UP Law Faculty joins call to stop "Chain of Killings"

Slide1Statement from Academe and Scholars

We are professors and scholars of various academic institutions in the Philippines.

We are non-partisan, non-political and independent. We teach and apply the idea that “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” This statement has nothing to do with political partisanship or affinity with individual politicians. Rather, it upholds values and rules enshrined in the Philippine Constitution as approved in a plebiscite by the Filipino people, and recognized in international human rights treaties signed by the Philippine government in the exercise of its sovereignty.

These rights cannot be the subject of political bargaining. Their validity and application do not depend on the whims of those in power or the flaws and vices of the victims. Rather, these are universal rights, as embraced by the sovereign people in binding legal documents.

For over a year now, thousands of lives have been lost with some victims killed even while in police custody; others have been killed by unknown assailants, their bodies found mutilated, at times showing signs of torture or cruelty.

At least 50 of these victims are young, some aged 4, 5 and 6, apparently shot by police when they were caught in the crossfire. Seventeen-year old Kian de los Santos was killed by the police as he begged for his life, his death recorded by security cameras and recounted by witnesses. Most recently, 19-year old U.P. student Carl Arnaiz was gunned down and found dead in a morgue in the same city where Kian's lifeless body was discovered. Carl’s 14-year-old companion, Reynaldo de Guzman was dumped at least two hours’ drive away from the neighborhood from which he was taken: his body bore 26 stab wounds.

Yet, as of today, only two criminal cases have found their way to the courts, and pending investigations have yet to ripen into actual charges and indictments.

What is at stake is not just the constitutional right of persons against being “arbitrarily deprived of life.” Equally at stake is the right “to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law.”

The chain of killings must stop.

The President, a lawyer himself, took a constitutional oath to “faithfully and conscientiously fulfill [his] duties as President … preserve and defend its Constitution, execute its laws, do justice to every man.”

We therefore call on the relevant government agencies to pursue their respective investigations with dispatch so that the perpetrators of human rights violations can no longer hide under the mantle of an official policy that targets the most vulnerable sectors of our population in the guise of a crackdown on criminality.

We call for the creation of an independent and credible Truth Commission with the power to subpoena witnesses; grant testimonial immunities to encourage key witnesses to step forward; and accredit persons or private institutions to give sanctuary to victims, their families, and witnesses.

We call on the President to demonstrate that the Philippine government is willing and able genuinely to carry out the investigation or prosecution of these crimes.

Finally, we call the President to desist from making statements that may be construed as encouraging the government’s armed personnel to shoot or kill, whether with the promise of pardon or immunity, the prospect of reinstatement or promotion, or outright cash awards.

The killers and masterminds must be brought to justice and impunity must end. For the bereaved families, knowing the truth of how their loved ones died or vanished is a crucial part of the justice they seek. For the rest of us who are blessed enough so far to have been spared, exposing that truth and dispensing the justice it demands is indispensable to our healing as a nation.

Signed and ratified on 19 September 2017.

 

 

(SGD.) Prof. Elizabeth A. Pangalangan

Institute of Human Rights, UP Law Center

UP College of Law

 

(SGD.) Dr. Tesa de Vela

Miriam College Women and Gender Institute

 

(SGD.) Atty. Ray Paolo Santiago

Ateneo Human Rights Center

 

(SGD.) Dean Ana Maria Abad

Adamson University College of Law

 

(SGD.) Prof. Florin T. Hilbay

UP College of Law

 

(SGD.) Prof. Jay Batongbacal

UP College of Law

 

(SGD.) Atty. Voltaire Veneracion

UP Institute of Human Rights

 

(SGD.) Atty. Marwil Llasos

Institute of International Legal Studies,

UP Law Center

 

(SGD.) Prof. Dante B. Gatmaytan

UP College of Law

 

(SGD.) Prof. E. (Leo) D. Battad

UP College of Law

 

(SGD.) Dr. Sylvia Estrada Claudio

Dean, UP College of Social Work and Community Development

 

(SGD.) Dr. Cielo Magno

UP School of Economics

 

(SGD.) Atty. Celeste Cembrano Mallari

Institute of International Legal Studies,

UP Law Center

 

(SGD.) Dr. Jasmin Nario-Galace

Center for Peace Education

Miriam College

 

(SGD.) Asst. Prof. Pacifita Fortin

Dept. of International Studies and Department of Social Work

Miriam College

 

(SGD.) Atty. Michelle San Buenaventura Dy

Institute of Government and Law Reform,

UP Law Center

 

(SGD.) Atty. Raymond C. Baguilat

 Institute of Human Rights, UP Law Center

 

(SGD.) Atty. Michael T. Tiu, Jr.

