Press Statement

April 29, 2016

 Reference:      Cristina “Tinay” Palabay, Secretary General, +63917-3162831

                           Angge Santos, Media Liaison, +63918-9790580

Political killings, illegal arrests continue, weeks before end of BS Aquino presidency

With a few weeks left for BS Aquino’s presidency, the administration continues to reach for its targets on rights violations through Oplan Bayanihan, while desperately campaigning for Liberal Party bets to escape accountability,” Cristina Palabay, Karapatan secretary general said.

“As of March 2016, there are 318 victims of extrajudicial killings under the BS Aquino presidency, 89 of them are indigenous peoples,” Palabay said. “There are 152 victims from Mindanao, and 64 from the Bicol region,” Palabay added.

Violation of Civil and Political Rights under the Noynoy Aquino Government

July 2010 to March 2016 


No. of Victims

Extrajudicial killing


Enforced Disappearance






Frustrated Extrajudicial Killing


Illegal Arrest without Detention


Illegal Arrest and Detention


Illegal Search and Seizure


Physical Assault and Injury




Violation of Domicile


Destruction of Properties


Divestment of Property


Forced Evacuation




Indiscriminate Firing


Forced/Fake Surrender


Forced Labor/Involuntary Servitude


Use of Civilians in Police and/or Military Operations as Guides and/or Shield


Use of Schools, Medical, Religious and Other Public Places for Military Purpose


Restriction or Violent Dispersal of Mass Actions, Public Assemblies and Gatherings



Karapatan said the latest incident is the killing of Rolando Casiano, 32, who was shot dead April 27 at Lower Sta. Cruz, Ragay, Camarines Sur, while attending the wake of a relative. Soldiers shot Casiano near a river in the vicinity of the house where the wake was held. According to witnesses, around 20 soldiers were seen around the house.

On April 24, Datu Arnel Nayer was found dead along the mountain road of Sitio Kalatingga, Brgy. Camam-onan, Gigaquit, Surigao del Norte. The day before, Datu Arnel was among the six Mamanwa who went to their farms in Sitio Kalatingga to get some sweet potatoes. At around 1pm, they were resting at the mountain side road when they saw around 10 soldiers in full combat gear about 20 meters from them. A few minutes later, more soldiers came ten meters away and started to open fire.

Datu Arnel’s companions, Lino Mansumay, 25, Anthony Anrique 55, Esmoter Anrique, 55, Ronel Anrique, 27, and Binbin Patusa 26, survived because they were able to run. Mansumay suffered splinter wounds at the back of his left shoulder and arm. All except for Datu Arnel, all were able to return home. Datu Arnel’s dead body was found near the place of incident.

In November 2015, the Datu Arnel’s Mamanwa community in Sitio Kalatingga evacuated due to aerial bombings of the 36th Infantry Battalion-Philippine Army and other augmentation forces from the 4th Infantry Division.

“Last April 26, four farmers from DAGAMI-Isabela were illegally arrested and detained for occupying their land being claimed by a landlord, Manuel Tio,” Palabay said. During the land occupation of the farmers in Brgy. Mambabanga, Luna, Isabela, Tio’s goons and the police assaulted the farmers trying to disperse them. Many of the victims were minors. The next day, farmers Marlon Matusalem, Rogelio Gameng, Dennis Gameng and Renato Gameng were released from detention but are facing charges of trespassing.

“Killings, illegal arrest and detention, among other human rights violations – this is how BS Aquino’s Daang Matuwid will be remembered, a blood-tainted legacy which will be continued by Mar Roxas if he wins the election,” Palabay said. “Only the few rich who benefit from the Liberal Party are the only ones who wish for six more years of this crooked path,” Palabay concluded. ###


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KARAPATAN is an alliance of human rights organizations and programs, human rights desks and committees of people’s organizations, and individual advocates committed to the defense and promotion of people’s rights and civil liberties.  It monitors and documents cases of human rights violations, assists and defends victims and conducts education, training and campaign.