“President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to block access to records of police killings in the drug war is a clear and undeniable pronouncement that this government openly encourages impunity.” — Cristina Palabay, Secretary-General, Karapatan
[UPDATED, 7:08 AM, April 6, 2021] A man died in General Trias, Cavite after being punished by the police for violating the pandemic lockdown curfew, an activist organization reported.
The League of Filipino Students (LFS)-University of the Philippines in Los Baños chapter said a certain Darren Manaog Peñaredondo died on Easter Sunday, April 4, as a result of being ordered to perform about 300 cycles of an exercise routine.
The LFS said the victim stepped out of their house Thursday evening to buy drinking water but was apprehended by Barangay Tejero security personnel and turned over to the police
Facebook page Go Cavite also reported the incident, saying Peñaredondo and fellow arrestees were ordered by the police to perform 100 “pumping” exercises but were told to repeat them twice as they were not in sync.
“Pumping” is a series of punishing exercises that may include air squats, sit-ups and push ups.
The incident happened at the vicinity of the General Trias Municipal Hall, Go Cavite said.
Peñaredondo’s death was first reported by his cousin Adrian Luceña who also wrote on his Facebook page the victim was allowed to come home on Friday morning at about eight o’clock in the morning but already had difficulty walking.
“At dawn of Saturday, he (Peñaredondo) suffered repeated convulsions and was revived. But he eventually became comatose until he died at 10 o’clock (on Saturday evening),” Luceña wrote in Filipino.
Luceña added that Peñaredondo told him he collapsed several times as they were being punished.
He said they will demand justice for Peñaredondo’s death.
Luceña’s post has gone viral on various social media platforms.
A video taken by the victim’s common law wife Reichelyn Balce was posted by GMA Network showing Peñaredondo unable to stand up and rolling on the floor in agony.
The news report said the victim was taken to a hospital where he died.
The LFS said the victim’s death was a case of police brutality.
The Gen. Trias police chief Lt. Col. Lieutenant Colonel Marlo Solero meanwhile denied they punish curfew violators and said they only lecture those arrested.
He added the police only order some sort of community service to those they have apprehended for curfew violations.
Gen. Trias Mayor Antonio Ferrer said an investigation has been launched. # (Raymund B. Villanueva)
The Philippine National Police (PNP) has revealed the name of the operation in four provinces in Southern Tagalog that massacred nine and arrested several other activists Sunday, March 7.
The police said it served search warrants in Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, and Rizal provinces in a Conduct of Simultaneous Implementation of Search Warrants dubbed COPLAN ASVAL.
The PNP in the CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) region bragged it “scored big time during the Simultaneous Implementation of Search Warrants” against alleged communist groups.
It said it “implemented” all 24 search warrants issued by trial courts that killed nine and arrested six activists. Nine others are still at large.
According to human rights group Karapatan-Southern Tagalog, the names of those killed include:
- Michael Dasigao and Mark “Mak Mak” Lee Coros Bacasno in Rodriguez, Rizal;
- Manny Asuncion in Dasmarinas, Cavite; and
- Couple Anna Mariz and Ariel Evangelista in Nasugbu, Batangas.
Among those arrested were:
- Steve Mendoza and Elizabeth Camoral in Cabuyao, Laguna;
- Nimfa Lanzanas in Calamba, Laguna;
- Eugene Eugenio in Antipolo city.
Activist Lino Baez was among those who eluded arrest.
The police refused to divulge the names of the four others killed, five others arrested and eight others at large.
The PNP said all targets are communist “terrorists” who allegedly illegally possessed guns and explosives.
In press releases and television interviews, the PNP claimed those who turned up dead “fought to the operatives (sic).”
Legal activists as counter-insurgency targets
PNP-CALABARZON director B.Gen. Felipe Natividad admitted that the killing and arrest of the activists are part of the government’s counter-insurgency campaign.
“We have to act together to end the 51 year-old communist insurgency in the country. This is just one of the many initiatives and programs of the present government, and the Philippine National Police together with our counterparts in the Armed Forces of the Philippines,” Natividad said.
The police added ASVAL is part of “collaborative efforts” with the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict to address insurgency.
“We have intensified our cracked down against members of CTGs (communist terrorist groups) in the region along with our counter-white area operations to convince these individuals to lay-down their arms and voluntarily surrender to authorities,” Natividad added.
COPLAN ASVAL was launched as two days after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the police and military at a meeting in Cagayan de Oro City of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC).
“If there’s an encounter and you see them armed, kill! Kill them! Don’t mind human rights! I will be the one to go to prison, I don’t have qualms,” the President said.
Known legal activists
COPLAN ASVAL’s victims are known legal activists, however.
Dasigao, a community organizer and an officer of a Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap-affiliate organization, led relief operations after massive floods hit Kasiglahan Village in Rodriguez, Rizal late last year.
Asunsion was a well-known Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN)-Cavite coordinator whose cadaver appear to have been dragged by the police from the upper floor of the Worker’s Assistance Center in Dasmarinas, Cavite, leaving streaks of blood on the floor and stairs.
The Evangelista couple were fisher folk rights advocates who were very much alive when dragged away by the police but later turned up dead in a funeral parlor in Nasugbu, Batangas.
