PATH

Peace Advocates For Truth, Healing & Justice

What is PATH?
Peace Advocates for Truth, Healing & Justice (PATH) was formally organized in 2002, pioneering in its focus on human rights violations by a non-state armed group. Composed of torture survivors, families, relatives and friends of victims missing or executed during the anti-infiltration campaigns within the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army (CPP-NPA) in the 1980s, PATH seeks truth and justice from the CPP-NPA and other Left blocs involved in the anti-infiltration campaigns. PATH believes that all non-state armed groups, including those not from the Left movement, should observe human rights in the conduct of their resistance against the State. Ultimately, PATH holds the State accountable as well for the purges, and for military atrocities during martial law and throughout successive administrations.
Goals & Objectives
PATH's goals and objectives are as follows:
  • 1. Complete the documents of the cases of all victims during the purges and all those involved.
  • 2. Organize a national community of human rights defenders and advocates composed of survivors, families, relatives and friends of victims during the purges.
  • 3. Facilitate the healing of survivors as well as the families, relatives and friends of purge victims.
  • 4. Conduct exhumations so that victims are given due respect and proper burial.
  • 5. Conduct a comprehensive advocacy work. Its main components will be public information and campaign, solidarity-building and lobbying at the local, national and international levels.
  • 6. Deepen and popularize the culture of human rights through artistic and popular education, productions and other cultural endeavors.
  • 7. Come up with case studies of country experiences on the setting up of Truth and Justice Commissions and strive for the creation of a Truth and Justice Commission in the country together with other human rights organizations and individual human rights advocates.
  • 7 Committees
  • Research & Documentation. Documents stories and produces a database of victims in aid of locating burial sites; conducts research to surface facts and circumstances of the purges; publishes materials as tools for justice campaigns; ensures confidentiality and security of records and files.
  • Recovery of Victims' Remains. In cooperation with the victims' kin, locates gravesites, retrieves the remains and arranges their proper burial; mobilizes the services of forensic experts and other professionals; initiates dialogues with the victims' families as well as with perpetrators.
  • Counseling & Therapy. Facilitates healing sessions that address the long-term trauma of surivivors and victims families; mobilizes professionals in the fields of psychology and psychiatry; builds support groups for victims and their families towards eventual closure.
  • Communications & Popular Education. Develops education programs, including theoretical materials and tools for reflection, that revolve around human rights and respect for human dignity; holds commemoration activities and builds memorials for the victims; develops external communications through publications and mass media.
  • Legal & Security. Leads in the initiation and pursuance of legal actions for victims; assist in the handling and protection of material evidence in coordination with the RVR Committee; conducts research on the possibilities of a Truth Commission; studies the implications of PATH's work on the peace negotiations between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the CPP-NPA-NDF; and ensures lines with established institutions that will help strengthen PATH;
  • Arts & Culture. Produces musical compositions, literary works, plays, video documentaries, films, and other cultural works from the stories of survivors and victims.
  • Organizing & Advocacy. Reaches out to survivors and victims' families in different regions and encourages solidarity in their journey towards justice and healing.
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    Saturday, August 25, 2007
    A Call To Action
    Note: If you want to add your name to the petition, please email your name and particulars to jofti@yahoo.com with cc: http://us.f524.mail.yahoo.com/ym/Compose?To=upoytao@yahoo.com and http://us.f524.mail.yahoo.com/ym/Compose?To=erehes@yahoo.com ) to help us update the list.
    Thank you.

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    Dear friends in the Civil Society Community:
    We are sending you this petition and the attached documents (on the issue of Nileema Noble) for your consideration and support.

    After reading them, we hope that you will agree that no international official, no matter if resource-bearing nor how well-intentioned and even progressive, has the right to treat Filipinos shabbily in their own country. If you believe this, please affix your name to the petition and pass it on.

    On Human Rights and Democracy:
    May the UN Walk the Talk

    Arbitrariness. Unilateralism. Abuse. Harassment.

    These are words we do not normally attribute to the. Oftentimes we have seen the UN proactively responding to cases involving these. We are alarmed that now, a UN official is associated with the very things that are anathema to UN values.

    Ms. Nileema Noble has been the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in the Philippines for more than a year. We are aware that numerous staff under her, whether temporary or fixed term, have complained and filed cases detailing verbal and physical abuse and arbitrary termination of employment contracts. We are appalled that numerous incidents involving Ms. Noble establish a pattern of systematic abuse of authority and downright harassment.

