Karapatan, after close scrutiny of the proscription petition, revealed that there are 8 names of individuals already deceased and 2 desaparecidos that were included in the petition. Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay said that “this is indicative of how ludicrous and dubious Duterte’s fake terror list is. The level of callousness from the Duterte regime is unprecedented!”
Included in the eight is Danilo Bodayos, NDFP consultant in Central Visayas, who has been dead for years. Listed also is Luisa Pousa-Dominado who has been missing since April 12, 2007. Pousa-Dominado was the spokesperson of Samahan ng mga Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto (SELDA) prior to her abduction in Panay.
“The practice of lumping together names is a long-standing maneuver of the AFP, PNP, CIDG and other government agencies, despite the absence of evidence against the named individuals. The scriptwriters of these lists could care less about whether these persons are already dead or reported missing, just so long as they can cover a wide range of activists and rights defenders to implicate. From the very start, these lists have no integrity,” emphasized Palabay.
The Karapatan leader cited the complaints filed by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) against leaders and members of people’s organization on May 12, 2015 following the evacuation of some 800 Ata Manobo residents from Talaingod and Kapalong, Davao del Norte and San Fernando, Bukidnon. Cases of kidnapping and serious illegal detention, and anti-trafficking charges were lodged against leaders who assisted the evacuation of said residents to the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP)-Haran in Davao City in January 2015. The list, containing at least 70 names, included the late labor leader and Anakpawis congressman Crispin Beltran and environmentalist Francis Morales who died in May 2008 and November 2014, respectively.
“These acts merely imply that the information used by the DOJ is wrong and highly improbable. Perhaps, if the DOJ is truly looking for culprits and terrorists who have violated and terrorized communities and cities en masse, then the President himself and his lackeys should be at the top of the list. Unlike this fake “terror list”, there is a plethora of evidence of State terrorism – from Marawi, to the urban poor communities in Manila, to the rural countryside in Mindanao and elsewhere in the country,” added Palabay.
“We thus call for the immediate junking of this baseless, malicious and arbitrary petition, and condemn the DOJ and the Duterte regime for such attempts to threaten, harass, and bully rights defenders into submission. This all falls into Duterte’s grand design to persecute opposition and cripple dissent and protest – a devious scheme that should be exposed as empty and malicious, and ultimately overturned,” ended Palabay.
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