[Urgent Appeal] Harassment; red tagging of Emily Fajardo, a community organizer assisting the FLACCI in Barangay Lamao, Limay, Bataan -TFDP

URGENT APPEAL

July 8, 2015

(PHILIPPINES) Harassment; red tagging of Emily Fajardo, a community organizer assisting the Federation of Lamao Concerned Citizens, Inc. (FLACCI) in Barangay Lamao, Limay, Bataan

ISSUES: physical integrity, in the form of the right to life, liberty and security of the person, individual liberty, in the form of the freedoms of movement, speech, association and assembly, rights as a human rights defender

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Dear friends,

Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) writes to inform you about the harassment of Emily Fajardo, a community organizer assisting the Federation of Lamao Concerned Citizens, Inc. (FLACCI) in Barangay Lamao, Limay, Bataan.

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CASE DETAILS:

Emily Fajardo is a community organizer assisting the Federation of Lamao Concerned Citizens, Inc. (FLACCI) in their fight against the Philippine National Oil Company (PNOC) in Barangay Lamao, Limay, Bataan.

Fajardo and the other FLACCI organizers were invited by a barangay councilor who was supportive of the group’s cause to two Barangay Council sessions last May to give talks to Barangay officials about the harmful effects of coal plants to the environment. However, they were not allowed to continue with the talk as this was allegedly the time that the issues regarding PNOC’s project was being decided upon.

Among the issues were PNOC’s land ownership claim, the proposal for the conversion of the nearby river to a commercial port for use of PNOC, Petron and San Miguel Corporation, and the alleged absence of a barangay hosting resolution. The resolution was one of the legalities needed for PNOC’s coal refinery project, but which would also mean that PNOC and the Barangay had to have had public consultations and dialogues before their project could continue – but no public consultation was ever done.

Fajardo was later informed that some of the Barangay Council members were reluctant to let the group speak because they were “communists”. She was told that they were termed “pulahan” by some of the council members.

CASE BACKGROUND:

In 2009, Emily Fajardo received death threats in relation to her then work with the Nuclear Free Bataan Movement (NFBM). The death threat was sent via text which also tagged Fajardo as “communist”. Some NFBM members, along with Fajardo were also followed by policemen whenever they were doing public addresses, fora, etc. According to Fajardo, this incident has been previously documented.

REQUESTED ACTION:

PLEASE SEND LETTERS TO THE CONCERNED GOVERNMENT AGENCIES TO BRING TO JUSTICE THE PERPETRATORS OF THE HARASSMENT AND ENSURE AND GUARANTEE THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF EMILY FAJARDO.

Thank you.

Task Force Detainees of the Philippines

SAMPLE LETTER:

Dear ______________,

Greetings!

This is to express my grave concern regarding the alleged harassment of Emily Fajardo, a community organizer assisting the Federation of Lamao Concerned Citizens, Inc. (FLACCI) in Barangay Lamao, Limay, Bataan.

I have learned that Fajardo has been assisting FLACCI in their stand against the Philippine National Oil Company (PNOC) and the negative effects of their coal refinery project to the environment.

I have also learned that aside from the environmental concerns, there were also other issues such as PNOC’s land ownership claim, the proposal for the conversion of the nearby river to a commercial port for use of PNOC, Petron and San Miguel Corporation, and the alleged absence of a Barangay hosting resolution.

I have learned that Fajardo had been invited by a barangay council member to give talks to Barangay Council about the harmful effects of coal plants to the environment, however, they were denied entrance for being a “communist”. Fajardo was red-tagged and the group was not allowed to speak.

I am writing to ask for immediate action in favor of Emily Fajardo;

1. For the security and safety of Emily Fajardo.

2. For the immediate and impartial investigation on the harassment allegedly committed by some of the council members of Brgy. Lamao, Limay, Bataan.

3. For the perpetrators be held accountable for their actions against Emily Fajardo.

Thank you.

Respectfully yours,

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PLEASE SEND LETTERS TO:

1.His Excellency Benigno Simeon Aquino III

President, Republic of the Philippines

Malacanang Palace

JP Laurel Street, San Miguel, Manila

1005 Philippines

Tel: +6327356201/5641451 to 80

Email: corres@op.gov.ph / opnet@ops.gov.ph

2.Hon. Leila M. De Lima

Secretary, Department of Justice (DOJ)

Padre Faura Street

Ermita, Manila

1000 Philippines

Fax: +63 2 523 9548

Tel: +63 2 521 1908

Email: lmdelima@doj.gov.ph / doj.delima@gmail.com

3.Chairman Jose Luis Martin Gascon

Commission on Human Rights (CHR)

SAAC Bldg., Commonwealth Avenue

U.P. Complex, Diliman

Quezon City

Philippines

Tel: +63 2 928 5655, +63 2 926 6188

Fax: +63 2 929 0102

4.Restituto Reyes

Barangay Captain Lamao Barangay Council

Barangay Lamao, Limay, Bataan, Philippines

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