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From UN reports to Congress: The many times 'red-tagging' was used

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From UN reports to Congress: The many times 'red-tagging' was used
May 4, 2021 11:00 PM PHT
The Duterte government dislikes using the term "red-tagging" to describe its dangerous act of accusing individuals and groups of being communist rebels.
Assistant Solicitor General Marissa dela Cruz-Galandines on Tuesday, May 4, said that the term was "not coined by the government," and that it was "used by the leftists."
"It is the submission of the government that what it does is truth-tagging and not red-tagging," she told Supreme Court Associate Justice Ricardo Rosario during Day 6 of the anti-terror law oral arguments.
Galandines echoed the messaging of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC). The term red-tagging is often used in place of "red-baiting," a term more likely used in the West, and not coined by communist rebels in the country, according to a fact check article published by Rappler in January 2021.

Duterte not likely to certify bill vs. red-tagging as urgent —Guevarra

Published April 29, 2021 10:00am
President Rodrigo Duterte will not likely certify the bill criminalizing red-tagging as urgent, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said Thursday.
“The prerogative of president, he may or may not grant the request to certify the bill as urgent, but looking at the current priorities of this present administration, I mean the legislative agenda, it doesn’t look very probable that the president will issue a certificate for urgency,” Guevarra said on ANC.
He explained that the administration has already laid down its legislative priorities and Duterte will “most likely” follow his agenda.
“This matter of anti-red tagging bill does not fall in that legislative agenda,” Guevarra said.

DOJ backs passing law vs red-tagging, but what can be done meantime?

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DOJ backs passing law vs red-tagging, but what can be done meantime?
Apr 28, 2021 2:59 PM PHT
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said he supports the enactment of a law against red-tagging, adding that "it may help reduce the problem of reckless endangerment."
"It would be best that the Congress enact a law clearly defining and expressly penalizing what is loosely called today as red-tagging," Guevarra told reporters on Wednesday, April 28.
Guevarra was asked to react to Deputy House Speaker Rufus Rodriguez's call for the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to investigate the red-tagging of community pantries.
 "If the Congress is minded to criminalize red-tagging, it should enact the appropriate legislation. It may help reduce the problem of reckless endangerment. It’s really something for the congress to ponder on," said Guevarra.

2 House panels to probe red-tagging in Cagayan de Oro

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2 House panels to probe red-tagging in Cagayan de Oro
Apr 27, 2021 11:58 AM PHT
Herbie Gomez
Two House committees will look into the persistent red-tagging incidents in Cagayan de Oro, Deputy Speaker Rufus Rodriguez said on Tuesday, April 27.
The Cagayan de Oro 2nd District representative said this a day after he filed Resolution No. 1725 to call on the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Commission in Human Rights (CHR) to separately investigate the red-tagging and alleged police profiling of community pantry organizers in the city.
Rodriguez said the House committees on justice and human rights would call hearings to tackle the relentless red-tagging in Cagayan de Oro which, according to the New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW), is emerging as the Philippines's "red-tagging capital."

Red-tagging of community pantry sparks uproar online

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Red-tagging of community pantry sparks uproar online
Apr 20, 2021 11:18 AM PHT
The Maginhawa Community Pantry has temporarily halted operations on Tuesday, April 20 because of red-tagging from the government, forcing residents dependent on the pantry to go home empty-handed. 
The recent red-tagging by the Quezon City Police District and the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict caused an uproar among Filipino users, who called the move “sickening.”
Many were angered by the "misguided priorities" of the government, as it countered an initiative that emerged from people’s need for aid during the pandemic.
For Twitter user @bampdnim, the attacks and profiling of pantry organizers only shows “how anti-poor the government really is.”

QCPD apologizes for sharing post red-tagging community pantries

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PNP spokesperson Police Brigadier General Ronaldo Olay says that they did not order any red-tagging activities to local police units

Parlade admits profiling of community pantry organizers

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But PNP chief General Debold Sinas, also an NTF-ELCAC member, says, 'There is no order from the National Headquarters to conduct any form of profiling of organizers of community pantries'

Oro councilor, city hall employees red-tagged on social media

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April 19, 2021
A POST has been circulating on the social media stating that the Cagayan de Oro City's Higala App poses a security risk, as well as red-tagging City Councilor Malou Seriña Gaane and some city hall employees.
The post contains a photo showing the alleged connections between some of the city hall employees, one of whom is a staff of Gaane, to the New People's Army (NPA).
Gaane is the principal author of the Higala App ordinance.
Asked for his reaction, City Mayor Oscar Moreno said those who red-tagged the city councilor and the city's employees are "trolls" who are not worth being dignified with a reply.

