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[Press Release] Workers face more malicious charges under Aquino-CTUHR

Workers face more malicious charges under Aquino-CTUHR

CTUHR logoMalicious filing of criminal cases (criminalization) against workers and unionists intensified under Aquino according to labor NGO, Center for Trade Union and Human Rights from an average of 7 cases per year between 2004-2009 to an average of 12 cases per year between 2010 to 2011.

CTUHR documentation also showed that the number of individuals victimized by these malicious or trumped up criminal charges more than doubled in the same period—from an average of 42 individuals charged per year between 2004-2009 to an average of 90 individuals every year between 2010-2012.

The group noted two forms of criminalization against workers and unionists: one is when workers are charged by capitalists with criminal offenses whenever the worker/s filed complaints against the former’s non-compliance with legal standards or when the union is in conflict with the management; the other type of criminalization is perpetrated by state agents reportedly by the military wherein union leaders of militant labor centers are maliciously linked to operations of armed groups particularly the New People’s Army.

Arman Hernando, CTUHR coordinator for documentation expressed alarm over this heightening spate of criminalization and said that it undermines workers right to unionize and jeopardizes the very few mechanisms where workers can seek redress when in conflict with their employers.

The group also pointed to the state’s counter insurgency program, Oplan Bayanihan, as culprit to most of these “legal offensives” and violations of workers’ freedom to unionize. “Like the previous administration, the Aquino administration and the military continue to malign legitimate people’s organizations and unions by linking them with the NPAs. And same with, if not worse than, past counterinsurgency programs, Oplan Bayanihan has resulted to volumes of human rights violations including these harassments through filing of trumped up cases, extrajudicial killings and others,” Hernando added.

Late last year, leaders of militant unions, Roy Velez and Amelita Gamara of Kilusang Mayo Uno and Randy Vegas and Raul Camposano of Confederation for Unity, Recognition and Advancement of Government Employees (COURAGE) were charged with murder linked to two separate NPA operations in Ifugao and Daet, Camarines Norte. Vegas and Camposano were first abducted reportedly by military agents on December 3, 2012 and this was followed by malicious filing of criminal charges.

The group challenged the Aquino government to comply with the ILO recommendations to uphold workers’ freedom of association and drop criminal charges against workers exercising their right to unionize and strike. In 2010, the International Labor Organization (ILO) released its recommendations to the Philippine Government following the ILO High Level Mission that investigated the spate of human rights violations against unions and workers.

For reference: Arman Hernando, CTUHR Coordinator for Documentation. +632.411.0256, +63923.819.3737

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RELEASE
27 February 2012

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[Video] “Mistaken For” by STExposureRealReels

“Mistaken For”

Published in youtube, May 13, 2012 by STExposureRealReels

The incident portrayed in this video animation is based on actual events.

This video shows a glimpse into the brutality of counterinsurgency operations in the Philippine countryside.

For decades, government counterinsurgency programs in the country, one after another, have caused grave human rights violations to innocent civilians especially in rural areas. The incumbent Aquino administration‘s Internal Peace and Security Plan “Bayanihan” (Cooperation) or Oplan Bayanihan is no different.

Oplan Bayanihan is but a replica of its predecessor, Oplan Bantay Laya, a counterinsurgency program designed by the U.S. government to quell all forms of resistance, armed or unarmed, by any means necessary.

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[From the web] Oplan Bayanihan in full swing -KARAPATAN

Oplan Bayanihan in full swing
March 31, 2012

Karapatan  said in a media briefing that there is a marked and alarming increase in the number of human rights violations involving children due to the ongoing massive and intense military operations by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in the rural areas.

Karapatan chairperson Marie Hilao-Enriquez attributed the escalation of military operations and the consequent human rights violations to the implementation of the President’s counter-insurgency program called Oplan Bayanihan, now on its second year and one year short of its target to end the insurgency in 2013. “Combat military operations now takes the frontline over surveillance and civil-military operations. These are the three components of the AFP’s triad operations used in both former President Arroyo’s Oplan Bantay Laya and Oplan Bayanihan of President Noynoy Aquino,” said Hilao-Enriquez.

Hilao-Enriquez presented some of the initial documented results of Karapatan’s first quarter monitoring of human rights violations. The report stated that:

• Of the nine victims of extrajudicial killing during the first quarter of 2012, four are children who were victims of indiscriminate firing by the military. This brings the total number of victims of extrajudicial killings to 76 since P-Noy assumed the presidency.

Read full article @ http://www.karapatan.org/node/517

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[From the web] KARAPATAN Monitor June – September 2011 – www.karapatan.org

Excerpts of KARAPATAN Monitor June – September 2011

Source: www.karapatan.org

Oplan Bayanihan (OpBay), the counter-insurgency program of President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, heightens the use of civic-military activities in communities as a cloak over intensifi ed combat operations and attacks against the people’s leaders and organizations. It is even more deceptive than, but equally vicious as the previous government’s Oplan Bantay Laya because of adornments of “peace” and “development.”

Read full article @ www.karapatan.org/Karapatan-Monitor-3rdQuarter-Jul-Sept2011