GENASQUE ENRIQUEZ, Lumad Leader from CARAGA Arrested with False Charges

KALIPUNAN NG KATUTUBONG MAMAMAYAN NG PILIPINAS URGENT ALERT

22 August 2014

Mr. Genasque Enriquez, a Manobo leader, secretary-general of KASALO and
Vice President of the KATRIBU Partylist was arrested today, 22 August
2014, at 1:00 pm after attending the press conference for the
People’s Initiative in Surigao City. Enriquez was arrested by elements
of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) of the
Philippine National Police.using an alias warrant.
He is currently being held at the Surigao City Hall under the custody
of the CIDG.

The arrest of Mr. Enriquez was in relation with frustrated murder case
No. L-2540 filed against him on March 25, 2013 in Lianga del Sur by the
elements of the 11th Special Action Company and the 75th IBPA. This was
in connection with an NPA ambush against these operating elements of the
military in Bunawan, Agusan del Sur on July 21, 2012. Incidentally, Mr.
Enriquez was a guest in a local radio show in Butuan City when this
happened.
Genasque Enriquez, in his capacity as KASALO Caraga leader, is
well-known for his stand opposing heightened militarization, corporate
mining and commercial plantations that affect Lumad communities in
Caraga and the whole of the Philippines. The forced evacuations due to
militarization in Mamanwalumad communities in Surigao del Norte and
Agusan del Norte in February to March, 2012 put him in frequent
confrontations with elements of the 30th IBPA and Civil Military
Operations (CMO) officials of the 4th Infantry Division.

From 2012, Enriquez has been filed with at least 3 trumped up charges
related to criminal cases and attacks of the New People’s Army to the
Armed Forces of the Philippines. Mr. Enriquez is one of the many IP
leaders facing grave threats due to their unwavering stand and
leadership of anti-mining and anti-militarization campaigns of
indigenous peoples’ organizations and communities in Mindanao and the
whole country.

Enriquez is a member of the National Council of Leaders of KAMP, the
national alliance of indigenous peoples organizations in the
Philippines, and the 2nd nominee of the KATRIBU Partylist in the 2010
and 2013 national elections.

UA prepared by KAMP, 22 August 2014

Kalipunan ng Mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP)
National Alliance of Indigenous Peoples Organizations in the Philippines
Room 304 NCCP Building, near Quezon Avenue corner EDSA, West Triangle,
Quezon City
(02) 412-5340
www.katutubongmamamayan.org

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IP Leader Released on Bail as Trumped up Cases Vs Progressive
Organizations Trend in CARAGA

Karapatan Caraga statement

23 August 2014

Surigao City – KATRIBU Partylist National Vice Chairperson and
Kahugpungan sa mga Lumadnong Organisasyon sa Caraga (KASALO Caraga)
Secretary General Genasque Enriquez was released after posting bail on
three alleged frustrated murder charges before Judge Victor Canoy of the
RTC Branch 29 in Surigao City at 11:45 am today.

After his arrest on August 22, concerned citizens and organizations
immediately trooped to the Surigao City Criminal Investigation and
Detection Group (CIDG) office to ensure his safety. Among the quick
reaction teams to respond was the Sisters Association in Mindanao
(SAMIN) led by Sr. Noemi Degala, SMSM and Sr. Stella Matutina, OSB.

His bail was posted with the assistance and immediate support of
progressive grassroots organizations, church people and civil society
organizations and institutions based in the Caraga region. His arrest
has also met with widespread protest among national and international
human rights and IP organizations that he has engaged with in his work.

“This is clearly another case of state harassment against progressive
leaders and organizations to silence us amid the mounting public clamor
for change. What is dangerous is that 101 John Does have been included
in the warrant that was used to arrest him ”, said Karapatan Secretary
General Naty Castro.

Members of peasant organization, Unyon sa Mag-uuma sa Agusan del Norte –
Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (UMAN – KMP) Armando Toreta and
Eutiquio Bulat-ag were also arrested separately on trumped up murder
charges and are still detained in Butuan City to date.

