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Statements: Conserve and protect the environment by pursuing just peace

We welcome the recent announcement of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) on the resumption of the formal peace negotiations before the end of June. Both panels also deserve recognition for their fortitude to iron-out issues stalling the negotiations during the back-channel talks.

Statements: Hold the CPLA accountable for crimes against the Cordillera people!

The Cordillera Peoples Alliance is one with the Benguet Peace and Order Council (PPOC) in denouncing the deceitful recruitment activities by the mercenary group Cordillera Peoples Liberation Army-Cordillera Bodong Administration (CPLA-CBA) in the province. CPLA is known for its notorious track record of human rights violations in the region.

Statements: Condemning the brazen murder of Davao del Norte publisher

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines condemns the brazen murder of Dennis Denora, publisher and columnist of the community paper Trends and Times and an officer of the Davao Region Multi-media Group, who was shot dead by still unidentified killers near the wet market of Panabo City, Davao del Norte.

Statements: On the possible stand down orders for the AFP, NPA & the peace talks

The AFP makes it appear that they are mere passive actors and bystanders in the armed conflict when they say that they doubt the CPP-NPA’s ability to stand down and stop offensive operations. For peace advocates and human rights groups, the bigger concern right now – a major hindrance to peace – is the intensifying AFP operations against civilians. Communities continue to be militarized. Civilians are being rounded up and forced to “surrender” as NPA combatants. Activists are being arrested and slapped with trumped-up charges. Just recently, long-time union organizer Juan Alexander “Bob” Reyes was arrested in Quezon City for trumped-up charges filed in Agusan.

Statements: Pagkondena sa brutal na pagpaslang kay Fr. Mark Ventura

Mariing kinukundena ng Karapatan Cagayan Valley ang brutal na pagpaslang kay Fr.Mark Ventura noong ika-29 ng Abril taong kasalukuyan sa Barangay Mabuno, Gattaran sa Probinsiya ng Cagayan. Siya ay nakatalaga sa Migrant’s desk ng Diocese of Tuguegarao at Indigenous Peoples Advocacy. Isa rin siya sa mga tagapagtanggol ng kalikasan.