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[Appeal] Statement of Appeal to Conduct Investigation on the recent massacre in Kabacan, North Cotabato the twin blast bombing in the town of Jolo, Sulu and also the spate killings in the IP communities -ALTAHR

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Statement of Appeal to Conduct Investigation on the recent massacre in Kabacan, North Cotabato the twin blast bombing in the town of Jolo, Sulu and also the spate killings in the IP communities.

STOP THE KILLINGS!
DEFEND HUMAN LIVES!
DEFEND PEOPLES’ RIGHTS!
DEFEND HUMAN RIGHTS!

The Alliance of Tri-people for the Advancement of Human Rights is alarmed in the brutal massacre of the 9 innocent Bangsamoro people using the high powered long guns midday in the provincial road of Kabacan, North Cotabato among the victims are Kors Salilangan, Sandigan Zailon, Binladin Dimanalao, Musaid Jaiden, Romeo Balatamay, Katindig Kagayawon, Fahad Mandigan, Budsal Lipusan and Tong Guiaman all are Muslims. The kind of violent attack, again remind to all the Bangsamoro people during the dark period of Marcos era, which is many massacres and besieged of defenseless occurred in Bangsamoro homeland. According to the police report later disclosed that there was no firefight as the victim were allegedly gunned down along the road outside the campus of University of Southern Mindanao.

Over the past day twin blast including a suicide bombing killed almost 15 people and wounded 75 others mostly civilians, based on the PNP report the first blast was happened around noon on Monday August 24, 2020, when a homemade bomb in a motorcycle was triggered close to the two parked army trucks killings soldiers and civilians.

In conjunction with the bombing attack in the town of Jolo a lady leader of an Indigenous Peoples (IP) community in Magpet, North Cotabato was attacked by almost four men while heading for her farm with her daughter, when shot from behind by one of the suspect. As she fell another suspects finish her using a machete. The victim is Merlinda Ansabu Celis known as advocate of IP rights.

The tri-people of Mindanao the Bangsamoro, Migrants, and IP’s deserve better than to live in fear of the rampant violence and brutality just outside their homes.

We urge Bangsamoro Government to conduct independent investigation and the National Government to properly investigate and take active measures towards putting a stop to these rampant killings and finding the perpetrators, innocent lives do not deserved to be killed brutally . As a human Rights Organization that promotes human rights. The constitution guarantee our rights as it stated on the Article III bill of Rights section 1. No person shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law, nor shall any person be denied the equal protection of the laws. The Alliance of the Tri-people for the Advancement of human Rights (ALTAHR) strongly condemns the tragic incidents of the Kabacan Massacre, Jolo Bombing and the killings of lady IP leader throughout Mindanao.

Our prayers and sympathy are with the families of the victims.

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[In the news] Kin of Negros ‘massacre’ victim hoping for justice -INQUIRER.net

Cynthia Avelino will bury her father Ismael and uncle Edgardo Avelino on Monday morning at the Canlaon City Cemetery in Negros Oriental.

Ismael, 53, will be entombed on top of the tomb of their mother, Criscenciana, while Edgardo will be buried on top of the tomb of their brother-in-law, Joel Gallenero.

The city government gave their families P12,000 for each of their coffins.

Two days later, their remains will be subjected to an autopsy to determine and document why how they died.

But for Cynthia and her family, their will loves ones were mercilessly killed by police officer in a coordinated military-backed operation on March 30, purportedly to serve search warrants for unlicensed firearms on suspected members or supporters of the New People’s Army.

“We hope they will have justice,” Cynthia told the INQUIRER.

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[Tula] Asukal na Pula (alay sa Sagay 9) -ni Rene Boy Abiva

Asukal na Pula (alay sa Sagay 9)
ni Rene Boy Abiva

Sagay…
sa ibabaw ng lupa mong tiwangwang na wari sa ‘sang ulog
dekada ka nang kaulayaw ng mga pagal na kaluluwa ng mga sakada
at ang maalat-maasim nilang pawis ang tumubog
sa katas ng bawat sangang nakatirik na anong tamis
na sa katas ng bawat sangang nakatirik ay anong pait ang pagka-amis.

Sagay…
sa ibabaw mo’y mayroong munting dampa
dampang yari sa kawaya’t binubungan gamit ang lona
na moog na sanang maituturing ang nakapalibot na haliging yari sa tubo
na kung lumawiswis sa kalagitnaan ng paggawa
ay animo’y uyayi nang ‘di mabilang na ama at inang pinatatahan sa kanilang dibdib
ang pagod na katawan at utak ng mga Anak ng Sakada
na kung umatungal ay waring pagod na baka at kalabaw
na kung mangarap ay nais ding abutin ang lahat ng kanilang tanaw.

Hanggang sa…
pasado alas-nuwebe gabi ng Oktubre beinte
unang gabi ng bungkalan sa Hacienda Nene
sing linaw ng liwanag ng buwan sa ala-ala ni Danilo Canete
kung paano nilasog ng balang wari’y sa machete
ang mga katawan ng sakadang lalaki at babae-
kinse minutos na umulan ng bala
na sa dami’y animo’y mga alitaptap na nabulabog sa kailaliman ng gabi
binalot ng ingay at alingawngaw ang paligid
ng mga pagputok na wari’y mula sa kwitis na sinindihan
upang salubungin ang Bagong Taon,
sa may kalayua’y pipisikpisik ang bunganga ng mga kanyon
na waring sa ‘sang kidlat
nangamoy pulbura at kalburo ang hangin
bumigat at nangamoy dugo
ang dating simoy na mula sa dagta ng tubo,
sumisigaw at manakanaka’y nagtatawanan ang bando ng mga bandido
at ‘di nakuntento at lumapit ang ilan sa kanila
at pinagkakalabit sa ibabaw ng ulo at dibdib ng siyam na sakada
ang bakal na gatilyo ng kwarenta y singko at trenta y otso,
habang sa magarbong palasyo ni Carmen Tolentino at Allan Subinco
naka-upo ang dalawang Panginoong Maylupa sa silyon
tumotongga ng ‘sang bote ng vodka’t puluta’y ubas
habang inaawit ng radyo ang Silent Night.

Sagay…
magpapasko na naman at babaha ng mga putaheng matamis
sana’y sa kada-nguya ng mga panga sa malutong na balat ng letson
o sa manamis-namis na hibla ng ispageti
o sa ‘sang tasa ng mainit na kape,
mayroong maka-alala ni isa sa mga Pilipino
na noong unang gabi ng bungkalan sa Negros
may s’yam na nagbuwis ng buhay
sa ngalan ng pakaasam-asam na kalayaan
laban sa mapaniil na sistemang pyudal
na sa una ngunit ‘di huling pagkakataon
kahit ‘sang saglit
kahit ‘sang saglit
hayaan nating tayo’y gisingin ng pait
ng asukal na pula!