Institute of Human Rights,

 UP Law Center

 

(SGD.) Dr. Augustin L Arcenas

UP School of Economics

 

(SGD.) Dr. Dante B. Canlas

Professor Emeritus

UP School of Economics

 

(SGD.) Dr. Toby C. Monsod

UP School of Economics

 

(SGD.) Dr. Emmanuel F. Esguerra

UP School of Economics

 

(SGD.) Michelle T. Lao

 Institute of International Legal Studies, UP Law Center

 

 

 

(SGD.) Ruth Guinto

 Institute of Human Rights, UP Law Center

 

 

 

(SGD.) Dr. Nathalie A. Verceles

UP College of Social Work and Community Development

 

 

(SGD.) Rommel Casis

Assistant Professor, UP College of Law

 

 

(SGD.) Dr. Marita VT Reyes

Former Chancellor, UP Manila

Former Dean, UP College of Medicine

 

 

(SGD.) Prof. Ibarra Gutierrez

UP College of Law

 

        

(SGD.) Atty. Tanya Lat

Ateneo de Manila University School of Law

 

 

(SGD.) Dean Joan S Largo

College of Law

University of San Carlos

 

 

(SGD.) Rizalinda L. De Leon

Dean, College of Engineering

UP Diliman

 

 

(SGD.) Atty. Golda S. Benjamin

Lecturer, Silliman University

College of Law

 

 

(SGD.) Emerson Banez

Assistant Professor, UP College of Law

 

 

(SGD.) Dr. Maria Dulce F. Natividad,

Assistant Professor, UP Asian Center

 

 

(SGD.) Atty. Abraham Rey Montecillo Acosta

University of San Jose Recoletos (Cebu) School of Law

 

 

(SGD.) Asst. Prof. Jose Antonio Clemente

U.P. College of Social Science and Philosophy

 

(SGD.) Dr. Carolyn I. Sobritchea

Professorial Lecturer, UP Asian Center

 

(SGD.) Dr. Lisandro E. Claudio

Department of History, De La Salle University

 

 

(SGD.) John Mervin Embate

Department of Education Communication, College of Development Communication, UP Los Banos

 

 

(SGD.) Maya Tamayo

Department of Women and Development Studies, CSWCD, UP Diliman

 

 

(SGD.) Atty. Rene Pambid

Professorial Lecturer, UP College of Law

 

 

(SGD.) Dr. Levi Elipane

UP  Institute of Mathematics

 

 

(SGD.) Jaclyn Marie L. Cauyan

UP College of Education

 

 

(SGD.) Dr. Reinabelle Reyes

Ateneo School of Government

 

 

(SGD.) Atty. Armi Beatriz E. Bayot

Lecturer, UP College of Law

 

 

(SGD.) Dr. Maria Socorro G. Bautista

Professor

UP School of Economics

 

 

(SGD.) Prof. Solita Collas-Monsod

Professor Emeritus

UP School of Economics

 

 

(SGD.) Dr. Carlos Bautista

Professor

Virata School of Business, UP Diliman

 

 

(SGD.) Dr. Marjorie Pajaron

Assistant Professor

UP School of Economics

 

 

(SGD.) Dr. Emmanuel de Dios

Professor

UP School of Economics

 

 

(SGD.) Dr. Teresa J. Ho

Professorial Lecturer

UP School of Economics

 

 

(SGD.) Dr. Aleli D. Kraft

Professor

UP School of Economics

 

 

(SGD.) Patricia T. Coseteng

Senior Lecturer

UP School of Economics

 

 

(SGD.) Victoria Quimbo

Senior Lecturer

UP School of Economics

 

 

(SGD.) Dr. Edita Abella Tan

Professor Emeritus

UP School of Economics

 

 

(SGD.) Dr. Vivien Supangco

Professor

Virata School of Business, UP Diliman

 

(SGD.) Lina J. Valcarcel

Professor Emeritus

Virata School of Business, UP Diliman

 

(SGD.) Dr. Lilian B. Nuñez

Associate Professor

Visayas State University

 

 

(SGD.) Maria Aurora Teresita Tabada

Associate Professor

Visayas State University

 

 

(SGD.) Arjan P. Aguirre, M.A.

Instructor

Department of Political Science

School of Social Sciences, Ateneo de Manila University

 

 

(SGD.) Carmel V. Abao

Department of Political Science

Ateneo de Manila University

 

 

(SGD.) Diana Mendoza

Department of Political Science

Ateneo de Manila University

 

 

(SGD.) Jennifer Santiago Oreta, Ph. D.

