Task Force Detainees of the Philippines
URGENT APPEAL: Frustrated Murder of Human Rights Defender
General Campaigns
Thursday, 14 January 2016 18:16


January 13, 2016

(PHILIPPINES) Frustrated Murder of Human Rights Defender

ISSUES: Assertion to right to land of indigenous people


Dear friends,

The Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) is forwarding to you an appeal regarding the frustrated killing of an agrarian reform beneficiary.

If you wish to make any inquiries please contact the Research, Documentation and Information Program of TFDP, kindly send email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Title:                    Ampudi Frustrated Killing
Case:                  Frustrated Killing
Victim:          Nestorio Sulatan Ampudi, 37 years old
Date of Incident:         January 9, 2016; 11:30 A.M.
Place of Incident:         P-8, Barangay Calao Calao, Don Carlos, Bukidnon
Perpetrators:    Jun Jun Lirasan, security guard of Levelita Balarote Zambrano
Motive:                         in relation to assertion of right to land; violation of rights to life and security of person

Account of the incident:

On January 9, 2016, around 11:30 a.m., at Purok 8,  Calao Calao, Don Carlos, Bukidnon, human rights defender Nestorio Sulatan Ampudi, 37 years old, an active member and overseer of Ambugkol Manobo Tribal Association (AMTA), was shot by Jun Jun Lirasan. Lirasan is Ampudi’s neighbor and is working for Levelita Balarote Zambrano.

According to Ampudi’s wife Ligoria, she and her two-month old daughter Nicelyn were riding with Nestorio on his single motorcycle with plate no. 83093. They were on their way home to   P-9 Prakatahan, Barangay Pualas, Don Carlos, Bukidnon from Poblacion, Don Carlos, Bukidnon when Lirasan and an unidentified driver aboard a single motorcycle shot Nestorio multiple times while trying to overtake them. Nestorio fell on the ground with his motorcycle. The perpetrator immediately fled to an unknown direction. Ampudi sustained multiple gunshot wounds on different parts of his body and was immediately brought to St. Nino Hospital, Don Carlos, Bukidnon for medical treatment. He was recently transferred to Bukidnon Provincial Hospital in Maramag, Bukidnon. The victim is now in stable condition but is still waiting for his operation. His wife added that the two perpetrators were wearing masks, but she was able to identify Lirasan because of his built.

Nestorio’s wife and child were lucky that they were not hit, but Ligoria sustained minor injuries during the incident.
At 2:00 p.m., Ligoria reported the incident at Don Carlos Police Station. Elements of Don Carlos Municipal Police Station led by SPO1 Dizon responded during the incident. Two fired cartridge cases and one fired bullet of an alleged .45 pistol were recovered from the crime scene.

Case Background:

The Balarote group headed by Levelita Balarote-Zambrano was awarded 550 hectares of land by the Commission on the Settlement of Land Problems (COSLAP) last February 16, 1988. The group obtained a Writ of Relocation from RTC in Malaybalay and was installed in the area by the two court sheriffs and barangay officials last May 21, 2014. Some parts of the awarded land are presently occupied by the AMTA members.

On the other hand, AMTA belongs to Datu Casiano Montabod’s group who was awarded by COSLAP for 130 hectares of land in Purok 9 Prakatahan, Barangay Pualas. AMTA, which is now under the unified claim named as Manobo Kerenteken – Ilantungen Manobo Tribe, Inc. (KMTI) processed their Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT) at the National Commission on the Indigenous People (NCIP).

On March 10-25, 2015, the NCIP surveyed the ancestral land claim of the indigenous people including the AMTA area in Purok 9 Prakatahan, Barangay Pualas. Their CADT is now under deliberation at the NCIP in Manila.

On October 2, 2014, Nestorio Ampudi was fortunate to have survived an attempt to his life by the Balarote group at Purok 9 Prakatahan, Barangay Pualas, Don Carlos, Bukidnon.

