Category: Human Rights

The Armed Forces of the Philippines claimed to have dug up another mass grave of victims of the Communist Party of the Philippines anti-infiltration campaign in Leyte province. But Bayan Muna party-list Satur Ocampo and Committee DEFEND said the AFP had in the past “faked” other mass graves, and is doing it now to conceal…

“The budget for counter-insurgency should not be increased, because we are not sure whether the money would indeed be used for counter-insurgency. It might only be used for political killings.” Striking words these – from a young man who had braced himself for a military officer’s career all his life. BY ALEXANDER MARTIN REMOLLINO Bulatlat.com…

Marking the sixth month of Rep. Crispin Beltran’s illegal detention, the Free Ka Bel Movement (FKBM) together with Anakpawis Party List led a two-day vigil and protest rally of labor unions, progressive organizations and Beltran’s supporters demanding the legislator’s immediate release. BY MAUREEN HERMITANIO Bulatlat.com Hundreds of supporters of Anakpawis (Toiling Masses) Rep. Crispin Beltran…

Two victims’ heads run over by PNP jeep, survivors say The families of two Tabuk, Kalinga residents alleged to have been extra-judicially killed upon orders from suspended provincial police chief Preddro Ramos are seeking justice by urging appropriate authorities to file criminal cases against all involved Philippine National Police (PNP) officials and personnel. BY ARTHUR…

“We are appalled by the statement of the Task Force Usig branding the people’s martyrs and heroes, who died protecting and upholding the interests of the masses, as ‘thieves’ only to cover up the inutility of the government to solve these cases of political assassinations in the regions,” said Bayan-Eastern Visayas spokesperson Flor Pong Acbo,…

The government-backed anti-insurgency war and the plunder of public funds have worsened poverty and terror among rural folk, said the “Tagaytay 5”, a group of five detained peasant advocates. BY DENNIS ESPADA Bulatlat.com The government-backed anti-insurgency war and the plunder of public funds have worsened poverty and terror among rural folk. This was stated by…