September 8, 2011
Child rights groups seek justice for killed 7
year-old girl in Pantukan
Davao City – Kabiba Alliance for Children’s Concerns, Inc. demands justice
for the killing of 7 year–old Sunshine Jabinez from Pantukan, Compostella
Valley Province, while condemning the 71st Infantry Battalion of the Armed
Forces of the Philippines (IBPA) on September 2, 2011.
The group believes that the death of Sunshine
was not a result of accidental firing. “This incident is a vicious
consequence of military encampment in civilian communities in which
children become the most vulnerable targets,” Morales said.
Initial investigations conducted by Kabiba together with other child
rights advocates found out that last September 2, 2011 at around 11:30 pm
at Biasong 3, Brgy. Napnapan, Private First Class Baltazar Ramos, an
element of the 71st IBPA went amok in a videoke store after getting
Because of this, PFC Ramos’ commanding officer tried to remove the bullets
of his firearm, a mini-machine gun. But PFC. Ramos insisted in pulling the
trigger, and fired in the direction of the Jabinez residence. The Jabinez
family was asleep at that time until they heard two (2) gunshots and found
out that their daughter Sunshine was hit. Mrs. Adelina Jabinez, saw from
outside the house, PFC Ramos holding a firearm who again fired towards the
Mrs. Jabinez showed Sunshine to PFC Ramos, “Natamaan mo ang anak ko sir!”
The father tried to save his daughter’s life by bringing her to the
hospital, but she declared dead on arrival.
“What happened to Sunshine is one of the six (6) grave violations of
children’s rights – to murder a child. The state is responsible in
upholding children’s rights for having signed the United Nations
Convention on the Rights of the Child,” said Morales.
Kabiba demands the prosecution of PFC Ramos and others who may be
responsible for Sunshine’s death. “The state is responsible in upholding
the children’s rights to survival, development, protection and
participation. The presence of the military in the communities put the
children’s life at risk. Sunshine’s life was sacrificed because of the
massive Re-Engineered Special Operations or Peace and Development Teams
deployed in farmer and lumad communities,” said Morales.
The childs’ rights advocate added, “We urge the government to uphold
children’s rights immediately pulling out of military detachments in the
communities. Let us not allow another Sunshine to die, let us not allow
another child’s dream to end.”
Kabiba Alliance for Children’s Concerns
Chronology: PFC Ramos in Amok
- PFC Ramos went amok, shouting “Sino ang
matigas dito?” The costumers did not answer him back knowing that he is a
soldier but still he continued to dare the customers, until one customer
answered him back and confrontations began.
- PFC Ramos then went to his detachment
located 20-30 meters away from the videoke store and got his firearm. When
he went back, the store was already closed.
- Ramos shouted to the store owner to open her
store or else, he will fire at the store. Because of fear, the store owner
did not open, it but went inside and hide.
- A certain Dalipog, Ramos’ commanding
officer, who was sleeping in the chair outside the videoke store han who
was very drunk at that time tried to get the fire arm from Ramos. Dalipog
thought that he was able to remove the bullet from Ramos’ gun.
- Ramos continues to his gun until he fired it
going to the direction of the house of the Jabinez which is few meters
infront of the videokehan. (gikasa-kasa niya ang iyang baril hangtud nga
nibuto padulong sa direction sa balay sa mga Jabinez)
September 07, 2011
Children’s group condemns 71st IB-10th ID for
killing 7 year-old girl
DAVAO CITY – The Children’s Rehabilitation Center (CRC) is condemning the
71st Infantry Battalion of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for
killing a seven year-old girl Sunshine Jabinez in Pantukan, Compostela
Sunshine Jabinez, Grade 2 pupil of Biasong Elementary School, was killed
on September 2 after PFC. Baltazar Ramos of the Philippine Army’s 71st IB
went amok and indiscriminately fired his gun while reportedly being drunk.
“The incident happened while Sunshine was asleep at their house, her
parents only learned that their daughter was hit from the indiscriminate
by Pfc. Baltazar Ramos when they heard her cry “agay,” said Edessa Sandra
A. Campos, advocacy officer of Children’s Rehabilitation Center-Southern
Mindanao Region (CRC-SMR).
Campos said the military would always claim they are in civilian
communities on peace and development programs, “but as how it’s happening,
these peace and development teams of the 10th Infantry Division are not
different from its Re-enginered Special Operations Teams deployed in
“This is the real face of the military’s “Peace and Development Teams” in
the communities; the lives of the children are put to risk. If not killed,
children are used in counter-insurgency operations, either as guides to
track down the members of the New People’s Army (NPA) or they are branded
as ‘child soldiers’,” Campos said.
In 2007, elements of the 67th Infantry Battalion killed Grecil Buya, a
Grade 2 student of Simsimen Elementary School, in an encounter with the
New People’s Army. The military asserted that Grecil, a supposed NPA child
soldier, was carrying an M-16 rifle and was firing at them. Investigations
and documentation showed otherwise. “Unfortunately, the perpetrators
remain unpunished,” Campos added.
