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ILIGAL NGA PAG-ARESTO SA BATA SANG ANAY NDFP CONSULTANT, MABASKOG NGA GINAKUNDENA

ILOILO – Mabaskog nga ginakundena sang Karapatan Alliance Philippines ang iligal nga pag-aresto sa 32 anyos nga si Amanda Echanis, isa ka organisador sang Amihan, organisasyon sang kababainhan nga mangunguma.

Iligal nga ginsulod sang mga katapo sang Philippine National Police (PNP), Criminal Investigation and Detention Group (CIDG), kag Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) ang puluy-an ni Amanda sa Brgy. Carupian, Baggao, Cagayan kaagahon sang Disyembre 2.

Ginpasakaan si Echanis sang pato-pato nga kaso nga illegal possession of firearms, ammunitions, and explosives.

Upod ni Amanda ang iya isa ka bulan nga lapsag sang siya gindakop. Si Amanda ang bata sang anay National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) Consultant kag Anakpawis Chairperson nga si Randall “Ka Randy” Echanis nga gintortyur antes ginpatay sang mga ginapatihan ahente sang estado, apat ka bulan palang ang nagligad.

Nagpanawagan ang pamilya kag mga organisasyon nga ginapasakupan ni Amanda nga hilwayon siya kag ang iya anak sa mas madali nga panahon bilang tawhanon nga pagtratar sa mag-iloy.

Nagapati man ang mga abugado, abyan kag tagasuporta ni Amanda nga gin-tanom ang mga “ebidensya” nga ginpresentar sang mga ahente sang estado.

Suno sa Karapatan Cagayan Valley, madugay na nga ulubrahon sang mga suldado kag pulis ang pagtanom sang mga ebidensya agod pahipuson kag iligal nga arestohon ang mga nagapanawagan sang pagbag-o sa sosyudad.

Dugang sang National Network of Agrarian Reform Advocates – Youth (NNARA Youth), imbes nga sabton ni Duterte ang mga letihimo nga panawagan kag demokratiko nga interes sang pumuluyo kaangay sang kawad-on sang lupa sa mga mangunguma, kakulangon sang ayuda kag solusyong medical ilabi na sa panahon sang pandemya kag kalamidad, kag ang nagalala nga krisis sa ekonomiya sang pungsod, mas ginahatagan pa sini prayoridad ang pagpahipos sa mga indibidwal nga wala sang pagpangduha-duha nga nagabuyagyag sang kakulangan sang gobyerno para lang maproteheran ang iya makakaugalingon nga mga interes.

Sa katapusan, ginahangkat sang Amihan ang pinakamalapad nga kubay sang pumuluyo nga mag-upod sa panawagan nga hilwayon si Amanda, ang iya lapsag kag tanan nga political prisoners. Dugang sang grupo, ginapangatubang naton subong ang rurok sang imoralidad kag indi makatawo nga pagtrato sang gobyerno sa pumuluyo gani mas nagakadapat nga pamatukan ang ini nga pasista nga rehimen./PT

REDTAGGING SA MGA ESKWELAHAN, GINKUNDENA SANG MGA PROGRESIBO

SYUDAD SANG ILOILO – Ginkundena sang Kabataan Partylist – Panay ang panibag-o nga redtagging sang militar sa mga eskwelahan sa Iloilo.

Sa pahayag sang Philippine Army, ila daw ginamonitor ang mga estudyante sa mga eskwelahan nga ginsambit ni “Ka Eric” ukon mas kilala nga Jeffrey Celiz kung sa diin may mga progresibo nga grupo nga may kaangtanan sa CPP-NPA-NDF.

Ginpahayag sang grupo nga ang pag redtag sa ila mga miembro kag mga estudyante ang naga butang sa katalagman sang ila seguridad bangod antes ginpatay sanday Jory Porquia kag Zara Alvarez, sila ang ginredtag kag gin monitor man sang mga ahente sang estado.

Dugang sang grupo nga ang pagredtag sa mga kritikal mga organisasyon sang estudyante ang nagahatag sang lisensya sa pag atake sa sini nga mga organisasyon, ila mga lider kag mga miembro. Ginahatagan man sini sang ligwa agud ma-militarisa ang mga eskwelahan kung sa diin may ara sang mga organisasyon nga kritikal sa gobyerno. Ini magaresulta sa pag-ipit sa mga organisasyon kag pagbusal sa mga kritiko nga athag nga bayolasyon sa duna nga kinamatarung sang mga estudyante sa pagpalayag kag organisasyon.

Luyag man sang grupo nga ipahanumdom sa militar nga ang pagmonitor nila sa mga eskwelahan ang naga bayolar sang layi nga RA 7610 kung sa diin gina kabig ang mga eskwelahan nga mga zones of peace kag gina dumilian ang presensya sang mga armado nga hubon.

