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Dear Friends,

Please join us in our call to immediately surface woman Lumad leader Aida Seisa and husband Henry and justice for the killing of tribal chieftain Datu Ruben Laydan Enlog, Jr., Randy Lavarcon Carnasa, and Oligario Quimbo by elements of the “Palparan battalion” 69th Infantry Battalion- Philippine Army (IBPA). Seisa’s house was strafed on June 14 in Paquibato, Davao City.

Chronology of Events

On June 10-12, 2015, Aida Seisa, spokesperson of Paquibato District Peasant Alliance (PADIPA), led a fact-finding mission to check on reports of aerial bombings and a series of human rights violations, including military encampments of the notorious 69th (IBPA) in several communities in Sitio Quimotod, Barangay Fatima, Paquibato District. A resident of Paquibato District, Seisa is familiar with the situation of the communities, thus, she gave the participants security guidelines safety in the conduct of the mission.

On June 12, news broke out that the 69th IBPA filed criminal charges at the City Prosecution Office in Davao Cityagainst the “12 members of the New People’s Army”, including Aida Seisa. The 12 were charged with murder and frustrated murder in relation to the May 6, 2015 encounter between military troops and NPA at Brgy. Dalagdag, Calinan District, Davao City.

Despite the case, Aida preferred to join the team back to Davao City to help consolidate the data they gathered during the mission. She also attended an activity on June 13 at the evacuation center where Lumad from Talaingod and Kapalong, Davao del Norte are seeking refuge.

In the afternoon, after the activity, Seisa insisted to go home in Paquibato because it was her daughter’s 12th birthday. Her colleagues warned and discouraged her, citing threats from the 69th IB against her.

Seisa arrived home in Purok 7, Brgy. Paradise Embac at around 9 p.m. and saw her family preparing food for a simple birthday celebration for daughter Chingching. Also at the house were Oligario Quimbo, a miner and a co-worker of Henry, Aida’s husband. Datu Ruben Enlog, tribal leader, also joined in the celebration with his son, “Nonoy” (not real name). A close ‘kumpare’ Randy Carnasa, former *purok* (sub-village) leader was also there.

The adults talked about Aida’s situation, especially of the charges she faces in court.

At midnight, “Nonoy” came out of the house to urinate. He heard a single shot and the sodium light along the road in front of Seisa’s house went off. After a few seconds, a volley of gunfire directed at the Seisa residence erupted. “Nonoy” immediately dropped-off the ground and crawled to a waiting shed, about 15 meters from Seisa’s house. While he was crawling, he heard the people inside the house shouting. He heard Randy shouted, “Tama na sir, mga sibilyan mi! Tabaaaang!!!!” (Sir, please stop, we are all civilians! Heeelp!!!!) But the shooting did not stop. It lasted for 30 minutes.

There was no encounter, there was no exchange of fire.

By sunrise, June 14, bodies of *Ruben Laydan Enlog, Jr., Randy Lavarcon Carnasa, Oligario Quimbo *were found lifeless. Randy’s body was in front of Seisa’s house in a crawling position, with two landmines, of about three kilos each, beside him. Randy was covered with blood oozing from his left shoulder. Datu Ruben and Oligario were found a few meters away from Randy.

The army was quick to cover up the massacre by planting the three landmines, weighing three kilos each, one grenade, an M14 rifle, and an M1 Garand at the scene to justify its claim that those killed were members of the New People’s Army.

At the crime scene, the soldiers from 69th IBPA stayed and surrounded Seisa’s residence. They barred the residents from going near the dead bodies as well as Seisa’s house.

Aida, Henry, their three daughters, and some guests who came that night managed to run away and survived the incident. However, as of July 19, Aida Seisa and husband Henry’s are still missing. Their three children were able to seek refuge elsewhere.

Recommended Action:

Send letters, emails or fax messages calling for/on:

1. The immediate sufarcing of Aida Seisa and Henry Seisa.

2. The Philippine Government to withdraw its troops, the 69th IBPA in Paquibato District

3. The immediate formation of an independent fact-finding and investigation team composed of representatives from human rights groups, the Church, local government, and the Commission on Human Rights to investigate the massacre.

4. Philippine Government to end the counterinsurgency program Oplan Bayanihan, which victimizes innocent and unarmed civilians.

5. 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 the following agencies through mail, e-mail or fax:

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

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. 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; karapatan@karapatan.org
Website: www.karapatan.org

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Karapatan on CHR resolution on Morong 43: intentional delay

Press Statement
June 19, 2015

Contact Person: Cristina Palabay, secretary general (+639173162831)
Angge Santos, media laiason (+639189790580)

Karapatan on CHR resolution on Morong 43: intentional delay

“The long-overdue Commission on Human Rights resolution on the complaint filed by the 43 health workers known as the Morong 43 only reinforced the perpetuation of injustice and impunity,” Karapatan said on the resolution released by the CHR on April 21, 2015.

“The resolution is five years delayed. It had already resulted in the promotion, and not in the prosecution, of generals such as Lt. Gen. Jorge Segovia and Col. Aurelio Baladad, who became more brazen in sowing terror and in violating human rights using their high posts in the Armed Forces of the Philippines,” said Cristina Palabay, secretary general of Karapatan.

Palabay said “the CHR led by former Chair Loretta Rosales may have also been liable in promoting these generals if they issued a clearance certificate for these generals as required by the Commission on Appointments (CA).”

On September 12, 2012, after the CA hearings, Karapatan wrote a letter to the former CHR Chairperson Loretta Rosales to request for copies of the certificates, if indeed the agency issued them. After a month, the CHR merely replied through a letter that such documents are “only available for the applicant or their authorized representative.”

“The practice does not only exhibit a blatant disregard of the people’s right to have access to public documents and information but also points to a very crucial fact that the CHR may have a role in extolling torturers and human rights violators. The CHR was sorely remiss in their duty to provide much needed remedy for the tortured health workers at the time it was most needed,” Palabay said.

Baladad, Segovia continue to sow terror

Lt. Gen. Jorge Segovia (later promoted to Major General) was commander of the 2nd Infantry Division (ID) in Rizal when the 43 health workers were illegally arrested and tortured in February 2010.

Since he took command of Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) until his retirement in July 2014, more than 10,000 people from 50 communities in four provinces were displaced from their homes and livelihood by his men from the 4th ID.

Since 2012, Col. Aurelio Baladad (later promoted to Brig. General) was assigned to various command posts of the 3rd Infantry Division, the 10th Infantry Division and the EastMinCom (after Segovia’s retirement). In each of these posts, numerous extrajudicial killing, disappearances, forcible evacuation of communities and other human rights abuses were committed by his troops.

Karapatan said the recent massacre and frustrated killing of farmers and children, in Paquibato, Davao City on June 14, 2015 is “a handiwork of Baladad and the 69th IBPA, known as the Palparan battalion. Tribal chieftain Datu Ruben Enlog, Randy Lavarcon Carnasa, and Oligario Quimbo were killed in the incident. Datu Ruben was a community leader and the chairperson of Nagkahiusang Lumad sa Paquibato (PADIPA, United Lumad of Paquibato), while Carnasa and Quimbo were farmer-members of the Paquibato District Peasant Alliance (PADIPA). A woman Lumad leader Aida Seisa, spokesperson of PADIPA, is still missing as of this writing. Her 12- year old child was wounded.

The 69th IB earned notoriety for committing gross human rights violations under the leadership of Maj. General Jovito Palparan, including the disappearance of the two UP students Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeno. ###

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