National Interfaith Peace and Mercy Mission (Duyog sa Panaw)
looks into recent cases of extra-judicial killings and human rights violations
May 21-23, 2010
Belen Galleto of Save PANTUKAN Alliance whose life is under threat
due to her active stance against the entry of foreign and large mining companies
A Mansaka tribal chieftain attested that there were economic
and cultural rights violation perpetrated by the US-Russel Mining,
Duyog sa Panaw believes that the mission has found revealing data and information on the continued sufferings of our peasant and lumad brothers and sisters who, in their fight for life and liberty, are being targeted by the state’s military apparatus who violate their basic human rights with impunity and without compunction.
--- From the mission report
|Photos courtesy of KARAPATAN - Southern Mindanao Region|
Peace group to lead national peace and mercy
mission; probes on extra-judicial killings and hr violations in region
|Iinterview with Manrique's widow|
|At the grave of Manrique with his grandchildren.|
|Belen Galleto (fellow of Manrique in opposition to the entry of large-scale mining corporations in Pantukan), together with Manrique's wife, mother and daughter|
|Filing of Blotter at the PNP Panukan Station on harassment & illegal checkpoint & search, and on Belen Galleto's case, and ff-up case onSantos Manrique (EJK Victim)|
Duyog sa Panaw
National Interfaith Peace and Mercy Mission
May 20-23, 2011
May 23, 2011
A Call for Justice to Victims of Extra-judicial killings
A Call for the Respect Human Rights and International Humanitarian Laws
had served as Vice-Chairperson of Zone 1 Farmers’ Association (ZOFA) – a
farmer’s organization in Sta. Cruz affiliated with the progressive
Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas. His son Rudyric who is also a member of
We shall not
be deaf when we hear the cry of the oppressed. We shall not close our eyes
when we see our people’s suffering. We shall speak out to condemn all that
has caused the misery of the poor.
|Harassment of 71st IB & PNP-Pantukan on Duyog Mission Delegates|
|Illegal checkpoint & illegal search conducted by 71st IB & PNP|
A Mansaka tribal chieftain attested that there were economic
and cultural rights violation perpetrated by the US-Russel Mining,
|on the 40 days commemoration on the brutal killing of Santos Manrique.JPG|
Psychosocial Release Diagnostic Activity for children (grandchildren of Manrique
and other neigboring children)
|the Duyog sa Panaw team offered Liturgical Service for Manrique.JPG|
|Re-enactment on extrajudicial killing of Santos Manrique|
Police, military stops peace mission in surprise checkpoint
Compostela Valley - A composite team of Pantukan police and soldiers
belonging to the 71st Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army atop a 6x6 army
vehicle, held at a surprise checkpoint, 73 members of a Peace and Mercy
Mission of the church-led Exodus for Justice and Peace Saturday afternoon.
|A small tunnel operated by small-scale miners|
|A trek going to the mission area|
Belen Galleto of Save PANTUKAN Alliance whose life is underthreat due to her active stance against the entry
of foreign and large mining companies
|BINA - a stone consists of gold element for processing||
suddenly took pictures of the interviewees. “The interviewees and our
documentation team were harassed and feared for their security,” Aguilar
|Caucus with small-scale miners in Gumayan|
|Community at the mining area|
Drilling equipment operated by US-Russel mining corporation
Drilling Operation by US-Russel Mining Corporation which violated MPSA with the small-scale miners and FPIC of the Mansaka tribe
Panaw 2011 spearheaded by Exodus for Justice and Peace, in cooperation
with Barug Katungod, KARAPATAN, PANALIPDAN,
Duyog sa Panaw Pantukan Delegates in solidarity with the small-scale miners and Mansaka tribes in defense for human rights and environment
|Entering Kingking Mines||Equipment owned by NADECOR Mines|
|Interview with a small-scale miner (abantero) in the area|
April 14, 2011
44th victim of killings under PNoy gunned down
DAVAO CITY – Another victim of extrajudicial killing under the Aquino administration was gunned down by unidentified men in Pantukan, Compostela Valley, Tuesday.
