On All Souls' Day:

Prayers for the Missing
Prayers for those that Search... for Justice

 

Baclaran Church

 

November 2, 2009

 

 

A pastor and his flock still seeking justice for the desaparecidos

A mother still looking for her daughter after more than 2 years

A daughter still looking for her father after more than 20 years

     

The disappeared have no graves,
Only memories they left behind,
Only loved ones
that keep on searching.

 

--- Desaparecidos

   
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A daughter offers roses to her father... ....and a brother's offering of prayers and roses to the disappeared The families of the desappeared
     

 

Prayers for the Missing
Prayers for those that Search... for Justice

The disappeared has no grave,

Only memories they left behind,

Only loved ones

that keep on searching.


On All Souls Day, November 2, 2009, at 11 in the morning, Families of the Desaparecidos  gather in front of Baclaran Church to offer prayers and flowers in remembrance of the missing.

 

 

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tKARAPATAN-SOUTHERN TAGALOG
Alliance for the Advancement of People's Rights
Media Advisory
October 30, 2009
Reference:
Glen Malabanan, Karapatan-ST Deputy Secretary General

Halloween protest at DND to remember victims of extrajudicial killings

Wearing their Halloween costumes, members of rights group Karapatan-ST and other militant organizations will troop to the Department of National Defense, not to go treat-or-tricking, but to stage a protest calling for justice for the victims of extrajudicial killings (EJK) in the country.

According to Glen Malabanan, Karapatan-ST Deputy Secretary General and daughter of a slain Bayan Muna leader in Laguna, the protest action will also serve to remember the victims of EJK in time for the coming All Souls Day, a reminder that the search for justice continues.

“Amidst recent typhoon disasters and a brewing election fever, we want to remind the government, especially those seeking position in 2010 that among the issues in the country that still need to be seriously addressed is the plea for justice for thousands of victims of politically motivated extrajudicial killings,” Malabanan said.

 

Mother offers flowers to her abducted son, she also offers prayers to her abducted husband
     
           
A mother, a daughter, and the things the disappeared left behind
 
   


"Nawawala ang katawan nila ngayon. pero katawan lang yon. Katawan lang ang nawawala. Ang pagkatao nila, nandito. Hayan buhay na buhay. Nandiyan sa bawat isa sa inyo. buhay sila. Hindi mawawala ang pinaglalaban nila. Ipagpapatuloy natin lahat yan....Nawala man ang katawan nila, ang pagkatao nila, ang puso nila ang pinaglalaban nila nandidito ito sa ating lahat."

 

-- A son looking for his father
 

     

 

TANGGULAN Youth Network for Human Rights and Civil Liberties
c/o SCMP, NCCP Building, 879 EDSA Quezon City 1100
tanggulanyouth@yahoo.com
For immediate release
NEWS RELEASE

September 23, 2009

“He was abducted, tortured”
Case not closed in abduction of young activist – youth human rights network

The TANGGULAN Youth Network for Human Rights and Civil Liberties declared “case not closed” in the abduction and torture of 26-year old Noriel Rodriguez, a young activist and peasant organizer in Cagayan Valley who was reported missing two weeks ago.

TANGGULAN, a youth human rights network said that Rodriguez, contrary to claims made by the CHR and the Philippine Army, was abducted and tortured.

This in response to statements made by the Commission on Human Rights officials in Cagayan, saying that because Rodriguez is already reunited with his family, the case is considered closed.

“How can the case be closed if Rodriguez was tortured and threatened of his life while being in the military camp? It was an outright complacency on part of the CHR not to conduct an investigation on his case,” TANGGULAN spokesperson Cristina Guevarra said.

TANGGULAN, which joined the fact-finding team in Cagayan Valley last week together with Rodriguez’s family and the local office of KARAPATAN, said that Noriel’s account confirmed how he was forcibly taken on September 6, and held captive and tortured inside several camps of the Philippine Army in Cagayan province.

Activist beaten up, blown ear with a straw

In his 10-day ordeal, Rodriguez recounted how his captors beat him up, electrocuted and blew air to his ear with a straw. The men allegedly forced him to admit that he is a member of the New People’s Army.

