The EJK of Gloria Capitan, HRD and president of the Samahan ng Nagkakaisang Mamamayan ng Lucanin (SNML) in Mariveles, Bataan [TFDP Urgent Appeal]

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    Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) writes to inform you about the extra-judicial killing of Gloria Capitan, human rights defender, environmental advocate and president of the people’s organization Samahan ng Nagkakaisang Mamamayan ng Lucanin (SNML) in Purok 2, Barangay Lucanin, Mariveles, Bataan

    (PHILIPPINES) The extra-judicial killing of Gloria Capitan, human rights defender, environmental advocate and president of the people’s organization Samahan ng Nagkakaisang Mamamayan ng Lucanin (SNML) in Purok 2, Barangay Lucanin, Mariveles, Bataan.

    ISSUES: Right to life; Access to Justice

    URGENT APPEAL URGENT APPEAL URGENT APPEAL

    Dear friends,

    Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) writes to inform you about the extra-judicial killing of Gloria Capitan, human rights defender, environmental advocate and president of the people’s organization Samahan ng Nagkakaisang Mamamayan ng Lucanin (SNML) in Purok 2, Barangay Lucanin, Mariveles, Bataan.

    CASE DETAILS:

    On July 1, 2016, at around 7:30 p.m., human rights defender, environmental advocate and president of the people’s organization Samahan ng Nagkakaisang Mamamayan ng Lucanin (SNML), Gloria Capitan, was gunned down by two unidentified men inside her business establishment in Purok 2, Barangay Lucanin, Mariveles, Bataan. She died of multiple gunshot wounds shortly before arriving at the hospital.

    Present on the night of Capitan’s death was her cousin Hermina Jordan, a waitress named “Grace”, and her two grandchildren, Angel Capitan, and Jerson Capitan. According to the witnesses, Capitan had just opened her videoke business and was cutting recycled foil wrappers for a project when two unidentified men riding a motorcycle parked near the door. One of them entered the establishment and shot her four times.

    Jordan, who was helping with the foil wrappers, was sitting directly in front of Capitan while Angel and Jerson were singing at the videoke about three yards from where Capitan was sitting. “Grace” was standing next to Capitan and, thinking that they were customers, had asked the men for their orders. According to the four, one of the men went directly to Capitan who was sitting on a plastic chair with her back to the entryway of the establishment. The man then allegedly wrapped his left arm around Capitan’s shoulder and shot her. According to Angel and Jerson, the first shot did not fire but was immediately followed by three more shots. The second hit Capitan on the neck; the third shot, which Capitan tried to block hit her arm, and the fourth was fired as the gunman was exiting and its slug hit Jerson Capitan on the right arm.

    According to Jordan, none of them were able to shout for help since the incident happened very fast (less than 5 minutes estimate). It was only after the men left that she was able to stand and catch Capitan before she fell off her chair. Jordan also shouted for Capitan’s family, the two grandchildren began to scream and “Grace” allegedly went into shock.

    According to Capitan’s grandchildren, the gunman was wearing a yellow handkerchief with “x” patterns around his face, a black cap with the visor to the back of his head, a dark jacket and maong pants, while the other man who drove the motorcycle was wearing a black helmet, dark sweater and pants as well. This was later verified by Ernesto Hatol and Sandra Cabuso, neighbors who both allegedly saw the men pass by the road on the way to the videoke business.

    Efren Capitan, Gloria’s widower, and Mark Capitan, Gloria’s son was watching the news in an open hut in the family’s compound when the shooting happened. The two, including other family members inside their respective houses allegedly heard three gunshots followed by Jordan and the children’s screams. According to Efren, he instinctively told Mark to check on Gloria. Efren, who suffered from stroke a few years back, was not able to run to the establishment.

    According to Mark, since the family’s business establishment is very near the compound, he still saw the tail lights of the gunmen’s motorcycle speeding towards Balanga. Jeron, another son of Capitan who was cooking at the time of the shooting immediately followed his brother. Jeron also saw the gunmen, took his own motorcycle and the two brothers chased the gunmen but lost them near an area called “Housing” after the perpetrators turned off their vehicle’s lights.

