The Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA), after judiciously discerning received reliable information, calls for the immediate removal of CHR Chairperson Etta Rosales, Commissioners Ma. Victoria Cardona and Norberto dela Cruz for committing a grave abuse of discretion in making a “midnight” and procedurally-flawed appointment of a person with questionable eligibility, Atty. Marc Titus Cebreros, as CHR Executive Director.
The 4th Commission on Human Rights has been earlier assessed by different human rights groups as under par in performance. Then came the Ombudsman’s historic decision of dismissing former Commissioner Cecilia Rachel V. Quisumbing due to graft and corruption and abuse of authority. This was followed by the en banc resolution of finding Com. Norberto dela Cruz of human rights violations and pending case in Ombudsman filed against him by a former staff for misconduct.Statement CHR on Midnight Appoinment
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In spite of the land rights claims of the Aetas and the farmers, corporate interests prevail in Hacienda Dolores, Pampanga. Government must step in to stop the corporate greed and violence against the poor. A farmers’ leader pointed out that “Kung noon ang kinukuha sa amin ay ang aming kabuhayan at ikinabubuhay, ngayon ang kinukuha na sa amin ay buhay”.
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“Double budget? Illegal yan!” Jail Inspector Angelina Lumba Bautista of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) emphatically said in a press conference convened by human rights defenders from different civil society organizations. The said formations are concerned with the violations of human rights of persons deprived of liberty or inmates, as well as possible broader implications of alleged corruption related to “double budgeting” of inmates’ food subsistence.
JInsp. Bautista pointed out that the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between a Local Government Unit (LGU) and the BJMP could be taken advantaged of, citing documents, from the province of Bataan.
“The MOA between the Provincial Government of Bataan and the BJMP clearly states that the former will fund the subsistence allowance of inmates during the transition period,” Ms. Bautista said referring to a copy of the MOA duly signed by authorities both from the LGU and the BJMP. “And yet,” Bautista continued and showed other documents, “the BJMP reported expenditures for subsistence allowance, including the food needs of the inmates, for the same period.” “The accumulated amount from August 10, 2010 to August 2013,” Insp. Bautista elaborated, “could reach up to 50 million pesos.” This amounts to plunder which was included in the complaint filed by Bautista in the Ombudsman last March 20, 2015.BJMP Corruption statement
The Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA), together with its network organizations, respectfully recommend the following staunch human rights advocates and defenders as COMMISSIONERS of the COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS OF THE PHILIPPINES in place of the current commissioners whose term shall expire on May 4, 2015:
These nominees were carefully screened, deliberated upon and chosen out of twenty two nominations. They were collectively given approval by human rights organizations comprising PAHRA, and other civil society organizations within its network, based on the criteria of integrity and independence, courage, broad knowledge and deep grasp of human rights concepts and principles, as well as continuous and direct practice in the field of human rights for at least ten years, which were all exceeded more longer and by far by the nominees.CSO Nomination for 5th Commission of CHRP See Profiles of Nominees Atty. Laisa Alamia , Ms. Karen Gomez-Dumpit, Atty. Cecilia Jimenez, Atty. Marlon Manuel and Atty. Erin Tanada
“Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world” …. UDHR 1948
Kinikilala sila na kabahagi ng mga katangi-tanging sandatahang pwersa ng bansa na may katungkulan na ipagtanggol, at ibuwis ang mga sariling buhay kung kinakailangan, ang mga karapatan ng mga mamamayang Pilipino na mabuhay na may dangal at kaligtasan.
Tama lamang na bigyan sila ng mga medalya ng kagitingan at tanghaling mga bayani ng bayan.Statement Mamasapano, Maguindanao Jan 2015