HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH: Pattern of state abductions recorded for September to October 6, 2023

Various abductions of advocates and activists were recorded under the Marcos-Duterte administration within the past month alone.

Among the environmental activists abducted were in Jhed Tamano in Orion, Batangas last September 2 while preparing for an outreach activity in communities affected by reclamation projects in Manila Bay.

Advocates for indigenous people’s rights – namely Job David, Peter del Monte, and Alia Encela – were also captured by the AFP last September 19 in Bongabong, Oriental Mindoro. The two were last seen in Barangay Lisap while investigating for human rights violations following the bombings and shelling reports by the 203rd IB around the area.

Meanwhile, Lee Sudario and Norman Ortiz, activists were reportedly subjected to alleged abductions by the AFP on September 29 as they were compelled to board a van around 1 or 2 AM as witnessed by nearby neighbors.

Also on the same day, Jude Fernandez, a labor organizer of Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) was shot dead by the PNP-CIDG in Binangonan, Rizal in an incident described as an “extrajudicial killing.”

Lastly, General Jovito Palparan, famously known as “The Butcher” was absolved by the Malolos Regional Trial Court last October 6 in charges of kidnapping, serious illegal detention, and serious physical injuries who were filed against him by Raymond and Reynaldo Manalo about a decade ago.

Caption by Clare Patrice
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