We, the organisations named below, make this statement to express our serious alarm about the widespread arbitrary arrests of children taking place throughout the Philippines under the ‘Oplan Tambay’ project of the Philippine government.
We note that President Duterte issued a directive that children found loitering be arrested for their protection, even if they have not committed any crime.(1) We further note that in the execution of Oplan Tambay in Cebu Province, minors violating curfew ordinances have been the largest group arrested.(2) We note that in the City of Manila, there is a drive to achieve ‘zero street children’ which is leading to large numbers of children being arbitrarily removed from public spaces.(3)
In Defense of Human Rights and Dignity Movement (iDEEFEND) condemns in the strongest terms the attempt to remove Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes A. Sereno, in an unconstitutional process which undermines the rule of law and abrogates the role of Congress and the Senate in an impeachment and trial process respectively.
1903 nang pinangunahan ng mga manggagawa sa ilalim ng Union Obrera Democratica de Filipinas ang unang martsa ng manggagawa sa Pilipinas, ipinanawagan nila ang pagpapataas ng kanilang sahod kasabay ng panawagang kalayaan mula sa pangongolonya ng Amerika nuong mga panahong iyon. Ngayon, mahigit isang siglo na ang nakalipas, anumang natitira pang karapatan sa paggawa na tinatamasa’y nangaganib nang mabawi ng tuluyan. Kalakhan ng manggagawang Pilipino ay hindi tumatanggap ng minimum wage, iilan lamang ay nabibilang sa anumang organisasyon-- asosasyon man o unyon at kung gayo’y walang boses na makapagigiit ng magandang kondisyon sa paggawa, Ni walang kaseguruhan sa trabaho sapagkat laganap ang “endo” o 5-5-5.
In Defense of Human Rights and Dignity Movement deplores the detention of Australian nun, Sr. Patricia Fox by the Bureau of Immigration for her involvement in activities supporting farmers and indigenous peoples, as well as the deportation of the Party of European Socialists (PES) Deputy Secretary –General Giacomo Filibeck on Sunday due to a black list order against him.
“We are alarmed at these operations as these may be pre-crackdown moves designed to warn the international community against criticizing the government’s anti-people policies” cautioned Ellecer Carlos, spokesperson for iDEFEND. “Both events are examples of repressive measures levelled against global human rights defenders by the government, which continue to implement a bloody war on drugs as well as Martial Law in Mindanao which violate the human rights of indigenous peoples,” he added.