Oktubre 30, 2018
Lunsod ng Queson, Maynila

Ang may akda ay dating bilanggong politikal, awtor ng Tuligsa at iba pang mga tula at National Fellow ng Palihang Rogelio Sicat para sa kategoryang Maikling Kwento.

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[Press Release] Labor rights group cries justice for 9 massacred farm workers in Negros Occidental -CTUHR

Labor rights group cries justice for 9 massacred farm workers in Negros Occidental

The Center for Trade Union and Human Rights (CTUHR) condemns in strongest possible term the massacre of nine sugarcane workers, including four women and two minors, in Hacienda Nene, Barangay Bulanon, Sagay City, Negros Occidental yesterday October 20, 2018. While resting in a hut at 9pm last night, around 40 armed men strafed them with bullets. According to reports, there are indications that most victims were shot at the head and atleast three of them were burned.

The victims, who were all members of National Federation of Sugarcane Workers (NSFW), together with other landless farmers of Hacienda Nene had just begun their Land Cultivation Activity or ‘Bungkalan’ in the 75 hectares area of land. The said land owned by a certain Carmen Tolentino, is confirmed to be covered by government’s agrarian reform program yet remains to be undistributed.

It is as if not enough that farm workers in plantations, including those in Hacienda Nene, have been suffering from awful and slave-like conditions, receiving pay far below the living wage and became consistent targets of intimidation and red-tagging by state forces in order to delegitimize their struggles. This recent brutal killings of farmers just in time for the National Peasant Month and amidst soaring prices of rice and inflation merely reflects the Duterte administration’s apathy and atrocity towards farmers who toil to feed us every day.

The nine massacred farm workers add up to the 163 peasants killed under Duterte administration. Undeniably, President Duterte’s malicious and irresponsible tagging of peasants and workers’ organizations, human rights defenders, and dissenters as ‘communists’ has led to escalating attacks on their civil and political rights.

CTUHR also slammed the statement of Senior Supt. Rodolfo Castil, Chief of Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, saying that one of the slain victims was armed with calibre .38. The labor group finds this statement ridiculous and an obvious attempt to use “tokhang-style” planting of evidence to turn the tables and justify the brutal attack.

The unfolding of events over the past week which include the illegal arrest of labor and peasant organizers in separate incidents in Laguna and Nueva Ecija, abduction of two activists in Central Luzon and massacre of 9 sugar workers indicate how the government shamelessly disrespects and gravely violates human rights. For the people, these attacks are all but reason to tirelessly continue the struggle for just wages, dignified work and genuine land reform.

CTUHR adds its voice in demanding justice for Sagay 9 and supports independent investigation to bring the perpetrators to justice.

MEDIA RELEASE
21 October 2018

Reference:
Daisy Arago
CTUHR Executive Director
Tel # 0916248 4876 / 4110256

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[Statement] Freedom from Debt Coalition Statement On the bloody dispersal of farmers asking for El Niño aid in Mindanao

Freedom from Debt Coalition Statement
On the bloody dispersal of farmers asking for El Niño aid in Mindanao

FDCThe Freedom from Debt Coalition strongly condemns, in the strongest possible terms, the murder of  an innocent protester and the wounding of several more at the barricade line on the Cotabato-Davao Highway allegedly at the hands of members of the Philippine National Police.

The despicable act, perpetrated on unarmed civilians by police officers bearing high-caliber weapons is utterly inexcusable.

The barricade was clearly a peaceful protest action, set up by around 6,000 farmers and lumad from several towns in Cotabato to demand immediate relief from the drought that had ravaged the province since November last year.

The killing is even more abhorrent given that the protesters had put up the blockade merely to demand government support to stave off the near-famine conditions brought about by the El Nino-induced drought. They had braved the scorching summer sun, hoping the government that had failed to prepare for a calamity that had been predicted two years before would finally sense the urgency of the crisis. Instead, they were told to leave or face the government’s wrath. Soon after, the shooting started, leaving over a dozen casualties in its wake.

It is a grave indictment of the prevailing system when the poor and hungry who exercise their legitimate, constitutionally-guaranteed right to demand government aid are instead met with bullets from the very people entrusted with keeping them safe.

We must not let this pass. There must be an immediate and thorough accounting. The ground commander and all PNP personnel who participated in the dispersal must be relieved of their duties pending independent investigations. The local government officials, particularly Kidapawan Mayor Joseph Evangelista who reportedly at the site when the violence erupted must face sanctions. All involved must be brought to justice.

But beyond the police officers and local authorities, P-Noy and his administration must also be held accountable for exacerbating the disastrous impact of El Niño with their equally disastrous handling of preparedness and response efforts. The state’s own meteorological agency, PAGASA had warned of the coming El Niño as early as March 2014. Ultimately, it was the negligence and lack of urgency evident in the slow roll-out of El Niño mitigation measures that set the stage for the tragedy that played out on the road between Cotabato and Davao.

It will be no less of a tragedy if they are allowed to escape responsibility for the calamity that their callousness and ineptitude has brought upon the nation.

 

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[Event] Film showing: “Miners shot down”

JOIN US IN A FREE FILM SHOWING OF “MINERS SHOT DOWN” On August 13 (Wednesday), 2 pm, @ Workers House (94 Scout Delgado) – This is part of the Marikana Global Day of Remembrance activities. For more information pls contact: Sentro 3321378 or ATM 4403211

Marikana


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“In August 2012, mineworkers in one of South Africa’s biggest platinum mines began a wildcat strike for better wages. Six days later the police used live ammunition to brutally suppress the strike, killing 34 and injuring many more. Using the point of view of the Marikana miners, Miners Shot Down follows the strike from day one, showing the courageous but isolated fight waged by a group of low-paid workers against the combined forces of the mining company Lonmin, the ANC government and their allies in the National Union of Mineworkers.

What emerges is collusion at the top, spiralling violence and the country’s first post-apartheid massacre. South Africa will never be the same again.” Source: http://www.minersshotdown.co.za/

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[Statement] AMRSP statement on the Tampakan massacre -AMRSP

AMRSP statement on the Tampakan massacre

“Who has appointed you ruler and judge over us…? (Exodus 2:14)”

We, the Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines condemned the treacherous killing of Family members of a B’laan tribe leader opposed to the entry of Sagittarius Mines Incorporated (SMI) in their ancestral domain area during a raid conducted by the military at their farm house. Three (3) members of Capion family died while the youngest daughter was wounded. The massacre on October 18, 2012 at about 6:30 in the morning in Sitio Fayahlob, Barangay Datal Aliong, Kiblawan, Davao del Sur, is a manifestation of heartlessness and ruthlessness on the part of the perpetrators and criminals in uniform who were members of 27th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army.