Department of Political Science

Ateneo de Manila University

 

 

(SGD.) Gino Antonio P. Trinidad

Instructor

Department of Political Science

Ateneo de Manila University

 

 

(SGD.) Oliver John C, Quintana, M.A.

Lecturer

Department of Political Science

Ateneo de Manila University

 

 

(SGD.) Benjamin Gerardo T. Tolosa, Jr., Ph.D.

Associate Dean for the Core Curriculum, Loyola Schools

Professor, Department of Political Science, School of Social Sciences, Ateneo de Manila University

 

 

(SGD.) Hansley A. Juliano

Lecturer, Department of Political Science

School of Social Sciences, Loyola Schools

Ateneo de Manila University

 

 

(SGD.) Edmund G. Centeno

Assistant Professor

DEC-CDC, UP Los Banos

 

 

(SGD.) Rikki Lee B. Mendiola

University Extension Specialist 1

DSC-CDC, UP Los Banos

 

 

(SGD.) Pamela Custodio

Assistant Professor

DDJ-CDC, UP Los Banos

 

 

(SGD.) Lynette Carpio-Serrano

Assistant Professor

CDC, UP Los Banos

 

 

(SGD.) Schedar Jocson

Assistant Professor

College of Arts and Letters

UP Diliman

 

 

(SGD.) Wilma Rojas

College of Social Work and Development

UP Diliman

 

 

(SGD.) Winifredi B. Dagli

DSC-CDC, UP Los Banos

 

 

(SGD.) Assoc. Prof. Louie C. Montemar

Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Polytechnic University of the Philippines

 

 

(SGD.) Prof. John N. Abletis

Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Polytechnic University of the Philippines

 

 

(SGD.) Marie Manahan

Instructor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Polytechnic University of the Philippines

 

 

(SGD.) Rhoel Farinas

Instructor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Polytechnic University of the Philippines

 

 

(SGD.) Cristabel Rose Parcon

Associate Professor 1

Department of Social Sciences

College of Arts and Sciences

UP Visayas

 

 

(SGD.) Riza Rae Pineda

Instructor

College of Engineering

UP Diliman

 

 

(SGD.) Mark Lester Chico

Department of Development Broadcasting Telecommunication

College of Development Communication

UP Los Banos

 

 

(SGD.) Aletheia Canubas-Araneta

DDJ- College of Development Communication

UP Los Banos

 

 

(SGD.) Elaine DC Llarena

Department of Science Communication

College of Development Communication

UP Los Banos

 

 

(SGD.) Renz Frances Abagat

Department of Educational Communication

College of Development Communication UP Los Banos

 

(SGD.) Ryan Jay Galang

Department of Development Broadcasting Telecommunication

College of Development Communication

UP Los Banos

 

 

(SGD.) Aldo Gavril Lim

Department of Science Communication

College of Development Communication

UP Los Banos

 

(SGD.) Jay A. Yacat

Associate Professor

Department of Psychology

College of Social Sciences and Philosophy

UP Diliman

 

(SGD.) Prof. Romel A. Daya

Department of Educational Communication

College of Development Communication UP Los Banos

 

(SGD.) Jyasmin Calub-Bautista

Department of Development Broadcasting Telecommunication

College of Development Communication

UP Los Banos

 

(SGD.) Prof. Olga Lomboy

Department of Science Communication

College of Development Communication

UP Los Banos

 

(SGD.) Prof. Lester Ordan

Department of Development Broadcasting Telecommunication

College of Development Communication

UP Los Banos

 

(SGD.) Atty. Ma. Golda Gigi G. Miñoza

Institute of Government and Law Reform, UP Law Center

 

 

 (SGD.) Mikael Navarro

BA Psychology

U.P Diliman

 

 

(SGD.) Engr. Louie Arelvi V. Villanueva

Lecturer, Department of Chemical Engineering

UP Diliman

 

 

(SGD.) Engr. Bemboy Niño Subosa

Instructor, Department of Chemical Engineering

UP Diliman

 

 

(SGD.) Engr. John Von Wernher Dela Cruz

Lecturer, Department of Chemical Engineering

UP Diliman

 

 

(SGD.) Engr. Marie Angelynne C. Fabro

Instructor, Department of Mining, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

UP Diliman

 

 

(SGD.) Nielson G. Pangan

Professor, Constitutional Law

FEU Institute of Law

 

 

(SGD.) Engr. Karl Ezra Pilario

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering

UP Diliman

 

 

(SGD.) Junesse D.R. Crisostomo

Instructor, College of Arts and Letters

UP Diliman

 

