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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
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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.
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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:
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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
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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
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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.
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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
 
Magtalaga ng sarili, maglingkod. Patuloy na magmahal!
General Campaigns
Thursday, 16 January 2014 11:18
Magtalaga ng sarili, maglingkod. Patuloy na magmahal!
(Pahayag ni Sr. Crescencia Lucero, sfic, Co-Chairperson ng TFDP bilang "Homily" Sa Misa nitong Enero 14, 2013 para sa ika-40 Anibersaryo ng TFDP.)
Apatnapu. Apatnapung taon. Parang kailan lang ng itatag ang Task Force Detainees of the Philippines ng Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Philippines bilang tugon sa “signs of the times”. Enero ng taong 1974 ng pagkaisahan ng AMRSP na magtayo ng dalawang Task Forces – TFDP at Task Force Data Gathering.
Isinilang ang TFDP sa gitna ng malawakang paglabag sa karapatang pantao. Nagsimula bilang isang inisyatiba ng mga relihiyoso at relihiyosa na naging bukas sa pagsama at pakikilahok ng iba pang denominasyon tulad ng UCCP, IFI, UMC at ng kinalaunan ay naging “interfaith” na din.
Dugo at pawis ang naging puhunan para itatag sa buong kapuluan ang TFDP at kumilos para ipagtanggol ang karapatan ng sambayanan. Ilang manggagawa ng TFDP ang kinulong, hinarass, at pinaslang dahil sa pagtataguyod ng karapatan at kalayaan ng taumbayan.
Kailanman ang sakripisyo ng mga kasama ay hindi malilimutan. Apatnapung taon na ang lumipas. Apatnapung taon na din nakaukit sa aming alaala ang lahat ng naging biktima ng marahas at madilim na panahon ng diktadura, ng total war, ng mapanlinlang na Philippines 2000, ng Erap para sa Mahirap, ng Strong Republic ni GMA at ng kasalukuyang matuwid na daan.
Apatnapu. Anim na pangulo.
Labing apat na taon ng pasistang diktadura. Limang libo, limang daan tatlumpu’t isa ang tinortyur. Dalawang libo limang daan tatlumpu’t pito ang pinaslang. Pitong daan walampu’t tatlo ang winala. Dalawang daan tatlumpu’t walo ang mga insidente ng masaker. Siyamnapu’t dalawang libo, anim na raan at pito ang naging biktima ng pag-aresto.
Anim na taon ng total war ni Corazon Aquino. Limang daan, pitumpu’t walo ang tinortyur. Labing-limang libo walong daan at at pitumpu ang inaresto. Tatlong daan walumpu at walo ang winala. Pitong daan at lima ang pinaslang. Dalawang daan labingpito ang insidente ng masaker.
Anim na taon ng MTPDP/Philippines 2000 ni Fidel Valdez Ramos. Apat na libo at tatlumpu ang naging biktima ng pag-aresto. Animnapu’t isa ang winala. Dalawang daan dalawampu’t tatlo ang salvaged. Siyamnapu’t isa ang mga insidente ng masaker.
Tatlong taon ni Erap. Isang libo dalawang daan at tatlumpu ang inaresto. Dalawampu’t lima ang winala. Apatnapu’t lima ang pinaslang. Tatlumpu’t lima ang mga insidente ng masaker. Tatlong daan ang tinortyur.
Siyam na taon ni GMA. Tatlong libo, dalawang daan walongpu’t anim ang inaresto. Isang daan tatlumpu’t apat ang winala. Dalawang daan dalawampu’t siyam ang pinaslang. Limang daan at labing siyam ang tinortyur. Limangpu’t siyam ang insidente ng masaker.
Tatlong taon ni PNoy. Tatlong daan walumpu’t walo ang inaresto. Isang daan dalawampu’t walo ang tinortyur. Labing apat ang biktima ng sapilitang pagkawala. Tatlong insidente ng masaker. Dalawampu’t lima ang pinaslang.
Sa likod ng mga numero at istatistikang ito ay mga pangalan at nilalang. Mga pangalan at nilalang na ipinaglaban ang karapatan. Inialay ang Buhay para sa kalayaan, demokrasya, katarungan at kapayapaan. Mga mandirigma na lumaban para ibagsak ang bulok na sistema. Mga manggagawa, magsasaka, negosyante, propesyonal, kababaihan, katutubo, Moro, maralitang tagalunsod, Kabataan, LGBTs at marami pang iba.
