PAHRA STATEMENT FOR SONA 2015
The Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) acknowledge and appreciate the passage of human rights laws in the civil and political arenas, among others, the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Anti-Torture Law, the law on Compensation of Human Rights Victims during Martial Law, the law on Anti-Enforced Disappearance, law on the International Humanitarian Law, since Benigno Simeon Aquino III’s became Chief Executive and Commander-in-Chief as steps in the right direction to break through impunity and well within his pronouncement that human rights would be central to his governance.
But such initial steps did not make any significant dent into the prevailing culture of impunity, much less to sufficiently limit its influence in the different branches of government. In fact, the consequent and concomitant actions not only stymied the gain obtained in making some of its human rights obligations into laws but even deepened as well as broadened the environment and ground for impunity in civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights. One of the main factors for this impunity is the unchecked networks of command conspiracy.PAHRA SONA 2015
June 19, 2015
HAVE A FIRM GRASP AND SHARP ANALYSIS OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS SITUATION OF THE COUNTRY.
This will serve as solid bases for the 5th CHR to map out your plan for the whole of your term as well as for your annual planning. There will always be a need for flexibility for unexpected incidents of human rights concerns that demand immediate responses.
This first challenge includes a comprehensive assessment of what has been done by the 4th Commission and learn from lessons both positive and negative. Such action would be a precedent that should be made a tradition along with other duty-bearers reporting to their claimholders.
Broad, participative and transparent consultations are key to obtain to true and reliable information and data.
REVIEW AND STRENGTHEN OUR NHRI’S STRUCTURES, BOTH ON THE NATIONAL AND REGIONAL LEVELS FOR MORE APPROPRIATE, TIMELY AND EFFECTIVE RESPONSES TO SITUATIONS OF HR CONCERNS.
This is to finally overcome “bureaucratic inertia”, as well as eradicate the culture of patronage and retribution now embedded within the relationships between officers and the rank and file, and even between regular and co-terminus employees.
As 5th Commission you are inheriting an institutional legacy of the 4th Commission marked with a relatively widespread demoralization and discontent among personnel brought about by the unprecedented protest of more than a hundred officers and staff against a promotion of a person with questionable eligibility and done with “indecent haste”.
As the new Commission you have to resolve the issue of the Executive Director and his consequent actions objectively and with fairness to all. Doing so otherwise may affect the integrity and credibility of both the 5th Commission and the CHRP as institution.
There is need to revitalize the prime institution of human rights with appropriately-capacitated and committed personnel adhering above all to accepted HR principles and standards. Promotion should be based on merit and dedication to the promotion and protection of human rights.
INSTITUTIONALIZE CHRP-CSO RELATIONSHIP CHR 5th Com Challenges
June 4-5, 2015, Lohas Hotel, Clark , Pampanga
The Pampanga Monitoring Mechanism (PMM) conducted a 2-day consultation to determine the priority cases of extra judicial killings, enforced disappearance and torture that will be jointly worked on and monitored by the mechanism.
Two cases for each violation were selected by the PMM’s Investigation and Prosecution Committee and follow-up case consultations will be pursued on June 25-26 to thoroughly discuss and build-up cases for further investigation, case filing and court monitoring . The PMM is composed of the Commission on Human Rights- Reg.3, concerned government agencies including the PNP-Pampanga and Office of the Provincial Prosecutors and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs).
Workshop groupings of other Committees of the PMM such as on Promotions and Advocacy, Capabiity Building and Support and Rehabilitation also reported on detailed activities for the PMM.
The PMM is localization of the National Monitoring Mechanism started in 2012 convened by the CHR and complementing the Inter-Agency Committee on EJK, Enforced Disappearance and Torture and other gross human rights violations created under Administrative Order 35 in October 2012.
The PMM co-convened by the CHR-Reg. 3 and PAHRA is supported by the European-Philippine Justice Support Program(EP-JUST 2).
31 May 2015
Mr. Al Pedorche
Pilipino Star Ngayon
Dear Sir Al;
Magandang araw po sa inyo.
Naglakas loob po ako na sumulat sa inyo at iparating sa inyong lathalain ang korupsyon na nangyayari sa aming ahensya.
Ako po ay isang miyembro at opisyal ng Kawanihan ng Piitan at Penolohiya (BJMP) na nakatalaga sa Panglunsod na Piitan ng Valenzuela- Male Dormitory sa National Capital Region mula pa po noong Mar 2014.
Prior to my assignment sa Valenzuela City Jail ako po ay nagging Deputy Warden concurrent Chief, Admin, IWD and CRS ng Malabon City Jail-Male Dormitory mula August 2012 hanggang March 2014. Mula 2006 hanggang 2012 naging Warden din po ako ng Olongapo District Female Jail sa Olngapo City, Sta Maria Mpl Jail, Malolos City Jail at Meycauayan City Jail sa lalawigan ng Bulakan. Maliban sa pagiging Warden nagging Chief, Plans and Program, CRS din po ako ng BJMP Region 3, at Chief, Logistics ng BJMP Region 4B.
Dalawamput isang taon, dalwang buwan at dalwamput apat na araw na akong nagseserbisyo sa aming ahensya. Sa huling pagwarden kop o sa Meycauayan City Jail na kulang kulang sa dalwang taon madami po ako innovations at accomplishment na nagawa na nakaincorporate sa accomplishment report na sinusumite sa BJMP National Headquarters ng BJMP Region 3 sa pamamagitan ng Quarterly Program, Review Analysis. Dahil sa kahgustuhan kong makakulekta ng souvenir photos at accomplishment ko binitbit ko po ang nasabing kopya ng mga Reports na nakapatong lamng sa mga lamesa sa Regional Office ng BJMP R3.BJMP Corruption LTE J/Ins Bautista
27 May 2015
President Benigno S. Aquino III
Presidential Communications Operations Office
Dear Mr. President,
Re: Civil Society’s Concerns on Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines (CHRP) Must Be Adequately Addressed
The Asian NGO Network on National Human Rights Institutions (ANNI) writes to you to convey several deep-seated concerns ahead of the appointment of the 5th Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines (CHRP).
Firstly, the ANNI is alarmed at the legitimacy crisis that has plagued the CHRP over the last two years (2013-2015), which has negatively impacted the public standing and confidence in the institution as well as demoralized the staff members of the CHRP.
According to credible monitoring reports received from Philippine human rights organizations, the “crisis” most recently culminated in hasty appointment of Executive Director Atty. Marc Titus B. Cebreros, which was in clear violation of established rules of procedures pertaining to hiring/promotion, including the CHRP’s own pertinent processes. This follows the dismissal of Commissioner Cecilia Rachel V. Quisumbing after being found guilty of administrative charges in 2014, and on-going investigations by the Ombudsman into alleged misconduct of another Commissioner.ANNI letter re CHR