Mendoza is executive vice-president of OLALIA-Kilusang Mayo Uno; Lanzanas is a paralegal of the political prisoners support group Kapatid-Southern Tagalog; Camoral is BAYAN-Laguna spokesperson; Eugenio is president of the Advancement of Rights and Responsibilities of Organized Workers LGU (ARROWS) – Antipolo City Hall; while Baez is an officer of BAYAN-Batangas. # (Raymund B. Villanueva)
By Carlos Isagani T. Zarate
Namanhid na ang aking mga alaala:
mabilis na nag-agaw ang liwanag
at dilim sa aking gunita — sigaw
ng umalingawngaw na takot
at hambalos ng mainit na mga tingga!
Handa nang manibasib ang mga halimaw;
iwinawasiwas ang pabaong birtud ng poon!
Tanging sandata ay imbing mga kataga,
pananggalang ang mahigpit, mainit,
walang bitiw na mga yakap mo, Nanay!
Subalit sa pagitan ng isang kisapmata,
ang iyong mahigpit na yakap – ang tila pusod
na muling sa ati’y nag-ugnay, sa aki’y
nagbigay ng lakas at buhay — ay pinasabog
ng abuso, kahayupan at kalupitan!
Sa isang kisapmata, ang iyong humulagpos na yakap
at nabubuwal na hapong katawan aking nasilayan;
gusto kung sumigaw: ‘Wag mo akong bitawan, Nanay,
higpitan mo pa ang iyong mapag-aruga , mapag-adyang
mga yakap — labanan natin. Ang dilim!
caritaz. 21 disyembre 2020
(The poet is a third-term Bayan Muna Representative to the Philippine Congress)
Anakbayan secretary general Einstein Recedes were among the 19 NutriAsia workers, supporters and journalists jailed by the Meycauayan police last July 30.
A few hours after their release last Wednesday, Recedes narrated to wellwishers and reporters about a promise he made with hundreds of fellow inmates at the Meycauayan police station. (Video by Joseph Cuevas)
During the violent dispersal of striking NutriAsia workers and their supporters last Monday, July 30, company guards and Meycauayan police under the direct supervision of Superintendent Santos Mera attacked and arrested without provocation members of the media covering the incident.
This video is a collection of actual footage by Kodao and Altermidya reporters who were arrested and hurt, as well as Supt. Mera’s illegal efforts to prevent others to inquire with him if they arrested the five journalists.
The Center for Trade Union and Human Rights is accepting donations for the ongoing medical treatment of injured NutriAsia workers and supporters.
CTUHR’s bank details appear below.
“Hindi lang manggagawa. Lahat ng mga sektor na narito, at mga estudyante, nakaranas ng pananakit sa kanila. Pati pari. Wala silang pakialam.”–Reynante Gudinez, Spokesperson, Nagkakaisang Manggagawa ng NutriAsia
July 31, 2018
It is a dark time for democracy and freedom when journalists are treated as criminals – arrested, beaten up, threatened, charged and prevented from doing their work – as happened to our colleagues who covered the violent dispersal of striking workers of NutriAsia and their supporters in Marilao, Bulacan Monday afternoon, July 30.
Footage obtained by the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines tends to show that this brazen assault on working journalists – therefore an attack on press freedom itself – was deliberate and not merely triggered by the heat of the moment.
Our colleagues – four from the alternative media (Hiyas Saturay, Eric Tandoc, Avon Ang and Psalty Caluza) and one from UP campus publication Scientia (Jon Angelo Bonifacio)– were harrassed and arrested. Video footage shows a policeman grabbing Saturay, who was on assignment for the AlterMidya Network, and dragging her away even after she had informed him of who she was.
Rosemarie Alcaraz of Radyo Natin-Guimba, who is also the secretary-general of our Nueva Ecija chapter, was hit by truncheon. NutriAsia guards also dragged Bonifacio, causing him to stumble and sustain injuries and threatened to beat up Kodao Productions cameraman Joseph Cuevas with police personnel not even attempting to prevent a clear threat to life and limb.
As if these weren’t bad enough, when Jola Diones-Mamangun of Kodao Productions went to the Meycauayan police station where those arrested, including our colleagues, were detained, she was denied access to them as officers uttered the obviously false and ludicrous claim that drugs and guns had been recovered from the people they had picked up.
Superintendent Santos Mera, the Meycauayan police chief, was also quoted as saying media needed permits to cover events at his station, a requirement we are sure he very well knows is unconstitutional. Even after their identities have been established, our arrested colleagues were among those subjected to inquest proceedings by the Bulacan police today.
We reiterate our demand for the authorities to withdraw the charges and release our colleagues and end this outrageous farce against them. Unless the authorities now consider journalism a crime and its practitioners as dangerous felons.
We urge the community of independent Filipino journalists to rally around our beleaguered colleagues and send a clear signal that we will not allow any assault on freedom of the press and of expression to pass unchallenged and will hold anyone responsible accountable.
Kodao Productions went to the police station in Meycauayan, Bulacan Monday afternoon to cover and verify the arrest of fellow Altermidya reporters. This is an audio recording of the exchange between Kodao executive director Jola Diones-Mamangun and police officers inside the police station. (Editing by Film Weekly)