GEN. NESTOR FAJURA
Chief, Human Rights Affairs Office
Philippine National Police
COL. ERICK PARAYNO
Chief, Human Rights Office,
With due respect to the Kiblawan Philippine National Police (PNP) Progress Spot Reports and the Press Release of the 10th Infantry Division (ID) of the Philippine Army (PA), the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) would like to express its concern regarding the investigations and processes undertaken by both institutions.
PAHRA fears a possible suppression of data and glossing over of possible human rights violations and criminal liabilities by the 10th ID, PA and the Kiblawan PNP on what actually transpired in the Kiblawan Massacre last October 18, 2012 due to either lack of due diligence, thoroughness or transparency in their investigations and institutional procedures.
Dr. June Pagaduan Lopez, a professor at the Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, University of the Philippines-Manila, was selected to be part of the United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (SPT) from 2012 to 2016.
Lopez will serve as an expert in monitoring detention conditions around the world, said the Medical Action Group (MAG), a non-government organization which she helped establish.
Mining is root cause of killing of indigenous peoples, envi advocates
Manila—Anti-mining and human rights group led an indignation rally at the Sagittarius Mines Inc.-Xstrata (SMI-Xstrata) Head Office in Makati, Camp Aguinaldo and Camp Crame early today condemning the massacre of Capion Family in Kiblawan, Davao del Sur last October 18.
The Mindanao Peoples‟ Peace Movement (MPPM) Inc. joins the public in rejoicing the historic signing of Framework Agreement on Bangsamoro on October 15, 2012 in Malacanang Palace by the Government of the Philippines (GPH) Panel Chairman, Atty. Marvic M.V.F. Leonen and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Panel Chairman, Mohagher Iqbal as witnessed by Malaysian facilitator, Tengku Dato‟ Ab Ghafar bin Tengku Mohamed in the presence of the President of the Republic of the Philippines His Excellency Benigno Simeon Aquino III, Prime Minister of Malaysia Dato‟ Sri Hj. Mod Najib Biun Tun Hj. Abdul Razak, and Chairman of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), Al Haj Murad Ibrahim.
We commend with highest distinction these honorable people for their gift of audacity and statesmanship as channel for the peoples‟ self-determination.
On Wednesday the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld a contempt judgment against Senator Ferdinand R. Marcos, Imelda Marcos and the Estate of Ferdinand E. Marcos. The judgment, $353.6 million, is believed to be the largest contempt award ever affirmed by an appellate court. Robert Swift, lead counsel for the 10,000 Filipino human rights victims who obtained a judgment against Ferdinand E. Marcos and his Estate in 1995, expressed satisfaction with the new judgment. “The Marcoses have thumbed their noses at the United States court and Filipino human rights victims ever since the $2 billion judgment was entered in 1995. They were caught trying to dissipate the Marcos Estate’s assets to re-capitalize their political dynasty in the Philippines. This new judgment is against Imelda Marcos and her son personally for their misconduct. It broadens the possibilities for collection of money to the human rights victims. The victims can be assured they we will vigorously and aggressively seek to collect this sum.”