Detained NDFP peace consultant hospitalized, seeks release on humanitarian ground
URGENT APPEAL FOR ACTION: Four civilians in General Trias, Cavite tortured and illegally arrested by state agents
URGENT APPEAL FOR ACTION: Two supporters of #StopLumadKillings campaign harassed by military

Detained NDFP peace consultant hospitalized, seeks release on humanitarian ground

publicinfo: Dec 17 04:29PM +0800

Press Statement
December 17, 2015

Reference: Cristina “Tinay” Palabay, Secretary General, +63917-3162831
Angge Santos, Media Liaison, +63918-9790580

Detained NDFP peace consultant hospitalized, seeks release on humanitarian ground

Political detainee Eduardo Serrano, 62, was rushed to the Taguig General Hospital yesterday morning, December 16, after he experienced chest pains. It turned out Serrano had a myocardial infarction (heart attack). Private physicians of Serrano from the Health Alliance for Human Rights (HAHR) sought his transfer to the Heart Center of the Philippines where he is now confined at the Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit. He is set to undergo angioplasty.

Serrano, a peace consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) has been detained for more than 11 years now based on multiple criminal charges meant for a certain Rogelio Villanueva. He is among the 561 political detainees under the Aquino regime; and 19 NDFP consultants currently detained despite the immunity provided for by the GPH-NDFP Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG).

On November 26, the Quezon City Regional Trial Court-Branch 100 acquitted Serrano of the charges of multiple murder and multiple frustrated murder, crimes attributed to “Rogelio Villanueva”. Judge Editha G. Mina-Aguda said the prosecution failed to prove Serrano’s guilt “beyond “People to prove the guilt of the accused beyond reasonable doubt.” The court viewed the witnesses’ testimonies as “either imagined or trumped-up.”

In October, the QC RTC Branch 98 Judge Marilou Runes-Tamang ruled that accused Rogelio Villanueva is not the same person as Eduardo Serrano; and Serrano should therefore be immediately released. The Branch 98’s October resolution said Serrano’s arrest and detention for 11 years is an “outright mockery of the basic human rights on due process of law which is enshrined in our Constitution.”

Serrano faces two more similar trumped-up criminal charges of multiple frustrated murder at the QC RTC Branch 215 and kidnapping at Branch 97 which are up for resolution early next year. The cases lodged against Serrano are baseless as proven by the Court’s decisions on the two other criminal charges.

Serrano should be immediately released because the cases against him, aside from being fabricated and baseless, violate the JASIG. He is also among the elderly and ailing political prisoners whose release on humanitarian grounds is demanded. ###

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URGENT APPEAL FOR ACTION: Four civilians in General Trias, Cavite tortured and illegally arrested by state agents

karapatan-updates@googlegroups.com: Dec 17 03:28PM +0800

Four civilians in General Trias, Cavite tortured and illegally arrested by state agents

Dear friends,

Please join us in our call to immediately release Jose Nayve, Armando Matres, Rommel Nuñez, and George Bruce who were arbitrarily arrested by the police on November 23, 2015 who were allegedly in a “hot pursuit” operation after a telecommunications manhole exploded in General Trias Cavite.

Nayve, Matres, Nuñez, and Bruce were simultaneously and arbitrarily arrested at a “peryahan” in Brgy. Manggahan General Trias Cavite. Nayve, provincial coordinator of transport group PISTON, heard a gunshot when he was approached by men from the barangay. Immediately after, police arrested him and forced him into a police mobile while he was being kicked at the back.

Bruce, a driver of a passenger van also heard the gunshot when he was about to alight from his van to urinate. Thereafter, a police approached him and asked if he was the driver of the van. Despite Bruce’s plea not to hurt him, the police ordered him to lie on the ground, tied his hands, and beat him.

Nuñez, an occasional construction and farmworker who was lingering in the area and the unemployed Matres who is heading to his cousin’s house were also arbitrarily arrested by the police after the latter fired a warning shot. Both Nuñez and Matres were beaten and dragged into the police mobile.

