The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) today conducted a routine inspection of the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) national office located in Quezon City.
CHR personnel from the agency’s Human Rights Protection Cluster Investigation Office led the inspection of the two-story office, upon KMP’s request, after the series of raids and planting of evidence carried out against known activists and progressive groups.
“Farmers are not terrorists nor we are criminals. Our leaders and members do not carry or hide guns, ammunition, and explosives in our national office, as well as in our provincial offices and residences,” says Danilo Ramos, chairperson of KMP.
“We chose to conduct this preemptive and precautionary measure as a warning to Executive Judge Cecilyn Burgos-Villavert and the PNP-CIDG to refrain from carrying out any illegal and untoward search operation against our leaders and members nationwide,” Ramos added.
“It has come to our attention that ‘search warrant factory queen’ Judge Burgos-Villavert has issued several more search warrants, on top of the warrants she issued against the seven activists who were arrested on Human Rights Day. Villavert, together with PNP Chief Major General Debold Sinas, are responsible for the series of illegal raids and arrests of activists,” Ramos said.
“Malinaw na malinaw na wala kaming anumang baril, bala, granada o pampasabog at mga subersibong dokumento sa aming opisina. Ang mayroon lang kami dito ay mga dokumento ng mga kaso sa lupa ng mga magsasaka, mga placards at streamers na ginagamit namin sa rali, mga relief goods at mga libro,” Ramos said. ###