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5 YEARS OF PRES. AQUINO’S ADMINISTRATION: Deepening and Broadening the Culture of Impunity; Unchecked Networks of Command Conspiracy
General Campaigns
Tuesday, 28 July 2015 15:05
5 YEARS OF PRES. AQUINO’S ADMINISTRATION:
Deepening and Broadening the Culture of Impunity;
Unchecked Networks of Command Conspiracy


The Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) acknowledge and appreciate the passage of human rights laws in the civil and political arenas, among others, the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Anti-Torture Law, the law on Compensation of Human Rights Victims during Martial Law, the law on Anti-Enforced Disappearance, law on the International Humanitarian Law, since Benigno Simeon Aquino III’s became Chief Executive and Commander-in-Chief as steps in the right direction to break through impunity and well within his pronouncement that human rights would be central to his governance.

But such initial steps did not make any significant dent into the prevailing culture of impunity, much less to sufficiently limit its influence in the different branches of government.  In fact, the consequent and concomitant actions not only stymied the gain obtained in making some of its human rights obligations into laws but even deepened as well as broadened the environment and ground for impunity in civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights.  One of the main factors for this impunity is the unchecked networks of command conspiracy.

Command conspiracy is the dark side of command responsibility.  Command responsibility focuses more on the individual military Commander who must ensure that everyone under her/his subordinates are aware and act according to the rules of war and of law as well as their obligations to implement human rights.  Command conspiracy is the collective act or collusion of a superior or officer with personnel under its command, authority, control or responsibility to commit by commission or by omission one or several human rights violations or the rule of law.  Command conspiracy is an act that encourages, incites, tolerates or ignores human rights violations and/or acts with criminal liabilities.  Such networks of command conspiracy breed impunity.  They can exist not only the institutions of our security forces, but also within our civilian bureaucracy.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 July 2015 15:07
 
Environmental advocates hold pre-SONA Green March
On Mining
Tuesday, 28 July 2015 14:03
Environmental advocates hold pre-SONA
Green March and Festival
Call for the immediate passage of the ‘green bills’ in PNoy’s last SONA

Photo_by_Rommel_Yamzon_TFDP
“It’s not hard to be green! Pass the ‘green’ bills NOW!”

Two days before President Noynoy Aquino’s last State of the Nation Address (SONA), over 700 environmental activists marched around the Quezon Memorial Circle, last Saturday, July 25, for the annual pre-SONA Green Festival.The event called on legislators and the Aquino administration to fast track the enactment of the three Green Bills—the National Land Use Act (NLUA), the Forest Resources Bill (FRB), and the Alternative Minerals Management Bill (AMMB).

The ‘green’ advocates demanded President Aquino to include thethree pro-environment bills in his SONA this coming July 27, and urge the legislators to pass the three bills as a legacy of the 16th Congress to future generations.

“We are disappointed with the slow progress of the green bills in both the Senate and House of Representatives,” stated Akbayan Rep. Angie Katoh."We badly need to inform the public and the government of the relevance of these green bills, in light of the recent disasters and predicted dangers caused by natural calamities. We must not forget that environmental concerns are critical issues that affect the nation.”

“Currently, there are many other issues that creates more noise than the green bills, such as the Bangsamoro Basic Law, the Binays, and of course, the 2016 elections. The Congress should not neglect its responsibility to ensure a more sustainable and disaster-resilient environment through the passage of these bills,” explained Ifugao Rep. Teddy Baguilat, co-author of the three green bills.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 July 2015 14:08
 
[Urgent Appeal] Harassment; red tagging of Emily Fajardo, a community organizer assisting the Federation of Lamao Concerned Citizens, Inc. (FLACCI) in Barangay Lamao, Limay, Bataan
General Campaigns
Thursday, 09 July 2015 12:53
URGENT APPEAL

July 8, 2015

(PHILIPPINES) Harassment; red tagging of Emily Fajardo, a community organizer assisting the Federation of Lamao Concerned Citizens, Inc. (FLACCI) in Barangay Lamao, Limay, Bataan

ISSUES: physical integrity, in the form of the right to life, liberty and security of the person, individual liberty, in the form of the freedoms of movement, speech, association and assembly, rights as a human rights defender

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Dear friends,

Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) writes to inform you about the harassment of Emily Fajardo, a community organizer assisting the Federation of Lamao Concerned Citizens, Inc. (FLACCI) in Barangay Lamao, Limay, Bataan.

CASE DETAILS:

Emily Fajardo is a community organizer assisting the Federation of Lamao Concerned Citizens, Inc. (FLACCI) in their fight against the Philippine National Oil Company (PNOC) in Barangay Lamao, Limay, Bataan.

Fajardo and the other FLACCI organizers were invited by a barangay councilor who was supportive of the group’s cause to two Barangay Council sessions last May to give talks to Barangay officials about the harmful effects of coal plants to the environment. However, they were not allowed to continue with the talk as this was allegedly the time that the issues regarding PNOC’s project was being decided upon.

Among the issues were PNOC’s land ownership claim, the proposal for the conversion of the nearby river to a commercial port for use of PNOC, Petron and San Miguel Corporation, and the alleged absence of a barangay hosting resolution. The resolution was one of the legalities needed for PNOC’s coal refinery project, but which would also mean that PNOC and the Barangay had to have had public consultations and dialogues before their project could continue – but no public consultation was ever done.

Fajardo was later informed that some of the Barangay Council members were reluctant to let the group speak because they were “communists”. She was told that they were termed “pulahan” by some of the council members.

CASE BACKGROUND:

In 2009, Emily Fajardo received death threats in relation to her then work with the Nuclear Free Bataan Movement (NFBM). The death threat was sent via text which also tagged Fajardo as “communist”. Some NFBM members, along with Fajardo were also followed by policemen whenever they were doing public addresses, fora, etc. According to Fajardo, this incident has been previously documented.
Last Updated on Thursday, 09 July 2015 12:54
 
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