Tag Archives: Department of National Defense

[In the news] ‘DND misused relief fund’ -INQUIRER.net

‘DND misused relief fund’.

COA: Huge part spent for AFP oil, repairs, etc.
Marlon Ramos, Philippine Daily Inquirer
January 3, 2015

MANILA, Philippines–A “huge portion” of the P352.5 million in emergency funding of the Department of National Defense in 2013 had been misused by the military, which spent money meant to help victims of natural disasters to pay for its fuel consumption and repairs of its offices, state auditors have discovered.

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According to the Commission on Audit (COA), P843.5 million in Quick Response Fund (QRF) of the DND had also remained unliquidated since 2012.

Answering the findings of the COA, the defense department maintained that the emergency fund was “utilized for the purpose it was released to DND.”

In its periodic audit, the COA found out that a number of projects under the DND’s emergency fund had yet to be completed by its attached units despite the release of the budget.

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[From the web] Philippines: divided leadership and lacklustre performance -PAHRA

Philippines: divided leadership and lacklustre performance
By Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA)[1]

Source: http://renatomabunga.wordpress.com/

I. General Overview

President Benigno Aquino III considered 2012 a year of continued resurgence of the economy bolstered with increased confidence in good governance. He took pride in the dramatic leaps the country has taken in the global competitive index of the World Economic Forum; the unprecedented attainment of investment-grade status from the most respected credit ratings agencies in the world; and the astounding 6.8 percent Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth in 2012.[2]

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Amidst this enthusiasm, cases of extra-judicial killings (EJK), enforced disappearances, torture, illegal arrests as well as other political, civil, economic, social and cultural rights violations increase halfway into the Aquino administration. What becomes alarming “is the growing number of threats and killings of rights defenders” as observed by the UN Special Rapporteurs on human rights defenders, Margaret Sekaggya, and on extrajudicial killings, Christof Heyns.[3]

In 2012 alone, the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines (CHRP) reported 43 cases of EJK involving 48 victims; 14 cases of Enforced Disappearance involving 17 victims; and, 39 cases of Torture involving 63 victims. There were 65 documented cases of arrest and detention by the Task Force Detainees of the Philippines involving 133 individuals. The spate of arrests came after the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Department of National Defense (DND) announced its Php467 million bounty for some undisclosed list of 235 communist leaders.[4] This list would definitely be used to harass political activists and leaders of peoples’ organizations with or without legal charges and would constitute another institutionalized utter disregard of the right to due process.[5]

In an October 2012 interview with Radio New Zealand, President Aquino brushed aside criticism of his human rights records as simply “leftist propaganda”. He issued Administrative Order (AO) 35 in November “creating the inter-agency committee on extra-legal killings, enforced disappearances, torture and other grave violations of the right to life, liberty and security of persons”. He promoted military officers charged with cases of human rights violations.[6] Brig. Gen Eduardo Añowas appointed chief of the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP). He was among those charged in the abduction and disappearance of Jonas Burgos. Brig. Gen. Aurelio Baladad was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and before him Lt. Gen. Jorge Segovia who was assigned to head the Eastern Mindanao Command. Baladad and Segovia were among those charged in the illegal arrest and torture of the Morong 43.[7]

2012 also witnessed positive developments in policy reforms. The President signed into law Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012, which is restrained for implementation by the Supreme Court following petitions of unconstitutionality by the Catholic Church; the Compensation for Martial Law Victims Act, early 2013, providing compensation, recognition and acceptance of the historical facts of grave human rights violation during Martial Law; the Muslim Mindanao Autonomy Act 288 or the ARMM Human Rights Commission Charter of 2012, an independent regional national human rights institution vested with the powers and mandate of the national Commission on Human Rights within the autonomous region; Republic Act (RA) 101361 or the Kasambahay Law in January 2013, an act instituting polices for the protection and welfare of domestic helpers; the Anti-Enforced or Involuntary Disappearance Act of 2012, an act defining and penalizing enforced or involuntary disappearance; and the Ratification of the Rome Statute.