All four were brought to the Manggahan police station and were subjected to torture and interrogation by several police in uniform and unnamed men in civilian clothes. The four were forced to admit participation in the alleged bombing incident. Nayve and Bruce were beaten and electrocuted.Nayve was also hit with the butt of an aramlite and his head was covered with plastic and cloth that suffocated him. Bruce underwent the same torture.

After the interrogation and torture, all four were brought to different jails and were finally detained in a cramped and unventilated jail in BJMP Malabon, General Trias Cavite on November 27. The police charged them with malicious mischief and violation of RA 9516 or illegal possession of firearms and explosives. They are now waiting for the resolution of the preliminary investigation.

Recommended actions

Send letters, emails or fax messages calling for:

1. The immediate release of Jose Nayve, Armando Matres, Rommel Nuñez, and George Bruce.

2. The government to stop using torture which violates the Anti-torture act of 2009.

3. The government to abide and respect the rights of the accused under RA 7438 or the rights of persons arrested, detained or under custodial investigation.

4. The Philippine Government to withdraw its counterinsurgency program Oplan Bayanihan, which victimizes innocent and unarmed civilians.

6. The Philippine Government to be reminded that it is a signatory to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and that it is also a party to all the major Human Rights instruments, thus it is bound to observe all of
these instruments’ provisions.

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: corres@op.gov.ph / opnet@ops.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

osec@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) 911-9281 / 911-0488

Fax:+63(2) 911 6213

Email: osnd@philonline.com

Atty. Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa

Secretary, Department of Justice

Padre Faura St., Manila

Direct Line 521-8344; 5213721

Trunkline 523-84-81 loc.214

Fax: (+632) 521-1614

Email: soj@doj.gov.ph

Hon. Jose Luis Martin Gascon

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

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

URGENT ACTION Prepared by:

KARAPATAN Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights

National Office

2/F Erythrina Bldg., #1 Maaralin cor Matatag Sts.,

Brgy. Central, Diliman, Quezon City 1100 PHILIPPINES

Voice/Fax: (+632) 435 4146

Email: urgentaction@karapatan.org
Website: www.karapatan.org

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URGENT APPEAL FOR ACTION: Two supporters of #StopLumadKillings campaign harassed by military

karapatan-updates@googlegroups.com: Dec 17 12:56PM +0800

URGENT APPEAL FOR ACTION

TWO SUPPORTERS OF #STOPLUMADKILLINGS CAMPAIGN HARASSED BY MILITARY

Dear friends,

Please join us in calling on the BS Aquino government to stop harassment and intimidation of two professionals who heeded the call to support the #StopLumadKillings campaign. The two, Archie Oclos, a concept artist of a gaming company and “Aleli”, an employee at a Business Process Outsourcing company joined public activities that were part of the #StopLumadKillings campaign such as street art painting. Both are now subject of the military’s harassment and intimidation. Archie Oclos was an illustrator of the Philippine Collegian-University of the Philippines in Diliman.

UA Date :December 17, 2015

UA Case :Threat, harassment and intimidation; Surveillance

Victim/s :

Archie Oclos

– Male, 26 years old

– Concept artist of a gaming company

– Former illustrator of Philippine Collegian, UP Diliman

“Aleili” (not her real name)

– Female, 29 years old

– Employee of a business process outsourcing company

Other victims:

– Assistant Prof. *Michael Francis Corcuera Andrada* aka Mykel Andrada, 37, faculty member at the University of the Philippines Diliman; researcher and correspondent of the Pinoy Media Center and Pinoy Weekly, an alternative media site; former editor at the Philippine Collegian

– Max Santiago, 40, journalist and graphics editor of online publication Manila Today

– Vencer Crisostomo, 29, National Chairperson of Anakbayan

– Seventeen (17) relatives of Archie Oclos

Place of Incident : The Fort, Taguig City

Date of Incident : First week of December to December 11, 2015

Alleged Perpetrator/s :

– “MJ Suarez,” – male, approximately 5”6” tall, around 30 years old with brown complexion; clean cut hair, big and muscled body; slightly chubby fingers and shoulders, wearing orange t-shirt and jeans, carrying a brown envelope.

