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News Release March 21, 2010 The 43 health workers arrested in Morong, Rizal last Feb. 6 who are now detained at the military’s Camp Capinpin in Tanay, Rizal while facing trumped-up charges have revealed attempts by their soldier-custodians to have them cooperate with the military. Their accounts are contained in affidavits attached to a complaint…

Media Release 21 March 2010 Free the 43 Health Workers alliance today condemned the brazenness of the Armed Forces of the Philippines including their Commander in Chief, Philippine National Police, and the Department of Justice in their deliberate actions to disregard the Commission of Human Rights’ (CHR) Constitutional mandate. Despite an order issued by the…

Under the bill, no justification can be offered that would allow torture and other inhuman punishments. Those who torture will be penalized as principals, as well as their superiors in the military, police or law enforcement establishments who ordered it.

The Philippine military, through its attack dogs Pastor Alcover and Jovito Palparan, are trying to discredit the Commission on Human Rights and its chairperson, Leila de Lima. Human-rights groups are understandably concerned. “Now that the CHR chairperson insists on the mandate of the commission, they consider her as an enemy,” Marie Hilao-Enriquez of Karapatan said. “That is the most dangerous mindset.”

Freedom from torture is a non-derogable right, meaning that states cannot violate this right under any circumstances, even in a state of emergency or martial law. By insisting that Melissa Roxas is a communist guerrilla, the Arroyo regime not only practically admits that it tortured her — it seeks to justify the atrocity, thus violating the very international instruments that it had earlier agreed on.

When Raymond Manalo suddenly stood up and shouted invectives at former general and now congressman Jovito Palparan during a hearing yesterday at the Commission on Human Rights, he was only venting his frustration that the man he had accused of abducting him and torturing him for 18 long months has not been punished.