Members of civil society organizations in conflict-affected areas in North Cotabato in Mindanao participated in a study session on torture documentation and reporting organized by the Balay Rehabilitation Center on July 27, 2016.
A ranking military officer was arrested five years after he was implicated in the torture of a baker in Basilan in 2011. The police served the warrant of arrest against Capt. Sherwin William Guidangen in Maysilo Circle, Boni Avenue in Mandaluyong City on March 8, 2016. He was charged for violating the Anti-Torture Act as well as for Maltreatment of Prisoner- an offense punishable under the Revised Penal Code.
The United against Torture Coalition has expressed support to the policy of president-elect Rodrigo Duterte to rid the ranks of the Philippine National Police of corruption and to severe all alleged links of law enforcers with criminal groups in effectively fulfilling their mission to protect the rights and security of the public.
The 1987 Constitution of the Philippines prohibits the use of the death penalty by stating ‘the death penalty shall not be imposed unless for compelling reasons involving heinous crimes, the Congress hereafter provides for it. Any death penalty already imposed shall be reduced to reclusion perpetua’.
Balay stands alongside martial law victims and activists against the burial of the late president Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LnMB). The LnMB is a national shrine meant to pay tribute to those who sacrificed their lives and brought honor to our country. It is meant to be the final resting place of dignified soldiers, heroes and martyrs. The burial of Ferdinand Marcos will defeat the very essence of LnMB.
The wanton disregard for law, rising criminality, terrorism and insurgency has created in the public mind an impression of a chaotic and dangerous society. Reports about murder and other crimes – many of which are related to drug use and abuse - have become staple news that tend to jar one’s senses, resulting either to a feeling of helplessness or to utter loss of trust on authorities to protect the right of citizens against lawless violence.