– “Robert Madrigal,” – male, tall and with light complexion, as described by Alvin Layaguin

– Alvin Layaguin – male, approximately 5’4” tall, with dark complexion, slim body, and a sharp/pointed nose. A confirmed member of the Philippine Army. “MJ Suarez” is the name given by the man who approached and harassed Oclos. “Robert Madrigal” is the name given by Layaguin whom he referred to as the man who was asking him about Ariola.

ACCOUNT OF THE INCIDENT:

Around the first week of December 2015, *Alvin Layaguin* called up *“Aleili” (not her real name)*, an employee at a business process outsourcing company, on her cellphone. “Aleili” knows Alvin as a soldier of the Philippine Army, having been friends since 2012, as crew members of a group of skaters and punks in Taguig. But she is not aware of his unit and assignments. Alvin, as described by “Aleili,” is approximately 5’4” tall, with dark complexion, slim body and a sharp/pointed nose.

Alvin asked “Aleili” if she is a member of the organization Karatula. “Aleili” said she doesn’t know what Karatula is and she is not a member of said organization. Alvin then asked her if she knew any member of Karatula, but “Aleili” said she knows nothing about the organization and doesn’t know anyone from Karatula. Alvin asked her why she is supporting the Lumad. “Aleili” refused to answer because she was startled by Alvin’s questions.

After a few days, Alvin called up “Aleili” again, using another cellphone number. He asked her the same questions as before, adding “*Sabihin mo yung totoo, kasi may pinag-aaralan ako*” (Tell me the truth, because I am looking into something). “Aleili”, feeling worried and irritated, told Alvin that she has no answers to his questions and told him to ask members of Karatula directly. Alvin asked again “*Yung boyfriend mo, di ba taga UP yun? Baka may kilala siya?”* (How about your boyfriend? Isn’t he from UP?
Maybe he knows people from Karatula?) “Aleili” said her boyfriend Archie doesn’t know anything about the organization.

At around 8 a.m. on December 11, 2015, Archie Oclos, employed as a concept artist in a gaming company and former illustrator of the UP Philippine Collegian, was walking towards his office at The Fort, Taguig City. In a parking area near his office, Archie was approached by a man who was about 5”6” tall, around 30 years old, with brown complexion, clean cut hair, big and muscled body, and slightly chubby fingers and shoulders. The man wore orange t-shirt and jeans, carrying a brown envelope.

The man told Archie “*Huwag kang matakot, ako na ang bahala sa seguridad mo. Ako si MJ Suarez, taga-gobyerno ako*” (Don’t be afraid, I will take care of your security. I am MJ Suarez, I work for the government). Archie was surprised so he asked “*Sir, ano pong meron?* (What’s the matter, Sir?)” The man said he has a few questions for Archie and that there’s no reason to be afraid. Archie said “*Sir, sa totoo lang natatakot ako sa iyo. Hindi ako kampante. Bigla kang lumapit tapos ganito ang bungad mo. Baka
gusto mo doon tayo sa may tapat ng office?* (Frankly, Sir, you scare me. I feel uncomfortable. I was surprised when you approached me and you are now telling me all these things. Why don’t we go near our office?). But the man blocked Archie as he walked towards the office.

Archie continued to walk while “MJ” walked beside him and asked questions. “MJ” said he was only following orders. *“Ikaw taga-Karatula ka. Anong impormasyon ang mga nalalaman mo?”* (You are from Karatula. What information do you know?),” he told Archie. *“Ano ba ang Karatula?”* (What is Karatula?), Archie asked back.

Archie was about to cross the road with “MJ” when he saw another man whom he suspected to be a companion of “MJ”. The man was taking a picture or video of him using a cellphone. “MJ” went on to say he knows Archie and that he has been following Archie for two days already.

When they were near Archie’s office, “MJ” asked for Archie’s cellphone number. At first, Archie hesitated, but later on, he eventually gave his number. “MJ” even texted Archie, and looked at his text message on Archie’s cellphone to be sure he got the right number. “MJ” used the number 09062861338.

“MJ” then gave the brown envelope to Archie and told him *“Ganito ha, gusto kasi kitang maging kaibigan. Babalik pa kami. Gusto pa kitang makausap.Kontak-kontakan na lang tayo”* (I want you to be my friend. We will see you again because I still want to talk to you. Let’s keep in touch.)

