I am devoting my column for this issue to express my deepest appreciation and thanks to all those who, in one way or another, stood against injustice by providing their support for my safety and temporary release.
The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines Baguio-Benguet chapter joins other media organizations, writers, artists and freedom loving Filipinos all over the country in staging the first Black Friday Protest in defense of press freedom, freedom of expression and all other human rights that are now being attacked and threatened by government that is supposed to uphold and protect these.
New year supposedly means fresh start and newly gained energy for most of us but for the women human rights defenders who continue to suffer unabated attacks from state security forces, the year started with escalated stress and anxiety. There is no greater suffering than to start a year facing continuous threats to your life and security and be treated like criminals when all you do is exhaust your energy to serve the under-served and work for a truly free and democratic society.
BANGUED, ABRA — For the first time, Sherwin de Vera spends his holidays as a political prisoner here, in jail.
SANTIAGO CITY — Isang buwan matapos ang tagumpay ng Danggayan Dagiti Mannalon ti Isabela (Dagami) sa dayalogo sa kumersyante-usurero, ang chairperson ng tsapter nito sa San Mariano, Elmerito Pagulayan, ay inaresto nitong Huwebes, Disyembre 19 sa salang ‘frustrated murder’.
Who is Sherwin De Vera? What is his crime?
SANTIAGO CITY, Isabela — Nitong Disyembre 5 ay inilabas ang Proclamation 374 ni Pangulong Duterte na nagdedeklara sa nasabing grupo bilang nga “terorista”. Sa pahayag ni Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque sa kanyang press briefing noong Disyembre 5 na kahit ang mga “legal fronts” ng CPP-NPA na nagpopondo sa dito ay maaaring hulihin alinsunod sa RA 10168 o ang Act Defining the Crime of Financing of Terrorism.
BAGUIO CITY — In the face of a crackdown against progressive people’s organizations, Renato Reyes, Jr., secretary general of the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) said activists have no better recourse but to resist.
BAGUIO CITY — Human rights organizations, environmental groups and a local government official of Ilocos Sur called for the immediate release of Sherwin De Vera, an environmental activist and writer, illegally arrested yesterday, December 12, between 6-6:30 PM.
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.
BAGUIO CITY — Activist Sherwin De Vera is now in the custody of the Criminal Investigation and Detention Group (CIDG) in Bangued, Abra.
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.