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URGENT APPEAL: Frustrated Murder of Human Rights Defender
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Thursday, 14 January 2016 18:16

URGENT APPEAL

January 13, 2016

(PHILIPPINES) Frustrated Murder of Human Rights Defender

ISSUES: Assertion to right to land of indigenous people

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Dear friends,

The Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) is forwarding to you an appeal regarding the frustrated killing of an agrarian reform beneficiary.

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 .
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Title:                    Ampudi Frustrated Killing
Case:                  Frustrated Killing
Victim:          Nestorio Sulatan Ampudi, 37 years old
Date of Incident:         January 9, 2016; 11:30 A.M.
Place of Incident:         P-8, Barangay Calao Calao, Don Carlos, Bukidnon
Perpetrators:    Jun Jun Lirasan, security guard of Levelita Balarote Zambrano
Motive:                         in relation to assertion of right to land; violation of rights to life and security of person
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Account of the incident:

On January 9, 2016, around 11:30 a.m., at Purok 8,  Calao Calao, Don Carlos, Bukidnon, human rights defender Nestorio Sulatan Ampudi, 37 years old, an active member and overseer of Ambugkol Manobo Tribal Association (AMTA), was shot by Jun Jun Lirasan. Lirasan is Ampudi’s neighbor and is working for Levelita Balarote Zambrano.

According to Ampudi’s wife Ligoria, she and her two-month old daughter Nicelyn were riding with Nestorio on his single motorcycle with plate no. 83093. They were on their way home to   P-9 Prakatahan, Barangay Pualas, Don Carlos, Bukidnon from Poblacion, Don Carlos, Bukidnon when Lirasan and an unidentified driver aboard a single motorcycle shot Nestorio multiple times while trying to overtake them. Nestorio fell on the ground with his motorcycle. The perpetrator immediately fled to an unknown direction. Ampudi sustained multiple gunshot wounds on different parts of his body and was immediately brought to St. Nino Hospital, Don Carlos, Bukidnon for medical treatment. He was recently transferred to Bukidnon Provincial Hospital in Maramag, Bukidnon. The victim is now in stable condition but is still waiting for his operation. His wife added that the two perpetrators were wearing masks, but she was able to identify Lirasan because of his built.

Nestorio’s wife and child were lucky that they were not hit, but Ligoria sustained minor injuries during the incident.
At 2:00 p.m., Ligoria reported the incident at Don Carlos Police Station. Elements of Don Carlos Municipal Police Station led by SPO1 Dizon responded during the incident. Two fired cartridge cases and one fired bullet of an alleged .45 pistol were recovered from the crime scene.

Case Background:

The Balarote group headed by Levelita Balarote-Zambrano was awarded 550 hectares of land by the Commission on the Settlement of Land Problems (COSLAP) last February 16, 1988. The group obtained a Writ of Relocation from RTC in Malaybalay and was installed in the area by the two court sheriffs and barangay officials last May 21, 2014. Some parts of the awarded land are presently occupied by the AMTA members.

On the other hand, AMTA belongs to Datu Casiano Montabod’s group who was awarded by COSLAP for 130 hectares of land in Purok 9 Prakatahan, Barangay Pualas. AMTA, which is now under the unified claim named as Manobo Kerenteken – Ilantungen Manobo Tribe, Inc. (KMTI) processed their Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT) at the National Commission on the Indigenous People (NCIP).

On March 10-25, 2015, the NCIP surveyed the ancestral land claim of the indigenous people including the AMTA area in Purok 9 Prakatahan, Barangay Pualas. Their CADT is now under deliberation at the NCIP in Manila.

On October 2, 2014, Nestorio Ampudi was fortunate to have survived an attempt to his life by the Balarote group at Purok 9 Prakatahan, Barangay Pualas, Don Carlos, Bukidnon.

Last Updated on Friday, 15 January 2016 18:03
 
Ano ang #KarapatangPantaoDapat sa 2016 Elections campaign?
General Campaigns
Thursday, 14 January 2016 14:28

Ano ang #KarapatangPantaoDapat sa 2016 Elections campaign?