“These trumped up charges are trending in Caraga. There have been names
of civilians, leaders and members of progressive organizations, that
were maliciously added on to criminal cases filed by the AFP in the
civilian courts, connecting them with known NPA offensives.”, claried
Castro. “With utter disregard to due process, just like Genasque, they
are not given the chance to respond to complaints at the investigation
stage before these cases are filed and warrants of arrest are issued.”

“This is a disturbing trend to further curtail our civil liberties.
Human rights defenders like Genasque Enriquez are put at risk because of
their public defense on the side of the poor and the powerless, who have
only their people’s organization as a weapon against tyranny and abuse.
The Aquino Administration is no different from the previous Arroyo
Regime in its total disregard for human rights and due process,”
concluded Castro.#

Reference: Naty Castro, Karapatan Caraga (09071009904)

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KASALO-Caraga SecGen and KATRIBU 2nd nominee GENASQUE ENRIQUEZ arrested
on trumped up frustrated murder cases

Case: Political Persecution, Illegal Arrest, Illegal Detention on
Trumped Up Charges

Victim/s: GENASQUE B. ENRIQUEZ

Male, 41 years old, father of 4, Secretary General of Kasalo-Caraga and
second nominee of KATRIBU Partylist

Place of Incident: Dale’s Food House, Rizal St., Surigao City

Date of Incident: August 22, 2014 at around 1 o’clock in the afternoon

Alleged Perpetrator(s): Philippine National Police-Surigao City, 30th IB
PA and elements of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group.

Account of the Incident:

At around 1 o’clock in the afternoon of August 22, 2014, GENASQUE B.
ENRIQUEZ was arrested in Surigao City, by virtue of an alias warrant of
arrest issued against him in March 25, 2013 by the Regional Trial Court
Branch 28 of Lianga, Surigao del Sur. Three counts of frustrated murder
(Frustrated murder case no. L-2540) have been filed against him by
elements of the Philippine Army.

Enriquez was about to leave Dale’s Food House in Rizal St., Surigao City
when members of the PNP-Surigao City, 30th IB PA and the CIDG arrested
him. Genasque just came from a press conference held by members of the
Abolish Pork Movement (APM) and representatives of people’s
organizations in Caraga in the same restaurant. The group was scheduled
to travel to Cebu City tonight to attend the People’s Congress to
Abolish Pork through the People’s Initiative Bill on August 23.

The members of the police, military and the CIDG took Enriquez and
brought him to the CIDG detention center at the Surigao City Hall where
he is currently detained.

Genasque B. Enriquez is the current Secretary General of Kasalo-Caraga.
He has been a victim of intimidation and harassment committed by
elements of the Armed Forces of the Philippines operating in Caraga. He
has been among those in the forefront to demand the respect of human
rights of the indigenous people (IP), expose human rights violations
committed by operating troops of the Armed Forces of the Philippines
against the indigenous people and communities and protesting against the
destruction of ancestral lands by large scale mining operations and
plantations. He has been vilified countless times by officials and
spokespersons of the AFP on air during radio interviews and in
face-to-face negotiations and dialogues.

Kasalo Caraga has been accused without basis for being a front of the
CPP-NPA because of its staunch support for grassroots IP
organizations,its anti-largescale mining campaign and human rights
work. Enriquez has previously faced trumped up charges of murder and
frustrated murder, associating him with known offensives of the NPA
which were later dropped by the Office of the Prosecutor and Department
of Justice after further investigation.

As his experience in the previous case he faced, he has not received any
notice of complaints filed against him from the Surigao del Sur
Prosecutor’s Office, thus depriving him of his right to respond to the
complaint as per due process. They failed to inform him of the current
cases that were the basis of the alias warrant that was served to him
during his arrest.

Karapatan-Caraga believes that the charges made against Genasque B.
Enriquez are trumped up cases and his subsequent arrest was aimed at
silencing him and his organization.