At 8:10 a.m., Archie went inside his office and opened the brown envelope.He saw pictures of *his family*, of his girlfriend “Aleili” and their picture beside an image of a street art they made for the Lumad with the
text “Stop Lumad Killings”. There were also pictures of *Asst. Prof.Michael Francis Andrada*, *Vencer Crisostomo*, and *Max Santiago*. Andrada is a faculty member at the University of the Philippines-Diliman and a researcher and correspondent at the PinoyMedia Center and Pinoy Weekly, an alternative online publication.He was a former editor of the UP Philippine Collegian. Santiago is a journalist and graphic editor of online publication *Manila Today*. Crisostomo is the National Chairperson of Anakbayan. The pictures looked like they were from various Facebook accounts and were printed on bond paper.

Archie felt uneasy and afraid. He immediately called up “Aleili” to inform her of what happened. “Aleili”, in turn, called up Alvin and asked him *”Ano itong kalokohang ‘to? Ba’t may mga pictures?”* (What are you trying to say? Why are those pictures for?). Alvin told her that he was first approached by one “*Robert Madrigal*,” a tall man with light complexion in civilian clothes, when he was walking inside the General Headquarters of the Philippine Army at Fort Bonifacio. Alvin saw “Aleili’s” pictures among those “Robert” showed him. Since then, “Robert” has been asking Alvin about “Aleili”. Alvin even allegedly told “Robert,” *“Ano ka ba taga-gobyerno din ako, ba’t mo ko ginaganito?”* (I am also with the government, why are you
doing this to me?). “Easy ka lang, mawawala din yan, hindi naman kayo ang target kundi yang tatlong lalaki sa pictures” (Take it easy, you are not the targets. The targets are the three men on the pictures) [pertaining to Andrada, Crisostomo, and Santiago]

On the evening of December 11, 2015, Archie posted some details of the incident on his Facebook account. He deliberately posted it so he can inform his friends of what happened, in case similar incidents happen again.

At 9:45 a.m. on December 13, 2015, “Aleili” called Alvin and asked him to tell “Robert” to stop harassing her and Archie.

On December 14, 2015, Archie and “Aleili” went to The Fort BGC Police Station to report the incident. They were able to talk to Police Inspector Deceo, a female. Deceo said they shouldn’t feel threatened, but did not log their case. Deceo failed to even list down their names.

In the afternoon, Archie and “Aleili” went to the KARAPATAN National Office to report what happened. Archie said he thinks they are being harassed for expressing their support for the Lumad through their street art. He also said there was intent to recruit him as a military intelligence asset when he was approached by the two men. According to Archie, “MJ” texted him twice already. ###

Recommended Action:

Please send letters, emails or fax messages calling on Pres. Benigno Aquino to:

1. Stop military harassment and intimidation of Archie Oclos and ‘Aleli’ and others who support the cause of the Lumad and other victims of human rights violations.

2. Withdraw its counterinsurgency program Oplan Bayanihan, which victimizes innocent and unarmed civilians.

3. Respect and observe the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and all other human rights instruments that it is signatory to.

You may send your communication to:

H.E. Benigno C. Aquino III

President of the Republic <http://www.president.gov.ph/>

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)
<http://opapp.gov.ph/contact>

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* <stqd.papp@opapp.gov.ph>

Ret. Lt. Gen. Voltaire T. Gazmin

Secretary, Department of National Defense
<http://www.dnd.gov.ph/DND-Key%20Officials.htm>

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
<http://doj.gov.ph/directory-of-officials.html>

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.doj@gmail.com

Hon. Jose Luis Martin Gascon

Chairperson, Commission on Human Rights

SAAC Bldg., UP Complex

Commonwealth Avenue

Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines

Voice: (+632) 928-5655, (+632) 926-6188

Fax: (+632) 929 0102

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

URGENT ACTION Prepared by:

KARAPATAN Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights

National Office

2/F Erythrina Bldg., #1 Maaralin cor Matatag Sts.,

Brgy. Central, Diliman, Quezon City 1100 PHILIPPINES

Voice/Fax: (+632) 435 4146

Email: urgentaction@karapatan.org

Website: www.karapatan.org