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Task Force Detainees of the Philippines
URGENT APPEAL: Harassment against a Student Human Rights Defender
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Tuesday, 21 January 2014 14:19
URGENT APPEAL
January 13, 2014
(PHILIPPINES) Harassment against a Student Human Rights Defender
ISSUES: Human Rights Defender; Harassment, Coercion and Intimidation; Student Rights and Welfare; Physical Injuries
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Dear friends,
The Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) is forwarding to you an appeal regarding the harassment case involving a human rights defender in the student sector.
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 or call +632 4378054.
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Case Title: Quisora HAR
Case: Harassment/Physical Injury
Name of Victim: Ernie Gonzales Quisora
Date of Incident: December 20, 2013
Place of Incident: Marikina Polytechnic College, Marikina City
Alleged Perpetrators: Mr. Joseph Quiles
Motive: One of the Alleged Instigators of Student Protest Action
Account of the Incident:
Ernie Quisora, 20 years of age, of 57 B.G. Malina Street, Parang, a student of Marikina Polytechnic College taking up Industrial Technology Major in Automotive and a Student Council volunteer, suffered minor injuries during a scuffle between him and a college professor.
On December 20, 2013, at around 8:30am, Quisora decided to enter the school premises while a protest action is being set-up by some members and officers of the faculty association of the Marikina Polytechnic College. The said protest is in relation to the additional working hour imposed by the school officials to the members of the faculty, and the absence of a democratic process by which these policies went through without any consultation.
The Security guards on-duty inspected Quisora’s belongings and found a black t-shirt inside his bag. The security guards confiscated the t-shirt and told Quisora that it is prohibited inside the campus. He then asked the security guards, why it is not allowed? Quisora further explained that he will be wearing the black t-shirt as a replacement after his subject “Metallic and Solid Painting AT222”. Apparently, the security guards alleged that Quisora is one of students who advocate and backing the campaign protest of the faculty and that they will be wearing the black t-shirt as a sign of support.
While both were arguing, a professor named Joseph Quiles approached them.
Quisora told him what the security guards did. He added that they have no right to confiscate his t-shirt since it was “wash day”, and he can wear any attire he wants as long as it is appropriate and proper.
The heated argument started between Quiles and Quisora. Moments later, Quiles grabbed Quisora’s shirt from his chest and pulled him back and forth repeatedly. Not satisfied with what he did, Quiles snatched and snapped the lace of his school identification card while wearing with around his neck. Several students and teachers witnessed the incident. Quisora suffered a bruise to his left hand. He also felt a pain to his nape.
A few days after the incident, Quisora again encountered Quiles on several occasions. Quiles accussed him of being a liar, arrogant and discourteous to school administrators. These were done in front of students. In one occasion it happened in front of Quisora’s teacher. Quiles also threatened Quisora and told that he will “drop” him from his subject.
Quisora is now planning to file a formal complaint to concerned government agencies, and at the Marikina City prosecutor’s office for appropriate charges.
Quisora is an advocate of student rights and welfare and an active volunteer of the Marikina Polytechnic College Student Council.
REQUESTED ACTION:
Please write a letter to the following authorities, calling on them to initiate inquiries into the case of harassment and physical injuries obtained by Ernie Quisora, a student of the Marikina Polytechnic College, and urge concerned agencies to immediately intervene and resolve the case.
SAMPLE LETTER
Dear ____________,
I am writing to draw your attention regarding the case of Ernie Quisora, 20 years of age, currently residing at 57 B.G. Malina Street, Parang, a student of Marikina Polytechnic College who experienced harassment and suffered minor injuries at the hands of his professor.
I have learned that a heated argument transpired between Mr. Joseph Quiles and Quisora. Quiles grabbed Quisora’s shirt from his chest and pulled him back and forth repeatedly. Not satisfied with what he did, Quiles snatched and snapped the lace of his school identification card while wearing with around his neck. Several students and teachers witnessed the incident. Quisora suffered a bruise to his left hand. He also felt a pain to his nape.
I have also learned that the incident happened on December 20, 2013, at around 8:30am. Quisora decided to enter the school premises while a protest action is being set-up by some members and officers of the faculty association of the Marikina Polytechnic College. The said protest is in relation to the additional working hour imposed by the school officials to the members of the faculty, and the absence of a democratic process by which these policies went through without any consultation.
It was also brought to my attention that before the incident occurred, the Security guards on-duty inspected Quisora’s belongings and found a black t-shirt inside his bag. The security guards confiscated the t-shirt and told Quisora that it is prohibited inside the campus. He then asked the security guards why it is not allowed even Quisora explained that he will be wearing the black t-shirt as a replacement after his subject “Metallic and Solid Painting AT222”. Apparently, the security guards alleged that Quisora is one of students who advocate and backing the campaign protest of the faculty and that they will be wearing the black t-shirt as a sign of support.
