Human rights report for the 2nd quarter of 2019


This report was culled from Ang Bayan’s reportage of human rights violations perpetrated by the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police and other armed agents of the US-Duterte regime across the country in the second quarter of year 2019.

BASED ON THE initial tally of Ang Bayan, there have been at least 191 victims (or two per day) of various types of human rights violations from April 1 to June 31.

On average, a victim was killed and three others were arrested every five days. In addition to this, at least one was subjected to threat, harassment or intimidation per day.

Killings, frustrated killings and torture. In the past three months, there have been at least 19 civilian victims of political killings across the country. Ten were killed in Luzon, six in Visayas and five in Mindanao. Majority were killed in Bicol (10 victims). Meanwhile, Ang Bayan also recorded three cases of frustrated killings and one torture.

Illegal arrests and arbitrary detention. There have been at least 63 victims of illegal arrests and detention during the same period. Forty-four were arrested in Luzon, 15 in Visayas and seven in Mindanao. The highest number of cases were recorded in Negros (14) and Bicol (13). Meanwhile, a civilian was also abducted and has yet to be surfaced by state agents.

Bombing, strafing and militarization. At least five incidents of indiscriminate bombings and strafing were reported in the same period. On top of this, 39 incidents of military occupation and attacks on communities were also reported—26 of which were perpetrated in Luzon, 10 in Visayas and three in Mindanao. (Note: Reporting in Mindanao is low due to widespread military harassment and operations across the island.) The highest number of militarization incidents reported were in Southern Tagalog (18), Negros and Bicol (8 each).

Forcible evacuation. These attacks have resulted in the evacuation of about 3,530 individuals. The highest number of evacuees (2,000) were recorded in the Negros Island due to relentless military attacks in various communities.

Threat, harassment and intimidation. Among the victims were 99 individuals subjected to threat, harassment and intimidation. Majority of the victims are from Eastern Visayas (63) and Bicol (24).

Human rights report for the 2nd quarter of 2019