URGENT ACTION ALERT * URGENT
UA Date: 1 September 2008
UA Title: Eight peasant organizers and their driver abducted in Silang,
Cavite and detained in Camp Vicente Lim, Canlubang, Laguna, Philippines
UA Case: Abduction, Illegal Arrest and Detention
1. Felix Nardo, 24 y/o, male, member of Anakbayan-Cavite chapter and
2. Janice Javier, female
3. Bernardo Derain, male
4. Renato Alvarez, male, chairperson of Kalipunan ng mga Magsasaka sa
5. Yolanda Caraig, female
6. Jomel Igana, male
7. Neshley Cresino, female
8. Franco Remoroso, male
All peasant organizers are affiliates/members of the Kilusang
Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) or the Peasant Movement of the Philippines
9. A certain Mario (driver), male
Place of Incident: Along Brgy. Tartaria, Silang, Cavite Philippines
Date of Incident: 31 August 2008, around 3:30 AM
Alleged Perpetrators: Regional Special Operations Group (RSOG) of the
Philippine National Police (PNP)-Region IV
Account of Incident:
On August 31, 2008, (Sunday),
around 3:30 AM, eight peasant activists were on their way to a meeting to
discuss activities and preparations for the annual October Peasant Week.
They were traveling from Brgy. Tartaria, Silang, Cavite towards the
direction of Tagaytay City on board a utility vehicle called "multicab"
(short for multi-purpose cab).
They were expected to arrive
in an hour or so in Tagaytay, but they did not reach their destination and
none of them could be reached, prompting their families and colleagues to
call for help.
The provincial office of Karapatan in Batangas has received the report
that the eight peasant activists and their driver have not reached their
destination and are feared abducted.
By 9:30 AM of the same day, a Quick Reaction Team was organized by
Karapatan and they accompanied some relatives of the missing persons to
Camp Pantaleon, the Provincial office of the Philippine National Police
(PNP) in Imus, Cavite. The police denied having custody of the nine
persons and denied having knowledge of the incident.
On September 1, 2008, the team went to the PNP's Regional Office in Camp
Vicente Lim in Canlubang, Calamba City, Laguna and found that the nine
victims are being detained there.
The victims told the team that they were stopped at a checkpoint in Brgy,
Pasong Langka, Silang, Cavite by members of the Air Force-Batangas and
elements of the PNP, and were asked to alight the multicab. Their hands
were tied and their mouths were muffled by packaging tapes and they were
loaded into separate vehicles.
As of this writing, one of the victims, Felix Nardo, is being charged with
Illegal Possession of Explosives.
Send letters, emails or fax messages calling for:
1. The safety of the detainees to be ensured.
2. The immediate and unconditional release of Felix Nardo, , Janice
Javier, Bernardo Derain, Renato Alvarez, Yolanda Caraig, Jomel Igana,
Neshley Cresino, Franco Remoroso, and Mario.
3. The military to stop the labeling of human rights defenders as "members
of front organizations of the communists" and "enemies of the state."
4. The Philippine Government to be reminded that it is a signatory to the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights and that it is also a party to all
the major Human Rights instruments, thus it is bound to observe all of
these instruments' provisions.