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Letter from Human Rights Watch to the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Philippines

Central Committee
Communist Party of the Philippines
c/o National Democratic Front of the Philippines
NDFP International Information Office
Postbus 19195
3501 DD Utrecht
The Netherlands

Via facsimile: +31 84 7589930

Re: Alleged extrajudicial killings

Dear Central Committee,

I am writing to solicit your views for our research on extrajudicial killings in the Philippines, particularly those occurring since June 30, 2010.

Human Rights Watch is a nongovernmental organization based in New York that monitors violations of human rights by states and non-state actors in more than 80 countries around the world.

Human Rights Watch is committed to producing material that is well-informed and objective. We hope you and your staff would be able to answer the attached questions so that your views are accurately reflected in our reporting. In order for us to take your answers into account in our forthcoming report, we would appreciate a written response by June 24, 2011.

Please send your reply by email or fax to:

Diana Parker, Asia Associate
Human Rights Watch
1630 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20009 USA
parkerd@hrw.org
+1-202-612-4333 (fax)

In addition, I would greatly appreciate meeting with members of the central committee in the coming months. Please can you advise the best way to organize such a meeting?

Thank you very much.

Sincerely,

Elaine Pearson
Deputy Director
Asia Division

 

Questions for the Central Committee

1. What is the disciplinary structure within the New People's Army (NPA)? Please describe specific examples of its use.

2. Please describe the revolutionary people's courts, including where and how they operate in the Philippines. How do you respond to the comments of the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, Philip Alston, that this court system "is either deeply flawed or simply a sham"?

3. Can the CPP provide a list of killings in which the NPA is implicated since June 30, 2010? Please provide the details of each killing, including the rationale and the circumstances.

4. Is the CPP-NPA responsible for any of the following killings? Please provide any information you have on these killings. Has disciplinary action been taken against NPA members for any of these killings?

List of cases

1. The killing of Benjamin Bayles on June 14, 2010, in Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental

2. The killing of Fernando "Nanding" Baldomero on July 5, 2010, in Barangay Estancia, Kalibo, Aklan

3. The killing of Pascual Guevarra on July 9, 2010, in Barangay San Isidro, Laur, Nueva Ecija

4. The killing of Sergio Villadar on July 23, 2010, in Escalante City, Negros Occidental

5. The killing of PFC Elansio Alonsagay, PFC Kimpio Labawan, and Datu Enecencio Dangkay on August 6, 2010, in Paquibato District, Davao City; attempted killing of Ruben Labawan

6. The killing of Julius Tamondez on August 12, 2010, in Paquibato District, Davao City

7. The abduction and "disappearance" of Agustito Ladera and Renato Deliguer in late August or early September, 2010, in Barangay Mahaba, Marihatag, Surigao del Sur

8. The killing of Reynaldo "Naldo" L. Labrador on September 3, 2010, in Paquibato Proper, Paquibato District, Davao City

9. The killing of Vicente Felisilda on September 9, 2010, in Mawab, Compestela Valley

10. The killing of Rene "Toto" Quirante on September 30, 2010, in Barangay Trinidad, Guihulngan, Negros Oriental

11. The killing of Renante Cañete on November 2, 2010, in Sagay City, Negros Occidental

12. The killing of Ireneo "Rene" Rodriguez on November 7, 2010, in Balayan town, Batangas

13. The killing of Carlo "Caloy" Rodriguez on November 12, 2010, in Calamba City, Laguna

14. The abduction and "disappearance" of Alfredo Bukal on November 10, 2010, in Barangay Lutal, Tuy, Batangas

15. The killing of Rudy and Rudyric Dejos on February 27, 2011, in Santa Cruz, Davao del Sur

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