Category Archives: HUMAN RIGHTS




The Rano massacre was the most brutal, inhumane, and barbaric act committed by the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF).

On June 25, 1989, the 38 members of the Bagobo-Tagabawa tribe who gathered for worship at the United Church of Christ in the Philippines were killed in Sitio Rano, Barangay Binaton by a group of NPA rebels led by Amado Payot alias “Kumander Bensar”.

The government has brought insurgency to near annihilation more than three decades after the Rano massacre in Digos, Davao del Sur where 38 members of an indigenous peoples (IP) community were massacred by communist rebels.The Rano massacre was the most brutal, inhumane, and barbaric… Read More

DOJ releases matrix on drug war ops deaths

MANILA – The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday released information on the initial batch of 52 cases it is reviewing as part of the government’s policy of transparency on the anti-illegal drugs campaign.The matrix included docket numbers, names of deceased suspects, places and… Read More

Duterte not remiss in probing drug war killings

MANILA – The release of information on 52 cases of police anti-drug operations that resulted in killings of drug suspects shows that President Rodrigo Duterte is not remiss in his obligation of investigating human rights violations during his term, Malacañang on Wednesday… Read More


Government to protect defenseless, vulnerable



Executive Secretary Salvador C. Medialdea has expressed concern over human rights violations by communist rebels in its failed attempt in more than fifty years  to topple down the government.


Countless human rights abuses against our people have been committed by communist armed groups that have been battling the Philippine government for more than five decades, said Medialdea in his speech on Monday, Sept. 9, during the annual commemoration of the International Humanitarian Law (IHL).
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“These groups are relentless in seeking the downfall of our government and the death of our democratic ideals,” the Palace official  said in his speech read by Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Michael Ong, during a program held at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA)..
But as the country  continues to confront various terror threats head-on with the strong arm of the law and all available resources at its disposal, Medialdea said the government will remain committed to protecting the defenseless and vulnerable in every armed conflict.
“We continue to impress upon everyone the Philippine government’s committed adherence to the guiding principles of IHL while addressing the threats to national peace and security,” said Medialdea.
“This commitment is summed up in this year’s theme, ‘IHL: Protecting the Defenseless in Times of Armed Conflict’,” Medialdea said.
He added that for the first part of 2019, these communist groups have perpetrated several atrocities such as: summary execution of police officers; planted landmines in Negros Oriental; brutally killed leaders of indigenous peoples in Oriental Mindoro, Negros Occidental, Bukidnon, and Agusan del Norte; destruction of development projects, such as the hydropower plant in Oriental Mindoro, and the burning of the construction equipment for the Kaliwa dam project in Quezon; and attacked companies, fruit plantations and mining firms in Mindanao whose owners resisted their extortion activities.
“This local terrorism is even aiming to spread its influence in schools. Fifty- five (55) so-called Salugpungan schools in remote villages were found to be used by the terrorists to train more than a thousand children from indigenous peoples communities as child combatants,” he said.
High schools and universities, he added, have likewise become hotbeds for recruitment.
“True to the spirit of IHL, it (PH government) shall stay faithful to the law (Republic Act 11188) that ensures special protection of children in situations of armed conflict; the national plan of action on women, peace and security (2017-2020) that embodies protection of women and girls in conflict situations,” Medialdea said.
The government will also stay committed to the mission of the National Task Force created and chaired by no less than President Rodrigo R. Duterte, to put an end to local communist terrorism as stipulated in Executive Order No. 70, he added.
The National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF ELCAC) is a partnership between the government and like-minded sectors of society — under the whole-of-nation approach — that shall advance and sustain all these efforts.
Medialdea also expressed his deepest gratitude to all the men and women in uniform who courageously stand on the ground to confront these threats while upholding their role as protectors of our people.
“Your work continues to define the Philippine government’s strong and firm commitment to International Humanitarian Law. God bless and keep you always,” he said.
The national observance of IHL Day is pursuant to Executive Order No, 134 (s. 1999) that declares every 12th of August as such.
This year’s commemoration was, however, postponed by the ad hoc Inter-Agency Committee to Sept. 9 during the DFA’s flag-raising ceremony.
Being a party to the four Geneva Conventions of 1949 and the Additional Protocol II Relating to the Protection of Victims of Non-International Armed Conflicts, the EO provides that the Philippines adheres to the principles of humanitarian laws or the laws of armed conflict.
The annual commemoration aims to enhance understanding by officials and personnel of government departments, law enforcement agencies, and local government units of the principles of IHL, and to raise the people’s consciousness and promote greater awareness of the same.
Activities for the observance of IHL Day are prepared by the ad hoc Committee co-chaired by DFA and Department of National Defense, and composed of representatives from DFA, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police, Department of the Interior and Local Government, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Manila, Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC), Commission on Human Rights, and the Presidential Human Rights Committee Secretariat. (with PNA report)

DUTERTE TO UN RIGHTS BODY: You must be stupid

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I will only face trial in a Philippine court presided by a Filipino judge and prosecuted by a Filipino, President Rodrigo Duterte said on Wednesday, July 17.

Duterte made this comment after the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) adopted a resolution seeking to look into human rights violations in the country in relation to the administration’s anti-illegal drugs campaign.
“Look, as I have told you before ladies and gentlemen of the world, kasali na ‘yang including) — and all the governments there, I will only face a — be tried or face a trial in a Philippine court presided by a Philippine, Filipino judge, prosecuted by a Filipino,” said Duterte in a TV interview with Pastor Apollo Quiboloy in Davao City.
“I will not answer a Caucasian asking question, or white man there. You must be stupid. Who are you? I am a Filipino, we have our courts here. Why would you have to bring me somewhere else? I would not like that,” he added.
He said he does not see the need to face the international tribunal since Philippine courts were functioning.
“It’s working, I know it’s working, justice is working here,” Duterte said.
Duterte, a former prosecutor, said they could only prosecute him if there is a “total breakdown of justice in the country” and if Philippine courts are not willing to prosecute him.
Moreover, he said the international tribunal had no idea about the “real situation” going on in the Philippines and that he is willing to lecture them on the finer points of international law.
“You just don’t know the real situation. You better study I said, that’s why… And then you force me to defend myself before you? Who are you?” Duterte said.
Duterte, meanwhile, blamed the opposition slate for “itching to go to trial” saying he would “love to debate with them anytime”.
Earlier, Duterte said he was “seriously considering” cutting ties with Iceland after it sponsored a resolution at the UNHRC to look into the Duterte administration’s drug war.
He added the Nordic state does not share the Philippines’ problem on illegal drugs. (PNA)