Recommended Action:

Send letters, emails or fax messages calling for:

The immediate release of GENASQUE ENRIQUEZ.
Immediately withdraw the frustrated murder charges against GENASQUE
ENRIQUEZ.
Immediately release GENASQUE ENRIQUEZ from detention.
The Philippine Government to observe the Universal Declaration of
Human Rights and all the major human rights instruments that it is a
party and signatory to.
To stop political persecution, illegal arrests, detention on
perceived enemies of the Philippine Government.

You may send your communications to:

H.E. Benigno C. Aquino III
President of the Republic
Malacañang Palace,
JP Laurel St., San Miguel
Manila Philippines
Voice: (+632) 564 1451 to 80
Fax: (+632) 742-1641 / 929-3968
E-mail: op@president.gov.ph

Sec. Teresita Quintos-Deles
Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process
Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP)
7th Floor Agustin Building I
Emerald Avenue
Pasig City 1605
Voice:+63 (2) 636 0701 to 066
Fax:+63 (2) 638 2216
stqd.papp@opapp.gov.ph

Ret. Lt. Gen. Voltaire T. Gazmin
Secretary, Department of National Defense
Room 301 DND Building, Camp Emilio Aguinaldo,
E. de los Santos Avenue, Quezon City
Voice:+63(2) 911-6193 / 911-0488 / 982-5600
Fax:+63(2) 982-5600
Email: osnd@philonline.com, dnd.opla@gmail.com

Atty. Leila De Lima
Secretary, Department of Justice
Padre Faura St., Manila
Direct Line 521-1908
Trunkline 523-84-81 loc.211/214
Fax: (+632) 523-9548
Email: lmdelima@doj.gov.ph, lmdelima.doj@gmail.com, lmdelima.doj2@gmail.com

Hon. Loretta Ann P. Rosales
Chairperson, Commission on Human Rights
SAAC Bldg., UP Complex
Commonwealth Avenue
Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines
Voice: (+632) 928-5655, 926-6188
Fax: (+632) 929 0102
Email: chair.rosales.chr@gmail.com, lorettann@gmail.com

Please send us a copy of your email/mail/fax to the above-named
government officials, to our addresses below:

KARAPATAN CARAGA
2nd Floor, Gabriela Women’s Resource Center
Fourth Street, Guingona Subdivision
Butuan City 8600
Agusan del Norte
Philippines
karapatancaraga@gmail.com

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Anti-mining, anti-pork indigenous people’s leader in CARAGA detained and
slapped with harassment suit—again

Kalikasan PNE Press Release

23 August 2014

Environmental activists condemned today the illegal detention and the
latest strategic lawsuit against public participation or SLAPP filed
against Genasque Enriquez, a Manobo leader under the indigenous peoples
alliance KALUMARAN and a staunch opponent of destructive large-scale
mines and agri-industrial plantations in the CARAGA region of Mindanao.

“With the illegal arrest of Genasque Enriquez, it is becoming clear that
mining transnational corporations and their military attack dogs are
growing desparate in the face of the industry’s worsening crisis and the
people’s intensifying resistance,” said Leon Dulce, campaign coordinator
of Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment (Kalikasan PNE) and
spokesperson of Task Force-Justice for Environmental Defenders (TF-JED).

Enriquez was a known leader who opposed the controversial Taganito
Mining Corporation, a large-scale mining operation exposed by media in
2011 to have caused massive environmental degradation and people’s
displacement, among other development aggression projects.

In a report by KALUMARAN, a member organization of Kalikasan PNE’s
Mindanao-wide network Panalipdan Mindanao, Enriquez was said to have
been illegally arrested by elements of the Criminal Investigation and
Detection Group (CIDG), 30th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army,
and the Philippine National Police in Surigao City around one o’clock in
the afternoon yesterday on August 22, 2014.

“With this latest SLAPP slapped against Enriquez, environmental
advocates slapped with SLAPPs under the administration of Pres. Noynoy
Aquino number to 114. The Aquino government has allowed large-scale
mining corporations and other forms of development aggression to act
like his bosses, harassing opposition with impunity,” Dulce said.

