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Baptism of Fire
Volume 23 Number 1
Thursday, 12 January 2012 10:43

by Rapha-el Q. Olegario

 

My internship at the Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) has been the most challenging moment in my college life. Before I start my story, I would like to give a brief introduction of TFDP.
It was established during the Marcos regime by the Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Philippines (AMRSP) to assist political detainees and political prisoners with their personal and legal needs. To respond to the needs at that time, its mandate expanded from taking care of political detainees and political prisoners to handling civil-political rights issues such as torture, involuntary/enforced disappearances and extra-judicial killings. Further expansion led for its mandate to cover economic, social and cultural issues.
My internship at the Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) has been the most challenging moment in my college life. Before I start my story, I would like to give a brief introduction of TFDP.
It was established during the Marcos regime by the Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Philippines (AMRSP) to assist political detainees and political prisoners with their personal and legal needs. To respond to the needs at that time, its mandate expanded from taking care of political detainees and political prisoners to handling civil-political rights issues such as torture, involuntary/enforced disappearances and extra-judicial killings. Further expansion led for its mandate to cover economic, social and cultural issues.

 

 
CHR INVESTIGATES ALLEGED HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN A MINING AREA
Volume 23 Number 1
Thursday, 12 January 2012 10:43

by Jonal Javier

 

Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Chairperson Leila De Lima headed an ocular visit as part of CHR’s investigation of human rights violations in Brgy. Didipio, Kasibu, Nueva Viscaya last November 5 and 6, 2009.
Chairperson De Lima, along with CHR Commissioner Manuel Mamauag, arrived in Solano, Nueva Viscaya in the morning of November 5. The two were met by the CHR Region 2 staff headed by its Regional Director Atty. Jimmy Baliga and the Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) Executive Director Mr. Emmanuel Amistad and Human Rights Defender Program Coordinator Mr. Jonal Javier  in the Governor’s Hotel in the said municipality.
Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Chairperson Leila De Lima headed an ocular visit as part of CHR’s investigation of human rights violations in Brgy. Didipio, Kasibu, Nueva Viscaya last November 5 and 6, 2009.
Chairperson De Lima, along with CHR Commissioner Manuel Mamauag, arrived in Solano, Nueva Viscaya in the morning of November 5. The two were met by the CHR Region 2 staff headed by its Regional Director Atty. Jimmy Baliga and the Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) Executive Director Mr. Emmanuel Amistad and Human Rights Defender Program Coordinator Mr. Jonal Javier  in the Governor’s Hotel in the said municipality.

 

 
FIVE PERSONS ABDUCTED AND TORTURED BY ALLEGED MEMBERS OF THE PHILIPPINE ARMY (PA) IN DINGALAN, PROVINCE OF AURORA
Volume 23 Number 1
Thursday, 12 January 2012 10:43

ACCOUNT OF THE INCIDENT:

The victims belonging to the Dumagat indigenous tribe, namely: Rolan Corpuz, 20; Jun-jun Acleto, 17; Ricky Torres, 21; Lolit Agbayani; and Edwin Buryo, in his 30s and a local trader, all from Barangay Mukalapa were abducted at around 6 o’clock in the evening on December 1, 2009 in Barangay Dikapinisan while staying in a house of a certain “Jun”, after days of hunting the nest of a rare bird called “Layang-layang”.
According to the victims, they were surprised when they were apprehended by around 10 fully-armed military personnel without any reason. They said that they were frisked by the military and were asked to present a residence certificate for their identification. After they failed to do so, the military brought them to a detachment area, where they were allegedly tortured.

 
INTERFAITH YOUTH CAMP
Volume 23 Number 1
Thursday, 12 January 2012 10:43

By Orlando Gravador

The Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP), with its project to help eliminate societal divide to facilitate peace in the community, conducted an Inter-Faith Youth Camp in Bukidnon in the island of Mindanao last October 19-26, 2009 to start the dialogue and bonding among different cultures that exist in the island.

The said youth camp was held at Edlimar Farm Resort in Maramag, Bukidnon and was participated in by 26 young people from the Christian, Moro and Lumad communities. Its aim was to develop knowledge and skills for effective exchanges and dialogue among the participants.

 
CHR Dialogue with Political Prisoners at the NBP
Volume 23 Number 1
Thursday, 12 January 2012 10:43
THE COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS OF THE PHILIPPINES
on the Occasion of the Dialogue with Political Prisoners
at the National Bilibid Prison
National Bilibid Prison
Muntinlupa City
12 November 2009
MESSAGE
delivered by
LEILA M. DE LIMA
Chairperson, Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines
Good morning.
When individuals are restrained of their freedom, special attention must be placed on the protection of their other rights. The atmosphere of confinement, largely hidden from the scrutiny of the outside world, creates a dangerous sphere of secrecy where abuses, if unchecked, may become rampant. When placed in detention facilities or prisons, one may find themselves at the total mercy of the prison officials or even criminal gangs. For this reason, it is especially important that part of the mandate of the Commission on Human Rights is to be able to make visits, announced or unannounced, to detention facilities in order to ensure that the government and prison officials are on their toes, ever vigilant of respecting the rights of detainees.
Of special importance today is the very specific segment of the prison population – political prisoners. To be very frank about the matter, there can be no official classification of “political prisoners.” There is nothing in our cherished democratic way of life that sanctions the suppression of political opinion, even if it is contrary to the established government. Such a classification is obtusely illegal, and rightfully so because our freedom is based precisely on the people's ability to speak freely, to assemble freely and to petition the government freely.

 
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