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CALL TO SUPPORT THE 14 YEAR OLD FISHERMAN VICTIM OF FRUSTRATED KILLING

Last January 31, 2010 at around 8:00 PM, a fourteen-year old fisherman and his companions went fishing at San Fabian, Pangasinan. Soon after they reached the part where to place their fishing nets, they heard gun shots pointing at their direction. Behind their boat were rubber boats that carried elements of Philippine National Police (PNP) patrolling at that time to catch illegal fishers. The gun shots continued and were pointed exactly at their direction.

Alarmed by the gun shots, “Randy”, and his companions fell at the sea. The PNP continued shooting at them. When the Police boat reached them, Randy’s companions were immediately arrested. Meanwhile, “Randy” sustained gunshots wounds at his anal area that exited at his intestines. He is still under critical condition.

“Randy” and his companions were alleged for illegal fishing by the elements of the PNP. The three (3) denied the allegations and even showed proof of their adherence to fishing policies. Currently, Randy’s companions were detained at San Fabian Jail.

Randy’s family is currently having a hard time in finding resources for his medication, hospitalization and other expenses needed for his recovery, and also his companions (one of which is his brother), who are still detained and facing charges for illegal fishing.

Last year, twenty-two (22) fishermen were arrested and detained by elements of Public Order and Safety Office (POSO) elements and PNP because of allegedly violating the Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998 and local ordinances on fishing.

According to Timek ti Namnama ti Manggalap ken Mannalon (TIMEK), an organization of fisher folk in Ilocos Region, RA 8550 or the Fisheries Code did not serve the interests of the fisher folk, instead, it has resulted to rampant violations such as indiscriminate firings, illegal arrests and detentions, harassments, extortion, and most importantly, their rights to livelihood. The families of these fishermen have suffered most from these violations to their rights to life and livelihood.

Children’s Rehabilitation Center (CRC)-Ilocos Outreach, Ilocos Human Rights Alliance (IHRA-KARAPATAN), KARAPATAN-Central Luzon, La Union Peace and Justice Advocates (LUPJA) and GABRIELA-Ilocos are calling for your support for Randy and his family.

Specifically:

1.    Raise the issue of rampant violations of State Security Forces on the   rights of peasants and fisher folks through mass actions, open letters to Philippine Government and Local Government Units (especially in Pangasinan and La Union), and information campaign in the media.
2.    Provide financial support for the hospitalization as well as medical needs of Randy. Help generate funds of Randy as well as his companions accused of crimes they did not commit, for their legal fees.
3.    Assist in filing complaints to agencies such as the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), the Joint Monitoring Committee of the Philippine Government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and many others.


Address complaints to:

Atty. Leila De Lima
Commission on Human Rights (CHR)
Chairperson, Commission on Human Rights
SAAC Bldg., UP Complex
Commonwealth Avenue
Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines
Voice: (+632) 928-5655, 926-6188
Fax: (+632) 929 0102
Email: chr.delima@yahoo.com

Atty. Anita Chauhan
Commission on Human Rights (CHR)-Regional Office 1
Shania Bldg, San Fernando City, La Union


For more information, please feel free to contact:

Children’s Rehabilitation Center National Office at childrehabphilippines@yahoo.com.ph or the CRC-Ilocos Outreach Program at crc.ilocos@gmail.com,

KARAPATAN Central Luzon at cl_hrights@yahoo.com 

La Union Peace and Justice Advocates (LUPJA) through Ilocos Human Rights Alliance (IHRA) at hrnet.ilocos@gmail.com