Nine (9) political prisoners continue to languish in jail. The latest victim was an ailing 72-year old Marcos Aggalao of Balbalan, Kalinga. Three prisoners Eduardo Esteban from Jaro, Iloilo, Virgilio Corpuz and Rene Boy Abiva both from Cagayan Valley never set foot in the Cordillera but are now facing murder and frustrated murder charges in relation to NPA-AFP armed clashes. All are now on their third year of incarceration.

The Duterte administration has also been holding the peace process at hostage with the non-release of political prisoners. Recently, Duterte has rejected the plea to free more than 130+ political prisoners. His non-committal stance on the issue grounds on the fact that it negates prior agreements it signed with the NDFP — the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG) and the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL).

As we commemorate the 67th year of the UN-declared International Human Rights Day, we re-affirm our right as Filipino people to resist national oppression, imperialism, bureaucrat capitalism and monopoly landlordism. We re-affirm our right as indigenous peoples to defend our ancestral lands and territory. We re-affirm our calls: Itigil ang Pasistang Atake sa Mamamayan! Makibaka para sa Kapayapaan!; Hustisya Para sa Biktima ng Diktadurang US-Marcos!; Panagutin si Aquino III at Lahat ng Nagdaang Rehimen sa Kanilang Paglabag sa Karapatan Pantao!

Join us as we commemorate the 67th International Human Rights Day and promote a just and lasting peace in the country!

Invite your friends! KANNAWIDAN PARA ITI KAPPIA event page:https://www.facebook.com/events/1865737073656977/?active_tab=about

Artwork by NDFP Consultant on Cordillera and Minority Affairs, Kennedy Bangibang, a former political detainee in Kalinga.