According to KALUMARAN secretary general Dulphin Ogan, “The slapping of
false criminal charges against indigenous leaders is consistent with the
design of the government’s Oplan Bayanihan program which aims, among
others, to neutralize opponents especially of big extractive industries
like mining and plantations either through imprisonment or extrajudicial
execution.”

Environmental advocates vs pork

Enriquez was arrested shortly after he joined a press conference to send
off a CARAGA delegation who will attend the People’s Initiative Congress
against the Pork Barrel Systemin Cebu City today.

“Like our fellow environmental advocate Genasque, we also joined the
people’s crusade against the pork barrel politics of Aquino and his
allies. We knew the link of both the presidential and congressional pork
barrel to projects that aggravate environmental destruction, which also
deplete the people’s funds that could have gone to legitimate
environmental and social protection programs,” Dulce explained.

“It is abhorrent for an environmental defender and anti-pork crusader to
be the subject of rights violations a day before the historic people’s
congress that seeks to abolish all pork barrel funds. Genasque should
immediately be released so he can continue his struggle for the
environment, IP rights, and a pork barrel-free clean and green
governance,” ended Dulce.

The Kalikasan PNE is a convening organization of TF-JED. It is also a
convening organization of the Environmental Network against Pork Barrel
and Corruption (ENAP Corruption!).

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Press Statement

August 23, 2014

Karapatan calls for release of arrested anti-pork activist, indigenous
people’s leader in Surigao City

http://www.karapatan.org/Karapatan+calls+for+release+of+arrested+anti-pork+activist%2C+indigenous+people%E2%80%99s+leader+in+Surigao+City

“Malacañang is a factory of trumped-up charges against activists and
those who are demanding that BS Aquino be held accountable for the
presidential pork aka DAP,” said Cristina Palabay, Karapatan secretary
general when the human rights organization received reports yesterday on
the arrest of an anti-pork activist and an indigenous people’s leader in
Surigao City.

Genasque Enriquez, a Manobo leader was arrested yesterday, August 22 at
1:00 p.m. after attending a People’s Congress for People’s Initiative
and a press conference in Surigao City. The press conference was a
send-off for those attending the People’s Initiative against Pork Barrel
today in Cebu City. Enriquez was among the panelists in the press
conference.

After the send-off, members of the Criminal Investigation and Detection
Group (CIDG), Philippine National Police-Surigao City and the
30thInfantry Battalion of the Philippine Army (IBPA) seized Enriquez. He
was falsely charged with frustrated murder using an alias warrant. He
was brought to the CIDG detention center at the Surigao City Hall and
later, around 8 pm, to the Surigao City PNP Jail.

“The warrant of arrest used against Enriquez was dated March 25, 2013,
issued during the election campaign period, clearly meant to harass and
intimidate Enriquez. His arrest yesterday happened as the campaign for
People’s Initiative against the pork barrel system is about to take off.
Magsisimula pa lang, pikon na si BS Aquino,” said Palabay.

The People’s Initiative against the Pork Barrel is set to launch a
signature campaign at a people’s congress in Cebu City on August 23.
Expected to attend are Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma and former Chief
Justice Reynato Puno, leaders and members of Karapatan and other
progressive people’s organizations, and various anti-pork/anti-DAP groups.

Enriquez is the Vice Chairperson of Katribu Partylist and its second
nominee in the 2013 elections. He is also the Secretary General of
Kasalo-Caraga or the Kahugpungan sa mga Lumadnong Organisasyon-Caraga
(Kasalo-Caraga), a regional alliance of Lumad groups in Caraga.

An indefatigable leader of indigenous people in the region and at the
national level, Enriquez co-headed a delegation of human rights
activists, indigenous people, farmers, victims of human rights
violations and their kin to Manila in December 2012 to seek justice for
human rights abuses under the Aquino administration and to protest the
destruction of ancestral lands by large scale mining operations and
plantations.

Enriquez previously faced trumped up charges of murder and frustrated
murder, associating him with known offensives of the New People’s Army,
which were later dropped by the Office of the Prosecutor and Department
of Justice after further investigation for lack of evidence.

