Task Force Detainees of the Philippines
Ayaw namin sa karahasan, ayaw namin sa diktadurya!
General Campaigns
Friday, 22 September 2017 15:52

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Ayaw namin sa karahasan, ayaw namin sa diktadurya!

Ang mamamayang Pilipino ay nasa tungke ng ilong ng diktadurya, at ang  bayan ay kinukubabawan ng masamang espiritu ng karahasan laban sa karapatang pantao.

Labis ang pagkabahala ng Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) na sa panahon ng paggunita natin sa ika-45 taon mula noong isailalim ang bansa sa Batas Militar o Martial law ng dating diktador Ferdinand Marcos ay nasasailalim tayong muli sa isang  gobyernong may marahas na polisiya.

Ang TFDP ay itinatag ng Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines (AMRSP) noong 1974 sa gitna ng lumalalang sitwasyon noon ng paglabag sa karapatang pantao sa ilalim ng Martial Law.

Apatnapu’t limang taon ang nagdaan, patuloy ang paglabag sa karapatang pantao ng mamamayan. At ngayon ay mas lumalala pa.

Ayaw namin ng Martial Law. Habang hindi pa ganap na nakukuha ng mga biktima ng Martial Law ni Marcos ang hustisya, ay nandito naman ang pagkahumaling ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte na maaari niyang ideklara ang Martial Law sa buong bansa. Sinimulan na niya ito sa Mindanao dahil daw sa terorismo ng pangkat ng Maute.

Kung tutuusin, hindi na kailangan ang Martial Law dahil ang kapangyarihan ni Duterte upang pakilusin ang militar ay sapat na. Lalo’t ayon sa Konstitusyon, ang Martial Law ay maaari lamang gamitin sa aktwal na kaganapan ng rebelyon o ‘di kaya ay pananakop.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 September 2017 17:18
Oral Statement of Franciscans International at 36th Session of the U.N. HRC
Other campaigns
Wednesday, 27 September 2017 17:50

36th Session of the Human Rights Council

Agenda Item 6: UPR Adoption – Philippines

Oral Statement of Franciscans International

Delivered by: Sr Crescencia Lucero sfic


22 September 2017

Thank you Mr President,

Franciscans International, Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines and Task Force Detainees of the Philippines would like to express our concerns on the serious and deteriorating human rights situation in the Philippines.

While UPR is expected to be a constructive engagement of state in improving their human rights situation of the state under review, the Government of Philippines fails to accept key recommendations such as cases of extrajudicial executions in the frame of government’s policy on war on drugs. The government also rejects to collaborate with other UN mechanism, especially the UN Special Procedures on Extrajudicial, summary and arbitrary execution for a country visit.

Mr President,

We express our grave concern on violent policies of the current government against its own people. Now we are experiencing the return of Presidential dictatorship and tyrannical ways of leadership, which we thought ended 31 years ago.  Due process and the rule of law are set aside for the poor and powerless while politicians charged with plunder are set free on bail. The war on drugs policies has indifferently killed more than 12 000 Filipinos, including innocent children. Most of victims are those coming from the poor and marginalized background.

We also observe the obsession of the government to apply Martial Law, as currently happens in Mindanao, which leads to more than 300’000 people being internally displaced.

We, human rights defenders, continue to receive threats from the government, as shown by the public statement of the President in  16 August,  who stated that those working on human rights should be shot by the police for ”obstructing justice”.  Recently, Bishop Pablo Virgilio David was threatened with an obstruction of justice charge by no less than the Department of Justice Secretary for giving sanctuary to witnesses in the Kian Loyd delos Santos killing.

Finally, we would like to strongly support the recent call from the Conference of the Catholic Bishop Conference of the Philippines, "In the name of God, stop the killings! May the justice of God come upon those responsible for the killings!"  Justice and human rights have to be restored in the Philippines.  I thank you.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 September 2017 17:59
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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