AMRSP denounces this massacre for no one has the right to deprive anyone of the gift of life through an unjust and inhuman way. We demand justice for the members of Capion family who were brutally murdered. The voice of the woman victim who was pregnant and her children who were helplessly killed while still in bed shouted for justice to the heavens! We cannot simply be silent with this show of impunity for aside from the fact that the victims were defenseless; a mother and her children, their only sin is to stand for what they think is truthful and just!

We call on the present government to order an immediate and thorough investigation to ensure that justice be served. The residents in the area testified that they did not hear any exchanges of gunfire; they only heard two bursts of gunfire, which would be validated according to the detailed account of the witness who was interviewed. The witness claimed that the 2nd strafing of the military was done 20-25 meters away from the house where the mother and her child lay wounded, so the claim of the military that the victims were caught in a crossfire was false and could not be substantiated. The excessive use of force by the military should be thoroughly investigated, because they have known that the people there were civilians as the place and the farm house is visible. We call on the Armed Forces of the Philippines to immediately pull out the military detachment in the area, as the community feared more violations may happen after the killing of Capion’s family.

May this occasion urge the government to seriously take action on behalf of the indigenous people and other sectors who are oppose to mining for this will wantonly damage the environment which we all hailed to be sacred and also damages the future resource for our children’s children.

AMRSP extends its sympathy to the surviving members of the Capion family and we assure them that the lives of their mother and their siblings will forever be remembered by all who work for justice and peace and the protection of Mother Earth!

May the God hear the cries of all victims of violence and may they obtain justice!
For Reference:

Fr. Marlon A. Lacal, O.Carm
AMRSP C0-EXECUTIVE SECRETARY

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[In the news] Are environmental activists targeted for killing? -RAPPLER.com

Are environmental activists targeted for killing?
By Voltaire Tupaz, RAPPLER.com
November 1, 2012

MANILA, Philippines – Another anti-mining and anti-logging activist was ambushed together with his wife, an environmental group reported.

Dr Isidro Olan, executive director of the environmental group Lovers of Nature Foundation Inc, was shot by unidentified assailants at about 3:30 pm, October 29, in Bgy Puyat, Carmen, Surigao del Sur, CARAGA Watch said in a statement.

The 69-year-old Olan and his wife were on their way home when they were attacked. Only Olan was wounded but survived the alleged assassination attempt. He is now recuperating at the Madrid Municipal Hospital in Surigao del Sur.

“Dr Olan is one of the most vocal and known anti-logging and anti-mining activists in the Carrascal, Cantilan, Madrid, Carmen and Lanuza (CarCanMadCarLan) area of Surigao del Sur,” according to the Mindanao-based environmental coalition.

“The shooting of Dr Olan is but one of the countless attempts to silence the growing clamor of the people of Caraga to put a stop to the increasing number of destructive large scale operations of mining, logging and plantations in the region,” CARAGA Watch spokesperson Fr Raymond Ambray said.

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[Statement] THE CAPION MASSACRE -HRD-Pilipinas

THE CAPION MASSACRE

The Human Rights Defenders-Pilipinas (HRDP) express its deep concerns regarding information from the Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) about the killing of a B’laan tribal leader who fought against the entry of a mining company, including the death of her two (2) sons and wounding of her lone daughter.

The incident happened on October 18, 2012, at aroung 6:30am in Sitio Fayahlob, Barangay Datal Aliong, Kiblawan, Davao del Sur, Mindanao. Based on reports, members of the Philippine Army’s 27th Infantry Battalion led by 1Lt. Dante Jimenez trooped towards the scene and allegedly strafed the house of the victims using their automatic rifles. Killed instantly were Juvy Capion-27 (sustained gunshot wounds at left leg and left upper portion of the chest) who was three months pregnant, Jordan Capion-13 (gunshot wounds at his forehead) and John Capion-8 (gunshot wounds at the right portion of his head). Also during the incident, Juvy’s younger daughter Vicky Capion-4, was wounded while a close kin named Ressa Piang-11, luckily escaped unhurt but apparently suffering from severe trauma.

The military claimed that the victims were caught between crossfire when they pursued their attempt to serve an arrest warrant and capture Daguil Capion (husband of Juvy) and his supposed companions which allegedly resulted to exchanges of gunshots. Before being hunt by police and soldiers, Daguil is a staunch critic of mining in their area. Authorities said that Daguil is already an outlaw. He is currently facing multiple murder charges in relation to 2010 ambush of three (3) construction workers of Sagittarius Mines, Inc. (SMI).

But according to witnesses, no traces of Daguil and companions during the alleged firefight, and that victims were the only persons inside the house when the army started to fire gunshots indiscriminately. And yet after the strafing of the house the perpetrators allegedly poked their rifles towards the survivors Vicky and Ressa. Soldiers threatened to kill them too.

As we carefully followed the circumstances surrounding the incident based on the accounts of the witnesses, it is clear that the military blatantly abuse its discretion and consciously violates its own protocols and procedures:

Indeed the soldiers knew that there were civilians inside the house when the indiscriminate shooting happened. Weeks before the incident, soldiers are regularly conducting roving patrol in the area and have established familiarization in the community. From then on, we perceived that they already identified residents and their respective houses including that of the victims. Undoubtedly the soldiers violated several provisions under the International Humanitarian Law which our country is a signatory. Those provisions include: the prohibition of targeting civilians as non-combatants; acts or threats of violence to spread terror among civilian population; target verification; indiscriminate attacks and method or means of combat without distinction; an attack which resulted to incidental loss of civilian life, injury to civilians, damage to civilian objects; and many others;

The military violated their own rules of engagement or manual. No advance warning. Since the situation requires for it, soldiers should have warned the enemy to surrender and their intention to attack the place, so that the noncombatants and especially the women and children were immediately removed before the bombardment commenced;
No coordination with the local officials and the police. The serving of an arrest warrant is a police matter. The soldiers should have informed police officers to assist them before pursuing their effort to arrest the suspect. The head of an attacking force, in an open assault or not, must, before undertaking its move, should have made an effort to give notice thereof to the local authorities;

Violation of the Presidential Decree 1829 specifically on “Altering, destroying, suppressing or concealing any paper, record, document, or object, with intent to impair its verity, authenticity, legibility, availability, or admissibility as evidence in any investigation of or official proceedings in, criminal cases, or to be used in the investigation of, or official proceedings in, criminal cases.” Soldiers already removed several blood stains splattered inside the victims’ house. Clothes of the victims were thrown outside the house. When the police investigators arrived, the crime scene was already been disturbed.