While both were arguing, a professor named Joseph Quiles approached them. Quisora told Quiles what the security guards did. He added that they have no right to confiscate his t-shirt since it was “wash day”, and he can wear any attire he wants as long as it is appropriate and proper.  At that point, the heated argument started. A scuffle transpired and Quisora suffered physical injuries.
At present, Quisora is now planning to file a formal complaint to concerned government agencies, and at the Marikina City prosecutor’s office for appropriate charges.
Quisora is an advocate of student rights and welfare and an active volunteer of the Marikina Polytechnic College Student Council.
Therefore, I humbly urge you to initiate a probe into the said case and appropriate action must be done accordingly.
I look forward to you urgent action.
Respectfully yours,
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PLEASE SEND YOUR LETTERS TO:
Please send your letters to:
1.    Chairperson Patricia B. Licuanan
Commission on Higher Education (CHED)
4th Floor Higher Education Development Center (HEDC) Building
C.P. Garcia Avenue, U.P. Campus
Diliman, Quezon City 1101
Philippines
Fax: +632 4411256
Tel:  +632 4410927 loc. 400, 401, 402
Email:     This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
2.    Chairperson Loretta Ann P. Rosales
Commission on Human Rights (CHR)
SAAC Bldg., Commonwealth Avenue
U.P. Complex, Diliman
Quezon City
Philippines
Fax: +63 2929 0102
Tel: +63 2 928 5655, +63 2 926 6188
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
3.    Chairperson Leon G. Flores
National Youoth Commission (NYC)
4th Floor, Bookman Building
373 Quezon Avenue
Quezon City
Philippines
Tel: +632 4487330
E-mail:   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
4.    Mayor Del De Guzman
Marikina City
Marikina City Hall, Shoe Avenue
Sta. Elena,
Marikina City 1800
Philippines
Fax: +632 6465277; +632 6461621
Tel: +632 6461634; +632 6829281; +632 6462360-70
URGENT APPEAL
January 13, 2014
(PHILIPPINES) Harassment against a Student Human Rights Defender
ISSUES: Human Rights Defender; Harassment, Coercion and Intimidation; Student Rights and Welfare; Physical Injuries
________________________________________________
Dear friends,
The Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) is forwarding to you an appeal regarding the harassment case involving a human rights defender in the student sector.
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 or call +632 4378054.
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Case Title: Quisora HAR
Case: Harassment/Physical Injury
Name of Victim: Ernie Gonzales Quisora
Date of Incident: December 20, 2013
Place of Incident: Marikina Polytechnic College, Marikina City
Alleged Perpetrators: Mr. Joseph Quiles
Motive: One of the Alleged Instigators of Student Protest Action
Account of the Incident:
Ernie Quisora, 20 years of age, of 57 B.G. Malina Street, Parang, a student of Marikina Polytechnic College taking up Industrial Technology Major in Automotive and a Student Council volunteer, suffered minor injuries during a scuffle between him and a college professor.
On December 20, 2013, at around 8:30am, Quisora decided to enter the school premises while a protest action is being set-up by some members and officers of the faculty association of the Marikina Polytechnic College. The said protest is in relation to the additional working hour imposed by the school officials to the members of the faculty, and the absence of a democratic process by which these policies went through without any consultation.
The Security guards on-duty inspected Quisora’s belongings and found a black t-shirt inside his bag. The security guards confiscated the t-shirt and told Quisora that it is prohibited inside the campus. He then asked the security guards, why it is not allowed? Quisora further explained that he will be wearing the black t-shirt as a replacement after his subject “Metallic and Solid Painting AT222”. Apparently, the security guards alleged that Quisora is one of students who advocate and backing the campaign protest of the faculty and that they will be wearing the black t-shirt as a sign of support.
While both were arguing, a professor named Joseph Quiles approached them.
Quisora told him what the security guards did. He added that they have no right to confiscate his t-shirt since it was “wash day”, and he can wear any attire he wants as long as it is appropriate and proper.
The heated argument started between Quiles and Quisora. Moments later, Quiles grabbed Quisora’s shirt from his chest and pulled him back and forth repeatedly. Not satisfied with what he did, Quiles snatched and snapped the lace of his school identification card while wearing with around his neck. Several students and teachers witnessed the incident. Quisora suffered a bruise to his left hand. He also felt a pain to his nape.
A few days after the incident, Quisora again encountered Quiles on several occasions. Quiles accussed him of being a liar, arrogant and discourteous to school administrators. These were done in front of students. In one occasion it happened in front of Quisora’s teacher. Quiles also threatened Quisora and told that he will “drop” him from his subject.
Quisora is now planning to file a formal complaint to concerned government agencies, and at the Marikina City prosecutor’s office for appropriate charges.
Quisora is an advocate of student rights and welfare and an active volunteer of the Marikina Polytechnic College Student Council.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 January 2014 14:25
 
