On the reported charges by Natl’ Security Adviser Esperon vs Karapatan, rights groups

We stand by our attestation made in good faith and borne out of diligence that they are true & correct based on our own personal knowledge and/or based on authentic records. We do not have any intent to falsify, manufacture or misrepresent anything even on such microscopic technicalities and minute procedural points. The cynical claim of perjury by a national security adviser deflects on the more fundamental matters and transcendental issues in our petition.

The filing of a perjury complaint, along with other documented judicial harassment, extrajudicial killings, defamation and threats directed at our colleagues, is part and parcel of the attacks we face, aimed at discrediting our advocacy and invalidating the urgency of the pleas of the victims of human rights violations. National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. is merely adding to the merit of our petition; that this government is indeed hell-bent on silencing its critics using the entire extent of its resources and through deliberately magnifying technicalities to veer the conversation away from the core issue of state-perpetrated attacks.

Reference:
Cristina Palabay, Secretary General, +639173162831 
Roneo Clamor, Deputy Secretary General, +639997721233 
Karapatan Public Information Desk, +639189790580

KARAPATAN
KARAPATAN is an alliance of human rights organizations and programs, human rights desks and committees of people’s organizations, and individual advocates committed to the defense and promotion of people’s rights and civil liberties. It monitors and documents cases of human rights violations, assists and defends victims and conducts education, training and campaign. Karapatan Public Information Desk: +639189790580 | publicinfo@karapatan.org