Ginpakamalaut man sang Kabataan Partylist ang redtagging nga natabo sa NSTP program sang West Visayas State University – Pototan Campus kung diin gin redtag nila ang MAKABAYAN Bloc nga mga “legal fronts” kuno sang CPP-NPA-NDF.

Dugang sang grupo nga ang Makabayan Bloc, kung diin kabahin diri ang Kabataan Partylist, ang nagapakigbato sang kinamatarong sang pumuluyo para sa edukasyon, mga basehan nga serbisyo sosyal, trabaho kag insakto nga sweldo, kag matuod nga repormang agraryo. Dugang sang grupo nga ang pagdepensa kag pakigbato sang kinamatarong sang pumuluyo ang indi krimen.

Santo sa Section 18, numero 1, sang Article 3 Bill of Rights sang 1987 Constitution, indi dapat mapreso ang isa ka tawo bangud lang sang iya political nga pagpati kag handum nga mangin hilway sa pagpamigos kag pagpanghimulos ang sosyodad kag may pag-alalangay. Gani nanawagan ang Kabataan Partylist kag iban pa nga mga progresibo nga organisasyon sang mga pamatan-on nga untaton ang redtagging kag indi pagpahanugotan nga gamiton ang mga buluthoan nga avenue sa pag redtag, kundi sa pag hulma sang mga kritikal nga paminsaron.

Ginhangkat man sang grupo nga imbes i-monitor sang Philippine Army ang mga buluthoan, mas maayo kung didto sila ma monitor sa West Philippine Sea nga padayon gina atake sang mga dumuluong nga pungsod./PT

TUMANDOKS FORCED TO SIGN PERSONA NON GRATA AGAINST CPP-NPA-NDF

ILOILO – The NTF-ELCAC is now forcing the Tumandoks (Indigenous Peoples) to sign a declaration stating the CPP-NPA-NDF as persona-non-grata.

According to Barangay Captain Jobelyn Giganto of Barangay Lahug, Tapaz, Capiz, they have been visited or summoned, several times already, by members of the NTF-ELCAC and the military to force to them to declare the CPP-NPA-NDF as persona non grata in their barangay.

Barangay Lahug is the only remaining barangay in the municipality of Tapaz that have not signed nor agreed in the said declaration.

According to Captain Giganto, they have no bases to work it out. If they have to ban somebody from entering their community, it should be the members of the military and the NTF-ELCAC who have been spreading fear and panic among the people since they entered the village in June.

The council and the people have presented the problem to Mayor Roberto Palomar of Tapaz but the Mayor himself also forced them to sign the declaration.

The people were disappointed with the Mayor’s reaction, who they thought would defend their rights even more as the military pressures them.

According to the threats of the military, they may increase their forces in the community or replace their forces with even more violent groups, however, the Tumandoks are firm with their stand to defend their rights and be free from the dictates of the military and the NTF-ELCAC.

In Tacayan, also in Tapaz, the military took control of the Barangay Council and ordered the people to relocate near the center of the barangay or along the road. They were only given until December to move and the Tumandoks view that it will have an intense impact on their farming.

Many leaders of the Tumandok organization have been summoned and interrogated by the military several times already.

The victims sought refuge in the office of the Commission on Human Rights last week to seek assistance for the ongoing military harassment in their community./PT

DDS, AFP, KAG PNP FAKE ACCOUNTS, GINSHUTDOWN SANG FACEBOOK

SYUDAD SANG ILOILO – Ginpangshutdown sang Facebook ang ginatos ka mga fake accounts, Facebook pages, kag Facebook Groups bangud sa pagpalapnag sang mga kabutigan kag iban pa nga sahi sang peke nga balita agud tiplangon ang pumuluyo.

Sa monitoring sang Facebook ang ini nga mga accounts ang may angut sa China kag sa talatapan mismo sang Armed Forces of the Philippines kag Philippine National Police.

Suno kay Facebook head of Security Policy Nathaniel Gleicher, ila natukiban nga koordinado ang mga aktibidad sang pagpaniplang kag masami nagagamit sang peke nga identidad para matago ang mga sa likod sang sini nga kampanya.

Kabahin sa mga ginpangtakedown sang Facebook amo ang 57 (singkwenta’y siete) ka accounts, 31 (trenta’y uno) ka pages, kag 20 (baynte) ka mga Instagram accounts nga konektado sa militar kag sa pulis kag ini tanan ang nagahimo sang koordinado nga pagpalapnag sang peke nga balita.

Kalabanan sa mga peke nga balita nga ginapalapnag sang sini nga nga accounts amo ang kampanya sang militar kontra terrorismo, ang kontrobersyal nga Anti-Terror Law, komunismo, kag ang pagpakalain sa oposisyon kag mga aktibista.

