[Urgent Appeal] Extrajudicial Killing of Human Rights Defender Antonio “Dodong” Petalcorin -TFDP

URGENT APPEAL: Extrajudicial Killing of Human Rights Defender Antonio “Dodong” Petalcorin

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Dear Friends,

Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) writes to inform you about the killing of a human rights defender, Antonio “Dodong” Petalcorin, Sr. on July 2, 2013 at his home in Maharlika Village, Matina Aplaya, Davao City, Philippines by an unknown person. Petalcorin was the president of the Davao City based group, Network of Transport Organizations (NETO), a member of the Alliance of Progressive Labor and Akbayan in Davao.



In the morning of July 2, 2013, at around 8:15 AM, Antonio “Dodong” Petalcorin, Sr. was shot three times by an unknown gunman at his home garage in Maharlika Village, Davao City.

According to Petalcorin’s wife, she heard a gun shot then heard Petalcorin shout. Alarmed, she hurriedly went to the garage and found her husband’s body in blood on the ground.

Thinking that Petalcorin was still alive, his wife went inside the house and called the emergency hotline. The emergency team along with the Police came after about 15 minutes, but Petalcorin was dead.

The assassin was allegedly caught on a CCTV camera as he walked away from the scene and rode a motorcycle. A sketch of the suspect is currently in the hands of the police.

According to Petalcorin’s wife, her husband has not received any death threats. However, prior to Petalcorin’s death, another leader of a transport group, Emilio Rivera, former chair of Matina Aplaya Transport Cooperative was killed on January 25, 2013. Petalcorin and Rivera both took part in a campaign to expose the corruption in the Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and to oust its director, Benjamin Go.

Petalcorin’s name had previously appeared on the alleged order of battle that was leaked in 2008.




Investigate and prosecute not only the actual perpetrator but including and especially the mastermind of this heinous crime will be brought to justice.

Exert special efforts in protection of human rights defenders and observe their rights in accordance with human rights standards.

Address the issues brought forward by the victims, Antonio Petalcorin and Emilio Rivera in Davao: the alleged corruption at the LTFRB office in Davao City.




RE: Extrajudicial Killing of Human Rights Defender Antonio “Dodong” Petalcorin

I write to urgently seek your action regarding the killing of a Human Rights Defender, Antonio “Dodong” Petalcorin, the President of a transport group in Davao, Network of Transport Organizations (NETO), member of the Alliance of Progressive Labor (APL) and Akbayan.

I have learned that Mr. Petalcorin was killed in his home, in Maharlika Village, Matina Aplaya, Davao City on July 2, 2013 by an unknown gunman, who was later seen on a CCTV as he left the scene of the crime.

I have also learned that prior to the killing of Mr. Petalcorin, another transport leader, Emilio Rivera of the Matina Aplaya Transport Cooperative (MATRANSCO) has been killed in January 25, 2013.

It was brought to my attention that before their death, both men actively campaigned against an alleged corruption at the Land Transport Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and against its director, Mr Benjamin Go.

There was also information that the name of Mr. Petalcorin has been included in the alleged order of battle leaked in 2008 and that this alleged list included names of many human rights defenders.

I am asking the concerned government agencies to exert special efforts in ensuring the safety and well being of human rights defenders based on the standards set by the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, rights and protections accorded to them.

I am also asking that they investigate and prosecute not only the actual perpetrator but including and especially the mastermind of the killing of Mr. Petalcorin and to bring justice to his death.

Lastly, in pursuit of the cause of Mr. Petalcorin and Mr. Rivera, we ask for the decisive resolution on the issue of alleged corruption at the LTFRB office in Davao City. This will ensure that the victims did not die in vain.


Mr. Benigno S. Aquino III
Republic of the Philippines
Malacañang Palace, JP Laurel St.
San Miguel, Manila, Philippines
Fax +632 7421641/9293968
Email: corres@op.gov.ph/opnet@ops.gov.ph

Police Director Alan LM Purisima
Philippine National Police
Camp General Rafael Crame
Quezon City, Philippines
Fax +632 7248763
Email: feedback@pnp.gov.ph

Atty. Leila M. De Lima
Department of Justice
Padre Faura St. Manila
Fax: +632 5211614
Email : doj.delima@gmail.com

Mr. Joseph Emilio Aguinaldo Abaya
Department of Transportation and Communication
The Columbia Tower
Ortigas Avenue, Barangay Wack-wack
Mandaluyong City
Fax + 632 7234925
Email: webmaster@dotc.gov.ph

Atty. Winston M. Ginez
Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board
East Avenue, Diliman
Quezon City 1100
Fax +632 9257191
Email: contact@ltfrb.gov.ph

Ms. Loretta Ann P. Rosales
Commission on Human Rights
SAAC Building, UP Complex
Commonwealth Avenue, Diliman
Quezon City, Philippines
Fax +632 9290102
Email: chair.rosales.chr@gmail.com

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