Dismissal from service of torturers not enough, implement RA9745, convene the oversight committee
On Torture
Tuesday, 04 February 2014 11:51

Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP)

Reaction to the alleged torture of inmates in a secret detention in Binan Laguna

 

January 30, 2014

DISMISSAL FROM SERVICE OF TORTURERS NOT ENOUGH, IMPLEMENT RA9745, CONVENE THE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE

 

Suspension and dismissal from service of the 10 suspected torturers are not enough. Cases should be filed against the alleged perpetrators under the Anti-Torture Law (ATL) or RA9745 and prosecute torturers.

 

The alleged torture of detainees if proven should not only penalize the 10 police personnel.  Their immediate superiors should also be held liable. The ATL provides,

The immediate commanding officer of the unit concerned of the AFP or the immediate senior public official of the PNP and other law enforcement agencies shall be held liable as a principal to the crime of torture or other cruel or inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment for any act or omission, or negligence committed by him/her that shall have led, assisted, abetted or allowed, whether directly or indirectly, the commission thereof by his/her subordinates. If he/she has knowledge of or, owing to the circumstances at the time, should have known that acts of torture or other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment shall be committed, is being committed, or has been committed by his/her subordinates or by others within his/her area of responsibility and, despite such knowledge, did not take preventive or corrective action either before, during or immediately after its commission, when he/she has the authority to prevent or investigate allegations of torture or other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment but failed to prevent or investigate allegations of such act, whether deliberately or due to negligence shall also be liable as principals.

Moreover, they should also be held liable for maintaining a “secret prison” in Binan, Laguna. Section 7 of RA 9745 states that

Prohibited Detention. - Secret detention places, solitary confinement, incommunicado or other similar forms of detention, where torture may be carried out with impunity.

This is also to urge the Commission on Human Rights to convene the oversight committee, as provided by the law. The committee shall be composed of representatives from both houses of Congress for the purpose of monitoring compliance to the act.

 

EMMANUEL AMISTAD

Executive Director

Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP)

09178569830;  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , office: 9950246, 4378054;  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 February 2014 11:56
 
Day 1 of TFDP's National Anti-mining Conference
Human Rights Defenders' Activities
Tuesday, 01 December 2009 17:11

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December 1,2009- Day 1 of National Anti-mining Conference held at School of Designs and Arts (SDA) of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde at Vito Cruz St., Manila


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 December 2009 17:27
 
Urgent Action: A Community Leader was killed after attending a meeting on Socialized Housing for Informal Settlers
Other campaigns
Thursday, 20 February 2014 11:35
Urgent Action
February 19, 2014

(PHILIPPINES) A Community Leader was killed after attending a meeting on Socialized Housing for Informal Settlers

Dear friends,

The Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) is forwarding to you an appeal regarding the assassination of a housing rights activist who was killed in broad daylight in a crowded informal settlement in Malabon City.

If you wish to make any inquiries please contact the Research, Documentation and Information Program of TFDP at: 45 St. Mary Street, Cubao, Quezon City, Philippines 1109; with email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; Tel.No.: +632 4378054.

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Case Title: Bagasala Killing
Case: Murder
Name of Victims: Sixto V. Bagasala Jr.
Date of Incident: February 15, 2014
Place of Incident: Flea Market located between Barangay Catmon and Barangay Tonsuya, Malabon City
Alleged Perpetrators: Reynaldo Suela, Jasper, Babyface and Allan
Motive: Land Conflict

ACCOUNT OF THE INCIDENT

A community leader was gunned down after attending a meeting while on his way home in Malabon City.

Sixto V. Bagasala Jr., also known as Ka Jun, President of the Samahan ng Mamamayang Maralita sa Malabon (Local Association of Urban Poor Communities in Malabon) died after suffering from fatal gunshot wounds from his assassins. The incident happened on February 15, 2014 at around 5:15pm in a flea market located in a crowded informal settlement area between Barangay Catmon and Barangay Tonsuya Malabon City.
Last Updated on Thursday, 20 February 2014 11:37
 
Golden treasures of a tormented land
Y4R activities
Monday, 07 June 2010 11:47

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“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.

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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
 
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