Mga bilanggong pulitikal tulad nina Jose Diokno, Lorenzo Tanada, Teofisto Guingona, Ed dela Torre, Rudy Abao, Satur Ocampo, Noel Etabag, Ted Lopez, Zacarias Agatep, Jose Nacu, Benjamin Cunanan, Brian Gore, Julio X. Labayen, Rebecca Mayola, Mariani Dimaranan at marami pang iba.
Mga tinortyur tulad nina Adora Faye de Vera, Ruben Alegre, Romy Castillo, Bernardo Itucal, Romeo Candazo, Oscar Armea at marami pang iba.
Mga winala tulad nina Carlos Tayag, Hermon Lagman, Raymundo Abadicio, Rudy Romano, Jessica Sales at marami pang iba.
Mga pinaslang tulad nina Juan Escandor, Remberto dela Paz, Alfredo Limboy, Santiago Arce, Emiliano Ortizo, Alex Orcullo, Lean Alejandro, Rolando Olalia at marami pang iba.
Mga minasaker sa Escalante, Lupao, Mendiola, Jabidah, Digos, Ozamis, Kabankalan, Butuan, Sipalay at marami pang iba.
Nais din namin kilalanin ang mga naging biktima ng kilusang mapagpalaya tulad nina Tigre, Banong, Kristo, Benny, Bobby, Carlo, Lito at marami pang iba.
Apatnapu. Patuloy ang hamon ng panahon na isulong ang karapatan at kagalingan ng sambayanan. Hindi pa tapos ang pagsusumikap na itatag ang malaya at mapagpalayang lipunan. Ito ang patuloy na hamon sa ating lahat.
Kaya’t hanggat may paglabag sa karapatang pantao, hanggat may api at dukha, hanggat may diskriminasyon, hanggat may panunupil, patuloy ang ating pagtatalaga ng sarili para sa kapwa at sa bayan. Patuloy ang paglilingkod para sumibol ang lipunang siksik, liglig at nag-uumapaw sa kalayaan, pagkapantay-pantay, demokrasya, kasarinlan at kapayapaan. Patuloy ang pagmamahal – sa kapwa, sa bayan, sa kapaligiran at sa buong sangkatauhan.
Sa gabing ito yan ang aking pangako sa edad na pitumpu’t dalawa. Yan ang ating pangako para sa kapwa at sa sambayanan sa harap ng Diyos ng kasaysayan. Magtalaga ng sarili, maglingkod. Patuloy na magmahal!
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(Pahayag ni Sr. Crescencia Lucero, sfic, Co-Chairperson ng TFDP bilang "Homily" Sa Misa nitong Enero 14, 2014 para sa ika-40 Anibersaryo ng TFDP.)
Apatnapu. Apatnapung taon. Parang kailan lang ng itatag ang Task Force Detainees of the Philippines ng Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Philippines bilang tugon sa “signs of the times”. Enero ng taong 1974 ng pagkaisahan ng AMRSP na magtayo ng dalawang Task Forces – TFDP at Task Force Data Gathering.
Isinilang ang TFDP sa gitna ng malawakang paglabag sa karapatang pantao. Nagsimula bilang isang inisyatiba ng mga relihiyoso at relihiyosa na naging bukas sa pagsama at pakikilahok ng iba pang denominasyon tulad ng UCCP, IFI, UMC at ng kinalaunan ay naging “interfaith” na din.
Dugo at pawis ang naging puhunan para itatag sa buong kapuluan ang TFDP at kumilos para ipagtanggol ang karapatan ng sambayanan. Ilang manggagawa ng TFDP ang kinulong, hinarass, at pinaslang dahil sa pagtataguyod ng karapatan at kalayaan ng taumbayan.
Kailanman ang sakripisyo ng mga kasama ay hindi malilimutan. Apatnapung taon na ang lumipas. Apatnapung taon na din nakaukit sa aming alaala ang lahat ng naging biktima ng marahas at madilim na panahon ng diktadura, ng total war, ng mapanlinlang na Philippines 2000, ng Erap para sa Mahirap, ng Strong Republic ni GMA at ng kasalukuyang matuwid na daan.
Last Updated on Thursday, 16 January 2014 11:27
 
Rights groups hold nationwide candle lighting for Yolanda Victims on International Human Rights Day
General Campaigns
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 13:13
PRESS RELEASE
December 10, 2013
Rights groups hold nationwide candle lighting for Yolanda Victims on International Human Rights Day
Call on government to prioritize the rights of victims and stop politicking
In commemoration of the International Human Rights Day of 2013, human rights groups held nationwide solidarity candle lighting in several parts of the country, for victims of typhoon Yolanda and other natural disasters and victims of human rights violations.
