CANADA-PHILIPPINES SOLIDARITY FOR HUMAN RIGHTS (CPSHR)
1-5687 West Blvd Vancouver, BC Canada
23 January 2017
AN OPEN LETTER
To His Excellency President Rodrigo Roa Duterte
RE: Justice for the Killing of VERONICO “Nico” L. DELAMENTE, Mamanwa tribal leader, an active member of the Kahugpungan sa Lumadnong mga Organisasyon (KASALO) -Caraga
Dear President Duterte,
The Canada-Philippines Solidarity for Human Rights (CPSHR), joins the Filipino human rights defenders, environmental advocates, people’s organizations, and international rights groups in strongly denouncing the killing of Veronico L. Delamente, Mamanwa tribal leader, an active member of the Kahugpungan sa Lumadnong mga Organisasyon (KASALO)-Caraga.
Delamante was shot by unidentified motorcycle riding assailants last January 20, 2017. Delamente was known for his leadership in the struggle for the rights of the Mamanwa tribe against large scale nickel mining companies operating within their ancestral lands.
We send our deepest condolences to Delamente family and the communities and people he worked with.
According to our data, Delamente was the 10th victim of extra-judicial killings in Mindanao since July last year, following the killing of environmental anti-mining activist Joselito Pasaporte in Compostela Valley Province on October 13, 2016 and the abduction of Davis Mogul and Macky Mogul, both environmental activists in Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat early December last year.
The killing occurs as the third round of peace talks between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) progresses in Rome, Italy.
We call on the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) to strictly abide by previously signed agreements in the peace talks especially now that the supplemental guidelines to the Joint Monitoring Committee (JMC) of the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) was signed on the third day of their third round of talks with the NDFP.
This agreement should address the long list of human rights violations already being suffered by Lumad and peasants across Mindanao.
CPSHR demands justice for Veronico “Nico” Delamente and other victims of extrajudicial killings. We take into account that to this day, the perpetrators of these human rights abuses remain free and no one has been prosecuted.
Thank you and we hope for your immediate attention and action on this case.
The Canada-Philippines Solidarity for Human Rights (CPSHR)
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H.E. Rodrigo Duterte
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