Quiles
Motive: One of the Alleged Instigators of Student Protest Action
Account of the Incident:
Ernie Quisora, 20 years of age, of 57 B.G. Malina Street, Parang, a student of Marikina Polytechnic College taking up Industrial Technology Major in Automotive and a Student Council volunteer, suffered minor injuries during a scuffle between him and a college professor.
On December 20, 2013, at around 8:30am, Quisora decided to enter the school premises while a protest action is being set-up by some members and officers of the faculty association of the Marikina Polytechnic College. The said protest is in relation to the additional working hour imposed by the school officials to the members of the faculty, and the absence of a democratic process by which these policies went through without any consultation.
The Security guards on-duty inspected Quisora’s belongings and found a black t-shirt inside his bag. The security guards confiscated the t-shirt and told Quisora that it is prohibited inside the campus. He then asked the security guards, why it is not allowed? Quisora further explained that he will be wearing the black t-shirt as a replacement after his subject “Metallic and Solid Painting AT222”. Apparently, the security guards alleged that Quisora is one of students who advocate and backing the campaign protest of the faculty and that they will be wearing the black t-shirt as a sign of support.
While both were arguing, a professor named Joseph Quiles approached them.
Quisora told him what the security guards did. He added that they have no right to confiscate his t-shirt since it was “wash day”, and he can wear any attire he wants as long as it is appropriate and proper.
The heated argument started between Quiles and Quisora. Moments later, Quiles grabbed Quisora’s shirt from his chest and pulled him back and forth repeatedly. Not satisfied with what he did, Quiles snatched and snapped the lace of his school identification card while wearing with around his neck. Several students and teachers witnessed the incident. Quisora suffered a bruise to his left hand. He also felt a pain to his nape.
A few days after the incident, Quisora again encountered Quiles on several occasions. Quiles accussed him of being a liar, arrogant and discourteous to school administrators. These were done in front of students. In one occasion it happened in front of Quisora’s teacher. Quiles also threatened Quisora and told that he will “drop” him from his subject.
Quisora is now planning to file a formal complaint to concerned government agencies, and at the Marikina City prosecutor’s office for appropriate charges.
Quisora is an advocate of student rights and welfare and an active volunteer of the Marikina Polytechnic College Student Council.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 January 2014 14:25
 
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