Bayan challenges Noynoy’s clear-cut actions
vs. poverty, injustices
July 28, 2010
When it was thought to be a SONA of truths and a start of great changes
for the nation, less was heard than a “tell-all” of old stories.
It was not uplifting to hear again enumerations of corruption by the past
administration for what could inspire people to do more and not just dream
again is to see Gloria Arroyo suffer in jail. And on behalf of Gloria
Arroyo’s victims of corruption and various human rights violations, we
believe prosecuting Arroyo would indeed be a better start –off, a move
which will make Pres Noynoy Aquino more of a president than of a mere man
It is wise to be realistic than to go with the flow. There is no way the
people can dream again with the priorities uttered by Noynoy in his
speech. Noynoy has revealed himself as a believer and follower of US
imperialist dictates, as a US-puppet in the making.
Take away the expose and “tagalog” speaking president, the essence of
Noynoy’s SONA are retentions of US-dictated economic policies --
privatization, deregulation, and liberalization embody the framework of
his policy making.
There were no mention of scrapping anti-people and anti -poor policies
that were enacted during the previous administrations such as the E-VAT,
Oil Deregulation Law, and the Visiting Forces Agreement and Mutual Defense
With his support for the intensification of built-operate-transfer scheme,
privatization of more Government Owned and Controlled Corporations (GOCC)
and its heavy toll on the Filipino poor majority is clear to worsen.
Noynoy’s presidency is not far from ending-up like the conventional ones
--- the type that is bound to exist and end with its term of office. For
the 15th time that the country had a change in presidency, the people have
not seen any President brave enough to breakaway from the controls and
dominance of US imperialism.
There has not been a time that genuine land reform -- the total
distribution of lands among the farmers and creation of a planned
agriculture which products are for local sustainability rather than for
exports -- was given a priority as a government policy.
Filipino workers continue to work at the mercy of greedy capitalists.
While salaries and wages are nailed at its lowest rate amidst the
skyrocketing cost of living, the workers remain unsecured as our own labor
policies favor contractual employments.
Our indigenous peoples are up to now waging the struggle for their right
to ancestral domain as their lands have been the targets for mining,
plantation expansions and profit-driven dam and energy construction.
Noynoy could have said much about truths that is at the heart of every
Filipino’s dream for genuine political change but he chose not to for
having hailed from a landlord family owning more than half of Tarlac,
other haciendas and private monopolies in the business industry and him,
being a landlord himself, his own family is at stake.
There are bigger problems than corruption that cause inequities among the
people. For more than hundred years now that our people and resources are
exploited for foreign-vested interests, such is worse than corruption. It
is hard to believe that Noynoy can address insurgency when he chooses to
ignore the root cause of poverty and inequities in the country. For every
Filipino who is perennially deprived of his rights to dignified job, food,
shelter, education, and other basic social services, insurgency will
continue to be a resort for his defense and assertions.
There is more to fear when we see Noynoy acting blind about the political
killings which greeted his first 26 days in power. As the AFP’s
commander-in-chief, he is not innocent about the operations of the
institution he leads. It is his duty to stop the military’s brute and
anti-people operations under Oplan Bantay Laya unless he wants to suffer
for himself the same anger the people have for the former president.
Noynoy’s 6-year term is crucial at this point when everybody longs for
genuine change. He’d better rethink his administration’s economic and
political policies than his disappointing first SONA. The people’s demands
and not just dreams are clear in reminding Noynoy of his mandate to uphold
human rights and lead firmly as the country’s president. We don’t need him
to act merely as a US puppet.
KARAPATAN-SMR Secretary General harassed by
1003rd Infantry Brigade, Philippine Army in Davao City, Philippines
UA No: 2010-09-08
UA Date : 30 September 2010
UA Case : Threat/Harassment/Intimidation
Victim/s : Kelly M. Delgado
• 34 years old, male, single
• A resident of F. Torres St., Davao City
• Secretary General, KARAPATAN-Southern Mindanao Region (SMR)
Place of Incident : Apongcola, Anda Street, Davao City
Date of Incident : 21 September 2010
Alleged Perpetrator(s): BGen. Eduardo del Rosario, commanding officer of
Infantry Brigade attached to the 10th Infantry Division, Philippine
Army (10th IDPA) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)
Account of the Incident:
At around 10:00 AM of 21 September 2010, BGen. Eduardo del Rosario and
Datu Ruben Labawan (implicated in the killing of Julius Tamundez, refer to
UA No: 2010-09-03) held a press conference at Apongcola, Anda Street,
Davao City where the AFP General accused Kelly Delgado of masterminding a
plot to liquidate the Eastern Mindano Command spokesperson, Lt. Col.
Randolf Cabangbang, allegedly to avenge the abduction and death of Rebelyn
Pitao, the daughter of Leoncio Pitao, a known New People's Army (NPA)
BGen. Del Rosario claimed to have in his possession an affidavit of a
witness stating that sometime in April 2009, Kelly purportedly gathered 3
NPA members and ordered them to kill the then Maj. Randolf Cabangbang. Del
Rosario maliciously insinuated that KARAPATAN is supposed to uphold human
rights but its secretary general ordered to kill someone. He further
alleged that KARAPATAN and Bayan Muna Partylist are legal fronts of the
New People's Army.
