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KAIROS Canada Urgent Action

posted Apr 12, 2014, 9:06 PM by Wesley United Church Regina
KAIROS Urgent Action


APPEAL FOR IMMEDIATE ACTION
Call for justice for the victims of
extrajudicial killings in the Philippines



 

According to KARAPATAN, the national alliance of human rights organizations in the Philippines, 169 men and women had been victims of extrajudicial killings under the current government of President  Benigno Simeon Aquino III (July 2010 to December 2013.)  

From January to March this year, 19 people were killed --
9 of these in March 2014 alone.

 
 

Please join us in calling for justice for the extrajudicial killings of human rights defenders, Indigenous peoples and community leaders, members of progressive organizations, and civilians in the Philippines.

Express your profound concern about these acts of violence, and strongly condemn these grave violations of the Filipino peoples’ rights.

Express your disappointment and frustration over the Philippine government’s slow and ineffective response to these killings, the brazenness of the crimes, and the denial of justice for the victims and their families. These incidents violate the government’s international and local human rights obligations, and perpetuate the climate of impunity that the perpetrators continue to enjoy.

Demand that the government account for the recent political killings, and that it ensures that justice prevails. 

KAIROS' open letter to Philippine
President Benigno Aquino


EJ Killings: Cordillera Human Rights Alliance Report

KAIROS Philippine Urgent Action - EJ Killings - Long Form


 

Demand that the Philippine government stop the National Internal Security Plan (Operation Plan Solidarity), or “Oplan Bayanihan”, the counterinsurgency program that has led to the militarization of many of the communities in the Cordilleras and other regions of the Philippines. This increased military presence has led to human rights violations such as torture, divestment and destruction of property, political vilification, threats, harassment and intimidation, and summary execution.

The Government of the Philippines, in its efforts to improve the country’s economic growth, is accelerating the implementation of Public-Private Partnership (P3) projects. The goal of this strategy is to increase foreign trade and investments and involves Constitutional amendments in the lower house of the Philippine Legislative assembly that will allow for 100% foreign ownership of domestic businesses. 

This economic strategy has met with resistance. The government has put in place Operation Plan Bayanihan (“Oplan Bayanihan”), a counterinsurgency program which our partners tell us has led to the silencing and criminalizing of the peoples` legitimate resistance to an economic policy that favours and protects foreign trade and investment. Peoples and communities, in particular Indigenous communities, working to protect their land, water, sources of food and livelihood, are being targeted and killed. Leaders of community and faith based organizations, progressive groups and ordinary citizens are being vilified, harassed and their rights violated simply for demanding increased human rights and environmental protection in the face of foreign, large scale mining and resource extraction.

Some of the victims include:

William Bugatti, 43, hosted KAIROS Indigenous partner Jill Harris on her visit to the Philippines. He was a human rights worker and regional council member of the Cordillera Human Rights Alliance-KARAPATAN. He has represented the Ifugao Peasant Movement in the regional council of the Cordillera Peoples’ Alliance, and was provincial coordinator of Bayan Muna partylist. He was killed March 27at Bolog, Kiangan, Ifugao

Small-scale miners Julio Labiano, 31, Rene Labiano, 28, Salem Virtus, 24, and Jessie Brondia, 35 were reportedly killed by Bantay Kalikasan Task Force, a unit under the provincial government of Camarines Sur, on March 22 in Gata, Caramoan, Camarines Sur.

Romeo (Romy) Capalla, 65, chairperson of the Board of Directors and former manager of the Panay Fair Trade Center (PFTC), a member organization of the International Federation of Alternative Trade that exports certified-organic muscovado sugar and banana chips, was killed March15 in Oton, Iloilo. He was a member of Samahan ng mga Ex-detainee Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto (SELDA). 

Ama Licuben Ligiw, 70, and his sons Eddie and Fermin, were brutally killed and buried in a shallow grave. They went missing on 3 March, their grave was found on 7 March, and their bodies were recovered on 8 March. There was evidence of torture.

Recommended Action:

Send letters, emails or faxes calling for justice for the victims of extrajudicial killings by:.

  • Immediately creating an independent fact-finding team comprised of representatives from human rights groups, the Church, local government, and the Commission on Human Rights, to investigate these human rights violations, and arrest and prosecute the perpetrators.
  • Ending Operation Plan Bayanihan, the counterinsurgency program that gives state agents the authority to target human rights defenders and citizens, victimizes innocent and unarmed civilians;
  • Upholding Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and all the major international human rights instruments that the Government of the Philippines has ratified;
  • Resuming  formal peace talks between the Government of the Philippines and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines;
  •  Ending the militarization of communities.

Please send your letters to:

H.E. Benigno C. Aquino III
President of the Republic
Malacañang Palace,
JP Laurel St., San Miguel
Manila Philippines
Voice: (+632) 564 1451 to 80
Fax: (+632) 742-1641 / 929-3968
E-mail: op@president.gov.ph

The Honourable John Baird, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Foreign Affairs
125 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0G2
Telephone: 613-995-1851
Toll Free: 1-800-267-8376
Fax: 613-996-9709
E-Mail: john.baird@international.gc.ca

Sec. Teresita Quintos-Deles
Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process
Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP)
7th Floor Agustin Building I
Emerald Avenue
Pasig City 1605
Voice:+63 (2) 636 0701 to 066
Fax:+63 (2) 638 2216
stqd.papp@opapp.gov.ph

Ret. Lt. Gen. Voltaire T. Gazmin
Secretary, Department of National Defense
Room 301 DND Building, Camp Emilio Aguinaldo,
E. de los Santos Avenue, Quezon City
Voice:+63(2) 911-6193 / 911-0488 / 982-5600
Fax:+63(2) 982-5600
Email: osnd@philonline.com, dnd.opla@gmail.com

Atty. Leila De Lima
Secretary, Department of Justice
Padre Faura St., Manila
Direct Line 521-1908 
Trunkline  523-84-81 loc.211/214
Fax: (+632) 523-9548
Email:  lmdelima@doj.gov.ph, lmdelima.doj@gmail.com, lmdelima.doj2@gmail.com

Hon.  Loretta Ann P. Rosales
Chairperson, Commission on Human Rights
SAAC Bldg., UP Complex
Commonwealth Avenue
Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines
Voice: (+632) 928-5655, 926-6188
Fax: (+632) 929 0102
Email:   chair.rosales.chr@gmail.com, lorettann@gmail.com

Hon. Neil Reeder
Canadian Ambassador to the Philippines
Embassy of Canada
P.O. Box 2168
Makati Central Post Office
Philippines 1261
Telephone:  (63-2) 857-9000
Fax:  (63-2) 843-1078
Email: manil@international.gc.ca

Office of the Philippine Ambassador
Embassy of The Philippines in Ottawa
130 Albert St. Suite 900
Ottawa ON K1P 5G4
Canada
Tel:  613-233 1121
Fax:  613-233 4165
Email:  embassyofphilippines@rogers.com

KAIROS would appreciate receiving a copy of your letter. 

For more information, please contact:
Connie Sorio
Ecological Justice Partnership Coordinator
csorio@kairoscanada.org
416-463-5312 X240
Toll-free: 1-877-403-8933 x 222



For more information, please visit our website:
www.kairoscanada.org

KAIROS Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives
310 Dupont St. Suite 200, Toronto, ON, Canada M5R 1V9
Tel: 416-463-5312 | Toll-free: 1-877-403-8933| Fax: 416-463-5569

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