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[Urgent Appeal] Arrest and alleged torture of a 16-year old boy in Zamboanga City by members of the AFP -TFDP

URGENT APPEAL

Dear Friends,

Task Force Detainees of the Philippines, writes to inform you about an arrest and alleged torture of a 16-year old boy in Zamboanga City by members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on September 20, 2013. He is an alleged member of the Moro National Liberation Front.

Case Details

Mudzmer Abdulla, 16 years of age, was arrested along with seven other men suspected to have taken part in the siege in Zamboanga City, Philippines by the Moro National Liberation Front.

According to Mudzmer, they were all wounded when they were forced to surrender. He said that the military commanded them to put their hands over their heads and to drop flat to the ground. After, the military in boots stepped on them and tied them up with a rope. After, they were kicked and punched as they were being forced to admit being MNLF fighters.

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Mudzmer claimed that one of his companions was slashed to death by one of the military personnel when he denied involvement with the MNLF. Fearing for their lives, they all admitted to be members of MNLF under duress.

He was blindfolded and taken to a venue he believes to be the Southern City College since he overheard his captors. Mudzmer was interrogated and asked about the other men. In fear, he confessed that he is originally from Sulu and was part of a certain Commander Nasser Adja’s team. His commander has already been killed by the military.

Mudzmer had shrapnel wounds in his left ankle, right knee and his thighs that needed medical attention but rather than provide him health care, he was punched in the eye, kicked on his injured knee and stabbed at his right hand.

At dawn, Mudzmer was taken to Zamboanga City Central Police Station. According to him, this is when his captors took off his blindfolds. He was put in a detention cell with other alleged members of the MNLF. He said that though he was given bread that day, he along with the other detainees, were not provided food for five days. They were only given water.

Now, Mudzmer has been transferred to the San Ramon Penal and Prison Farm. He said that he was given a dental examination to verify his age but is yet to receive the result of the test.

He said that his co-detainees inside the cell have been treating him harshly and that some even takes his share of food during mealtime.

Mudzmer said that his father, who was an MNLF member, convinced him to join a peace rally to Zamboanga City. He was promised that they will be given five thousand pesos each and that after taking part in the peace rally, they will be becoming integrees of the government. They were given an armalite rifle and an MNLF uniform before leaving Sulu for Zamboanga.

Action requested:

Please write to the authorities in the Philippines to urge them to:

1. Transfer the custody of Mudzmer Abdullah from the San Ramon Penal and Prison Farm to the Department of Social Welfare and Development to ensure the protection of his rights and his best interests.

2. Call upon competent authorities to carry out prompt, effective, thorough, independent and impartial investigation into the arrest and alleged torture of a minor and ensure that those who committed the crime be held accountable.

3. Guarantee the respect of human rights and fundamental freedoms in accordance with international human rights standards.

Please send your letters to:

1. His Excellency Benigno Simeon Aquino III

President

Republic of the Philippines

Malacañang Palace

JP Laurel Street, San Miguel

Manila 1005

Philippines

Fax: +63 2 7361010

Tel: +63 2 7356201

Email: op@president.gov.ph

2. Hon. Leila M. De Lima

Secretary, Department of Justice (DOJ)

Padre Faura Street

Ermita, Manila 1000

Republic of the Philippines

Fax: =63 2 5239548

Tel: +63 2 5211908

Email: lmdelima@doj.gov.ph

3. Hon. Corazon “Dinky” Juliano-Soliman

Secretary, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)

Batasan Road, Quezon City

Republic of the Philippines

Tel/Fax: +63 2 9318191

Twitter: @dswdserves, @dinkysunflower

4. Hon. Loreta Ann P. Rosales

Chairperson, Commission on Human Rights

Fax: +63 2 9290102

Tel: + 63 2 9285655

Email: chair.rosales.chr@gmail.com

5. Gen. Emmanuel T. Bautista

Chief of Staff, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)

DND Building, Camp Aguinaldo

Quezon City

Philippines

Email: http://www.afp.mil.ph

6. Secretary Voltaire T. Gazmin

Secretary, Department of National Defense (DND)