 

(SGD.) Miguel Paolo P. Rivera

Lecturer, Department of Political Science

Ateneo de Manila University

 

 

(SGD.) Engr. Paul Jake Nalzaro

Instructor, Department of Chemical Engineering

UP Diliman

 

Dr. Teresa S. Encarnacion Tadem
Department of Political Science
College of Social Sciences and Philosophy
UP Diliman

 

(SGD.) Atty. Dennis Gorecho

UP Law Batch ‘98

Guest lecturer, John B. Lacson Maritime University

 

(SGD.) Amelia Lourdes Mendoza

College of Law

Silliman University

 

(SGD.) Atty. Alett C. Nunez

De La Salle College of Law

UP College of Engineering

 

(SGD.) Dr. Ma. Joy V. Abrenica

UP School of Economics

 

(SGD.) Dr. Merian Mani

President, Romblon State University

 

(SGD.) Dr. Michael Alba

President, Far Eastern University

 

(SGD.) Maria Regina Corazon Sevilla Sibal

Executive Director, FEU High School

 

(SGD.) Atty. Aison Garcia

De La Salle College of Law

 

(SGD.) Asst. Prof. Mercedes Camille B. Ocampo

Department Chairperson, Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Polytechnic University of the Philippines

 

(SGD.) Atty. Elvira Escueta

UP College of Law

 

(SGD.) Lourdes Ignacio, M.D.

Professor Emeritus

UP College of Medicine

 

(SGD.) Maria Lourdes Quisumbing-Baybay

Miriam College

 

(SGD.) Atty. Janet Cruz Regalado

Professorial Lecturer, UP College of Law

 

(SGD.) Atty. Elizabeth Pulumbarit

Professorial Lecturer, UP College of Law

 

(SGD.) Atty. Francis Tom Temprosa

Ateneo de Manila University

School of Law

 

(SGD.) Benjamin Roberto G. Barretto

Department of Political Science

Ateneo de Manila University

 

(SGD.) Ada Javellana Loredo

St. Vincent School of Theology

Adamson University Graduate School

 

(SGD.) Dr. Raul Nidoy

University of Asia and the Pacific

Parents of Education Foundation(PAREF)

 

(SGD.) Maria Adiel H. Aguiling

Director for Educational Management

Parents for Education Foundation(PAREF)

 

 

(SGD.) Andrelita Cenzon

University of Asia and the Pacific

 

 

(SGD.) Sofia A. David

Assistant Professor, School of Sciences and Engineering

University of Asia and the Pacific

 

(SGD.) Dr. Remmon E. Barbanza

Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy

Ateneo de Manila University

 

(SGD.) Prof. Cleve Kevin Robert Arguelles

UP Manila

 

(SGD.) Prof. Jom De Guzman

University of Sto. Tomas

 

(SGD.) Amaryllis T. Torres

Professor Emeritus

UP College of Social Work and Community Development

 

(SGD.) Prof. Rowena A. Laguilles-Timog

UP College of Social Work and Community Development

 

 

(SGD.) Karl Arvin F. Hapal

Instructor

UP College of Social Work and Community Development

 

(SGD.) Hazel Cometa-Lambate

Assistant Professor

UP College of Social Work and Community Development

 

(SGD.) Roselle Leah K. Rivera

Associate Professor

UP College of Social Work and Community Development

 

(SGD.) Teresita V. Barrameda

Associate Professor

UP College of Social Work and Community Development

 

(SGD.) Ma. Linnea V. Tanchuling

Associate Professor

UP College of Social Work and Community Development

 

(SGD.) Honorio B. de Dios

Instructor

UP College of Social Work and Community Development

 

(SGD.) Rainier Almazan

Associate Professor

UP College of Social Work and Community Development

 

(SGD.) John Erwin S. Banez

Assistant Professor

UP College of Social Work and Community Development

 

(SGD.) Emmanuel M. Luna, Ph.D.

Professor

UP College of Social Work and Community Development

 

 

(SGD.) Marylou L Alcid

Professor

UP College of Social Work and Community Development

 

(SGD.) Yolanda G. Ealdama

Associate Professor

UP College of Social Work and Community Development

 

(SGD.) Nancy Endrinal Parreño

Assistant Professor

UP College of Social Work and Community Development

 

(SGD.) Lenore P. Dela Cruz

Associate Professor

UP College of Social Work and Community Development

 

(SGD.) Fermin P. Manalo, Jr.

Assistant Professor

UP College of Social Work and Community Development

 

 (SGD.) Prof. Excelsa Tongson

UP College of Home Economics