CEAP-NCR holds second advocacy forum in Adamson

Date Posted: July 14, 2017 at 03:59 PM

ICES Director and CEAP-NCR Advocacy Committee Chairperson Fr. Atilano Fajardo with the speakers of the forum

Continuing the University’s commitment to social justice, Adamson University, spearheaded by the Integrated Community Extension Services (ICES), hosted the second advocacy forum of the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines – National Capital Region (CEAP-NCR) at the Ozanam Audiovisual Room on July 14,  2017.

The forum was attended by more than 100 delegates from CEAP-NCR member-schools.

Adamson University President Fr. Marcelo V. Manimtim, CM, led the opening of the program, giving the welcoming remarks. The president addressed the advocacies of the CEAP and iterated the importance of activities such as the forum in advancing the advocacies as guided by the Catholic Faith.

The first speaker for the forum, Atty. Philip Sawali, chief-of-staff of Sen. Leila de Lima gave a talk titled Political Persecution and the Situation of Human Rights Defenders. The attorney shared the story of how Sen. De Lima became a victim of the current administration when she chose to speak against the spate of drug-killings in the country. Atty. Sawali also showed an audiovisual presentation of the history of Sen. De Lima’s involvement in the human rights campaign in the country before and during the Duterte administration.

Atty. Jose Manuel Diokno, dean of the De La Salle University College of Law and chairman of the Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG),  succeeded as the forum’s speaker. Atty. Diokno gave a talk titled Martial Law: The Dark Chapter in the Philippines, and related the martial law enacted during the Marcos administration and how it changed the legal landscape in the Philippines. Atty. Diokno also played an audio recording of his father, the late Senator Pepe Diokno, a stalwart opposition of the Marcos administration, talking about the plight and fight for human rights in the Philippines.

The final speaker for the forum, Atty. Ryan Jeremiah Quan, JD, Ll.M., legal specialist of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), then delivered a talk titled Extra Judicial Killings in the DU30 regime. Atty Quan also narrated issues on human rights that are hounding the current administration such as the claims of the international community, the reinstatement of death penalty, and the lowering of the minimum age of criminal responsibility.

The forum also featured testimonies from victims of the human rights situation in the country. Mr. Jaidan Batuampar provided a narration of his experience as a bakwit (evacuee) of the Marawi siege. Mrs. Maria Deparene, on the other hand, shared her experience as a witness of extra judicial killings, with two of her sons being victims of summary execution.

Ms. Marissa Bechayda of Cainta Catholic College gave the synthesis and integration for the forum, while Ms. Olivia Tiglao of Don Bosco Technical College provided the closing remarks.