Government social workers and an investigator from the Commission on Human Rights from Davao City joined Balay in documenting cases of torture in Mati, Davao Oriental on May 18, 2017. The documentation team was able to gather the narrative accounts of 10 civilians who claimed to still suffer from the effects of torture and ill treatment from members of security forces who swooped down their village during the ‘all out war’ campaign of then President Estrada against Moro rebellion.
Balay and its partners held a public action in front of the House of Representatives on May 23 to draw public attention to the proposal to detain child offenders between nine years old but below 18 years old as they “await court disposition of their cases.”
Statement: Balay encourages President Rodrigo Duterte to keep the flames of hope burning in the search for peace
In a speech on Friday, May 5, before police officers in Parang, Maguindanao, President Rodrigo R. Duterte said he was “at a loss” and felt “a bit pessimistic” about the prospects for peace with Moro rebels owing to their supposedly continued “squabbling.”
The President further said he was worried nothing can come out of the process which his administration expanded to include various Moro stakeholders, and tried to engage both the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) with a common Bangsamoro agenda consistent with each group’s peace pact with government.
Balay calls for police accountability and better implementation of Anti Torture Act over the discovery of ‘secret jail’
Balay has called for accountability of authorities who are implicated in the ill treatment of detainees as it asked the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) to convene immediately the Oversight Committee in order to review the implementation of the Anti Torture Act.