Drop the trumped-up charges against Boyette Jurcales Jr.

Drop the trumped-up charges against Boyette Jurcales Jr.

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Philippine-based international people’s organisations and civil society denounce the trumped-up charges against activist Lutgardo “Boyette” Jurcales Jr. 

The police filed trumped-up charges of murder against Boyette and ten other activists for allegedly killing an Indigenous Lumad in Kapalong town, Davao del Norte, southern Philippines in 2018. Indigenous People’s leader Windel Bolinget, who recently submitted himself to police custody after a shoot-to-kill order was issued against him, faces the same charges. 

We stand firm that Boyette did not commit the said crime, and demand that authorities immediately drop the charges against him and his fellow activists. Boyette had never visited the place where the crime was allegedly committed. Moreover, the family of the slain Lumad victim attributed the killing to paramilitary forces. 

A preliminary investigation was not duly conducted before charges were filed and a warrant of arrest was issued against Boyette. This explicitly shows how people's rights including the right to due process are disregarded, and domestic justice mechanisms cease to function amid Duterte's capture of all government branches, including courts turned into warrant factories.

Boyette is a veteran advocate of people’s rights, and a committed internationalist. He coordinates people’s campaigns and humanitarian initiatives at Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN, New Patriotic Alliance), an alliance of progressive people’s organisations and civil society. Before working full-time in BAYAN, he worked with people's movements in various countries on campaigns for national sovereignty against imperialist plunder and wars. As an engineer, he advocated for science that would serve people’s needs and welfare. 

Boyette’s decades-long service to the people debunks the government’s malicious allegations. We ask people's movements to support the call to junk the trumped-up charges against Boyette. Under Duterte, 900 people have already been illegally arrested and detained. We cannot let another activist add up to these dire statistics.

We condemn intensifying state attacks against activists, rights defenders, people’s organisations and civil society especially under the Anti-Terror Act. We are indignant that Duterte continues to pour resources into the counter-insurgency program amid unaddressed health and economic crises. We enjoin people's movements to stand in solidarity with Filipinos, to condemn Duterte’s rights violations and attacks against the people, and to amplify our calls for justice and state accountability.#

Read more about the campaign for Lutgardo “Boyette” Jurcales Jr. from BAYAN - New Patriotic Alliance: http://bit.ly/389KjQU

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