Aside from the said violations, as a matter of command responsibility the government is accountable for what these soldiers had wrongfully executed. It breached several international commitments that our government vows to abide, these are:

Violation in relation to the United Nation (UN) Declaration on Human Rights Defenders. Through the years the community of the B’laan tribe led by Juvy fought against the Sagittarius Mines Incorporated (SMI)- a mining firm started to operate within their ancestral domain. Juvy together with other local leaders held several campaigns and lobby activities to encourage support from the local government. They also educate the people about the environmental harm, the displacements of residents and lose of livelihood, once the SMI fully establish its operations.

International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (The right to self determination, means of subsistence, non-discrimination, etc.)

Violation in relation to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (Article 8 – protection against armed conflict).

And to add insult to injury, the regional office of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) apparently did not acted with urgency when non-government organizations (NGOs) requested an investigation of the incident. According to NGOs, they were advised that CHR’s investigation will commence once procedures have been observed.

We could not imagine how soldiers brutally killed one family. A pregnant woman and human rights defender, and two innocent young boys both minors.

We could not imagine how tragic the victims had gone through. They were all helpless.

We could not imagine the pain and sorrow left for victims’ loved ones mainly to Juvy’s daughter Vicky who survived the massacre.

It is insane that there are members of the security forces who thirst for blood and kill innocent people just to achieve their purpose.

It is a sham that these kind soldiers continuously being sheltered by our very own institution pretending to be protectors of the people.

It is a shame for our government not to seriously address human rights violations despite several international instruments signed, and since statistics are increasing from the time President Benigno Aquino III assumed office.

HRDP condemn in the strongest possible terms the killing of Juvy, Jordan and John. We share our sincerest empathy to the victims’ families and the B’laan tribe for the loss of their loved ones. We hope more courage for the survivors facing their current ordeal. We salute the community in continuously defending their sacred land.

Justice for the Killing of Juvy, Jordan and John!

Hold Accountable and Prosecute Perpetrators!

End Impunity Now!
Contact Person:
Rommel Yamzon
Programs Manager

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[Isyung HR] A rights’ propaganda by Mokong Perspective

Isyung HR: A rights’ propaganda.

by Mokong

A proud PNoy was quoted in several news articles saying “a very vocal leftist community in the Philippines is very good at propaganda on human rights but I think the record speaks for itself.”

I searched for the definition of the term propaganda for the sake of clarity.  Natanong ko sa isang mokong, “What is propaganda?” he answered, “GMG -Google mo Gago!”

And so I did.  According to Wikipedia…

“Propaganda is a form of communication that is aimed at influencing the attitude of a community toward some cause or position by presenting only one side of an argument. Propaganda is usually repeated and dispersed over a wide variety of media in order to create the chosen result in audience attitudes.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Propaganda

Naisip ko, Oo nga, pwede nga naman. Pero kung ang documentation of human rights violations ang titingnan, propaganda pa rin nga kaya ang human rights issues sa ating bansa?

Sa ganitong lohika, Human Rights groups document HRVs to influence a result. Oo nga, to push government to perform its obligations. One sided? oo rin, dahil nakapanig ang mga grupo sa mga biktima. And human rights violations pertain to the duty bearer’s violations of its obligations to respect, protect and fulfill human rights.

“Human rights violations occur when actions by state (or non-state) actors abuse, ignore, or deny basic human rights (including civil, political, cultural, social, and economic rights). Furthermore, violations of human rights can occur when any state or non-state actor breaches any part of the UDHR treaty or other international human rights or humanitarian law.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_rights

Sa aking pagkakaalam, International Human Rights standards and laws were set up in the context of States responsibilities and obligations respecting and protecting the human rights of the people.

Pero in Pnoy’s point of view as quoted in the PhilStar.com article, “But in the past two weeks, for instance, we’ve had a lot of abuses done on state agents. When they were enforcing, for instance, eviction notices… they were pelted with human waste. And a lot of danger has happened to our people.”

Ibig sabihin ba nito, mas human rights issue for PNoy ang nabanggit? The “right not to be pelted with human waste” versus the peoples’ “right to housing.”  Subukin nating hanapin sa UDHR. Hehehe mokong lang po…

Kung propaganda ay half truth, at ang HRVs ay propaganda, hindi nga ba katotohanan ang mga issues na katulad ng recent massacre committed by members of Military forces against family members of a B’laan tribe leader opposed to the entry of Sagittarius Mines Incorporated (SMI) in their ancestral domain area?

The massacre that killed a pregnant mother and two of her children happened last October 18, 2012 in Sitio Fayahlob, Barangay Datal Aliong, Kiblawan, Davao del Sur, Mindanao. The perpetrators were members of 27th Infantry Battalion of Philippine Army led by 1Lt. Dante Jimenez the commanding officer of the Bravo Company and under the command of Lt. Colonel Noel Alexis Bravo, Battalion Commander.

An article published in RAPPLER.com states that, “At sunrise Thursday, October 18, the soldiers of the 27th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army “strafed” the house of Erita’s brother, Daguil Capion, killing Capion’s 27-year old wife, Juvy and his sons, Pop Capion, 13, and John, 8, Erita told Rappler.

“According to Erita, at around 6:30 am, gunfire echoed across the quiet mountainous village, about 3 hours away from Koronadal, the capital of South Cotabato.

“Pumasok kami [sa bahay], sumigaw kaming mga babae. Bakit dinadamay ang mga bata? Ang magulang kong babae, talagang sumisigaw siya. Yung militar, pinatay ang mga bata nang walang awa.”

(We entered the house. The women were crying, ‘Why did you include the children?’ My mother was really crying. The military killed the children without mercy.”

According to news reports the military was saying that it was a legitimate encounter. So ito ba ang the other half of the truth?

“The military however claimed that what happened was an encounter between the group of Erita’s anti-mining tribal warrior-brother Daguil and government troops. Reports said that Lt Col Alexis Noel Bravo claimed that members of the Army’s 27th Infantry Battalion were attacked by armed men suspected to be Daguil’s group as the troops arrived in Sitio Alyong, Barangay Kimlawis in the town of Kiblawan del Sur. Bravo said the Army soldiers were responding to reports that the tribal leader was in the area.

“Erita (one of the witnesses) belied the military’s claim, saying that troops were already in their community hours before the killings. She said she and her fellow B’laans saw three 6×6 army vehicles arrive as early as 2 am of October 18.

“Eking Freay, a sitio leader in Bong Mal, also said he saw the military vehicles arriving in their area in the early hours of Thursday, October 18.”

Human Rights violations may not be as bloody as in this case. Sa mokong kong perspective, ang pagtrato sa human rights violations sa bansa bilang mahusay na propaganda lamang ng iilan, lalo at nagmula pa sa deklarasyon ng pangulo ay isang human rights violation itself. And it contributes to impunity.