With anti-terror law, red-tagged campus press struggle to report during pandemic

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With anti-terror law, red-tagged campus press struggle to report during pandemic
Apr 2, 2021 1:34 PM PHT
Jezreel InesAngel Turiano
Under the COVID-19 pandemic and the passage of the anti-terror law, the threats to campus publications take on a greater severity and pose serious challenges to student journalists' reportage.
This is on top of campus publications already being subjected to attacks and suppression, even by their own school administrations. The College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP) has recorded almost 1,000 violations against campus press freedom since 2010.
Heightened harassment, red-tagging
Aside from universities, student publications are among the targets of the government’s red-tagging spree, after several were described as legal fronts of the communist movement without basis.

Anti-red tagging bill gains support from church people

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Anti-red tagging bill gains support from church people
Mar 31, 2021 1:32 PM PHT
Robbin M. Dagle
Several church groups have called for the passage of the anti-red tagging bill, even as the government intensified its crackdown on activists and people’s organizations, including faith-based personalities.
In a Facebook post on March 31, Caritas Philippines, social arm of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, urged an end to “the deadly practice of red-tagging,” which had affected the work of “institutions that have been serving communities that are most vulnerable to both natural and human-induced hazards.”
“As the country juggles multiple crises that do not seem to be ending any time soon--including what's to come as effects of climate change are expected to worsen in the coming years--the local humanitarian and development workers are faced with threats coming from escalating violence on the ground,” Caritas Philippines said.

[OPINION] When each night could be our last

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[OPINION] When each night could be our last
Mar 31, 2021 12:49 PM PHT
Karl Patrick Wilfred M. Suyat
Since March 7, each night in Southern Tagalog has been tough.
There is an inexplicable, yet almost tangible, sense of fear among citizens across this region, especially among activists like myself. The show of violence that has marred Southern Luzon – nine martyred activists at first, turned 10 in three weeks’ time – made most, if not all, of us ask the question:
Could this night be our last? 
The tenth activist slain in Southern Tagalog died around the same time I was supposed to prep for my research defense the following day. All I should have been thinking about then were the theoretical assertions and graphical explanations our group would use for the defense proper — but then the news broke out, in the same way word of the Bloody Sunday killings had been shared.

Police arrest, red-tag assistant principal in Butuan City

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Police arrest, red-tag assistant principal in Butuan City
Mar 19, 2021 1:02 PM PHT
Jairo Bolledo
The Philippine National Police Caraga arrested the assistant principal of San Vicente National High School in Butuan City for charges related to an alleged attack of the New People’s Army (NPA) in Agusan Del Norte in November 2020. 
Armed with a warrant of arrest issued by the Municipal Circuit Trial Court of Tubay-Santiago, the cops detained Rosanilla “Lai” Consad on Wednesday, March 17, on charges of attempted homicide. 
Shortly after Consad’s arrest, PNP Caraga red-tagged her in a Facebook post and said that she was an urban party committee member of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front Northeastern Committee. 

Roque: Tarp 'thanking' judge who released Salem, Esparago is not red-tagging

Published March 18, 2021 3:03pm
The tarpaulin linking Mandaluyong Regional Trial Court (RTC) Judge Monique Quisumbing-Ignacio to Communist Party is not tantamount to red tagging, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said.
Roque was referring to the judge who junked illegal possession of firearms charges filed against journalist Lady Ann Salem and union leader Rodrigo Esparago last February 5 because of police’s conflicting claims on the evidence they presented and inaccurate testimonies.
Judge Ignacio figured in a tarpaulin showing the supposed communist party thanking her for junking the charges against Salem and Esparago.
“Bakit nagko-conclude na tayo na nared-tag si Judge base sa tarpaulin? Kahit sino puwede magsabit ng tarpaulin,” Roque said in a Palace briefing.

CHR: Red-tagging of Mandaluyong judge sends 'chilling message' to lawyers

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CHR: Red-tagging of Mandaluyong judge sends 'chilling message' to lawyers
Mar 17, 2021 3:49 PM PHT
The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) on Wednesday, March 17, expressed concern over the red-tagging of Mandaluyong Regional Trial Court Branch 209 Judge Monique Quisumbing-Ignacio and how it sends a "chilling message" to lawyers.
CHR spokesperson Jacqueline de Guia said linking Ignacio to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) "without any specific and verifiable evidence exposes her to grave danger," especially in the context of recent attacks against members of the legal profession.
"Continuous harm, vilification, intimidation, and red tagging of lawyers and judges, if left unaddressed, may result in sending a chilling message to those who remain faithful in the performance of their legal duties," she said.

CHR hits poster red-tagging Mandaluyong judge who freed journo, trade unionist

Published March 17, 2021 6:05pm
The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) on Wednesday decried a tarpaulin linking Mandaluyong Regional Trial Court Branch 209 Judge Monique Quisumbing-Ignacio to communists over her order to release a detained journalist and trade unionist.
“Such incriminating claims in the tarpaulin that links Judge Quisumbing-Ignacio to the Communist Party of the Philippines without any specific and verifiable evidence exposes her to grave danger,” CHR spokesperson Jacqueline de Guia said in a statement.
Earlier this month, Judge Quisumbing-Ignacio ordered the release of journalist Lady Ann Salem and trade unionist Rodrigo Esparago, who were among those arrested in a controversial series of raids that supposedly yielded illegal firearms.

