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A Statement of Concern on the Deteriorating Human Rights Situation


As December 10, International Human Rights Day nears, we decry the continuing deterioration of human rights in our country.

On top of the premeditated killings by police officers of defenseless youth Kian delos Santos, 17, Carlo Angelo Arnaiz, 19, and Reynaldo “Kulot” de Guzman, 14, the recent killings of Catholic priest Fr. Marcelito Paez in Nueva Ecija. Pastor Lovelito Quinoñes in Mindoro Oriental, and human rights activist Elisa Badayos in Negros Oriental signal a new and wider wave of killings and human rights violations in the country. 

Such killings come on the heels of Pres. Duterte’s closing the door on the peace talks with the NDFP, and his admonition to state security forces to shoot and kill suspected armed rebels. We are alarmed that just as Oplan Tokhang saw thousands of alleged drug users or peddlers mowed down based on mere suspicion and spurious claims of “nanlaban,” the President’s new order can also give state forces the license to kill unarmed civilians conveniently labelled as “rebels.” 

The President’s threat to crack down on activists, critics and all those whom he imagines are conspiring to topple his government has a chilling effect on the public and impinges on our people’s exercise of their political rights and civil liberties.

The continuing efforts to undermine the system of checks and balances in government – the impeachment proceedings against Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno, the threat to impeach Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, the bullying of the Commission on Human Rights and the continued detention of Sen. Leila de Lima – are equally worrisome. More so efforts of the President and his supporters to threaten and intimidate members of the media.

And yet the greatest threat to human rights today is Pres. Duterte’s moves toward authoritarian rule whether through charter change ostensibly to shift to a federal system of government, or an outright power grab through a so-called “revolutionary government.”

We call on our people to be critical and ever vigilant. Let us resist the erosion of our basic human and democratic rights. Let us unite in fighting tyranny and dictatorship.#

SIGNATORIES:


Legislators

Sen. Francis Pangilinan

Former Sen. Rene Saguisag

Rep. Edcel Lagman

Rep. Jose Christopher Belmonte

Rep. Sarah Elago

Rep. Carlos Zarate

Rep. Antonio Tinio

Rep. Ariel Casilao

Rep. Arlene Brosas

Rep. France Castro

Rep. Tom Villarin

Former Rep. Lorenzo Tañada

Former Rep. Rafael Mariano

Former Rep. Neri Colmenares

Former Rep. Teddy Casiño

Lawyers

Atty. Pacifico Agabin

Dean Ada D. Abad

Atty. Antonio La Viña

Atty. Jose Manuel Diokno

Atty. Pablito V. Sanidad

Atty. Arno V. Sanidad

Atty. Felix J. Mariñas Jr.

Atty. Vicky Avena

Atty. Edre Olalia

Atty. Rachel Pastores

Atty. Rey Cortez

Atty. Eduardo Capulong

Atty. Ivy-ron Quinto

Atty. Jill Santos

Atty. Gregorio Tanaka Viterbo Jr.

Religious

Obispo Maximo Rhee Timbang, IFI

Bp. Broderick Pabillo, DD

Bp. Deogracias Iñiguez, DD

Bp. Arturo Bastes, DD

Bp. Gerardo Alminaza, DD

Bp. Roberto Mallari, DD

Bp. Reuel Marigsa

Mo. Mary John Mananzan, OSB

Br. Jose Mari Jimenez, FSC

Rev Fr. Carlos G. Ronquillo, CSSR

Sr. Angelita Navarro, ICM

Sr. Pat Fox, NDS

Bp. Emergencio Padillo, UCCP-MLJ

Bp. Santiago Azaula, IFI, Diocese of Bohol

Bp. Emilliano Domingo, IFI, Diocese of Cavite

Bp. Godofredo J. David, IFI, Diocese of Rizal Pampanga

Bp. Dindo Ranojo, IFI, Diocese of Tarlac

Bp. Rowel S. Arevalo, IFI, Diocese of Laguna

Bp. Joselito T. Cruz, IFI, Diocese of Bataan and Bulacan

Bp. Ronelio Fabriquiet, IFI, Diocese of Romblon And Mindoro

Bp. Jovy B. Fodulla, IFI, Diocese of Palawan

Bp. Joel Porlares, Gen. Secretary, IFI

Bp Valentin Lorejo, Jr., IFI

Fr. Noel L. Dacuycuy, COP 

Fr. Ben Alforque, MSC

Fr. Freddie Dulay, MDJ 

Rev Fr. Carlos G. Ronquillo, Cssr

Fr. Gilbert Billena, O.Carm  

Fr.  Rolly De Leon

Sr. Elen Belardo RGS

 Rev. Crescecio G. Agbayani

Pastor Nerisse Pamaran, UTS

Fr. Rex Reyes


Artists, Writers and Media

Mae Paner a.k.a. Juana Change

Monique Wilson

Director Joel Lamangan

Audie Gemora

Joel Saracho

Chikoy Pura

Monet Pura

Prof. Joi Barrios-Leblanc

Kiri Dalena

Nikki Luna

Katrina Stuart Santiago

Vergel Santos

Chit Roces-Santos

Inday Espina-Varona

Prof. Felipe de Leon Jr.

