A 61-year old peasant activist has died in detention on Monday, renewing calls from human rights groups for the release of the elderly and sickly political detainees amid the pandemic.
195 inmates in detention facilities nationwide have contracted the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and has raised calls again for decongestion of jails from groups.
Jose Reynaldo “Jory” Porquia was shot dead by still unidentified men in his coffee shop at Brgy. Sto. Niño, Arevalo District. It was reported that some witnesses near the crime scene heard several gunshots and saw mask-wearing men.
Karapatan criticized Solicitor General (OSG) Jose Calida for opposing the petition filed by 22 elderly and sick political prisoners at the Supreme Court as a form of “double standard of justice” that endangers lives of prisoners amid the coronavirus 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
Following the fatal shooting of former soldier Winston Ragos, a forensic and a human rights official question the Quezon City Police’s assertion that the shooting was a “judgment call”.
Former AnakPawis Representative Ariel Casilao and six relief volunteers were released through bail Wednesday after police in Norzagaray, Bulacan detained them while doing relief work last Saturday.
Indigenous people’s groups and advocates slammed the recommendation of the Department of Agriculture to convert ancestral lands into vegetable and high-value crop farms.
Former AnakPawis Representative Ariel Casilao was detained along with six volunteers on a relief mission to Norzagaray, Bulacan on Sunday and were charged for violating the Bayanihan Act.
The United Nations (UN) and Philippine rights advocates await the answer of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte on the appeal to release vulnerable prisoners, including political detainees, as the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) continues to pose a threat to the country.
Armed elements from the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) stormed Sitio San Roque Monday, April 6, 2020, intimidating some of the residents who were conducting a community kitchen program.