We should be reminding the President that inaction in human rights violations ay human rights violation mismo.  And such declaration shows na totoo nga ang nasagap natin sa ilang mga mokong na ang karapatang pantao ay hindi prioridad ni PNoy mismo.

Propaganda ang turing niya sa mga kaso ng HRVs, kaya pala mukhang hindi pa niya siniseryoso ang isang National Human Rights Action Plan.

“A warrant of arrest has been issued for a former Army general wanted for human rights abuses, the President said. He was referring to Jovito Palparan, who is wanted for the kidnapping and torture of two University of the Philippines coeds. The two are listed among the victims of enforced disappearances.” The news article concluded.

O ayan naman pala, e ‘di dapat na ngang pirmahan na ni PNoy ang Anti-Enforced Disappearance Bill. Pero kung propaganda pa rin ang turing ni PNoy sa mga cases ng enforced disappearance ay baka hindi niya pirmahan ang nakasalang na batas? Paano na?

Ang masaklap pa nga, this statement of PNoy was made in October 23 ilang araw matapos ang Massacre sa Tampakan at during the Indigenous Peoples Month.

Kung isang propaganda ang akto ng pagiging one sided o pagpanig sa mga biktima, at isang propaganda ang intensiyong makapagtulak ng resultang kilalanin ang karapatang pantao ng mamamayan, e di sige propaganda na nga.

Therefore, ang artikulong ito ay isang propaganda. A rights’ propaganda.

Again pasensiya na mokong perspective lang po.

http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=862776&publicationSubCategoryId=63

http://www.rappler.com/move-ph/33-editors-pick-moveph/14428-b-laan-tribe-laments-massacre-of-leader-s-family

[Urgent Appeal] About the killing of family members of a B’laan tribe leader opposed to the entry of SMI in their ancestral domain area -TFDP

[Urgent Appeal] About the killing of family members of a B’laan tribe leader opposed to the entry of SMI in their ancestral domain area -TFDP

Dear friends,

Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) writes to inform you about the killing of family members of a B’laan tribe leader opposed to the entry of Sagittarius Mines Incorporated (SMI) in their ancestral domain area. This happened during a raid conducted by the military in their farm house in sitio Fayahlob, barangay Datal Aliong, Kiblawan, Davao del Sur, Mindanao.

Name of the victims:
1. Juvy Capion,27 years old (killed), mother of the children who was said to be three (3) months pregnant
2. Jordan Capion, 13 years old (killed)
3. John Capion, 8 years old (killed)
4. Vicky Capion, 4 years old (wounded) the youngest
5. Ressa Piang, 11 years old (relative of the victims) escaped unhurt but was traumatized

CASE DETAILS:

Family members of a B’laan tribe leader opposed to the entry of Sagittarius Mines Incorporated (SMI) in their ancestral domain area were killed during a raid conducted by the military at their farm house. Three (3) members of Capion family died while the youngest daughter was wounded. The massacre happened on October 18, 2012 at about 6:30 in the morning in Sitio Fayahlob, Barangay Datal Aliong, Kiblawan, Davao del Sur, Mindanao. The perpetrators were members of 27th Infantry Battalion of Philippine Army led by 1Lt. Dante Jimenez the commanding officer of the Bravo Company and under the command of Lt. Colonel Noel Alexis Bravo, Battalion Commander.

The victims were identified as; Juvy Capion, 27 years old, mother of the children who is said to be three (3) months pregnant, Jordan Capion, 13 years old, John Capion, 8 years old and Vicky Capion, 4 years old the youngest. Vicky sustained a wound at her left ear while the three victims were killed. Another victim Ressa Piang, 11 years old (relative of the victims), escaped unhurt but was traumatized as she and Vicky experienced threat and intimidation by the military, as guns were poked at them and they were threatened to be killed.

During the interview with Aileen Capion (the one who responded to the incident), she revealed that the family was in their farm house two days before the incident. At about 6:30 in the morning of October 18 they heard a burst of gunfire (first spray of bullets) coming from the farm house of Daguil (about 30 minutes walk from their place). She hurriedly ran to the area together with Christina Diapal.

Aileen said, when they arrived in the area she saw the two (2) children, Vicky Capion and Ressa Piang, 11 years old (relative of the victims). The two children were able to run and take refuge at the adjacent house some 30 meters away from the crime scene. Aileen saw Ressa cover Vicky while the military poked their guns at them. There were four soldiers; two of them were at the front while another two soldiers were at the window.

Aileen said, she told the military “ayaw ninyo unsaa ang mga bata, akoa na ng mga bata” (don’t harm the children, I will take custody of the children) but the soldiers replied “mas maayo nga tiwason ang mga bata para wala’y witness” (better to finish off the children, so that there will be no witnesses). She heard the children shouting, and she told the soldiers “ayaw ninyo hulgaon ng mga bata, kay bata na sila ug dili na sila apil” (don’t threaten the children, they are only children and they are not involved). Aileen further said, “kong makita ninyo si Daguil mao gyod ang dapat ninyong gukdon, ug wala man pod ang wanted dira, mga inosente pod ng mga bata” (if you saw Daguil then he should be the one to be pursued, but the wanted person was not there, and the children are innocent).

Aileen revealed, she heard that Juvy (the mother) was shouting “tama na ayaw namo sige ug pabuto kay naigo nako” (please stop firing your guns because I’m already wounded). But the military strafed the house again where Juvy and John lay wounded. Aileen said that the distance of the military who strafed the house was about 20-25 meters away. Reportedly, Juvy and John were still at their bed sleeping when the military started firing their guns aiming at the house.

Thereafter, Aileen wanted to go inside the house where Juvy and John lay. But seven (7) military men blocked her way and even told her not to come closer to the slain victims. The military even took hold of her but she resisted and so she was able to go upstairs.

Aileen said, when she was upstairs, there were already soldiers taking steps to remove the slain bodies and put them on the ground. Aileen shouted to the military “ayaw lang ninyo ipababa, kay pamilya lang niya ang maghipos” (don’t put the bodies to the ground just let the families do it).

The dead body of Jordan was seen lying face down on the ground a few meters away from the house where his mother and younger brother were slain. He was already taking his coffee when he was shot.

Juvy sustained gunshot wound at her chest and her left leg was broken. Jordan had a gunshot wound at his back that also damaged the back of his head. John was reportedly sleeping at the right side of his mother and had a gunshot wound at the right side of his head which exploded towards his right ear.

Aileen together with Christina brought the two children to Datal Biao. Vicky was brought to the health center for treatment of her wound while Ressa was turned-over to her family. The two (2) children Vicky and Ressa were traumatized and could not be interviewed.

