Pride Month reaches a somber yet triumphant end.
Although this week was much more quiet and far less bloody than previous ones, this week also saw the third-month commemoration of labor leader Dandy Miguel’s murder.
Yesterday also marked a year after the Cabuyao 11 case, wherein 11 progressives were arrested after peacefully protesting the Anti-Terror Law’s (ATL) recent signing the day before. Three reminders of the continued injustice faced by Filipinos.
From thwarting an attempt to stop a pride program to a barangay chairman narrowly evading death, here are all of the HRVs that have been reported this week.
June 27 – Trinidad, Bohol
Kabataan Partylist says that elements of the 47th Infantry Battalion (IB) and police raided four homes belonging to members of Trinidad-Talibon Integrated Farmers’ Association (TTIFA) in the morning of that day.
The partylist said that authorities did not have any warrants with them and that the home of TTIFA Chair Alindo Olayvar was among the places raided.
This was days after Bohol of the Central Visayas Farmers Development Center (FARDEC) program coordinator Carmilo Tabada was also arrested in Trinidad. (READ: LIST: Human rights watch (June 20 – 26, 2021))
June 28 – University of the Philippines Los Baños
Brgy. Batong Malake officials, University Police Force (UPF) bar delegates of Southern Tagalog Pride from conducting their program, inside and outside the campus.
A vehicle of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Los Baños was on standby in front of Carabao Park, with the police asking the delegates for “certification.” This is despite the implementation of the UP-DILG accord.
Also, a policeman from vehicle AO P625 attempted to grab the camera of one of the Perspective’s photojournalists. Like their attempt to stop the program, he failed.
June 29 – Brgy. Palo Alto, Calamba City, Laguna
Barangay chairman Arvin Laude Manguiat narrowly survived an attempt on his life, after unidentified gunmen opened fire on him while Manguiat was in his car at 2 AM that morning, Anakbayan Calamba says.
Although Manguiat sustained only minor injuries from glass shards, progressive groups such as Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) – Laguna recalled how other government officials were gunned down by unknown assailants. Two examples BAYAN-Laguna mentioned include the deaths of Brgy. San Antonio Captain Froilan “Kawing” Reyes and ex-Los Baños Mayor Cesar Perez.
“Sa ilalim ng rehimeng US-Duterte, lumalakas ang loob ng mga naghaharing dinastiya sa pulitika na lumabag sa batas upang mapalakas ang hawak nila sa pulitika. Direktang resulta ito ng mismong impunidad na pinapakita ni Duterte at ang pagtalikod niya sa batas. Lantarang nagbubulagbulagan siya sa krimen ng mga lokal na burukrata habang tinutugis niya ang mga inosenteng walang sala,” BAYAN-Laguna explained.
Human Rights Watch is a weekly collation of human rights news stories gathered from different sources by UPLB Perspective. This initiative was launched in response to the sweeping number of human rights violations (HRVs) among various sectors across the country.