Tags: extrajudicial killings in the Philippines

The Commission on Human Rights in the Ilocos Region ordered the Philippine National Police to submit documents and pieces of evidence in their possession on the extra-judicial killing of Jose “Pepe” Manegdeg III. BY ARTHUR L. ALLAD-IW HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH Northern Dispatch Posted by Bulatlat SAN ESTEBAN, Ilocos Sur (363 kms. North of Manila)– The…

Human rights group Karapatan raised alarm over the new surge in extrajudicial killings.

Marie Hilao-Enriquez, Karapatan secretary general, noted, “The killings are picking up again at an alarming rate of one victim per week. This is almost the same scenario in 2006, if not worse.”

The Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP, Peasant Movement of the Philippines) raised the alarm over the recent surge in extrajudicial killings. It reported that in just four months, seven peasants were killed. BY RONALYN V. OLEA HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH Bulatlat A peasant group raised the alarm over the recent surge in extrajudicial killings. The Kilusang…

Let the Stones Cry Out: The Continuing Search for Justice Published by the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) 188 pages Let the Stones Cry Out: The Continuing Search for Justice not only depicts the darkness engulfing the nation but also chronicles the efforts of Christian churches and other human rights advocates in…

Two widows of Cordillera activists who fell victim to extra-judicial killings are losing hope that the present administration – led by a mother like them – would resolve their husbands’ killings, which took place more than three years ago. As March is Women’s Month, these widows have presently intensified their demand for justice for their…

Rebelyn Pitao, 20, a teacher at St. Peter’s College and daughter of Leoncio Pitao, an NPA commander known as Commander Parago, was abducted by four armed men at 6:30 p.m. last March 4, 2009 at the crossing of Bago Gallera de Oro Subdivision,  Bago Gallera, Tolomo, Davao City.  She was found dead floating on a…

BY BULATLAT An environmental group denounced the attacks against four anti-mining advocates, including a Benedictine nun, in Davao Oriental. Four members of Panalipdan- Davao Oriental were allegedly subjected to illegal search, illegal detention, harassment, intimidation and grave threats by elements of the 67th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army (IBPA). Sister Stella Matutina, OSB; Wenceslao…

BY BULATLAT Another activist was shot dead this morning in Calatagan, Batangas. Wilfredo Gonzales, 52, Bgy. Bucal, Calatagan, Batangas was gunned down while driving an Elf-truck, around 6 a.m. today by two motorcycle-riding men, human rights group Karapatan reported. Gonzales is a member of the Haligi ng mga Batanguenong AnakDagat (HABAGAT), provincial chapter of Pambansang…

Is the recent spate of activist killings in Southern Mindanao an unfortunate series of coincidences or are they somehow related to the Philippine military’s counter-insurgency program Oplan Bantay Laya 2? Successive reports and claims of shootings involving a red XRM motorbike; the use of a .45 pistol and the fact that three Bayan Muna (People…