Lawmakers seek probe vs profiling lawyers of red-tagging victims

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This comes after Calbayog City police asked a court for a list of lawyers who defend victims of red-tagging

Opposition solons seek probe into alleged police profiling of lawyers

Opposition solons seek probe into alleged police profiling of lawyers
Published March 16, 2021 6:26pm
Some lawmakers on Tuesday sought a probe into the alleged profiling being done against legal counsels representing left-leaning personalities.
Members of the Makabayan Bloc as well as Representatives Edcel Lagman and Jose Christopher "Kit" Belmonte filed House Resolution 1657 urging the House Committee on Human Rights to condemn and investigate, in aid of legislation, the police's alleged profiling of lawyers of suspected communists and other left-leaning individuals.
"The legal community is threatened considering the current dismal human rights situation in the country and the recent attacks in lawyers. These brutal attacks and killings of lawyers, prosecutors and judges, are attacks also to all human rights defenders and to the legal profession, which demand a thorough and impartial investigation that should be conducted posthaste," the resolution read.

After freeing activists, Mandaluyong judge gets red-tagged in an EDSA tarp

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After freeing activists, Mandaluyong judge gets red-tagged in an EDSA tarp
Mar 16, 2021 11:00 PM PHT
After freeing two activists and clearing them of charges, a Mandaluyong judge was red-tagged in a tarpaulin along the busy EDSA thoroughfare in Shaw.
Photos showed a tarpaulin "thanking" Mandaluyong Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 209 Judge Monique Quisumbing-Ignacio for her "quick action" in freeing "
mga kasama (our comrades)." The logo of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) appeared on the tarpaulin.
"Hindi natin alam kung sino ang naglagay, pero alam naman natin sino ang mahilig ngayon sa tarpaulin. At kung sino ang mahilig sa ganyang tarpaulin na hayagang nangre-redtag," Bayan Muna Representative Ferdinand Gaite told Rappler.

Calbayog City police intel chief asked court for lawyers info on his own —Eleazar

Calbayog City police intel chief asked court for lawyers info on his own —Eleazar
Published March 15, 2021 2:28pm
Philippine National Police officer-in-charge Police Lieutenant General Guillermo Eleazar on Monday, March 15, 2021, said the Calbayog City Police intelligence unit chief acted on his own when he wrote to the court asking for the names of lawyers of some personalities linked to suspected communists.
The Calbayog City Police intelligence unit chief acted on his own when he requested a court to identify the lawyers representing some personalities linked to the Communist Party of the Philippines, the Philippine National Police said.

After 'Bloody Sunday,' DILG orders profiling of progressive groups

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After 'Bloody Sunday,' DILG orders profiling of progressive groups
Mar 14, 2021 5:50 PM PHT
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is facing criticism after it ordered the profiling of members of progressive groups just days after the "Bloody Sunday" raids in Calabarzon.
In a memorandum circular dated March 10, the DILG ordered its regional directors as well as the regional secretary of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao to list names of government employees who are proven to be members of progressive groups.
The memorandum is not in the DILG's website, but it is publicly accessible through the LGU vs COVID website that is co-managed by the department.

IBP: Cops' letter asking court for names of lawyers representing suspected Reds 'improper'

Published March 13, 2021 9:24am
The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) on Saturday said the letter of the Calbayog Police asking a trial court to furnish them with the names of  lawyers representing “communist terrorist group personalities” is "improper, deplorable, and alarming."
"We are acting on the March 12, 2021 letter to the Clerk of Court of the Regional Trial Court, Calbayog City that went viral, and we are assured by top PNP Officials that there is no directive to PLt Fernando G. Calabria, Jr., Chief Intel/SDEU of the Calbayog City Police Station or to any police unit to secure from the courts the names of lawyers representing suspected communist terrorist groups," the IBP said in a statement.

'Fast, abstain from violence,' religious superiors tell police, military

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'What we witness today is the reign of violence, intolerance, hatred, and division. We are sure this is the handiwork of the devil himself. We cannot shirk our duty to combat evil in our midst,' says an AMRSP statement

Ateneo professors, lecturers enraged by 'Bloody Sunday'

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Members of the Ateneo academic community say EO 70, which created NTF-ELCAC, is seen by the security forces 'as a license for a more ruthless and militaristic 'enemy-centered' approach'

[OPINION] When judicial orders become death warrants

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'[Issuing search warrants] requires judgment, circumspection, and yes, holding police power to the higher standard. After all, the greater the power, the less the excuse.'

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