12309773_1024781987564453_8752896072210670681_oAng kahinaan ng tuwid na daan ni PNoy ay ang kawalan nito ng paninindigan sa maraming usapin ng karapatang pantao. Nangibabaw ang pagpapahalaga sa kita ng iilan at pag-unlad na agresibong sumagasa sa karapatan ng maraming sektor sa bansa.

Binabaha’t binabagyo na ng sakuna ng kalikasan, binabaha’t binabagyo pa ng paglabag sa karapatang pantao ang mga mamamayang mahirap sa bansa.

Marami sa mga kapatid na katutubo at lumad ang pinatay, inagawan at pinalalayas sa kanilang lupaing ninuno.  Habang humaharap pa ang mundo sa delubyo’t sakunang dulot ng papalalang pagpapalit ng klima, patuloy na winawasak ang kalikasan at hinuhuthot ang likas na yaman ng bansa ng mga malalaking abusadong kumpaniya, binibiktima pa ang kanayunan ng militarisasyon, pandarahas at gera.

Patuloy ang mga demolisyon sa ngalan ng kaunlarang nakabatay sa negosyo. Nanalanta rin ang kontraktualisasyon sa manggagawa habang patuloy ang atake sa karapatang mag-unyon at mag-organisa. Hindi naaksiyunan ang isyu ng mga magsasaka at mga kinukurap at pinagsasamantalahan pa ang pambansang kaban sa halip na matugunan ang mga pangangailangan.

Habang ang mga nagtatanggol naman ay pinapatay, kinakasuhan, hinuhuli at ikinukulong.  Sunod-sunod ang libelo sa mga Human Rights Defenders. Marami ang may banta sa kanilang seguridad.  Sa halip na proteksiyon ay pagsasawalang aksiyon pa sa mga kasong katulad ng tortyur, enforced disappearance, extra judicial killings atbp.

Nahirapan ding maipasa ang mga batas para sa mamamayan halimbawa ay ang Freedom of Information Bill, ang pagrepeal ng Mining Act of 1995 at pagreporma sa industriyang nananalanta sa buhay at kalikasan atbp.

Inuna kasi ang kita kaysa kapakanan at karapatan. Sinagasaan ang karapatan ng mamayan sa tuwid na daan, at siguradong  patuloy ang pagsagasa sa hahaliling administrasyon.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 January 2016 14:31
 
KARAPATANG PANTAO Dapat sa 2016 Election
General Campaigns
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 19:27

KARAPATANG PANTAO Dapat sa 2016 Election
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-Campaign for the HR Agenda on 2016 Election

Ang December 10, 2015 ang huling HR Day sa termino ni Pnoy bago ang paparating na eleksiyon 2016 sa Mayo.  Pagkakataon ito upang tasahin ang kaniyang performance sa HR at ilunsad ng HR community ang kampanya para sa HR Agenda for 2016 Election.

Habang hindi naging prayoridad sa termino ni PNoy ang karapatang pantao, nagbabanta naman ang pagwawalang bahala at paglabag sa karapatang pantao ng sinumang papalit na mga pinuno ng bansa.

Nagpapatuloy ang paglabag sa karapatang pantao.

Ang kahinaan ng tuwid na daan ni PNoy ay ang kawalan nito ng paninindigan sa maraming usapin ng karapatang pantao. Nangibabaw ang pagpapahalaga sa kita ng iilan at pag-unlad na agresibong sumagasa sa karapatan ng maraming sektor sa bansa.

Binabaha’t binabagyo na ng sakuna ng kalikasan, binabaha’t binabagyo pa ng paglabag sa karapatang pantao ang mga mamamayang mahirap sa bansa.

Marami sa mga kapatid na katutubo at lumad ang pinatay, inagawan at pinalalayas sa kanilang lupaing ninuno.  Habang humaharap pa ang mundo sa delubyo’t sakunang dulot ng papalalang pagpapalit ng klima, patuloy na winawasak ang kalikasan at hinuhuthot ang likas na yaman ng bansa ng mga malalaking abusadong kumpaniya, binibiktima pa ang kanayunan ng militarisasyon, pandarahas at gera.