Rossana Abueva

Sari Dalena

Kiri Dalena

Astarte Abraham

Eunice C. Novio

Angelo de Silva

Isolde Duenas

Nonoy Espina

Tonyo Cruz

Ina Silverio

Emmanuel Garibay

Norberto Roldan

Angelo Suarez

Donna Miranda

Renan Ortiz

Ricky Francisco

Roselle Pineda

Henrielle Pagkaliwangan

Karl Castro

Voltaire Guray

Melvin Pollero

Ryan Murillo

Antares Gomez Bartolome

Lisa Ito

Manolo Sicat

Carina Evangelista

Renz Lee

Judith Camille Rosette

Leslie de Chavez 

Racquel de Loyola

Veronica Lazo

Cian Dayrit

Mideo Cruz

Jaja Arumpac

Cabring Cabrera

Eunice de Asis

Ramon Ayco

Sigfried Barros Sanchez

Angeli Bayani

Albert Gonzales Fontanilla

Mark Angeles

Merlita Lorena Tariman

Yason Banal

Maria Isabel Lopez

Joey Papa

Karl Ramirez

Boogs Villareal

Winston Santiago


Academe

UP Chancellor Michael Lim Tan

Dr. Gisela Luna, VP Academic Affairs, Trinity University of Asia

Prof. Judy Taguiwalo

Prof. Temario Rivera

Prof. Luis V. Teodoro

Dr. Georgina Encanto

Prof. Roland Simbulan

Prof. Laarni Escresa

Prof. Mighael Pante

Assoc. Prof. Amparo Adelina C Umali

Asst. Prof. Bernadette Neri

Rowena A. Laguilles

Prof. Sonny San Juan

Prof. Delia Aguilar

Rica L. Nepomuceno

Rev. Lizette Tapia-Raquel

Prof. Elyrah Salanga-Torralba

Prof. John Enrico C. Torralba

Prof. Revelation E. Velunta

Prof. Ruby G. Alcantara

Raymond Macapagal

Prof. Emmanuel Luna

Prof. Wystan de la Peña

Dr. Nancy Kimuell Gabriel

Assoc. Prof. Celia M. Austria

Assoc. Prof. Rowell Madula

Prof. Ramon Guillermo

Prof. Rhoderick Nuncio

Assoc. Prof. Raquel Sison-Buban

Assoc. Prof. David Michael San Juan

Prof. Rowena R. Boquiren

Prof. Chuckberry Pascual

Prof. Bobby Tuazon

Doctors and Health Professionals

Dr. Eddie Concepcion

Dr. Gene Nisperos

Dr. Edelina P. Dela Paz

Eleanor Nolasco, R.N.

Dr. Jose Florencio Lapeña Jr.

Dr. Romeo Quijano

Maricel Lim-Nalian, RN

Dr. Ramon Paterno

Dr Sylvia dela Paz 

Dr. Arnel Amata

Dr Violy Casiguran

Dr. Cynthia Sta Clara-Marcelo

Prof. Cora delos Reyes- Anonuevo

Dr. Charissa Salud Gnilo

Dr. Lou Querubin

Dr. Sylvia E Claudio

Dr. Oliver Segui

Dr Juliet Segui

Dr. Roselimo Doval Santos

Dr. Erlyn Joy Quirao

Dr. Ed Tolentino

Dr. Dolores Taylan 

Dr. Dexter Cayanes 

Dr. Japhet Hensaya de Leon

Dr. Ira Bisuna

Dr. Aurelio Agcaoili

Dr. Shamon Abraham

Dr. Charles Marquez
 

NGOs and People’s Organizations

Dr. Carol Araullo, BAYAN

Renato Reyes Jr., BAYAN

Miguel Sandino Aljibe, UPSC Manila

Dr. Joseph Carabeo, HEAD

Sharon Cabusao, Kapayapaan

Lyda Jara Canson, Development of Peoples Foundation

Cristina Palabay, Karapatan

Elisa Tita Lubi, Karapatan

Dr. Geneve R. Reyes, HAHR

Danilo Reyes, Asian Legal Resource Centre

Atty. Azadeh Shahshahani, Project South

Milagros S. Serrana, Hills of Maia Alta Homeowners’ Association

Marian Caampued, Women Against Tyranny

Dino de Leon, PBTAJ

Japhet Ndhlovu, South Africa and South Asia Program Coordinator, Church in Mission Unit, United Church of Canada

Wim de Ceukelaire, Director, Third World Health Aid-Belgium

SAMASA Alumni Association

Respond and Break the Silence Against the Killings (RESBAK)