Camp Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo

Quezon City 1110

Philippines

Fax: +63 2 982 5640

Tel: +63 2 982 5638

Email: info@dnd.gov.ph

7. Hon. Teresita Quintos-Deles

Secretary, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process

7th Floor, Agustin 1 Building

F. Ortigas Jr. Road,

Ortigas Center, Pasig City

Philippines

Tel: +63 2 6360701

Email: stgd@opapp.net

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[From the web] DND-DILG hit list legitimizes rights violation vs 60-year old peasant organizer -KARAPATAN

DND-DILG hit list legitimizes rights violation vs 60-year old peasant organizer
May 11, 2013

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Karapatan deplored the enforced disappearance, illegal arrest and detention of Estelita T. Tacalan, a 60-year old peasant organizer and rural health worker in Misamis Oriental, as a “recent case of rights violation legitimized by the Joint Order No. 14-2012 of the Department of the Interior and Local Government and the Department of National Defense.”

The DND-DILG Joint Order No. 14-2012 reportedly contains an updated list of alleged wanted Communist leaders and allocates PhP 466,088,000.00 as reward money for their capture.

Secretary general of Karapatan, Cristina Palabay, said Tacalan was reported missing by its Northern Mindanao chapter since April 27. On May 7 Karapatan and Tacalan’s family received information from an ABS-CBN reporter that confirmed the arrest of Tacalan through Supt. Cholijun Caduyac, Assistant Regional Chief of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG)-Philippine National Police (PNP) Region 10. Caduyac reportedly said Tacalan was arrested and detained based on a warrant of arrest for murder and arson charges. The CIDG claimed that Tacalan is among the list of wanted persons of the DND.

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[In the news] ‘DENIAL KINGS’ | Rights group scoffs at AFP disavowal of Order of Battle -InterAksyon.com

‘DENIAL KINGS’ | Rights group scoffs at AFP disavowal of Order of Battle
By InterAksyon.com
December 24, 2012

MANILA, Philippines – The denial by the military and the government of the existence of an “Order of Battle” with names of alleged enemies of the state has come under fire from rights groups, who described the denial as a disservice in the wake of the passage of Asia’s first measure outlawing enforced disappearances.

The long series of enforced disappearances precisely stemmed from the existence of such a list, as the “OB” has been taken as license by some men in uniform to seize persons on the list in order to neutralize the insurgency, Karapatan said.

“It seems that acts of denial are usual responses of the Aquino government and the AFP, when confronted with questions on their accountability for human rights violations. Mga denial kings ang mga nasa Malacanang at AFP! The lies that they have sown through their counter-insurgency program Oplan Bayanihan are now being exposed,” said Cristina Palabay, Karapatan secretary general.

Karapatan noted the practice of the Aquino government in “continuing” such policy through the reported Joint Order 14-2012 of the Department of National Defense and the Department of Interior and Local Government, which contains an alleged list of leaders of the communist movement whose bounties for arrests amount to P466million.

“Such order, which was not even made public, is a dangerous and malicious perpetuation of the OB list as it becomes a hit list of personalities/individuals who may be persecuted, filed with trumped-up charges or killed,” commented Palabay.

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[Urgent Action] Arrest and torture of three youth (2 minors) in San Andres, Quezon -TFDP

Arrest and torture of three youth (2 minors) in San Andres, Quezon

Urgent Action

Dear Friends,

Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP), writes to inform you about the arrest and alleged torture of three (3) job hunters suspected of being members of New People’s Army (NPA), in San Andres, Quezon on March 22,2012 at about 5:00 in the afternoon by alleged members of 74th Infantry Battalion of Philippine Air Force.

 

VICTIMs:

1. Elmer Ehorango Desoyo, 20 years old
2. Reynaldo De los Santos, 17 years old
3. Rey Rodrigo, 16 years old
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CASE DETAILS:

According to Elmer Desoyo and Reynaldo Delos Santos, they were looking for a job together with Rey Rodrigo, and were on their way home at Sitio Tagbakan, San Andres, Quezon, when they met two (2) men in civilian clothes with high powered guns (armalite) who arrested them. The victims were blindfolded and their hands tied. They were instructed to lie down and crawl to the ground while they were being kick.

Elmer was hit with an armalite butt twice on his right side. He was also shot near the ear with a long firearm by one of the men. He tried to beg for their release but to no avail.