As his experience in the previous case he faced, he has not received any
notice of complaints filed against him from the Surigao del Sur
Prosecutor’s Office, thus depriving him of his right to respond to the
complaint as per due process. They failed to inform him of the current
cases which were the bases of the alias warrant that was served to him
during his arrest.

Palabay recalled that the filing of trumped-up charges against activists
to arrest and detain them was widely practiced during the
Macapagal-Arroyo administration, especially during the period when many
political blocs and personalities were calling for her resignation or
ouster.

“Malacañang is getting desperate to save the sinking ship of BS Aquino,
thus it attempts to silence activists via trumped up charges and
arrests. We demand that the fabricated criminal charges against Enriquez
be dropped and that he be immediately released from detention,” Palabay
concluded.

Reference: Cristina “Tinay” Palabay, Secretary General, 0917-3162831
Angge Santos, Media Liaison, 0918-9790580

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Mindanao Lumads condemn arrest of Manobo leader on fabricated charges

Kusog sa Katawhang Lumad sa Mindanao Press Release

22 August 2014

The Mindanao indigenous peoples alliance KALUMARAN calls for the
immediate release of Manobo leader Genasque Enriquez as his arrest
“smacks of fabricated criminal charges from a government that wants to
silence a staunch anti-mining and anti-Oplan Bayanihan critic.”

Dulphing Ogan, secretary general of KALUMARAN, today slammed President
Benigno Aquino III for the arrest of Enriquez by the Criminal
Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), 30th Infantry Battalion
Philippine Army (PA), and the Philippine National Police (PNP) in
Surigao City at around one o’clock in the afternoon today, August 22,
2014, in Surigao City.

Enriquez is a member of the KALUMARAN Executive Committee and was the
second nominee of the Katribu Partylist in the 2013 elections. He is
also the secretary general of the Caraga-based Kahiusahan sa mga
Lumadnong Organisasyon (KASALO).

Law enforcement agents served an alias warrant on Enriquez moments after
he joined a press conference to send off a delegation from the Caraga
region who are attending the church-backed People’s Initiative congress
against the pork barrel system in Cebu City tomorrow.

Enriquez is presently being held at the Surigao City Hall. He is now
being reportedly attended to by members of the Union of Peoples’ Lawyers
in Mindanao (UPLM).

Dozens of Catholic nuns and other civil society representatives have
trooped to the Surigao City Hall to demand Enriquez’s release and to
criticize the trumped up charges against the Lumad leader.

“The Armed Forces of the Philippines under 4th Infantry Division chief
Brig. General Ricardo Visaya has desperately wanted to see Enriquez
behind bars. Previous false charges against him have been dismissed for
lack of cause. Suddenly a frustrated murder charge which was purportedly
committed by him in 2013 in Lianga, Surigao del Sur sprang up to ensure
his imprisonment,” Ogan said.

“Genasque was never informed of these charges so that he could have
flatly refuted and exposed them as lies before it was resolved by the
government prosecutor. This government has no regard for due process and
the rule of law and the stealth it employed only emphasizes the falsity
of the charges,” Ogan added.

Enriquez has been outspoken against several largescale mining companies
in the Caraga region as these violate indigenous peoples’ human rights
especially the right to their ancestral domains. These companies have
also been rabidly guarded by the armed forces who have carried out
widespread military operations causing the displacement of indigenous
communities.

“The slapping of false criminal charges against indigenous leaders is
consistent with the design of the government’s Oplan Bayanihan program
which aims, among others, to neutralize opponents especially of big
extractive industries like mining and plantations either through
imprisonment or extrajudicial execution,” Ogan added.

Ogan said Enriquez’s most recent engagement was to facilitate the visit
of a delegation of Filipino-Americans who were looking into human rights
violations of big mining companies and the armed forces in the Caraga
region early this month.

Enriquez spoke about his struggles against trumped up charges and the
threats against his life and his tribe, on August 9, International Day
of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, which culminated the North
America-Philippines Solidarity Affair for Human Rights and Ecological
Justice attended by around 120 North Americans and Mindanao civil
society leaders.

Dulphing Ogan
Secretary General
Mobile 09128880131