According to the initial reports gathered by Karapatan-Southern Mindanao, Santos “Ricky” Manrique, 49 year-old, president of the Federation of Miners’ Aggrupation in Pantukan (FEDMAP) and a member of the progressive Anakpawis Partylist was shot dead at around 6 PM at his residence along Mendoza Hi-way, Brgy. Kingking, Municipality of Pantukan, Compostela Valley.
About four unidentified armed men with motorcycles were seen as perpetrators of the incident. Manrique participated with small-scale miners and environmentalists in actively campaigning against the entry of Russell Mining and Minerals, a US- owned mining company in the area.
“Barely a week after the friends, relatives and human rights group remembered the 40 days of the death of father and son Dejos, who were killed in Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur, Manrique is gunned down as the 6th victim of extrajudicial killing under the Aquino administration in Southern Mindanao. And similar to the father and son Dejos, and the previous victims from the region, Manrique is also allied with cause-oriented and progressive organizations,” said Hanimay Suazo, acting deputy secretary general of Karapatan.
“We are adamant that the PNoy administration is taking a different course from that of the Arroyo administration. With a total number of 44 victims under the Aquino administration in just 10 months, this means four to five victims of political killings a month,” Suazo said.
Manrique who also serves as chairperson of Panalipdan-Pantukan chapter, an alliance of environmental advocates, is also a Brgy. Kagawad in Brgy. Napnapan, Pantukan.
“Five previous cases of political killings in the region are yet to be resolved, and now, another victim is added to the list. We can only conclude that the perpetrators of the political killings are on a killing spree,” Suazo said.
“We believe that the deceptive Oplan Bayanihan, which parades itself as a counter-insurgency campaign that respects human rights is responsible for the killings. The census that the military is doing during their civil-military operations or the peace and development teams in the community gathers intelligence information on the members and leaders of progressive organizations and the information are then forwarded to their operatives,” Suazo said.
“We demand the Aquino administration to abandon its counter-insurgency operation that is plainly similar to the previous Oplans which targets unarmed civilians,” she said. #
|Interview with the small-scale miners|
|Manual operation of small-scale miners for almost 25 years|
39th IBPA harassed the mission delegates by their mere presence,
intimidating the community not to testify and cooperate with the mission
|At the US-Russel Mining Company in Pantukan||Barangay Hall of Kingking, Pantukan||Manual processing of gold|
The initial findings of the human rights group, Karapatan-Southern Mindanao Region hews closely with the conclusion made recently by the Amnesty International which lamented that rights abuses have continued under the Aquino government. Amnesty International said 305 cases of extrajudicial killings and more than 200 cases of enforced disappearances that occurred in the last decade remains unresolved, with its perpetrators yet to be punished up to now.
Karapatan also documented 53 cases of human rights violations where state security forces and paramilitary groups and its agents have victimized 99 families with 1259 individuals from January to May 15, 2011.
“The atrocious and barbaric Oplan Bantay Laya (OBL) and the new Oplan Bayanihan (OPB) under the new Aquino administration has no difference, except the names and the latter’s rampant use of deceptive words like “respect of human rights”, “development-oriented activities” and “peace”,” said Hanimay Suazo, Karapatan-SMR’s acting Deputy Secretary-General.
Moreover, Karapatan is also also highlighted the marking of cases of forced and fake surrendering of civilians, illegal arrests, illegal detention, torture, violation of children’s rights to protection and safety, use of civilians as guide during military operations and harassment/threat/intimidation of leaders and farmers.
“There is no change, more so, no peace and development. The security forces from the Arroyo regime to the current Aquino government have been consistent with their human rights violations in the region,” Suazo said.