At around 7 PM, the military brought them to the camp at Sitio Malamig, Quezon. Inside the camp, still in blindfolds and half naked, they were interrogated by the perpetrators. They were asked if they were members of the NPA and if they were asked if they knew members of NPA. They were threatened to be killed if they will not mention any name. Elmer told them that he was even afraid of gun. According to Reynaldo, the military even began to drop names of alleged members of the NPA to them but could no longer recall the names mentioned due to fear.

The next day, the victims were brought to San Andres Police Station. It was only here did their assailants took their blindfolds off. Later, they brought to the fiscal for inquest and were charged with Illegal Possession of Firearms. This is the only time when the military informed their parents that they have been arrested. Elmer’s dad has even went to the camp earlier to look for them but they were not seen.

Elmer and Reynaldo are presently detained at Quezon Provincial Jail in Lucena. During the arrest, Reynaldo was only 17 but he turned 18 years old last May 2, 2012 in detention. Rey Rodrigo, the younger victim was turned over at the National Training Center for the Boys in Tanay, Rizal on April 30, 2012 according to the guards.

Action Requested

Please write to the authorities in the Philippines urging them to:
1. Call upon competent authorities to carry out a prompt, effective, thorough, independent and impartial investigation into the arrest and alleged torture of the victims Elmer Desoyo, Reynaldo Delos Santos and Rey Rodrigo and ensure that adequate, effective and prompt rehabilitation and assistance is granted to the victim’s family;

2. To strictly observe and comply with the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) which recognizes and establishes protection of civilians not belonging to armed forces or armed groups. The military should ensure that civilians under the power of enemy forces must be treated humanely in all circumstances, without any adverse distinction. They must be protected against all forms of violence and degrading treatment;
3. Guarantee the respect of human rights and the fundamental freedoms in accordance with international human rights standards.

Please send your letters to:

1. His Excellency Benigno Simeon Aquino III
President
Republic of the Philippines
Malacanang Palace
JP Laurel Street , San Miguel
Manila 1005
Philippines
Fax: +63 2 736 1010
Tel: +63 2 735 6201 / 564 1451 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. Secretary Voltaire T. Gazmin
Secretary, Department of National Defense (DND)
Camp Gen. Emilio F. Aguinaldo
Quezon City 1110
Philippines
Fax: +63 2 982 5640
Tel: +63 2 982 5638
Email webmaster@dnd.gov.ph
4. Chairperson Loretta Ann P. Rosales
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 2929 0102
Email: chair.rosales.chr@gmail.com

5. Lieutenant General Jessie D Dellosa, AFP
Chief of Staff, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)
DND Building, Camp Gen Emilio Aguinaldo
Quezon City 1110
Philippines
Tel: +63 2 911 6001 local 8414
Fax: +63 2 421 3531
Email: bacsecretariat@dnd.gov.ph

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Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP)
#45 St. Mary Street, Cubao
Quezon City 1109, Philippines
Tel: +63 2 437 8054
Fax: +63 2 911 3643
Emal: tfdp1974@yahoo.com
Website: http://www.tfdp.net

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[In the news] De Lima asks DND/AFP: Where are Palparan’s co-accused? – InterAksyon.com

De Lima asks DND/AFP: Where are Palparan’s co-accused?
Philippine News Agency
January 25, 2012

 MANILA, Philippines – Where are the accused in the abduction of the missing students from the University of the Philippines, Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Leila De Lima on Tuesday asked both the Department of National Defense (DND) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

In a two-page letter addressed to DND Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and AFP chief of staff Lt. Gen. Jesse Dellosa dated Jan. 9, 2012, De Lima said that they were not given a copy of an order from the Malolos City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 14 allowing the transfer of Lt. Col Felipe Anotado Jr. and Staff Sgt. Edgardo Osorio to the Army Custodial Management Unit in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.

Anotado and Osorio are the co-accused in the abduction case, together with former Bantay party-list Representative and retired Army Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan Jr., who is now at-large.

De Lima said they were not even given a copy of the motion filed by the Intelligence and Security Group (ISG).

The ISG filed a separate motion before the Malolos City RTC asking that they be granted custody of Anotado and Osorio.