    The UN has set historic precedents in human rights observance over the past decades. Ironically now, the human rights and dignity of UN staff in the Philippines are being trampled. We cannot stand idly by.

    We are further alarmed that Ms. Noble’s arbitrariness extends to external partnerships. She unilaterally invalidates existing contractual arrangements between the UNDP and government/academic institutions. Many affected agencies, through sundry statements and letters, have expressed deep concern and disappointment over these actions, citing the lack of consultation, mutual respect and professionalism.

    All this, we have learned, is done in the name of "effecting change." Who does not want change? What we cannot be silent about, however, is the use of this supposed "change agenda" as a pretext and a license for excessive behavior with impunity. We are for change in favor of more democracy, more consultation, and more professionalism. We cannot support a change process towards unilateralism, tyranny, and utter disregard for basic rights.

    We, from the civil society community in the Philippines, have a stake on how the UN conducts its programmes and operations in the country. We are ready to support and cooperate with the UN, but we remind the UN to heed the words of Cardoso:

    “The world stands today at a very delicate juncture. The United Nations needs the support of civil society more than ever. But will not get that support unless it is seen as championing reforms in global governance that civil society is calling for...” (Fernando Cardoso, Chair of the Panel of Eminent Persons on UN-Civil Society Relations. Transmittal letter to the Secretary General , 7 June 2004 .)

    It is in this spirit that we call upon the UN to deal decisively with the living paradox within its ranks as embodied by its highest official in the country, Ms. Nileema Noble. It is imperative that the UN correct this intolerable situation. We expect far higher standards of ethical conduct and professionalism from its representatives. Otherwise, they must go.

    Please add your name/organization (optional) to express your support for this cause.
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    Note: After affixing your name to the petition, please email it back to us (jofti@yahoo.com) to help us update the list.

    Thank you.


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    Dear friends in the Civil Society Community:

    We are sending you this petition and the attached documents (on the issue of Nileema Noble) for your consideration and support.

    After reading them, we hope that you will agree that no international official, no matter if resource-bearing nor how well-intentioned and even progressive, has the right to treat Filipinos shabbily in their own country. If you believe this, please affix your name to the petition and pass it on.


    On Human Rights and Democracy: May the UN Walk the Talk


    Arbitrariness. Unilateralism. Abuse. Harassment.

    These are words we do not normally attribute to the United Nations. Oftentimes we have seen the UN proactively responding to cases involving these. We are alarmed that now, a UN official is associated with the very things that are anathema to UN values.

    Ms. Nileema Noble has been the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in the Philippines for more than a year. We are aware that numerous staff under her, whether temporary or fixed term, have complained and filed cases detailing verbal and physical abuse and arbitrary termination of employment contracts. We are appalled that numerous incidents involving Ms. Noble establish a pattern of systematic abuse of authority and downright harassment.

    The UN has set historic precedents in human rights observance over the past decades. Ironically now, the human rights and dignity of UN staff in the Philippines are being trampled. We cannot stand idly by.

    We are further alarmed that Ms. Noble’s arbitrariness extends to external partnerships. She unilaterally invalidates existing contractual arrangements between the UNDP and government/academic institutions. Many affected agencies, through sundry statements and letters, have expressed deep concern and disappointment over these actions, citing the lack of consultation, mutual respect and professionalism.

    All this, we have learned, is done in the name of "effecting change." Who does not want change? What we cannot be silent about, however, is the use of this supposed "change agenda" as a pretext and a license for excessive behavior with impunity. We are for change in favor of more democracy, more consultation, and more professionalism. We cannot support a change process towards unilateralism, tyranny, and utter disregard for basic rights.


    We, from the civil society community in the Philippines, have a stake on how the UN conducts its programmes and operations in the country. We are ready to support and cooperate with the UN, but we remind the UN to heed the words of Cardoso:

    “The world stands today at a very delicate juncture. The United Nations needs the support of civil society more than ever. But will not get that support unless it is seen as championing reforms in global governance that civil society is calling for...” (Fernando Cardoso, Chair of the Panel of Eminent Persons on UN-Civil Society Relations. Transmittal letter to the Secretary General , 7 June 2004 .)

    It is in this spirit that we call upon the UN to deal decisively with the living paradox within its ranks as embodied by its highest official in the country, Ms. Nileema Noble. It is imperative that the UN correct this intolerable situation. We expect far higher standards of ethical conduct and professionalism from its representatives. Otherwise, they must go.