According to Aileen when they went back to the crime scene, together with the relatives of Daguil, they saw that the crime scene was already cleaned-up by the soldiers – they already washed the blood with water and the clothes of the victims were thrown outside the house. When the police investigators arrived, the crime scene was already in order. But the police investigators still saw the scattered brain remains and bloodstains on the wall.

Aileen further narrated, when they first responded she saw thirteen (13) soldiers near the house (excluding Lt. Jimenez). Lt. Jimenez was the team leader of the group and she saw his nameplate (she was also familiar with the soldier because he was always visible to the residents in the area). She counted about fifty (50) soldiers within the vicinity just standing.

The slain victims were finally brought down to their home in Datal Biao at about 2:00 PM, because the soldiers were trying to keep custody of the dead bodies. On October 19 in the afternoon the three (3) victims were laid to rest near their house.

Some witnesses said, the firearms used by the military are called “minimi” – a machinegun type of firearms. They were familiar with the said firearms because this is usually the firearms of the soldiers they have seen in the area.

Some residents in the area said that at dawn or even the night before the incident there were already military troops within the vicinity. They were pursuing Daguil Capion, as he was the suspect in a 2010 ambush of three (3) construction workers of Sagittarius Mines, Inc. (SMI) and reportedly, they were there to serve the warrant of arrest.

In the news report (ABS-CBNnews.com) dated October 20,2012, the headline states “8 soldiers sacked over ‘crossfire’ deaths

The Philippine Army has relieved 8 soldiers over the death of a woman and her two sons allegedly caught in a crossfire in Davao del Sur Thursday. Lieutenant Dante Jimenez, 27th Infantry Battalion’s Bravo Commander, and 7 of his men have been relieved while an investigation into the death of Juvy Capeon and her children, Pop and John is ongoing.

Meanwhile, 27th IB commander Lt. Col. Noel Alexis Bravo was also placed under investigation but was not relieved. It was Bravo who claimed that the three were caught in a crossfire between government soldiers and alleged NPA rebels, led by Daguil Capeon, the victims husband and father.

SOME ISSUES AND CONCERN REGARDING THIS CASE:

1. Daguil Capion is not an NPA rebel, he is the tribal leader of a B’laan tribe and the head of their organization called B’laan foundation which was formed since 1990s. He is opposed to the entry of a mining firm in their ancestral domain area called Sagittarius Mines Incorporated (SMI).

2. The residence in the area testified that they did not hear any exchanges of gunfire, they only hear two gunburst of fire, which would be validated according to the detailed account of the witness who was interviewed.

3. The witness claimed that the 2nd strafing of the military was done 20-25 meters away from the house were the mother and her child lay wounded, so the claim of the military that the victims were caught in a crossfire is false and cannot be substantiated.

4. The witness said that she saw the two children, Ressa and Vicky being poked with guns by the military as they want to finish off the children so that there were no witnesses should be investigated properly.

5. The excessive use of force by the military should be thoroughly investigated, because they have known already that the people there were civilians as the place and the farm house is visible (pls. refer to the photo).

6. The military should be charged with Obstruction of justice, as the witnesses said that they already clean the crime scene by washing the bloodstains when the Police arrived to conduct investigation. The crime scene was already contaminated.

7. There was a violation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL), particularly Protocol 2 of the Geneva Convention.

8. The military is task for counter-insurgency only, they are not allowed to serve warrant of arrest, so maybe that is the reason that they charged Daguil as NPA so that they can escape whatever sanctions for this violations.

REQUESTED ACTION:

1. Call upon competent authorities to carry out a prompt, effective, thorough, independent and impartial investigation into the killing of the victims and ensure that adequate, effective and prompt rehabilitation and assistance will be granted to the survivors.

2. To conduct thorough and impartial investigation and ensure that the perpetrators will be brought to justice. All the military involved in this operation will be investigation and command responsibility should be meted out against Battalion commander for his arbitrary statement even without conducting investigation on what really transpired during the incident.

3. To call for an immediate pull-out of the military detachment in the area, as the community feared more violations may happen after the killing of Daguil’s family.
Thank You,

Rita M. Melecio
Task Force Detainees of the Philippines
SAMPLE LETTER:

Dear___________:

Greetings of peace!

I am writing to express my grave concern regarding the killing of a B’laan family during a raid conducted by the military in sitio Fayahlob, barangay Datal Aliong, Kiblawan, Davao del Sur, Mindanao.

I have known that the victims were Juvy Capion, 27 years old, the mother is three months pregnant. She sustained gunshot wound at her chest and her left leg was broken. Jordan, 13 years old was seen lying face down on the ground a few meters away from the house where his mother and younger brother slain. He sustained a gunshot wound at his back that also damaged the back of his head. John, 8 years old was reportedly sleeping at the right side of his mother and had a gunshot wound at the right side of his head which exploded towards his right ear. The youngest child, Vicky 4 years old sustained a wound at her left ear.

I have also known that, the soldiers tried to finish off the two children (Ressa and Vicky), who were able to take refuge in an adjacent house. They were poked with guns and still traumatized because of the incident.

I was informed that Juvy, the mother was able to talk and asked the military to stop firing their guns because she is already wounded, but instead both of them (John and Juvy) were strafed.

Further, I was informed also that the military already clean the crime scene before the Police investigators arrived, so all the vital evidences were already contaminated.

Therefore, with this vital evidences and information, I am calling the military and the Police to conduct thorough and impartial investigation and sanctioned all the military involved in this operation. The Battalion commander should be meted out with command responsibility because of his arbitrary statement without even conducting investigation regarding the incident.

I am also urging the concern government agencies to give full protection to the witnesses and rehabilitation to the traumatized children.

I trust that you will act favorably. Thank you.

Sincerely,

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[People] AN ENCOUNTER by Judy A. Pasimio

AN ENCOUNTER

by Judy A. Pasimio
LILAK (Purple Action for Indigenous Women’s Rights)

Juvy Capion in the middle with arms crossed, and her son John on her right. Photo by LRC-KSK.

Imagine this.

It was past 6:00 in the morning. The sun has risen, and nature was already awake. And so were Daguil and Jordan Capion. They were having coffee just outside their small hut of a farmhouse in Sitio Fayahlob, Barangay Datal Alion, Kiblawan, Davao del Sur. It would have been a good Nescafe commercial scene – father and son, having a moment with their cups of hot coffee in a crisp, October morning. What would they be talking about – plans for the farm, or plans for the 13-year old son? Daguil could have been telling Jordan that as the eldest son, he should be responsible enough to take care of his pregnant mother, and his two younger siblings. Or, Daguil was probably just sipping his coffee in silence with Jordan. Inside, Juvy and her children were still fast asleep.

