Living inside a noisy, hot, and difficult shelter for years is how an 11-year-old Manobo girl describes her temporary yet almost permanent shelter inside the evacuation center of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines – Haran (UCCP-Haran).
Groups that advance human rights and have been accused recently as fronts of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA) trooped the office of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) on Tuesday, March 12, to file formal complaints on the “government-instigated” incidents of red-tagging campaigns against them.
The two spent the night inside the military camp.
Malicious flyers continue to spread and distributed in different areas in Cagayan de Oro, reports from concerned groups and individuals said.
Lawyers’ groups expressed alarm on the continuing red-tagging among its ranks, especially those who are deeply involved in human rights advocacy.
Labor group Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) condemned the abduction of three union leaders from Pantukan, Compostela Valley by suspected military agents on Wednesday, February 27.
“We fear for our lives and liberty, knowing that we are in this list being circulated after a national accompaniment mission that provided support to Lumad and peasant leaders wrongfully charged and detained by the state,” Calang told Davao Today.
The flyers tagged local church workers, lawyers, rights advocates and a journalist as “terrorist members of the New People’s Army and Communist Party of the Philippines.”
Families of Desaparecidos have made an appeal to the United Nation (UN), particularly to the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (UN-WGEID) to keep open the 625 cases and look into more cases which have not been reported to the body.
The recent threats and attacks that targeted a missionary worker, a volunteer teacher, and two human rights defenders has raised a serious concern over the safety of individuals working in progressive organizations that are critical to the government.