Stop political vilification of activists. Uphold people’s democratic rights

CPA Philippines

March 12, 2015  The Cordillera People’s Alliance (CPA) and the Ifugao Peasant Movement (IPM) raise our strong concern over the heightened political vilification against community organizers, members and leaders of people’s organizations by suspected State security forces in Ifugao province. Pictures of active members of people’s organizations and community organizers are being circulated in certain social media groups in Ifugao that are labeled with malicious, baseless and libelous statements that these people are members and sympathizers of the New People’s Army. This is clearly an act of political vilification which violates basic rights to life, liberty, security and due process of individuals and organizations. This is not the first time that IPM, its members and officers are targeted for political vilification. In October 2012, a Target List released by the 86th Infantry Battalion surfaced in Tinoc, Ifugao. The Target List bore names of 28 individuals that are members…

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