The press conference happened three days after KARAPATAN received a
classified information from a reliable source from within the military
that a Mission Order (MO) has been issued for the “physical elimination”
of Kelly by the Eastern Mindanao Command – home to the 10th and 4th
Infantry Divisions of the Philippine Army.
The above incident is only the most recent in a series of harassments by
the military against Kelly Delgado. He became target of the military's
harassment as a result of his fearless exposé of the military's atrocities
as part of its counterinsurgency program in his capacity as the regional
head of KARAPATAN.
It can be recalled that during a radio interview on 16 May 2008, a day
after Celso Pojas, a peasant leader, was shot dead, an unknown listener
sent a death threat for Kelly thorough the radio station's public mobile
phone. It stated the Kelly would be next victim and he would soon be 6
feet below the ground. (This is the subject of an urgent action appeal
dated 22 May 2008)
Taking into account the modus operandi of the perpetrators of the scores
of victims of extrajudicial killings, KARAPATAN took the threat seriously.
Since many of the victims were openly vilified and received death threats
before they were killed, Kelly's harassment was reported to two United
Nations (UN) Special Rapporteurs: on the promotion and protection of the
right to freedom of opinion and expression and on the situation of human
rights defenders. The two Rapporteurs wrote a joint letter to the
Department of Foreign Affairs Office of the United Nations and other
International Organization last 20 June 2008 urging them to investigate
the case of Kelly and appealed to make necessary measures to ensure his
safety, his family and other KARAPATAN staff from the threat.
Kelly also engaged the police's investigation on his case. Together with
other militant leaders, he met with Antonio E. Rivera, Chief,
Investigation and Detective Management Section (IDMS) of the Davao City
Police Office (DCPO), who offered police escort for him.
On 14-19 May 2009, the Exodus for Justice and Peace (EJP) initiated an
International Solidarity Mission (ISM) dubbed as “A Journey of Solidarity
in Defense of the People Resisting Oppression in Southern Mindanao”as a
response to the rampant human rights violations as a result of the massive
military deployment in the region. A concerned state agent, who requested
anonymity, handed over to the ISM a copy of a powerpoint presentation
prepared by the 10th Infantry Division, Philippine Army entitled “JCICC
“Agila” 3rd QTR 2007 OB (Order of Battle) Validation Result” - a progress
report on the OB list. More than 100 names of known militant leaders were
included in the list. Celso Pojas was one of them. He was shot to death in
front of his office in Davao City on 15 May 2008. Kelly was also in the
list, including his photo.
This countered the military's denial of the existence of OB lists and
proved the long time suspicion that people listed in such lists are indeed
targeted for liquidation.
On 12 June 2010, Karapatan-SMR learned from a reliable source from the
military that criminal charges were filed against Kelly. Checking on all
the courts all over the region, KARAPATAN-SMR found that a multiple
murder, frustrated murder and theft charges were filed against Kelly
before the Branch 3 of the Regional Trial Court (RTC) in Nabunturan,
Compostela Valley Province.
The charges were based on an encounter between the New People's Army (NPA)
and the AFP between 24 and 25 October 2008 in the outskirts of New Bataan,
Compostela Valley Province. However, based on the documents gathered by
Karapatan, Kelly's name does not appear on any of the original charge
sheets for the four cases filed on 13 March 2009. His name was maliciously
added to all four cases under an amended information only on 27 November
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 threat/harassment/intimidation of Kelly Delgado;
2. The military to stop the labeling and targeting of human rights
defenders as “members of front organizations of the communists” and
“enemies of the state,” withdraw the charges against Kelly Delgado which
are fabricated ones and are meant to hinder him from doing his work as a
human rights worker and stop the harassment against him.
3. The Philippine Government to withdraw its counterinsurgency program
Oplan Bantay Laya (Operation Freedom Watch).
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.
You may send your communications to:
H.E. Benigno C. Aquino III
President of the Republic of the Philippines
JP Laurel St., San Miguel
Voice: (+632) 564 1451 to 80
Fax: (+632) 742-1641 / 929-3968
Sec. Teresita Quintos-Deles
Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process
Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP)
7th Floor Agustin Building I
Pasig City 1605
Voice:+63 (2) 636 0701 to 066
Fax:+63 (2) 638 2216
E-Mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ret. Lt. Gen. Voltaire T. Gazmin
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
Atty. Leila De Lima
Secretary, Department of Justice
Padre Faura St., Manila
Direct Line 521-8344; 5213721
Trunkline 523-84-81 loc.214
Fax: (+632) 521-1614
Hon. Loretta Ann P. Rosales
Commission on Human Rights
SAAC Bldg., UP Complex
Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines
Voice: (+632) 928-5655, 926-6188
Fax: (+632) 929 0102
Please send us a copy of your email/mail/fax to the above-named government
officials, to our address below.
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