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[In the news] Aquino declares truce with rebels 18-day holiday ceasefire starts Friday – newsinfo.inquirer.net

Aquino declares truce with rebels
18-day holiday ceasefire starts Friday
By Christine O. Avendaño, DJ Yap
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Amid open conflict between Malacañang and the Supreme Court and with Christmas just around the corner, President Benigno Aquino III on Thursday offered the public a respite from tension on another front.

Mr. Aquino announced Thursday an 18-day holiday ceasefire with the communist New People’s Army (NPA) starting Friday.

The truce from 12:01 a.m. until midnight of Jan. 3, 2012, was recommended by Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Deles and the Department of National Defense, Mr. Aquino told reporters.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police later issued separate statements directing security forces to suspend offensives “in the spirit of the yuletide season” against the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).

“This will allow PNP maneuver units as well as their adversaries from the ranks of the CPP/NPA to come home to their families to enjoy the holidays,” said PNP Director General Nicanor A. Bartolome.

Lieutenant General Jessie Dellosa, AFP chief of staff, said the move would “give our brothers and sisters who have gone the wrong path a chance to celebrate Christmas and bond with their families and loved ones peacefully.”

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[In the news] CHR to expose contents of martial law documents

by JING VILLAMENTE CORRESPONDENT

THE Commission on Human Rights (CHR) on Thursday said that it will expose the contents of the “martial-leaks”, or the Department of National Defense documents detailing military operations during the martial law.

Meanwhile, a Catholic bishop said also on Thursday that some practices of martial law, such as the arrest and incarceration of political prisoners, remain even after the country had supposedly restored democracy following the fall of the Marcos dictatorship.

CHR Chairman Loretta “Etta” Rosales tagged the documents turned over to them by the DND as “martial-leaks,” in reference to the Internet hub WikiLeaks where secrets and classified documents derived from different embassies on various issues were exposed.

“We are currently forming a working group who will analyze these documents. Essentially, we have established the commitment of the AFP [Armed Forces of the Philippine] to turn over the documents,” Rosales told The Manila Times.

She added that they have to evaluate the documents and let the working group ensure that the papers would not be “sanitized” so the public could have a general understanding about martial law.

The CHR chairman vowed to leak the documents also to the media so Filipinos would know what exactly happened during the almost one decade of martial law under the iron rule of former president Ferdinand Marcos.

The Defense department turned over the bulk of documents to CHR on Wednesday in a ceremony marking the 39th anniversary of the declaration of martial law.

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[Urgent Action] (Philippines) A “Dumagat” tribal member was abducted by unidentified armed persons believed to be affiliated with the military

Urgent Action: (Philippines) A “Dumagat” tribal member was abducted by unidentified armed persons believed to be affiliated with the military

Type of Violation:  Enforced Disappearance
Victim: Rodiemer “Demer” Dela Cruz Morada
Date and Time of Incident: August 23, 2011, 9:00am
Alleged Perpetrators: Unidentified armed persons believed to be members of the military
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Account of the Incident

Rodiemer “Demer” Dela Cruz Morada, 20, of Barangay Bonifacio, Municipality of Burdeos, Province of Quezon, was abducted on August 23, 2011 at around 9:00am and is still missing until now. According to his mother Gina Morada, four (4) persons, all carrying long firearms went to his house and talked with Demer. They asked him if he could accompany them to the nearby town of P. Gitna. At first Gina was hesitant to allow Demer to go with the unidentified persons since they were armed. But eventually Gina let her son go with the group without knowing that this will be the last time she will see him.

Gina has no knowledge about the identities of the said persons. But based on her recollection, she noticed that all of them were wearing black shirts, military boots and had short hair.

At 12:00 noon, a child spotted Demer who was with the armed group apparently drinking liquor outside the house of a certain “May” in Sitio P. Gitna. Hours later, several locals saw them, but with more or less five (5) additional persons who were also armed. Other witnesses such as Narciso Benedicto and Jimmy Dela Cruz also came across with the armed persons.

Before sunset, Demer’s uncle Samuel Dela Cruz and aunt Geralyn Dela Cruz, residents of P. Gitna, Barangay Rizal, chanced upon the group. They were able to have a short talk with Demer. He told his uncle that his companions are members of the military, and that they are taking him to their destination.