“Piniringan uli nila ako at may pumasok halos 4 na sundalo. Tinakpan ng sabay-sabay ang kanan tainga ko at ang bibig habang hinihipan ang kaliwa kong tainga gamit ang straw. Ginawa nila ito ng halos 30 minuto,” his affidavit stated.

“Dahil hindi ko naman alam ang mga tinatanong nila kaya hindi ako sumasagot. Tapos, tinutukan ako ng kalibre .45 sa likod ng ulo ko. Sabi ng tumutok sa akin “Papatayin kita at pamilya mo. Pero hindi pa rin ako nagsasalita pero sobrang kinakabahan na ako at natatakot ako dahil binantaan nila pati pamilya ko… Mula sa unahang upuan ay hinatak ako nila sa gitna ng sasakyan at binugbog ng grabe.”

“Buong araw nila akong tinatadyakan at sinusuntok.. Dalawang tao ang bumugbog sa akin at galit na galit dahil pinagod ko daw ang mga sundalo sa operasyon daw nila at ipinipilit pa rin nila na ituro ko daw ang kampo ng NPA. Paulit-ulit nila akong sinusuntok sa tagiliran, panga, at panay din akong tinatadyakan.”

Rodriguez also put into detail how his abductors forced him to sign papers under duress, claiming that he is a surenderee.

“Nung araw ding iyon, hindi ko na matandaan ang oras ay pumasok ang 3 sundalo at kinukuhanan ako ng larawan gamit ang isang cellphone nila habang pilit na pinapapirmahan ang isang papel na ang nakasaad ay surenderee ako sa laban nila sa Cumao at hindi daw nila ako binaril dahil asset nila ako nung Mayo pa. Ayaw kong pumirma at binugbog nila ako ng 1 oras kaya sa sakit ay napilitan akong pumirma.”

“Pinafinger print nila ako sa isang papel na surenderee daw ako. Nung ayaw ko ay binigti nila ako, tinalian ang leeg ko at inaangat ang lubid na nylon na yellow ng 1 sundalo habang pinipigil naman ng 1 sundalo na nakahawak sa likuran ko ang pagaangat ng torso.”

Possible whitewash

TANGGULAN also raised concerns on a possible whitewash of the case, with “the CHR conniving with the Army in claiming that Rodriguez is a surenderee.”

“It turns out that the CHR are already aware of Rodriguez’s case even before the team went to its regional office. Seemingly not conducting their own investigation on the case, the CHR’s actions also whitewashed his abduction and torture by conniving with the military,” she said.

According to Guevarra, Rodriguez’s brother said that even if they have claimed custody of the young activist out of the Army camp, CHR officials made the latter sign an affidavit that he sought security from the military because he was a surrenderee.

“By doing that, the CHR blatantly put legality on the abduction and torture of Rodriguez,” Guevarra said.

TANGGULAN said they will support Rodriguez if his family seeks to file a writ of amparo for his safety before the Court of Appeals, as well as criminal charges against elements of the Philippine Army for the unlawful arrest, illegal detention and torture of Rodriguez. ###

TANGGULAN is a network of youth organizations advocating human rights and civil liberties.

Reference: Cristina Guevarra, spokesperson # 09186106275

     
     
     
     
     
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Youth activist abducted by armed intelligence units in Cagayan Valley, Philippines
UA No: 2009-09-02

UA Date : 15 August 2009
UA Case : Abduction; Enforced Disappearance
Victim/s : Noriel Rodriguez, 26 years old

· Member, ANAKBAYAN (Sons & Daughters of the People)

· Volunteer of Kagimungan, a peasant organization in Cagayan Valley

Place of Incident : Sitio Sta. Isabel, Bgy. Tapel, Gonzaga, Cagayan

Date of Incident : September 6, 2009, at around 5:00 pm

Alleged Perpetrator(s): Four unidentified men in civilian attire armed with .45 caliber guns, believed to be members of the 17th IBPA based in Bgy. San Jose Gonzaga, Cagayan.

Account of the Incident:

Noriel Rodriguez, an ANAKBAYAN member and a youth volunteer of the peasant organization in Cagayan – Kagimungan – was on board a tricycle on his way to Brgy. Tapel, Gonzaga, Cagayan at around 5 pm of September 6, 2009.