“We devote today’s commemoration of International Human Rights Day for all those who suffered and continue to suffer the result of climate change and environmental destruction caused by greed, development aggression and government neglect,” said Emmanuel Amistad, Executive Director of the Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP).
While the group extends their heartfelt solidarity to all victims, they are also calling on government leaders to prioritize the needs of the victims and refrain from politicking.
“We Light UP for Yolanda Victims, we Light Up for Human Rights, dahil higit sa lahat ay dapat unahin ng pamahalaan ang kapakanan ng mga taong nasalanta kaysa pagpapabida.  Dapat matauhan na ang mga kurap na pulitiko at tigilan na ang pamumulsa ng pondo ng bayan at ilaan sa dapat nitong puntahan. Dahil dapat Tao muna! Hindi tubo at kita, dahil dapat tao muna hindi pamumulitika at pabida,” Amistad added.
“Although our fellow Filipinos in disaster stricken areas, especially in Leyte needs all the help, relief and support we can provide, it will not be enough to solve the problems. Other future disasters will come and if the government will not be serious and sincere in performing its duty to protect its people instead of profit and corruption, all these will just be repeated,” Amistad said.
In Visayas, members of TFDP and its allies from the Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ) held their “Light UP 4 Yolanda Victims, Light UP 4 Rights,” at the University of the Philippines Cebu. “We light candles in solidarity for all victims of climate disaster, mining and other profit driven development projects that does not benefit the people, instead harm them and lead to violations of their human rights.”
In Mindanao, human rights defenders, TFDP, PMCJ and Freedom from Debt Coalition together with other social and climate activists led the candle lighting activities in Centennial Park, San Pedro Street, Davao City. Candle lighting activities at Bukidnon, Surigao Del Sur and Iligan were also held simultaneously.
According to the group they are also dedicating the solidarity candle lighting for victims of Zamboanga siege, Bohol and Cebu Earthquake, and other natural and manmade disasters that devastated our peoples and communities. Saying, “We hope we can help inspire them to stand up and we are with them in struggling to regain what has been damaged and lost from them.”
Youth and students in several universities also gave their solidarity LightUP activity.  Students from De La Salle College of Saint Benilde participated in the Quezon City Memorial Circle LightUP activity.  Members of Youth for Rights (Y4R) and Teatro Kahimanawari of Marikina Polytechnic University held their candle lighting in front of Marikina City Hall Freedom Park.  Others participated in the online solidarity in the social networking site Facebook.
In Quezon City, more than 300 members of the Philipppine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA), Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ), Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP), Amnesty International – Philippines and Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM), held the LightUP for Yolanda Victims, LightUP4 Rights activity at the fountain area in Quezon City Memorial Circle.
The group lamented that “Sa kulang-kulang na pamamahala, Tao ang kawawa.”  The group also reminded PNoy of his obligation to issue a National Human Rights Action Plan (NHRAP) in compliance with the recommendation of the Universal Periodic Review of the United Nations Human Rights Council.
December 10, 2013
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Youth 4 Rights LightUP4 #Yolanda victims, LightUP4 #Rights held in Marikina Freedom Park, Dec. 10
Rights groups hold nationwide candle lighting for Yolanda Victims on International Human Rights Day
Call on government to prioritize the rights of victims and stop politicking
In commemoration of the International Human Rights Day of 2013, human rights groups held nationwide solidarity candle lighting in several parts of the country, for victims of typhoon Yolanda and other natural disasters and victims of human rights violations.
“We devote today’s commemoration of International Human Rights Day for all those who suffered and continue to suffer the result of climate change and environmental destruction caused by greed, development aggression and government neglect,” said Emmanuel Amistad, Executive Director of the Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP).
While the group extends their heartfelt solidarity to all victims, they are also calling on government leaders to prioritize the needs of the victims and refrain from politicking.
“We Light UP for Yolanda Victims, we Light Up for Human Rights, dahil higit sa lahat ay dapat unahin ng pamahalaan ang kapakanan ng mga taong nasalanta kaysa pagpapabida.  Dapat matauhan na ang mga kurap na pulitiko at tigilan na ang pamumulsa ng pondo ng bayan at ilaan sa dapat nitong puntahan. Dahil dapat Tao muna! Hindi tubo at kita, dahil dapat tao muna hindi pamumulitika at pabida,” Amistad added.
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