LIST: Human rights watch (July 18 – 24, 2021)

Note: This list is regularly updated with the latest developments.

July 22 – Sablayan, Mindoro Occidental

Elements of 76th Infantry Battalion (IB) detained four farmers from Sablayan, Mindoro Occidental, human rights alliance Karapatan Timog Katagalugan (TK) says.

Besides being charged for “violating” the Terror Law, farmers Sherlito Casidsid, Allen dela Fuente, Miguel Manguera, and Fe Marinas are all being accused of aiding armed revolutionary group New People’s Army (NPA). While Manguera and Marinas are also being charged with illegal possession of firearms and explosives, both Casidsid and dela Fuente are facing raps for obstruction of justice.

The alliance recalled a similar case involving Japer Garung and Junior Ramos, two Aetas who were reported to be the first to be charged under the Terror Law. Both Garung and Ramos’ case, however, was junked by Olongapo Regional Trial Court last July 19 after it was found that neither of the two were proven to be involved in the death of a soldier last 2020 (READ: Four Aetas first to be charged under Terror Law).

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.

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