    Please add your name/organization (optional) to express your support for this cause.


    Name and Organization

    1. Ana Maria "Princess" R. Nemenzo
    2. Rosselynn "Jae" dela Cruz, Initiatives for Dialogue and Empowerment through
    Alternative Legal Services (IDEALS)
    3. Luzviminda “Vim” Santos, People’s Global Exchange (PGX)
    4. Mary Aileen D. Bacalso, Executive Director, Asian Federation Against Involuntary
    Disappearances (AFAD)
    5. Maria “Mars” Mendoza, Executive Director, Children's Initiatives for Learning and
    Development (CHILD) Inc.
    6. Antonio “Tony” Villasor
    7. Earl Parreno, Altertrade
    8. Ernesto M. Ordonez, Agriwatch
    9. Gil Navarro, Chair, Peace Advocates for Truth, Healing & Justice
    10. Niva Gonzales
    11. Arnold Tarrobago, Akbayan Citizens' Action Party
    12. Jean Enriquez, Executive Director, Coalition Against Trafficking of Women-Asia Pacific
    (CATW-AP)
    13. Cora Valdez Fabros
    14. Alice Raymundo
    15. Behn Cervantes
    16. Mercedes "Mercy" L. Fabros
    17. Claudette “Dette-Dette” Arboleda
    18. Soliman “Sol” Santos, South-SouthNetwork (SSN) and Philippine Campaign to Ban
    Landmines
    19. Edicio “Ed” dela Torre, Education for Life Foundation (ELF)
    20. Marianita “Girlie” Villariba, Institute for Popular Democracy (IPD)
    21. Ronald Llamas, President, Akbayan Citizens' Action Party
    22. Jude Esguerra
    23. Susan “Toots” Ople, Blas F. Ople Policy Center
    24. Cecilia “Thea” Soriano, Civil Society Network for Education Reforms (E-Net)
    25. Edwin Chavez, Center for People's Empowerment

