The United Against Torture Coalition together with Balay Rehabilitation Center has called on the current administration to put an end to the use of torture, impunity and all forms of state-sponsored violence. The coalition has also raised concern on the recent events happening in the Philippines such as the declaration of martial law in Mindanao during the annual Basta Run Against Torture event held last June 24.
Balay participated in the investigative hearing on the discovery of an alleged secret detention room which concealed some twelve suspects in a police station in Manila Police District. The hearing was convened by the Committee on Human Rights of the House of Representatives on May 29, 2017 in response to a resolution filed by legislators that have been approached by Balay.
Around 40 members of the Human Rights Council have spoken against the controversial extra judicial killings of persons as a result of the war-on-drugs policy of the Duterte Administratio, while at least fourteen other state-parties expressed concern over reports of torture in the Philippines despite the enactment of the Anti Torture Act almost a decade ago.
The establishment of a mechanism to implement an integrated rehabilitation program for torture victims and families of victims of enforced disappearance made progress in the Davao Region in Mindanao with the convening of an inter-agency forum in Davao City on May 17, 2017.