At around 2:00am on August 24, 2011, Samuel saw Demer accompanied by approximately ten (10) armed persons board a motor boat. Samuel did not know the group’s destination.

Before all of these incidents happened, witnesses said that the four (4) unidentified armed persons stayed overnight at the house of a couple known only as Danny and Lanie in Baranggay Bonifacio. Danny and Lanie are neighbors of the Moradas.

Demer was last seen wearing yellow green sleeveless shirt, cream corduroy short pants and blue rubber sandals.

Action Requested

Please write to the authorities in the Philippines urging them to:
1.    Call upon competent authorities to carry out a prompt, effective, thorough, independent and impartial investigation into the abduction of  Rodiemer “Demer” Dela Cruz Morada, and ensure that adequate, effective and prompt rehabilitation and assistance is granted to the victim’s family;
2.    Immediately organize and conduct a search operation in search of the victim;
3.    To strictly observe and comply with the Republic Act No. 8371 also known as the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act of 1997, which is a law to recognize, protect and promote the rights of indigenous cultural communities;
4.    To strictly observe and comply with the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) which recognizes and establishes protection of civilians not belonging to armed forces or armed groups. The military should ensure that civilians under the power of enemy forces must be treated humanely in all circumstances, without any adverse distinction. They must be protected against all forms of violence and degrading treatment;
5.    Guarantee the respect of human rights and the fundamental freedoms in accordance with international human rights standards.

Please send your letters to:

1.    His Excellency Benigno Simeon Aquino III
President
Republic of the Philippines
Malacanang Palace
JP Laurel Street , San Miguel
Manila 1005
Philippines
Fax: +63 2 736 1010
Tel: +63 2 735 6201 / 564 1451 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.     Secretary Voltaire T. Gazmin
Secretary, Department of National Defense (DND)
Camp Gen. Emilio F. Aguinaldo
Quezon City 1110
Philippines
Fax: +63 2 982 5640
Tel: +63 2 982 5638
Email webmaster@dnd.gov.ph

4.    Chairperson Loretta Ann P. Rosales
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 2929 0102
Email: rosales.chr@gmail.com

5.    Atty. Roque N. Agton, Jr.
Chairperson, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP)
2nd Floor N. dela Merced Building
Cor. West and Quezon Avenues, Quezon City
Philippines
Tel: +63 2 373 9787
Fax: +63 2 373 9765
Email: resource@ncip.gov.ph

6.     General Eduardo SL Oban Jr
Chief of Staff, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)
DND Building, Camp Gen Emilio Aguinaldo
Quezon City 1110
Philippines
Tel: +63 2 911 6001 local 8414
Fax: +63 2 421 3531
Email: bacsecretariat@dnd.gov.ph

Documented by:

Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP)
#45 St. Mary Street, Cubao
Quezon City 1109, Philippines
Tel: +63 2 437 8054
Fax: +63 2 911 3643
Emal: tfdp1974@yahoo.com
Website: http://www.tfdp.net

[In the news] CA OKs CHR probe of ‘Morong 43’ | ABS-CBN News | Latest Philippine Headlines, Breaking News, Video, Analysis, Features

CA OKs CHR probe of ‘Morong 43’ | ABS-CBN News | Latest Philippine Headlines, Breaking News, Video, Analysis, Features.

MANILA, Philippines – The Court of Appeals (CA) has given the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) the green light to proceed with its investigation of alleged human rights violations and irregularities committed by soldiers and policemen in the arrest and detention of 43 health workers rounded up in a raid in a private farm house in Morong, Rizal in February 2010.

In a 23-page decision penned by Justice Ramon Bato, Jr. dated April 15, 2010, the CA’s 6th Division dismissed the petition for certiorari and prohibition filed by the Department of National Defense (DND), Philippine National Police (PNP) and military and police officials and officers that sought to nullify orders of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), which assumed “investigative jurisdiction” over the case of the health workers who came to be known as the “Morong 43.”

The Morong 43 were rounded up on suspicion of being communist rebels in an operation conducted by a composite team of 300 soldiers and policemen. They were detained and later charged before a trial court of illegal possession of firearms and explosives and violation of the election gun ban.

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