This submission was prepared through facilitation of the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) with assistance of the Philippine Human Rights Information Center (PhilRights) in coordination with sixty-three (63) civil society organizations (see annex 1). Four (4) national workshops and consultations including one with Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines (CHRP) were conducted to gather inputs and recommendations for this report.
PAL terminated more than 2,600 employees affecting three departments, which PAL labels as “non-core”, was based on the pretext of that “It was motivated by a pressing need to prevent further financial drain and thus, save PAL from eventual collapse.” And that such a move “is necessary for to this very day, PAL’s economic downturn continues to threaten its survival.”
But this is belied by the fact that PAL earned a total comprehensive income of US$ 72.5 MILLION (net income of US$65.5 Million plus other income) for the fiscal year which ended on March 31, 2011.
The Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) believes that issues discussed in ASEAN Summits are the concerns of the ASEAN peoples individually and collectively as members of ASEAN. It is for this reason that civil society organizations coming from the member countries engage ASEAN both on the national and regional levels as issues emerging from the three pillars of ASEAN cannot be insulated, much less severed from human rights concerns. Peoples’ experiences of gross human rights violations in the economic, civil, cultural, political and social arenas in the regional level which are consequent, directly and indirectly, of ASEAN policies must be discussed and resolved on the same level. It should not to be solely the concern of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR). Human rights are to permeate the framework and workings of the three pillars of ASEAN.
Atty. Rod Domingo
Martial Law Human Rights Victims
Dear Atty. Rod Domingo,
In behalf of the victims of human rights violations during martial law under the Marcos regime who belong to organizations in the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA), we would like to express concern over the recent report that some checks belonging to similar victims have been encashed by fake claimants. We are further alarmed that these fake claimants are poor people used by persons known to you. All involved lawless elements should be determinedly prosecuted.
Commemorating the 39th Anniversary of the Imposition of Martial Rule
Ending Impunity and Building an Enabling Environment for Human Rights:
Launching the Process towards the Preservation and Turn-over
of Martial Law Documents to Civilian Institutions
Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo
When I was told of this event, I said to myself, not without stirrings of hope and expectation: “Aha, now, hopefully, I would know what happened to a friend named Carlos Tayag, a Catholic Benedictine Deacon, who was head of the ecumenical group called the Student Christian Movement (SCM). He disappeared during the early years of martial law and not accounted for until now.