PHILIPPINES: Military style intimidation tactics are being used

Former President National Students Federation

Former President National Students Federation

KNOWLEDGE                               STRUGGLE                                   VICTORY

I am writing to voice my deep concern regarding the surveillance and
intimidation tactics being used against volunteers at the Cebu Center
for Trade Union and Human Rights (CTUHR) by men that are suspected to
be from the military.

I have learnt that since late September various men have been taking
pictures and videos of people coming in and out of the CTUHR Cebu
Center in Lapu-lapu city, (Visayas island). It is alleged that these
men, suspected to be military and who appear to be armed, have been
taking turns watching the only entry to and exit from the CTUHR
private compound.

On October 2 a volunteer and human rights defender at CTUHR who
assists workers of the nearby Mactan Export Processing Zone (MEPZ) and
who works with victims of demolitions in the surrounding zone,
reported that a man sat outside for about half day at a table, taking
photographs of people coming in and out of the office. . Late that
night the volunteer was called to by three men near the compound,
raising his fears that he was being targeted.

CTUHR Workers Center started operation in April this year, but its
staff and volunteers have facilitated training and basic human rights
education
. The Center also supports the activities of Unity for
Workers Rights (U4WR) – an organization of workers and workers rights
advocates which was established in February this year.

Considering the lamentably long and strong history of violence waged
by the state against human rights defenders and labour rights
activists in the Philippines, I am sure you understood the threat
posed by any kind of military-style surveillance techniques. Please
ensure the protection and support of these civilians by initiating
thorough investigations into the threat.

I strongly urge the gvernment of Philippines to take a strict action and urge our Foreign Minister to bring this on a diplomatic level. 

Plus I suggest all my friends to PLEASE SEND YOUR LETTERS TO:

1. Mrs. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo

President

Republic of the Philippines

Malacanang Palace

JP Laurel Street, San Miguel

Manila 1005

PHILIPPINES

Fax: +63 2 736 1010

Tel: +63 2 735 6201 / 564 1451 to 80

E-mail: corres@op.gov.ph <mailto:corres@op.gov.ph>

2. Ms. Leila De Lima

Commissioner

Commission on Human Rights

SAAC Bldg., Commonwealth Avenue

U.P. Complex, Diliman

Quezon City

PHILIPPINES

Fax: +63 2 929 0102

Tel: +63 2 928 5655 / 926 6188

E-mail: chr.delima@yahoo.com <mailto:chr.delima@yahoo.com>
or mtm_rodulfo@yahoo.com <mailto:mtm_rodulfo@yahoo.com>

3. Deputy Director General Jesus A. Verzosa

Chief, Philippine National Police (PNP)

Camp General Rafael Crame

Quezon City

PHILIPPINES

Fax: +63 2724 8763

Tel: +63 2 726 4361/4366/8763

E-mail: ruth_cossid@yahoo.com <mailto:ruth_cossid@yahoo.com>

4. Ms. Agnes Devanadera

Secretary

Department of Justice (DoJ)

DOJ Bldg., Padre Faura

1004 Manila

PHILIPPINES

Fax: +63 2 521 1614

E-mail: raulgonzalez_doj@yahoo.com <mailto:raulgonzalez_doj@yahoo.com>

5. Lieutenant General Victor S. Ibrado

Chief of Staff

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)

AFP-GHQ Offices, Camp Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo

Quezon City

PHILIPPINES

Fax: +63 2 911 6436

Tel: +63 2 911 6001 to 50

6. Mr. Emilio Gonzalez

Deputy Ombudsman

Office of the Deputy Ombudsman for the Military

and Other Law Enforcement Offices

3rd Floor, Ombudsman Bldg., Agham Road, Diliman

1104 Quezon City

PHILIPPINES

Fax: +63 2 926 8747

Tel: +63 2 926 9032

Thank you.

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