Cordillera Peoples Alliance strongly condemns the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in its ploy to yet again inflict human rights violations among indigenous peoples (IPs) by planning to tap IPs versus the New Peoples Army (NPA), as stated in a news article published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer on December 19, 2017. The article specifically mentions that “300 lumad or IPs would be sent to their communities in Southern Mindanao to guard their ancestral domains from communist insurgents”. This move will only heighten the fascist attacks to the people, indigenous peoples especially. There is already a nationwide mass murder of indigenous peoples with the reign of terror of this US-Duterte regime, and the AFP is highly accountable.
We, journalists in the Cordillera, condemn the unlawful arrest and illegal detention of Sherwin De Vera, and, most of all demand for his immediate release and freedom from detention now! And the dismissal of all trumped charges maliciously filed against him.
In celebration of the International Day for Human Rights this December 10, 2017, the Justice and Peace Advocates in Ifugao (JPAI) – a broad group of advocates for peace based on justice, respect of human rights and Indigenous Peoples rights, and for the protection of the environment consisting of Church people, professionals, and basic sectors in Ifugao stands with the whole nation in calling for upholding human rights of the people.
The statement of Lt. Col. Julio Osias, commander of the 81st Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army in the Youth Leadership Summit held last week that Candon has been infiltrated by left-leaning organizations is irresponsible, malicious and a mark of a fascist. Although he did not name the organizations, he said that if this will remain, the economic growth of the city will be affected as the peace and order becomes unstable.
CPA strongly condemns the president’s order to shoot NPAs as this is a violation of due process and rule of law. We must not forget that the peace talks is not yet officially terminated if there is no official notice by the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) to the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDPF). Hence, the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG) should be respected.
The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines demands that PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa take back his utterly asinine – and potentially dangerous – insinuation that respected news agency Reuters may be in cahoot with drug syndicates in the release this week of a special report on the suspicious police killing of three men in Tondo, Manila in October.
Mariing kinukundena ng Anakbayan Cordillera ang tangkang “crackdown” ng rehimeng US-Duterte laban sa mga lehitimo at progresibong organisasyon ng mga mamamayan sa ilalim ng Bagong Alyansang Makabayan o BAYAN. Ipinakikita ng hakbanging ito na may layuning busalan ang mga kritiko ang kahayukan ni Duterte sa kapangyarihan at sukdulang pantasyang sundan ang yapak ng iniidolo niyang si Marcos at ipasailalim ang bansa sa isa na namang diktadurya.
As we commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (IDEVAW), Innabuyog rages against the intensifying attacks on women human rights defenders in the Cordillera region.
Desperado ang rehimeng US-Duterte sa paghahasik ng lagim at pagpapatindi ng atake sa mamamayan para sa interes ng imperyalistang US at iba pang dayuhan sa ilalim ng kanyang Internal Security Plan: “Oplan kapayapaan”, na kung saan pinatitindi nito ang mga operasyong militar at paghahasik ng terorismo sa mga lugar ng mga pambansang minorya at sa mga lugar na target tayuan ng mapandambong na proyekto alinsunod sa plano ng “Dutertenomics”.
During the past few months, the 24th Infantry Battalion of the 7th Infantry Division, Philippine Army has been waging a smear campaign against Kakailian Salakniban Ta’y Amin A Nagtaudan (KASTAN) and threatening its leaders and staff with lawsuits.
The Ubbon di Binabai ad Ifugao (UBI), Ifugao Peasant Movement (IPM) and Pun-oohaan di Nungkanomnoman ad Ifugao (PNI), strongly condemn the recent attacks on six women activists in the Cordillera region by the 7th Infantry Division of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Northern Luzon Command and to all human rights defenders across the country.
Rachel Mariano is a staff and is concurrently the Health Program Desk Coordinator of the Community Health, Education, Services and Training in the Cordillera (Chestcore) based in Baguio City. In late August 2017, we learned from the Ilocos Human Rights Advocates and concerned personnel at the Department of Justice about an investigation regarding a gun firing incidents involving one of our staff.