Last Updated on Friday, 15 January 2016 18:03
Free ALL political prisoners and detainees regardless of political affiliations
On Political Prisoners
Tuesday, 31 May 2016 18:11

Free ALL political prisoners and detainees regardless of political affiliations

Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) welcomes the pronouncement of the President-elect Rodrigo Duterte to release all political prisoners not only as a confidence building measure for the resumption of peace talks with the CPP-NPA-NDF but to begin to heal the divide and exclusion of different groups/sectors from governance and development.

We strongly urge the incoming administration to free ALL political prisoners coming from different political/revolutionary groups and all the human rights defenders who are victims of trumped-up charges under the previous administrations.

TFDP documented 340 political prisoners and detainees nationwide including those alleged members of different Moro rebel groups, alleged members of Revolutionary Proletarian Army-Alex Boncayao Brigade (RPA-ABB) and alleged members of the Rebolusyonaryong Hukbong Bayan (RHB).

There are also human rights defenders detained because of false charges to silence them in fighting and defending their rights.  Antonio Tolentino or Apung Tony, a barangay chieftain in Porac, Pampanga was arrested on April 16, 2014 on false charges of kidnapping and carjacking.

Apung Tony leads the residents and farmers’ group in a dispute against land developers in Hacienda Dolores.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 May 2016 18:13
Human rights essential to democracy – UN Expert
Human Rights Defenders' Activities
Friday, 03 December 2010 18:23
3 December 2010

Human rights essential to democracy – UN Expert

December 2 , Manila -- The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights Defenders, Margaret Sekaggya, yesterday urged governments in Asia to recognize and protect persons working on human rights issues as “essential” to building democracy.

Sekaggya said, “human rights play an indispensable role in the defense of democracy” as she observed that democracy is at a cross roads in many countries in the region, where the military and conservative parties are making a comeback.

Ms Sekaggaya is in Manila in an unofficial capacity to participate in a regional forum of human rights defenders from 2 to 4 December, in which some 100 human rights activists from 16 countries in Asia are participating.

The UN independent expert from Uganda explained that “criticism and dissent are the lifeblood of a healthy democratic society.”
Last Updated on Saturday, 04 December 2010 14:49
Golden treasures of a tormented land
Y4R activities
Monday, 07 June 2010 11:47


“Gintong Yaman ng Sinirang Bayan” is a satirical play about dreams, lives and relationships of families in a community in Northern Luzon that is being affected by the impending mining operation in the area.

The play is set in a barrio in Nueva Vizcaya during the course of a foreign mining company’s application in the province. The residents of the community find themselves with differing stands and opinions regarding the mining operation which poses to offer the residents with a golden opportunity.


Ruben, in his search for the golden dream and his quest to make it big, grabbed the scholarship grant from the mining company, much to his mother’s dismay.  Other inhabitants of the community engage themselves in heated debates regarding the positive and negative effects the mining operation will bring.  

Ruben must decide.  Will he go after his golden dream despite the disapproval of his loved ones and the destruction of his native land?  What is the truth behind his father’s death and what will its implication be on Ruben’s decision?

Last Updated on Monday, 07 June 2010 12:08
Sincerity, transparency pressed in government and NDF peace talks
On Peace
Wednesday, 16 February 2011 10:12

Manindigan_sa_PT_by_John_Alster_Soriano3Photo by Jphn Alster Soriano (MAG)

Manindigan sa Peace Talks!

Press Release
February 15, 2011

A civil society movement of peace advocates, non-government organizations and people’s organizations called as “Manindigan para sa Peace Talks” pressed for sincerity and transparency upon the resumption of formal talks between the government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).

“We believe that peace is our right and peace building is responsibility of all. The resumption of the peace talks between the government and the NDFP offers an opportunity to come to terms with the country’s best interests and work for peace that had eluded us for so long,” said Sr. Arnold Maria Noel, SSps of the Manindigan para sa Peace Talks.

Both the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the government agreed to hold formal talks on February 15-21, 2011 in Oslo, Norway under the auspices of the Royal Norwegian Government which has been acting as Third Party Facilitator since 2001.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 February 2011 11:06
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