Patuloy ang mga demolisyon sa ngalan ng pangangapital. Nanalanta rin ang kontraktualisasyon sa manggagawa habang patuloy ang atake sa karapatang mag-unyon at mag-organisa. Hindi naaksiyunan ang isyu ng mga magsasaka at mga kinukurap at pinagsasamantalahan pa ang pambansang kaban sa halip na matugunan ang mga pangangailangan.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 December 2015 19:36
 
Urgent Appeal: The harassment of the staff of PMPI, a network of POs, NGOs and church/faith-based groups - active in the campaign against mining
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Monday, 07 December 2015 17:20

URGENT APPEAL



December 7, 2015

(PHILIPPINES) The harassment of the staff of Philippine Misereor Partnership Inc. (PMPI), a network of people’s organizations (POs), non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and church/faith-based groups - active in the campaign against mining.


Dear friends,

Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) writes to inform you about the harassment of the staff of the Philippine Misereor Partnership Inc. (PMPI), a network of people’s organizations (POs), non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and church/faith-based groups – that is at the forefront of campaigns against mining.

CASE DETAILS:

Account of the incident:

Human rights defenders Ms. Yolanda Esguerra, Ms. Candy Hidalgo, Mr. Edel Garingan and Mr. Victor Morillo, all connected with the Philippine-Misereor Partnership Inc. (PMPI)[1] have been subject of alleged intimidation by the Hinatuan Mining Corporation (HMC) as appeared on the column written by Ellen Tordesillas with the Abante and Malaya, reportedly published online on September 8 and 9, 2015.

According to the said articles, HMC project manager Mr. Arnilo Milaor filed a libel suit against the four PMPI staff on June 20, 2015 (*Abante) and a libel suit under the Republic Act No. 10175 otherwise known as the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 (*Malaya), also on June 20, 2015 http://malaya.com.ph/business-news/opinion/truth-only-please. The case is reportedly linked to the anti-mining activities of the PMPI in Guiuan, Eastern Samar where the HMC operates.

Tordesillas went on to write that “Ang pagtulong sa kapwa ay hindi dapat rason para mag­sinungaling. Kung ang isang tao o grupo, ay walang kiyemeng mag-imbento ng kwento para lang makuha ng atensyon ng media sa kawsa na kanilang isinusulong, medyo nakaka­duda yata. Panloloko na yata ‘yun.” Tordesillas’ statement allegedly implied that the above-mentioned PMPI staff are using their organization’s advocacy to deceive people.

The PMPI staff however did not receive the said complaint cited in Tordesillas’ articles. When the articles were posted online, the PMPI communicated with the Office of the Prosecutors in Borongan and Guiuan, Eastern Samar about the said complaint but to no avail. There were no legal documents sent to them and in fact, the said possible complaint was only discovered through the Internet posts by Mr. JB Baylon, vice president for Communications of Nickel Asia Corporation, HMC’s mother company, who has also allegedly posted vague threats towards PMPI. One such threat was his comment on the picture shown below, and the other (has since been deleted) which allegedly said “Napipikon na ko sa isang NGO, kailangan bigyan ng leksyon.

On October 9, 2015, copy of the subpoena was delivered to and received by the PMPI. They have been summoned to appear before the Office of the City Prosecutor in Taguig City last October 30, 2015 at 10:00AM to answer the charge of cyber crime libel by the HMC represented by Mr. Milaor.

The PMPI is a legally registered network of people’s organizations (POs), non-governmental organizations (NGOs), church/faith-based groups and Misereor, the overseas development agency of the Catholic Church in Germany based in Aachen, Germany.

“Even before Typhoon Yolanda hit the country in November 2013, PMPI already had partner community organizations in both islands under their anti-mining campaigns: Save Manicani Movement (SAMAMO) and Homonhon Environmental Rescuers Organization (HERO).” The PMPI has an ongoing post-Yolanda initiative called Project Pagbangon, which initially started as a relief effort to support partner communities of member organizations in Panay and Eastern Samar. The main objective of the project is to secure the survival of the affected communities, with the perspective to help in the early recovery phase of the islands.

Last Updated on Monday, 07 December 2015 17:23
 
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