Acting Deputy Secretary-General
Mobile No. 09294014945
|Mission Area at Sitio Gumayan, Brgy. Kingking, Municipality of Pantukan, Compostela Valley Province|
|Mission Delegates onboard a Saddam Truck going to the mining area|
|Sitio Gumayan, Brgy. Kingking, Municipality of Pantukan, Compostela Valley Province|
Solidarity message from a small-scale mining leader in Sitio Gumayan, expressed their strong resistance on foreign-owned mining companies
Solidarity program with small-scale miners and paying tribute
to Santos Manrique (a martyr of the small-scale miners and enviro
|Visiting the office of US-Russel Mining Company|
|An interview with Mercy Dejos, wife of Rudy and mother of Rudyric Dejos|
Calling for Justice to Rudy and
|Courtesy call at the Mayor's office|
xApril 24, 2011
|Duyog sa Panaw 2011 Sta. Cruz Mission Team|
Leader of small-scale miners killed in
On April 12, 2011, at around 6 PM, Santos V.
Manrique, also known as Ricky, was at the lawn in front of his house in
Brgy. Kingking, Pantukan responding to a call in his two-way radio. His
wife, Amelia, 46, said she was just a meter away from him, while their
six-year-old grandson was also near when a man arrived and shot Ricky
three times at the back with a .45 caliber pistol, from a three-and-a-half
Amelia said that as soon as Ricky fell, the
gunman pointed his gun at her and other members of the family as he
stepped backward. The assassin then headed towards the road where three
other men were waiting on two TMX motorcycles. Amelia described the gunman
to be between 25 and 30 years old with fair complexion, and was in a white
t-shirt and white shorts.
With the help of their neighbours and family
members, Amelia brought Ricky to the Community Hospital of Pantukan where
he was declared dead on arrival. Ricky sustained two gunshot wounds at the
back which exited to the right and left side of his chest, and one in the
head which hit him on the right side and went through to the left side.
As leader of two groups of small-scale miners,
Chair of the municipal chapter of Panalipdan, as well as village
councilman, Ricky had been active in the campaign against the entry of
In 2008, Ricky was at the forefront of the
campaign against the entry of the Philippine Mining Corporation (PMC).
In 2010, he was the spokesperson of the
campaign that initiated the petition-signing against the entry of the
Napnapan Minerals Resource Incorporation (NMRI) in Boringot area. The
petition was submitted to the municipal council of Pantukan, with a copy
furnished to the office of the Pantukan mayor, and forwarded to the office
of the Compostela Valley provincial governor.
This year, Ricky was visibly active in
lobbying with the local government against the entry of big mining
On January 25, 2011, the Small-Scale Miners’
Cooperative of Boringot led by Ricky filed a petition against the
Nationwide Development Corporation (NADECOR) and the Russel Mining
Corporation which planned to enter into mining in Boringot. The petition
was submitted to the municipal council of Pantukan, with a copy furnished
to the Pantukan mayor, and forwarded to the provincial governor. The entry
of the two mining companies was approved by the Pantukan municipal council
in a resolution in 2009, and was supported by Pantukan Mayor Celso Sarenas.
On March 2, 2011, Ricky and the small-scale
miners held a dialogue with Provincial Governor Arturo “Chiongkee” Uy and
members of the Provincial Board and discussed the petition submitted in
January. The petitioners were joined by Francis Morales, Secretary General
of Panalipdan-Southern Mindanao Region, representatives of the Kilusang
Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (Peasant Movement of the Philippines), Anakpawis
(Toiling Masses) party-list, Katribu party-list and other advocates. The
local government officials gave their commitment to support the petition.
On March 9, 2011, elements of the 1001st
Infantry Brigade harassed Ricky and his companion in barangay Mipangi,
Nabunturan municipality, as they negotiated with the soldiers regarding
the claims and relocation of mining in the area.
On March 25, Ricky did not attend the public
scoping at the office of the Russel Mining Corporation in Pantukan, where
the company presented its mining plans. Ricky had said that he avoided the
activity because he knew that he had earned the ire of the authorities in
Pantukan because of his involvement in the protest against the entry of
big mining in the area.
Ricky’s family suspects that his stand and
active involvement in the protest against big mining was the main reason
for his killing.
Human Rights Violation documented, and use public places for military purposes
endanger the lives of civilians
|Presence of 39th IBPA at the mission area|
Psychosocial Release Diagnostic Activity for the Dejos children
and other neighboring children in the community