At a waiting shed, along the national road going through Sitio Comunal, which was 3.5 kilometers away from Bgy. Batangan, four unidentified men in civilian clothes suddenly stopped the tricycle. Three of the men were armed with .45 caliber pistols. The armed men grabbed Rodriguez out of the tricycle and immediately pushed him unto a waiting red vehicle known to the locals as “spider car”. The tricycle driver only remembers the last three digits (522) on the vehicle’s plate.

The tricycle driver was told by one of the men in vernacular, “You didn’t see anything”.

When Rodriguez was already inside the “spider” vehicle one of the abductors wearing a black shirt, ordered the tricycle driver to get inside the passenger cab of the tricycle. The perpetrator then hopped on to the driver’s seat and drove the tricycle to follow the abductors’ vehicle towards the direction of Bgy. Calayan.

Upon reaching Brgy. Calayan, the abductor alighted from the tricycle and transferred to the “spider” car. The vehicle then drove off towards the direction of Sta. Ana, Cagayan leaving the tricycle behind. The tricycle driver believed that Rodriguez was brought to the 17th IBPA based in San Jose, Gonzaga, Cagayan, since the spider cars were often seen as being used by the intelligence unit of the 17th IBPA.

Rodriguez is a volunteer of Kagimungan under Anakbayan’s community integration program, a program which allows the youth and students to integrate and work with the poor and different sectors of society.

The Karapatan-Cagayan Valley chapter conducted a search and fact-finding mission on September 15. The team inquired at the camps of 17th IBPA detachments in Bgy. San Jose Gonzaga and the Cagayan Police Provincial Station in Bgy. Sta. Ana. The officers of the military and police denied that they have custody of Rodriguez.

Recommended Action:

Send letters, emails or fax messages calling for:

1. The immediate formation of an independent fact-finding and investigation team composed of representatives from human rights groups, the Church, local government, and the Commission on Human Rights that will look into the abduction and enforced disappearance of Anakbayan member and peasant volunteer Noriel Rodriguez.
2. 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.

You may send your communications to:

H.E. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
President of the Republic
Malacañang Palace,
JP Laurel St., San Miguel
Manila Philippines
Voice: (+632) 564 1451 to 80
Fax: (+632) 742-1641 / 929-3968
Cell#: (+ 63) 919 898 4622 / (+63) 917 839 8462
E-mail: corres@op.gov.ph / opnet@ops.gov.ph

Gen. Avelino Razon, Ret. PNP
Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process
Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP)
7th Floor Agustin Building I
Emerald Avenue
Pasig City 1605
Voice:+63 (2) 636 0701 to 066
Fax:+63 (2) 638 2216
osec@opapp.gov.ph

Atty. Gilberto C. Teodoro Jr.
Secretary, Department of National Defense
Room 301 DND Building, Camp Emilio Aguinaldo,
E. de los Santos Avenue, Quezon City
Voice:+63(2) 911-9281 / 911-0488
Fax:+63(2) 911 6213
Email: osnd@philonline.com

Atty. Agnes Devanadera
Secretary, Department of Justice
Padre Faura St., Manila
Direct Line 521-8344; 5213721
Trunkline 523-84-81 loc.214
Fax: (+632) 521-1614
Email: soj@doj.gov.ph

Atty. Leila De Lima
Chairperson, Commission on Human Rights
SAAC Bldg., UP Complex
Commonwealth Avenue
Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines
Voice: (+632) 928-5655, 926-6188
Fax: (+632) 929 0102
Email: chr.delima@yahoo.com

Please send us a copy of your email/mail/fax to the above-named government officials, to our address below.
URGENT ACTION Prepared by:

KARAPATAN (Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights)
National Office
2/F Erythrina Bldg., #1 Maaralin cor Matatag Sts., Brgy. Central, Diliman, Quezon City 1100 PHILIPPINES
Voice/Fax: (+632) 435 4146

Email: urgentaction@karapatan.org
Website: www.karapatan.org

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KARAPATAN Urgent Action Alert
KARAPATAN Alliance for the Advancement of People's Rights
2/F Erythrina Building, #1 Maaralin cor. Matatag Sts.,
Central District, 1101 Quezon City, Philippines
Telefax: (632) 435 4146

 

     
     
     
     
     
           
     
     

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