In September last year, CRC handled the case of “Amanda”, then a minor,
who was presented to the media as a “child soldier” by the 84th Infantry
Battalion under 10th Infantry Division. Amanda was also included in the
military’s top 3 list of “child soldiers” in the Philippines.
Investigations also proved military allegations wrong.
“Military presence, however they justify it, is indeed a threat to
civilian populace, specially to the children,” Campos said.
“We urge then, the Aquino government to enforce international and local
laws and agreements that protect the basic rights of children. These
include the Comprehensive Agreement for the Respect of Human Rights and
International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL), the United Nations Convention
on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), among others. The Aquino government
should order for the immediate pull out of military troops in the
community and prosecute immediately the military perpetrators of the
atrocities,” Campos said.#
Edessa Sandra Campos
Children’s Rehabilitation Center - SMR
September 7, 2011
Farmers group supports SP reso on pullout of
mil detachment near Paquibato school; dismayed over Mayor Duterte’s
Davao City --- Progressive farmers group Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas
(KMP) – Southern Mindanao expressed support to the Sangguniang Panglungsod
resolution calling for the pull-out of the 69th IBPA’s detachment
currently installed near a school in Brgy. Paradise Embac Paquibato
The group is however dismayed over Mayor Inday Sara Duterte’s opposition
to said SP reso.
In an interview, the lady mayor gave a categorical “no” when asked about
her comment on the resolution proposed by Councilors Leah Librado – Yap
and Jimmy Dureza which calls for the pull out of the 69th IB from Paradise
Embac in order to safeguard the school children from the dangers posed by
the military detachment which is located just 10 to 15 meters from the
“It is dismal to hear Mayor Sara Duterte issue such statement attuned to
the military’s claims that the detachment in question has been in the area
‘by history and that there were no complaints from the residents,’ when
instead she is expected to hear first what her constituents have to say
about these lies by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP),” said Pedro
Arnado, chairperson of KMP-SMR.
Arnado is challenging Mayor Duterte to check on the complaints against the
69th IB. He said it was the Paradise Embac Parent-Teacher’s Association of
the Basic Education Assistance Module (BEAM) program in the area that
appealed for the pull-out of the detachment.
The said appeal served as the basis for the resolution sponsored by
Councilors Librado-Yap and Dureza. The group also filed their petition to
the regional offices of the Department of Education (DepEd), the
Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Commission on
Human Rights (CHR).
Arnado added that in the said petition the parents and teachers clearly
stated that the 69th IB’s detachment was only constructed in their
community sometime in July this year. “It’s the military operations that’s
been there for some time now, and the Paquibato lumads and farmers have
always resisted these and condemned human rights abuses in their area,”
“The resolution aims to uphold the basic human rights of the Paquibato
residents, especially the rights of children to be free from dangers posed
by military detachments which use civilian communities as shields. The
AFP’s Re-engineered Special Operations Team (RSOT), otherwise tagged as
the Peace and Development Teams (PDT) are rampantly holding lumad and
farmer communities hostage, encamping within their communities, to the
point of imposing food blockades and curfews which all affect the peoples’
livelihood,” said Arnado.
The Geneva Conventions which enumerate the protocols of war that should be
respected by government and contending belligerent force, prohibit the
installation of military detachments, even the use by armed groups of
public places for military actions.
Arnado urged Mayor Duterte to personally attend the onsite committee
hearing on September 12. #
September 6, 2011
Children’s group appeals to Sara to pull-out
army installation in Paquibato
Davao City - Kabiba Alliance for Children’s Concerns, Inc. was saddened by
negative statement of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte on the petition to
pullout the detachment of the 69th Infantry Battalion-10th Infantry
Division of the Philippine Army in Sitio Guinobatan, Brgy. Paradise Embac.
“We appeal to Mayor Duterte to reconsider her position and try to look
into what the military’s presence has caused the children in the
communities,” said Humeira Morales Executive Secretary of Kabiba.
“The mere presence of the military in schools and in any
civilian-populated area poses vulnerability and endangerment to civilians,
especially to children,“ Morales said.
Last July 28, representatives of the parent teachers association of the
BEAM program along with community leaders from Paquibato and children’s
rights groups held a dialogue with the Department of Education and
Department of Social Welfare and Development and demanded for the pull-out
of the military troops and their facilities from the school and the
“It is not true that there were no human rights violations perpetrated by
the 69th IB, in fact the community leaders of Paradise Embac who
experienced harassment filed a complaint on human rights violations to the
Commission on Human Rights last July 28, 2011,” Morales added.
The group believes that the mayor should immediately conduct an area
investigation on the establishment of a detachment in Paradise Embac which
is near the annex primary school and to deepen their investigation into
issues of encampment by the military in other areas of Davao City.
“We challenge our city mayor to spare children from the threats of
military operations by not supporting any counter-insurgency programs that
assert military presence via deceptive civilian military operations and to
uphold children’s rights to survival, protection, development and
participation,” Morales said.
HUMEIRA R. MORALES
Kabiba Alliance for Children’s Concerns, Inc.
Tel. No. 222-5191