ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION – URGENT APPEALS PROGRAMME

Urgent Appeal Case: AHRC-UAC-016-2016

4 March 2016

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PHILIPPINES : Four men arrested and tortured in Cavite

ISSUES: Torture; Arbirtary arrest and detention
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Dear Friends,

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) writes to express concern regarding the arrest and torture of four men in Cavite . The victims were tied, beaten and electrocuted. They were arbitrarily arrested and forced to confess to participation in an alleged bombing. They were later charged with illegal possession of firearms and explosives, and are presently detained at the Bureau of Jail Management Penology (BJMP) in Malabon, General Trias, Cavite .

CASE DETAILS: (Based on the documentation by Katungod Lumad Alert and Alliance for the Advancement of Peoples Rights (KARAPATAN))

On 23 November 2015, 53-year-old Jose Nayve, provincial coordinator of transport group Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator Nationwide (PISTON) or Nationwide transport group, heard a gunshot when he was approached by men from the village (barangay) post. Immediately after, police arrested him and forced him into a police mobile while kicking him on his back.

George Bruce, a 33-year-old passenger van driver also heard the gunshot as he was about to alight from his van to urinate. A policeman approached him and asked if he was the driver of the van. Despite George’s plea not to hurt him, the policeman ordered him to lie on the ground, tied his hands, and beat him.

Rommel Nuñez, a 30-year-old occasional construction and farmworker who was lingering in the area, and 38-year-old Armando Matres, unemployed, who was heading to his cousin’s house, were also arbitrarily arrested by the police after the latter fired a warning shot. Both Rommel and Armando were beaten and dragged into the police mobile.

All four were simultaneoulsy and arbitrarily arrested at “Peryahan” in Manggahan General Trias village. They were brought to the Manggahan police station and were subjected to torture and interrogation by several police officers in uniform, and unnamed men in civilian clothes. The four were forced to admit participation in the alleged bombing incident. Jose and George were beaten and electrocuted. The two were hit with the butt of an armalite rifle, their heads were covered with plastic and cloth that suffocated them.

After the interrogation and torture, all four were brought to different jails and were finally detained in a cramped and unventilated cell in the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) Malabon, General Trias Cavite on November 27. The police charged them with malicious mischief and violation of RA 9516; illegal possession of firearms and explosives.

SUGGESTED ACTION:

Please write letters to the authorities listed below expressing your concern about this case.

The AHRC is also writing a separate letter to the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and has informed the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.

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SAMPLE LETTER:

Dear __________,

PHILIPPINES: Four men arrested and tortured in Cavite

Names of torture victims:
1. Jose Nayve, 53, provincial coordinator of transport group Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator Nationwide (PISTON) or Nationwide transport group
2. George Bruce, 33, driver of a passenger van
Both were beaten and electrocuted.
3. Rommel Nuñez, 30, occasional construction and farmworker
4.Armando Matres, 38, unemployed.
Both were beaten and dragged into the police mobile
Alleged Perpetrators: Several police in uniform and unnamed men in civilian clothes
Date of incident: 23 November 2015
Place of incident: “Peryahan” in Manggahan General Trias village.
Presently they are detained in Burea of Jail Management Penology (BJMP) in Malabon, General Trias Cavite.

I am writing to voice my serious concern regarding the torture and arrest of four men in Cavite .

On 23 November 2015, Jose Nayve, 53, provincial coordinator of transport group Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator Nationwide (PISTON) or Nationwide transport group; George Bruce, 33, a driver of a passenger van; Rommel Nuñez, 30, an occasional construction and farmworker and the unemployed Armando Matres, 38, were simultaneously arrested in Peryahan in Manggahan General.

All of them were subjected to torture. They were forced to admit to participation in an alleged bombing incident in the area. Jose and George were beaten and electrocuted. They were hit with the butt of an armalite rifle, and their heads were covered with plastic and cloth that suffocated them.

I urge you to properly investigate the allegations of torture and ensure that those involved are held responsible as soon as possible. The perpetrators should be penalized under the Anti-Torture Act of 2009.

I trust that you will take appropriate action in this matter.

Yours sincerely,

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PLEASE SEND YOUR LETTERS TO:

1. Mr. Benigno Aquino III
President
Republic of the Philippines
Malacanang Palace
JP Laurel Street, San Miguel
Manila 1005
PHILIPPINES
Fax: +63 2 736 1010
Tel: +63 2 735 6201 / 564 1451 to 80

2. Mr. Jose Luis Martin Gascon
Chairperson
Commission on Human Rights
SAAC Bldg., Commonwealth Avenue
U.P. Complex, Diliman
Quezon City
PHILIPPINES
Fax: +63 2 929 0102

3. Police Director Ricardo Marquez
Chief
Philippine National Police (PNP)
Camp General Rafael Crame,
Quezon City
PHILIPPINES
Fax +632 7248763
Email: feedback@pnp.gov.ph

4. Mr. Emmanuel L. Caparas
Secretary
Department of Justice (DOJ)
DOJ Bldg., Padre Faura
1004 Manila
PHILIPPINES
Telefax: +63 25239548
E-mail: soj@doj.gov.ph

Thank you.

Urgent Appeals Programme
Asian Human Rights Commission (ua@ahrc.asia)

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