    26. Josel Gonzales, Active Citizens Foundation
    27. David Andrade
    28. Danny Carranza, Peace Foundation
    29. Banjo Vina, Bisig
    30. Tomas Villarin, Executive Director, SIAD Initiatives in Mindanao-Convergence for Asset
    Reform and Regional Development (SIMCARRD)
    31. Rhodora A. Abano, Center for Migrant Advocacy
    32. Joe Valencia, KASAPI, Organization of Filipino Migrants in Greece
    33. Debbie Carlos Valencia, DIWATA Phil. Women's Network in Greece
    34. Francisco Cinco, Institute for Popular Democracy
    35. Peter Lavina, Councilor, Davao City
    36. Annelle P. Rivera-Beckstrom, Sociology Department, New School for Social Research,
    NY
    37. Roberto Nicolasora
    38. Arianne Reyes
    39. Etta Pargas-Rosales, Chair Emeritus, Akbayan & Co-Chair, Philippine Coalition for the
    International Criminal Court
    40. Wigberto "Bobby" Tanada
    41. Flor Caagusan
    42. Rodolfo Villanueva, Center for Participatory Governance
    43. Ronnie Tapnio
    44. Maria Luisa Jose-Tapnio
    45. Jeselle Papa
    46. Frances Therese C. Lo
    47. Jose Eliseo "Joel" Rocamora, IPD staff
    48. Ibarra "Barry" M. Gutierrez III
    49. Sister Arnold Maria Noel,SSpS
    50. Arnel Ramos, ODA Watch
    51. Dong Calmada, Peace Foundation, Inc.
    52. Byron D. Bocar, Akbayan! Citizens' Action Party
    53. Rosemary Cheung-Bocar
    54. Joel Saracho, Tbak Inc
    55. Floyd Buenavente, MBS TEK
    56. Aida Santos
    57. Reden B. Recio
    58. Nelson B. Sanchez
    59. Klaid Sabangan
    60. Rodel P. Abenoja Student Council Alliance of the Philippines Vice-Chairperson for Mindanao
    61. Daisy Valero, General Manager, Kalatas
    62. Jerome Bailen, forensic anthropologist
    63. Richard Taduran
    64. Delfin “Ted Borrero”
    65. Auxilium "Inday" Toling-Olayer, Human Rights Advocate, Board of Trustees of various HR organizations in the Philippines
    66. Cecilia Jimenez, Human Rights Lawyer. Geneva, Switzerland
    67. Joseph Francis
    68. Jose “Joey” Flora
    69. Amado "Bong" Mendoza, Jr., Department of Political Science, University of the Philippines
    70. Rebecca "Beckie" Malay
    71. Mylene Saluta, Panbansdang Koalisyon ng Kababaihan sa Kanayunan (PKKK)
    72. Carlos Ocampo, Christian World Service, Sydney, Australia
    73. Christian “Bong” Ramilo, Australia
    74. Orlando “Dong” Tizon
    75. Jesse C. Agbulos
    76. Sylvia Estrada Claudio
    77. Ian Rivera Jr., Kalayaan
    78. Teresita M. Borgoños, Makalaya
    79. Rachel “Che” Aquino
    80. Genie Chavez, Philippine-Australia Partnership for Economic Governance Reforms
    81. Ellene A. Sana, Center for Migrant Advocacy
    82. Ronnie Abeto, Pusong Mamon Task Force / V-Team
    83. Arnold M. Tenerife, Filipinos for Better Philippines (FBP-KSA)
    84. Fr. Ben Moraleda, CSsR
    85. William C. Yerro, V-Team
    86. Ramon Mapa, People's Initiative for Learning and Community Development (PILCD) Baguio City
    87. Dorothy Grace Guerrero, Focus on the Global South, Thailand.
    88. Reynaldo S. Orbon, Member-V-Team, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
    89. Wilson Requez, Regional Coordinator, Young Progressives Southeast Asia
    90. Victor S. Barrios, Chair, Global Filipinos Coalition Convenor/Moderator, Global Filipino Forum
    91. Ritchel Salve
    92. Terry Olayta – Canada
    93. Bobby Diciembre
    94. Noel C. Esquela, Center for Migrant Advocacy
    95. Renato Mabunga, Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA).
    96. Debbie Anne F. Soriano-Garcia
    97. Al Obre
    98. Melba de Guzman Marginson, Centre for Philippine Concerns Australia
    99. Aliza L. Belarmino
    100. Bonn Juego
    101. Rene R. Raya, Action for Economic Refors (AER) Baguio City
    102. Angging Aban
    103. Nethz M. Salvan, TAO-Pilipinas
    104. Ma. Fe Nicodemus, KAKAMMPI Chairperson
    105. Ka Domingo Legario, OFW, West Australia
    106. Patricio "Jojo" N. Abinales, Professor, Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University.
    107. Reynaldo S. Orbon, Member-V-Team, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
    108. Maria Cecilia Angeles-Cabrera
    109. Anna Navarro, Center for Migrant Advocacy
    110. Hazel Cotoner, Center for Migrant Advocacy
    111. May Cinco
    112. Himayat Rizvanqizi, Himayadar Humanitarian Progress Public Union
    113. Unlad Kabayan Migrant Services Foundation, Philippines
    114. Risa Hontiveros, Representative, Akbayan Party List
    115. Milabel Cristobal Amar
    116. Dondon Parafina
    117. Yasser F. Sarona, Boy Scouts of the Philippines - National Capital Region
    posted by PATH @ 8/25/2007 09:50:00 AM  
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  • Peace Advocates for Truth, Healing and Justice (PATH) 45 Matimtiman St., cor. Magiting St., Teachers' Village East Quezon City 1101, Philippines Tel. No: (632) 921-8049 Telefax: (632) 926-2893
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  • "Bobby Garcia provides a riveting account of the Communist Party of the Philippines' "killing fields" and situates it within the context of a revolutionary movement that was nobly motivated but also tragically flawed. To Suffer Thy Comrades goes beyond Garcia's narrative of his and other survivors' harrowing experiences and explains why the purges took place, how both torturers and victims coped and made sense of their plight, and how they survived in the aftermath of the purge. The book sheds light on the darkest and deepest secrets of the revolutionary movement and provides insights that are useful now that the communists are negotiating peace with the government" - SHEILA CORONEL, Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism
  • "...Bobby Garcia had the courage to write about the 'killing fields' despite some people's efforts to dissuade him. Bobby was one of its victims -- he was 21 when his entire future was nearly taken away from him -- who was lucky enough to survive. And who is even luckier to retain a huge sense of humor and equanimity, even when talking about his ordeal, at least with friends. His book is called "To Suffer Thy Comrades"...It is certainly not something that will set your mind at rest. But read it anyway. Its virtue is to be found in that biblical observation, 'The truth shall set you free.' - CONRADO DE QUIROS, Philippine Daily Inquirer
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