And then the silence, the father-son bonding, the talk over coffee, the sleep of the mother and children – all of these – were broken by a burst of gun fire spraying through the nipa hut. These gunshots were heard from the house of Aileen Capion, a relative, who immediately ran, along with another woman, to check what was happening. On a normal day, her house would have been a good 30-minute walk from Daguil’s. That day was far from normal. In the fact sheet drawn up by the Task Force Detainees, based on Aileen’s account, when she reached the area of the farmhouse, she saw that Daguil’s daughter Vicky, and Ressa, a relative, were able to run to a neighbor’s house. Ressa, 11-years old, was covering Vicky, from the military men who were poking guns at them. Vicky, 4 years old, was bleeding as her right ear was shot. Aileen shouted at the military “ayaw ninyo unsaa ang mga bata, akoa na ng mga bata” (Don’t harm the children, I will take custody of the children), but the soldiers replied “mas maayo nga tiwason ang mga bata para wala’y witness” (Better to finish off the children, so that there will be no witnesses).

Aileen heard Juvy shouting “tama na ayaw namo sige ug pabuto kay naigo nako” (Please stop firing your guns because I’m already wounded). To which, the military responded with another round of strafing of the house. Then there was silence. A few moments after, Aileen saw Juvy, with a gunshot wound on her chest, her left leg broken by gunshots. John, 8 years old, who was sleeping at the right side of his mother, had a gunshot wound at the right side of his head, which exploded at his right ear.

A few meters away from the house, Jordan was lying on the ground face down. Blood was coming out of the gunshot wound at the back of his head.

Daguil was nowhere to be found. He knew he could not stay long with his family, but undoubtedly, he did not know he would leave his family in that horrible state. Daguil was being hunted down by the military for his militant stand against the Tampakan Project of the SMI mining in their ancestral domain for more than a year now.

Juvy, 27 years old, was a member of Kalgad, a Lumad organization opposed to large-scale mining in their ancestral domain. When the military started branding Daguil as bandit and went after him, it was Juvy who stepped up and continued the campaign against SMI, and the defense of their domain.

This is what Lt. Col. Lyndon Paniza, spokesperson of the Army’s 10th Infantry Division, the unit that has jurisdiction over Kiblawan and Tampakan, called a “legitimate encounter”.

Imagine that.

Aileen further recounted that when she first arrived in the scene, there were 13 soldiers near the house, and she saw the nameplate of the team leader of the group, named 1LT. Dante Jimenez. Jimenez is the Commanding Officer of Bravo Company under the command of the Lt. Colonel Noel Alexis Bravo, 27th Battalion Commander. As per the news report (PDI, 10-19-12), Lt. Col. Alexis Bravo said law enforcers went to Barangay Kimlawis after receiving a tip that Daguil Capion was in the area. He said that his men were first fired upon. And that “the lawmen returned fire.”

The farmhouse was washed and cleaned, with the clothes of the family thrown outside, when Aileen came back with the police investigators. The bodies of Juvy, Jordan and John were kept in military custody for hours, before they were brought home in Datal Biao at 2:00 pm.

According to Paniza, 9 soldiers were relieved, including Lt. Jimenez because of “operational lapses” – a military term for the massacre of the Capion family – Juvy, Jordan and John. A military probe on the incident is ongoing.

Imagine this – Daguil, wounded, in hiding. He may not have been killed, but he must be dying inside, knowing his pregnant wife and his sons have been brutally killed. As a father, he must be dead worried about Vicky, and who would be taking care of her. As a leader, he must be terribly concerned about the volatile situation of his B’laan community.

As a response to what happened in her municipality, and her constituents, Kiblawan Mayor Marivic Diamante announced that the hunt for Daguil “has been intensified.” She further said that a bounty on his head is being offered at P300,000. No statement from Mayor Diamante on the “operational lapses” of the military; no expression of concern for the condition of Vicky. Instead, she raises the tension further by warning of “pangayaw”, a declaration of tribal war that she predicts would ensue after the killings. “We are now preparing for this,” Diamante said.

Imagine that.

What is unimaginable is this – that Col. Bravo, Jimenez and Paniza, supposedly under a new Commander-in-chief, can still have the gall to spin this obvious deadly web of lies and expect that people will still believe, and accept, that children can be dismissed as collateral damage; that a massacre of a family can be mere operational lapses; that the hunting down of women and men leaders of communities defending their territories against mining are military operations against rebels. This was supposed to be part of the terrible history under the past administrations, not under the Aquino administration, which prides itself of crafting a new peace agenda, particularly in Mindanao.

Still unimaginable is that in just a month, three indigenous children have already been killed, in the name of their fathers – in Sept. 4, Jordan Manda, 11 years old have been killed in an ambush, along with Subanen Timuay Lucenio Manda, a staunch defender of their ancestral domains, in mine-infested Bayog, Zamboanga del Sur.

Robina Poblador, a Blaan woman active in the campaign against SMI mining, said that what happened was unacceptable. As a mother, she grieves, for the death of Jordan and John. As a B’laan, she grieves for Juvy, who was an active defender of their rights. Robina calls for the withdrawal of SMI mining company from their province, which presence has caused the escalation of violence among the B’laan communities. “SMI has caused deaths among the B’laans. It has to leave. Now.”

Of course, Mayor Diamante has a different, perverse reading of the situation, “I appeal to the people to please cooperate with us in capturing (Daguil) so we could bring back peace and order to this town.” (PDI/10.21.12)

Unimaginable.

10.23.12
judy.lilak@gmail.com


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[In the news] Officer, 8 soldiers sacked over killings -RAPPLER.com

Officer, 8 soldiers sacked over killings.
by RAPPLER.COM
October 19, 2012

MANILA, Philippines (CORRECTED) – The military relieved from their posts 9 soldiers including a lieutenant over the supposed encounter near a mining site in Davao del Sur that claimed the lives of 3 civilians, two of them minors.

Lt Col Lyndon Paniza, spokesman of the Army’s 10th Infantry Division, said a board of inquiry was formed after the incident on Thursday, October 18. Paniza said the investigation aims to determine if the soldiers violated the military’s rules of engagement.

“This is also our assurance to the public,” Paniza said. “We will see to it that someone will be held accountable for this. You cannot simply dismiss this as collateral damage. There were lapses and somebody has to answer for this.”

Paniza was earlier quoted as saying that among those relieved were Lt Col Alex Bravo, the battalion commander, and Lt Dante Jimenez, the company commander.

But Army chief Lt Gen Emmanuel Bautista told Rappler that only Jimenez, the company commander, had been temporarily relieved from his post pending the results of the investigation.

Sought for clarification, 10th Army Division commander Brig Gen Ariel Bernardo told Rappler that Bravo was only recalled to headquarters on Friday, October 19, but that he was not among those immediately relieved since he was not directly involved in the operations.

