April 13, 2019
The former head of the human rights group Karapatan in Southern Mindanao criticized the Armed Forces of the Philippines for linking the group to the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA).
Honey Mae Suazo, the former secretary-general of Karapatan Southern Mindanao, said in an emailed statement that AFP Deputy Chief of Staff for Civil Military Operations Maj. Gen. Antonio Parlade Jr. was “spinning their dirty old tactics to discredit the human rights advocacy and legal services of Karapatan to the marginalized.”
“They have gone so low, even adding personal attacks against me by dragging my husband, whom I am separated from, into their allegations,” she said.
On Friday, the AFP linked Karapatan’s Suazo to the communist group when they presented a receipt for the bail of alleged NPA commander named Zaldy Cañete, alias Jinggoy, in 2015, which was paid by Suazo.
The Tagum City Regional Trial Court issued the receipt with serial number 8369533B back in July 7, 2015, after posting the P200,000 bail for Cañete who was captured in 2010.
But Suazo said it was part of her work to provide legal services as paralegal worker to represent Cañete’s family.
“I had to act as representative for the family, given the situation at that time. Cañete’s father was murdered, while his mother and sibling were gravely under threat. We had worked through this legal process and most of the cases were dismissed due to lack of merit and others were bailable. The family raised the funds for the recommended bail,” Suazo said.
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ADVISORY AND INVITATION
The vicious red-baiting must stop. Gen. Parlade must put up or shut up.
The NATIONAL UNION OF PEOPLES’ LAWYERS (NUPL) will ask the Supreme Court to protect its officers and members from reckless labelling harassment, threats and violence through the Writs of Amparo and Habeas Data against Parlade and his superiors, including Atty. Rodrigo Duterte.
This is the opening salvo in a string of legal suits against Gen. Parlade’s wild red-tagging.
Representatives from the marginalized sectors, who are clients of NUPL, will join them and stage a protest action in calling for the military and the Duterte administration to take their hands off their people’s lawyers.
NUP lawyers, law students and their allied lawyers in the profession will appear in the street in their court attire.
When: 15 April 2019
Time: 1:30 pm
Where: Supreme Court
STOP THE ATTACKS ON LAWYERS!
LAWYERS ARE NOT TERRORISTS!
-Full media coverage and livestreaming are requested.-
For more information, please contact the NUPL Secretariat at (02) 920-6660 or (+63) 917-887-0776.
(National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers Facebook, 14/04/19)
ATM: Members and officers of the NUPL troop to the Supreme Court to ask for protection from relentless military red-tagging led by Brig. Gen. Antonio Parlade Jr.
The red scare tactics have intensified in recent months, with NUPL members being subjected to surveillance and various forms of threat, harassment and intimidation. The most vicious attack was the murder of Atty. Ben Ramos in Negros last year. In his last days alive, Atty. Ben was red-baited in anti-communist posters which showed his photo together with those of activists in the region.
NUPL lawyers were joined this afternoon by their clients from the marginalized sectors. They called on the government to let their lawyers do their jobs and urged the Supreme Court to issue the protective writs of amparo and habeas data in their favor.#
(National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers Facebook, 15/04/19)