SIKAD

Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility

Network Against Killings in the Philippines (NAK-Philippines)

Third World Health Aid-Belgium

United Church of Canada

Babai Women’s Network

Daloy Dance Company


Concerned Individuals

RC Constantino

Lourdes Constantino

Margarita Holmes

John Silva

Olivia A. Ferry

Tessy Ang See

Lorna Segovia

Raul Segovia

Dante Simbulan

Susan Macuja

Alex Capulong

Men Sta Ana

Yoly Ong

Aurora Javate

Mercedes Contreras Danenberg

Nina L Yuson

Ricky Francisco

Guillermo G. Cunanan

Rica Cortes Rentzing

Candy Cruz Datu

Jesus Ferdinand Nemenzo

Samia Abraham-Henrage

Cara Uymatiao

Ms Len Cuenca

Ms. Norma Esperida-Cummins

Menchie Peralta

Alex Umali

Rhodora Clemente

Betty Romero

Alessandra Gonzalez

Lorna Villamil

Ester Batangan

Lito Averia

Vincent Go

Jojo Lacanilao

J. Antonio Tovar Aguilar

Erika David

Blessilda Wyona Ragaza

Rita Erika Espinar

Maria Fe Fruto-Enciso

Julius Enciso

Andrew Paolo Enciso

Leonor Fruto

Jean Fruto

Rosa Fruto-Garcia

Helen Espinar

Conrado Espinar

Christine Espinar-Quinto

Jerome Quinto

Christian Espinar

Shiela Espinar

Charisse Espinar

Anne Lim

Adelaide Santos

Kristine Calleja

Astarte Abraham

Edreu Abraham

Apollo Abraham

Ma. Allene P. Allanigue

Ann Hazel Javier

Francis Dayrit

Ma. Teresa Cruz

Paulynn Sicam

Vangie Quiason

Vicky Ongpin Perlas

Annie de Leon

Estella Firmacion-Llamas

Gail Billones

Dr. Portia Mapanao

Mario Mapanao

Anthony Pavia

Chito Pagaduan

Ma. Teresa Anna Koska Kim

Nina L. Yuson

Nice Maniebo-Buan

Cara Uymatiao

Abbey Pasano del Puerto

Leno Mata Sunico

Jun Verzola

Mel Verzola

Maria Louella Manansala

Carlos S. Manansala

Dulce Aristorenas

Joy Castillo

Norma Esperida- Cummins

Caridad Reyes 

Nelson Reyes

Alex Aquino

Edna Aquino

Nona Andaya Castillo

Belle Castillo

Bernie Aquino

Joji Atienza

Samuel Picardal

Francis Villabroza

Ina Silverio

Lisa Marie Clemente

Robert Sombillo

Mary Joy Capistrano

Jean C. Orsolino

Norman Uy Carnay

Janette Pilotin

Lito T. Salcedo

Jake Clemencio

Angela Colmenares-Sabino

Tess Aquino

Imelda Laguindam

Rowena Caraig

Gary Santiago Rojas

Enrelito del Carmen

Phoebe Dimacali

Kendy Sario

Zeny Soriano

Janice Monte-Hernandez

Richard Ramos

Trudis Zaniaga

Skye Gatchalian

Kristin Nicholas

Florence Mendoza

Anya Mendoza

Sinag de Jesus

Grace Mahinay

Xandra Liza Casambre

Berna Ducusin

Cheryl Bolante

Sherwin Bariuan

Efren H. Santos

Amy Laja Toreno

Jake Clemencio

Satyajit Dimaano

Jess Valyrian

Julius Dagatan

Violy Macatol

Marita Castillo-Pimentel

Victor Mangubat

Oliver Badeo Inodeo

Richelle Mae de Luna

Susan S. Lara

Rogelio Braga

Roma Estrada

Grace Monte de Ramos

Nadine Sarreal

Arjay Ivan Gorospe

Mae Espada

Jun “Zion” Dalanda

Mark Norman Boquiren

Mary Jane Alejo

Ian Yeshua Velunta

Mar Anthony Simon dela Cruz

Malvin Daniel Ramos

Jonalyn C. Dingsalan

Ayer Arguelles

Enjelomar Nagtalon

Morija Santos

Bing M. Concepcion

Nashtassia Esteban

Irah Joy Davantes Royo

Sherry Mae Soledad

Helen Floreshilario

Luchie Maranan

Joan Cartoneros Cordero

Keidy Transfiguracion-Mendiola

Mark “Borky” Perida

Allana Alvarez

Chriztina Madlangbayan

Mr. Ramilito Correa

Ms. Precious Tabernero

Mr. Soy Vonhoepper

Ms. Mirylle Calindro

Charlie Labarda

Chadwick Co Sy Su

Maria Teresa Tibon

Arlene Siojo Manosca

Gibby Gores

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