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[In the news] 1000th day since Ampatuan massacre to be marked with vigil for justice -InterAksyon.com

1000th day since Ampatuan massacre to be marked with vigil for justice

By InterAksyon.com
August 18, 2012

MANILA, Philippines — Media organizations, press freedom and human rights advocates, artists and victims’ relatives will hold an overnight vigil from Sunday to Monday to commemorate the thousandth day since the November 23, 2009 Ampatuan massacre.

The vigil, which starts 4 p.m. Sunday until 9 a.m. Monday, will be held at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani in Quezon City.

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, which is spearheading the activity, said the continued murders of journalists after the massacre and the continued failure to enact a Freedom of Information law “have underscored the dire state of press freedom in the country.”

The massacre claimed 58 lives, including 32 media workers, most of them in a convoy on its way to file the candidacy for governor of Maguindanao of then Buluan Vice Mayor Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu.

The slaughter has been officially recognized as the deadliest single attack on the press in history. It has also been described as the worst incident of electoral violence in recent Philippine history.

However, despite the enormity of the crime, close to three years after, the prosecution of the 196 accused, led by key members of the powerful Ampatuan clan, has barely cleared the starting gate. Only 76 suspects have been indicted, including just two of the detained clan members — patriarch Andal Amaptuan Sr. and his son, Andal Jr., who is said to have led the gunmen who stopped the convoy and murdered its passengers.

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[In the news] Murder case finally filed, 28 months after the massacre -MindaNews

MindaNews » Murder case finally filed, 28 months after the massacre.

By Edwin G. Espejo
March 25, 2012

MANILA (MindaNews/24 March) — The Department of Justice finally began its preliminary investigation into the  murder of news photographer Reynaldo “Bebot” Momay, the 32nd  media victim out of 58 victims  in the November 23, 2009 massacre in Ampatuan town in Maguindanao, with a hearing at Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan, Taguig on March 22).

The case of Momay, photographer of the Tacurong-based Midland Review, is the last of the 58 victims to be investigated by the justice department.

Momay’s remains  have yet to be found hence the delay in his inclusion in the cases filed days after the massacre by relatives of the 57 other victims.

The only clues to his apparent death were  his dentures recovered in the  massacre site and a list of media workers who joined the entourage, found concealed in the sock of one of the journalist victims.

Momay’s daughter, Reynafe ‘Neneng’ Momay-Castillo said she was grateful the case of her father is finally gaining ground.

“Twenty eight months after.  All we want is justice for my father,” said the nurse who has not gone back to work in her quest for the prosecution of her father’s killers.

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[In the news] Ampatuan no-show at arraignment -RAPPLER.com

Ampatuan no-show at arraignment.

BY PATERNO ESMAQUEL II, RAPPLER.com

March 15, 2012


MANILA, Philippines – The scheduled arraignment of former Maguindanao Gov Andal Ampatuan Sr for electoral sabotage Thursday, March 15, did not push through after the ailing patriarch skipped the proceedings at the Pasay Regional Trial Court (RTC).

Ampatuan was still reportedly ill after he vomited blood and was rushed to the hospital Friday, March 9. 

Quezon City RTC Branch 221 issued an order to continue Ampatuan’s hospital confinement, said Pasay RTC Branch 112 spokesperson Felda Domingo in an interview.

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[In the news] Miriam: Int’l court has no jurisdiction over Arroyo, Ampatuan cases – GMAnews.tv

Miriam: Int’l court has no jurisdiction over Arroyo, Ampatuan cases

Even if the Philippines has recently become one of its members, the International Criminal Court is not likely to accept any complaint brought before it against former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Sen. Miriam Santiago said Sunday.

And because the ICC is not retroactive, it may not have jurisdiction over the Ampatuan clan, some members of which are implicated in the massacre of 57 people in Maguindanao province two years ago, Santiago also said.

Santiago said the ICC does not have jurisdiction over cases involving graft and corruption, which are at the heart of cases lodged in the Philippines against Arroyo, now a member of Congress representing Pampanga‘s second legislative district.

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Massacre prosecutors’ row worries victims’ kin – INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos

Massacre prosecutors’ row worries victims’ kin – INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos.

Atty. Harry Roque Photo: http://humanrightshouse.org

By Marlon Ramos
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 05:31:00 03/24/2011

Filed Under: Maguindanao Massacre, Crime and Law and Justice, Legal issues, Ampatuan Trial

MANILA, Philippines—The sudden resignation of the state prosecutors handling the multiple murder case against the Ampatuan clan has caused anxiety among families of some of the journalists killed in the Maguindanao massacre, their lawyer said Wednesday.

Harry Roque said his clients were at a loss over the sudden change in the composition of the Department of Justice (DoJ) panel assigned to lead the prosecution of what many referred to as “the trial of the century.”

“The families don’t understand why this should happen. They don’t know whom to trust now,” Roque told the Inquirer over the phone.

Roque, who represents the families of 13 journalist victims, questioned the supposed arbitrariness of Nena Santos, lawyer of Maguindanao Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu, in influencing the DoJ’s handling of the case.

Mangudadatu’s wife and four other relatives were among the 57 persons killed in the Nov. 23, 2010, massacre, the country’s worst political violence.

Roque said he was “disturbed” by the decision of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to replace members of the panel of prosecutors, then led by Assistant Chief State Prosecutor Richard Anthony Fadullon.

But before De Lima could issue her recommendation, Fadullon and other prosecutors had already submitted their resignation.

Roque said he was not surprised by the decision of another panel member, Assistant State Prosecutor Alexander Suarez, to also leave the prosecution team.

Suarez tendered his irrevocable resignation from the panel on Friday, citing the rift between the state prosecutors and Santos.

Santos, De Lima’s classmate at the San Beda College of Law, reportedly asked the justice secretary to replace the prosecution panel due to various differences.

Roque disclosed that De Lima did not consult him when she decided to replace the six senior members of the prosecution panel.

He said the alleged involvement of Mangudadatu’s brother, Buluan Mayor Ibrahim Mangudadatu, in the ambush of a prosecutor in Maguindanao and Santos’ perceived influence over the new prosecution panel “are very disturbing.”

“The prosecutors’ panel should be independent from politicians. We believe that the Maguindanao massacre (was an affront to) the freedom of the press and was not a simple political killing,” he said.

Roque also lamented Santos’ supposed treatment of the families of the slain journalists, claiming she was treating them as “second class victims.”

“We will not let that happen,” he said.

Sought for comment, De Lima said the DoJ prosecutors were “in perfect chemistry” with the private lawyers.

She said the resignation of the prosecutors were just “momentary concerns” and should not affect the prosecution of the Ampatuans.

“These are momentary concerns affecting the case so please, don’t make an issue out of it,” De Lima told reporters.