Kabahin man sa ginpangtakedown amo ang 155 (siento singkwenta’y singko) ka Facebook accounts, 11 pages, 9 groups kag 6 ka Instagram accounts nga nakabase sa China kag nagagamit sang Virtual Private Network agud pagwaon nga sa Pilipinas ang mga ini naga-operar.

Kalabanan naman sa ginapagwa sang sini nga mga accounts amo ang kuno suporta kay Duterte kag kay Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte sa ila nga pagpadalagan sa 2022 elections.

Matandaan nga sang 2019 gintakedown man sang Facebook ang kapin 200 ka mga accounts nga naangut sa social media campaign team ni Duterte nga si Nic Gabunada.

Bangud sang sini nga tikang sang Facebook, nagduso sang imbestigasyon ang Makabayan Bloc sa kongreso kag ang pagkuha sang P19 bilyon pondo sang National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict kag sayluhon ang ini nga budget sa pag-atubang sang pandemya.

Suno kay Kabataan Partylist Representative Sarah Elago maathag na ini nga ebidensiya halin sa Facebook nga ginagamit sang militar kag kapulisan kabahin na ang NTF-ELCAC ang pondo sang pumuluyo para pakalainon ang nga kritiko paagi sa sistematiko nga pagpalapnag sang fake news.

Ginsuportahan naman sang Commission on Human Rights ang tikang sang Makabayan bloc kag nagpahayag nga magabulig sila sa pagpasabat sa mga tao sa likod sang sini nga aktibidad./PT

GIVE JUSTICE TO MAN MISTAKENLY ARRESTED – KARAPATAN

ILOILO CITY – Human rights group Panay Alliance-Karapatan on Thursday joined the call of Baltazar Saldo for the Police Regional Office 6 and the Philippine Army to make a public apology for wrongly arresting him.

Saldo, a driver from Brgy. Sto. Angel, Dumalag, Capiz, was mistaken for a New People’s Army commander from Negros and was arrested on June 23, 2019.

He said an army officer from the 61st Infantry Battalion stepped on his head after he was made to drop to the ground before he was handcuffed. He was shocked when presented with four warrants of arrest during a press conference.

“More than a public apology, Saldo and his family deserve justice for what he suffered in the hands of the Police Regional Office 6 Intelligence Division and the 61st Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army,” said Reylan Vergara, secretary general of Panay Alliance-Karapatan.

“Saldo should be indemnified of the physical and moral damage he sustained,” he added.

The human rights group expressed willingness to facilitate legal assistance for Saldo.

“With such conduct of the police and military, no one is safe from arbitrary deprivation of liberty,” Vergara lamented. “Higher authorities should take proper disciplinary action to those responsible.”

Vergara said outgoing Police Region 6 Commander Gen. John Bulalacao who proudly announced Saldo’s arrest as an accomplishment at the last moment of his active duty, should be the first to admit his and his men’s blunder and make the public apology.

“The case of Saldo may be likened to the arrest of Roberto Elamparo, Ruperto Enar and Ramon Enar, aged farmers in Igbaras last March and that of Remie Diaz, also a farmer from Calinog last April,” said Vergara.

“In their case, army soldiers staged fake encounters to justify their arrest. Worse, they continue to languish in jail until now because of trumped up criminal complaints charged against them.”

“The life and liberty of innocent civilians should not be put at stake just because the police and army want to show some accomplishment,” said Vergara./www.panaytoday.net

Military causes indigenous farmers evacuation, uses children as shields during firefight

ILOILO Province – Thirty-three out of 46 indigenous families have evacuated from the village proper of Cabatangan to the town proper of Lambunao of this province to ensure their safety from months of continued military operations.

In a firefight last February 4 with the New People’s Army (NPA), the villagers reported that the military used civilians especially children, ages 11 to 15, as shields against the NPA.

According to a local villager who refused to be named, the military even told them that if they run, they will be shot.

“They also shot the barangay hall and the day care center despite knowing that their enemies are not even there,” added the villager.

In a report by the indigenous group TUMANDUK, military troops from the 61st Infantry Battalion of the 3rd Infantry Division of the Philippine Army have been operating in the village since October 2016. This is despite the declaration of indefinite unilateral ceasefire against the NPA by President Rodrigo Duterte.

The ceasefire was lifted however last February 3 by President Duterte followed by the declaration of an all-out war against the NPA by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.

Military violations
“Military activities include combat operations, psychological warfare, and surveillance. They also made the barangay hall, day care center, and other civilian structures their barracks and joined civilian populations despite being armed,” said TUMANDUK in their report.

“These are all violations to the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL),” the TUMANDUK stressed.

