National Task Force on Urban Conscientization:
Denounce the Military Harassment!
Uphold the rights of the poor to have a life of dignity!
March 29, 2012
Soldiers harass displaced urban poor from San Juan by Janess Ann J. Ellao
■ 20 years of legalizing demolitions through the housing law by Janess Ann J. Ellao
■ Video Clips
“In a span of one week, three incidents of
forced evacuation and other rights violations in Surigao del Norte, Agusan
del Norte, in Compostela Valley and in Bukidnon were reported by Karapatan
chapters and people’s organizations. These are mineral-rich areas targeted
for large-scale mining or with existing mining operations. These are areas
where there is strong people’s opposition against mining operations by
destructive companies,” said Cristina “Tinay” Palabay, Karapatan
spokesperson and convenor of End Impunity Alliance.
Palabay commented that such military
operations aggressively being carried out by troops and para-military
personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) were prodded and
legitimized by Pres. Benigno Aquino III when he approved in October 2011
the creation and deployment of militias known as Special CAFGU Active
Auxiliary Units (SCAA)
“Aquino does not only encourage the few big
businesses in exploiting to the hilt the country’s mineral resources. He
also gives the signal fire for the bombings, indiscriminate firing,
killings, threats to life and livelihood and other rights violations in
these peasant and indigenous communities. Such is P-Noy’s brand of
‘development’ via his counter-insurgency program Oplan Bayanihan,” said
1. The evacuation of Lumad-Mamanwa due to
indiscriminate bombing, strafing and airstrikes in Kitcharao, Agusan del
Norte and in Gigaquit, Surigao del Norte by the 402nd Brigade of the 4th
Infantry Division. On February 28, some 58 families from Alegria, Surigao
del Norte evacuated to Bgy. Ombon. On March 14, 2012, some 78 Mamanwa
families with about 345 individuals left their homes in Kitcharao and in
Cabadbaran City and evacuated in Butuan City.
2. The evacuation of the clan and other
community members of slain lumad leader, Jimmy Liguyon, after receiving
death threats from Aldy Salusad of the New Indigenous People’s Army Reform
(NIPAR). Salusad and NIPAR owned the killing of Liguyon on March 5. NIPAR,
which is under the 8th IB-PA, has threatened community members for
“seeking justice for Jimmy’s death.” The evacuees are now in the
provincial capitol of Bukidnon.
Salusad is identified with the San Fernando
Matigsalug Tribal Datus (Sanmatrida), which has pending applications for a
Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title and mining operations in Dao.
Liguyon was Dao’s barangay captain. He actively campaigned against the
entry of mining companies in their community, as well as against their
operations in the region.
Filipino Rights Workers File Complaints on Violent Demolitions and Arbitrary Detention before the UN, Ask Support of Int’l Community
Submitted on Mon, 03/19/2012 - 16:42
International Karapatan Press release
[Geneva, Switzerland March 14, 2012] The
Philippine UPR Watch, an ecumenical delegation of Philippine human rights
organizations and advocates that engages in the Universal Periodic Review
(UPR) process of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC), capped the
delegation’s activities in Geneva, Switzerland by filing complaints before
the offices of UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing Raquel Rolnik and
Working Group on Arbitrary Detention Chair Malick Sow on the continuous
rights violations under Philippine Pres. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.
Soldiers harass displaced urban poor from San
“But you are already displaced from there,”
the man wearing black shirt said, referring to the Corazon de Jesus
20 years of legalizing demolitions through
the housing law