Press Release | July 14, 2017
Reference: Cristina Palabay, Secretary General, 0917-3162831
Karapatan Public Information Desk, 0918-9790580
Duterte’s reinstatement of Supt. Marcos to police service, a classic example of impunity
“The reinstatement of superintendent Marvin Marcos to police service and his non-indictment on murder charges on the rub-out of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. is a classic example of impunity under the Duterte administration. Encouraging cops who spit on the right to due process to continue doing so and rewarding them with immunity from grave criminal charges is the order of the day,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay, on the recent announcements of President Rodrigo Duterte regarding Marcos and his war on drugs.
Karapatan said that many of the cases against police personnel involved in alleged extrajudicial killings of alleged drug users or peddlers in the course of Duterte’s anti-crime campaign remain unsolved. “Cops who kill the poor are ordered to continue doing so, while they remain invincible from prosecution and penalty,” she added.
“Worse, Marcos was immediately assigned as head of the Crime Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) of the Philippine National Police in Region 12, where the PNP is notorious for illegally arresting peasants and Lumad on trumped up charges,” Palabay said. According to recent information forwarded to Karapatan, at least ten indigenous community leaders in Kalamansig, Sultan Kudarat are on the PNP’s watchlist for their activism against the encroachment of large scale mining and other business of the David M. Consunji Inc. (DMCI) in their ancestral land.
On July 12, farmer and community leader Kama Sanung, also a pastor of the Association of Dulangan Manobo Evangelical Church (ADMEC), was arrested at Brgy. Hinalaan, Kalamansig, Sultan Kudarat on fabricated charges of illegal possession of firearms. Sanung and his family said the firearms allegedly seized by the police in their house were planted by the arresting officers themselves. Sanung is also an active member of the Kesasabanay Dulangan Manobo (KEDUMA). Nine other community leaders are set to be arrested, according to Karapatan’s source.
“A corrupt and bloodthirsty police force working in concert with a fascist military, especially in an area where martial law in enforced, furthers the already worsening human rights situation. The killings and arrests should stop, and the perpetrators should be brought to justice, instead of being rewarded,” Palabay concluded.
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