In an earlier fact sheet sent by affected children and families of Cabatangan to the human rights group Panay-Alliance Karapatan, they said the Philippine Army sent additional 40 troops to their village after the firefight.

They also reported that the military are spreading fear through their statement that if they would bear another blow from the NPA, they, the villagers, would carry the consequences.

TUMANDUK also reported that the military have started gambling activities in the village after their deployment.

“After the evacuation, the military forcibly enter the abandoned houses to find for evidences that would point to the locals who they suspect are supporters of the NPA,” added the TUMANDUK.

The school’s activities and classes have stopped since February 5 after the incident, added the report.

Roughly nine households remain in the village proper as of press time. (panaytoday.net)

Youth, lawyer groups denounce police brutality vs national minority at US embassy protest

ILOILO City – Youth and lawyers groups denounced in the strongest terms the spate of violent dispersal against national minorities and their supporters while staging a protest at the United States Embassy, Roxas Blvd., Pasay City early morning today.

Sandugo, a new alliance formed by Moro and indigenous peoples from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, was about to end their protest action in front of the US embassy denouncing US imperialist backed counter-insurgency program Oplan Bayanihan, when they were fired with teargas and water cannon. Around 50 protesters, three of which in critical condition, were hurt when police vehicle run amok, and 29 others were illegally arrested including a doctor, a nurse, a medical volunteer and a member of the media.

WATCH: Police van runs over protesters at anti-US rally

“The Philippine National Police (PNP) did it again,” said Atty. Rene Estocapio, general secretary of National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL) Panay, “after police’s “fascist culture” once more worked when it attacked protesters peaceably staging a rally.”

“On that instance, there was a murderous intent on the officer who ordered the assault, and the driver who rammed the prowl car on the unarmed crowd,” Estocapio added.

Yesterday, Sandugo also held protest in front of Camp Aguinaldo calling for the pull-out of military troops from their communities, the end of human rights abuses, and respect for their right to self-determination.

As the contingents were approaching the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) National Headquarters, they were violently hosed out with water cannons.

“The violent response of the AFP and the PNP manifests consistent records of their human rights abuses against the Moro and indigenous peoples and their supporters,” Anakbayan Panay chairperson Bryan Bosque said.

IPs hosed out with water cannon at Camp Aguinaldo protest./Southern Tagalog Exposure

The protests were part of 2 week-long “Lakbayan ng mga Pambansang Minorya” that seeks to highlight their calls for the pull-out of military troops from their communities, the end of human rights abuses, and respect for their right to self-determination.

Peace Saboteurs
“These series of violence committed by the AFP and PNP is a clear indication that they are peace saboteurs jeopardizing the ongoing talks between the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and the Duterte government,” Bosque said.

“The violent dispersal also proved the AFP and PNP’s non-commitment to President Duterte’s vision for peace citing the pattern of killings, harassment, and militarization in the countryside under then President Noynoy Aquino’s Oplan Bayanihan are still continuing.”

The youth leader cited the recent killings of Lumad leader Jimmy Saypan on October 12, young Lumad activist Anoy Pasaporte on October 13, Cagayan Valley peasant leader Ariel Diaz and the massacre of 4 farmers in Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija last month.

Pursuit of Independent Foreign Policy
The Sandugo protest at the US embassy also expressed support of President Duterte’s independent foreign policy by breaking the decades-old unjust ties with the US, an end to subservience that past Philippine regimes practiced.

“Even as Duterte avowed an independent foreign policy, the PNP still act as running dogs of the US,” Bosque said.

“The culture of fascism still thrives within the ranks of the PNP, which impels them to use unnecessary force against its own people, unarmed protesters peaceably assembling, against an imperial that has plundered the country and exploited its people since 1898,” Estocapio said.

WATCH: BEFORE VIOLENT DISPERSAL | MPD official caught on video telling cops: ‘Magkagulo na kung magkagulo’

Continuing Struggle
“Anakbayan is  consistent on its demand to  junk the Oplan Bayanihan which is the blueprint directed to the killing of Lumad and peasant leaders, widespread militarization of countryside, and persistence of human rights violations,” Bosque stressed.

Militant groups are set to hold condemnation action tomorrow.

“We demand justice for the victims of PNP brutality! We call on the Commission of Human Rights to investigate, especially Manila Police District Supt. Marcelino Pedrozo who ordered the needless assault and SPO3 Franklin Kho, the driver of the prowl car,” Estocapio said.

The youth group urged President Duterte to act after the pro-US and ultra-rightist within the military and police who are working against the people’s interests, dismantle paramilitary groups organized and funded by the AFP, and pull-out all military forces from ancestral domains and communities of national minorities. (Rosana Inaudito | panaytoday.net)