    The Capitan brothers went to the Police Cluster, about ten minutes ride away from their home, to ask for help. Jeron stayed with the police, who allegedly failed to respond quickly and set up a checkpoint while Mark went back to his mother. According to Jeron, while waiting for the policemen, he saw a black motorcycle pass by with two men on board. The back ride who was allegedly wearing a yellow handkerchief around his face was staring at him as they passed. It was only later when he arrived home and asked Angel what happened that he found out that the man who stared at him was the gunman.

    Gloria was first taken to medics, a small clinic in Lucanin, by Hatol, Jordan and Ann, the eldest daughter of Gloria Capitan, but was later transferred to MAHESECO Multipurpose Cooperative Hospital in Mariveles, Bataan, which had the needed facilities for Gloria’s injuries. Mark drove their jeep-type vehicle to MAHESECO but Gloria passed away shortly before arriving at the hospital.

    Capitan was previously documented on March 25, 2015, because of alleged intimidation through threats and bribery to discourage her and SNML in their resistance to Seafront Shipyard and Port Terminal Services Inc.’s open coal storage owned by Boy and Carlo Ignacio in Lucanin, Bataan.

    Source : www.tfdp.net

    Target Institution

    PLEASE SEND LETTERS TO:

    1. His Excellency Rodrigo Roa Duterte
    President, Republic of the Philippines

    New Executive Building Malacanang Palace Compound
    JP Laurel Street, San Miguel, Manila
    1005 Philippines
    Tel: +6327356201/5641451 to 80

    2. Justice Secretary Vitaliano N. Aguirre II
    Secretary, Department of Justice (DOJ)

    Padre Faura Street
    Ermita, Manila
    1000 Philippines
    Fax: +63 2 523 9548
    Tel: +63 2 521 1908
    Email: [email protected]gov.ph

    3. Secretary Ismael D. Sueno
    Secretary, Department of Interior and Local Government
    Department of Interior and Local Government

    (DILG Philippines)
    DILG NAPOLCOM Center
    EDSA corner Quezon Avenue, Quezon City
    Tel: +63 2 925-0330 / 925-0331
    Fax: +63 2 925-0332

    4. PNP Chief PDG Ronald M. Dela Rosa
    Philippine National Police
    PNP National Headquarters

    Camp General Crame,
    Quezon City, Metro Manila
    Philippines 1100
    Tel: +63 2 723.04.01

    5. Hon. Jose Luis Martin Chito Gascon
    Chairperson, Commission on Human Rights (CHR)

    SAAC Bldg., Commonwealth Avenue
    U.P. Complex, Diliman
    Quezon City
    Philippines
    Tel: +63 2 928 5655, +63 2 926 6188
    Fax: +63 2 929 0102

    6. Hon. Ace Jello C. Conception
    Mayor, Mariveles Bataan

    Mariveles Municipal Hall
    National Road, Poblacion
    Mariveles, Bataan, Philippines 2105
    Tel: +63 2 935 4620

    7. PNP Mariveles Police Station
    Mariveles Municipal Hall

    National Road, Poblacion
    Mariveles, Bataan, Philippines 2105
    Tel: +63 2 935 4627 / 7007

    8. Department of Interior and Local Government
    (DILG Mariveles)

    Mariveles Municipal Hall
    National Road, Poblacion
    Mariveles, Bataan, Philippines 2105
    Tel: +63 2 935 7375

    9. Jesselyn P. Empeño
    Barangay Captain, Lucanin, Mariveles, Bataan

    Mariveles Municipal Hall
    National Road, Poblacion
    Mariveles, Bataan, Philippines 2105
    Tel. (047) 935-6639

    Organisation/s Involved

    TFDP [Task Force  Detainees of the Philippines]

    How to Support The Campaign

    PLEASE SEND LETTERS TO CONCERNED GOVERNMENT AGENCIES TO BRING TO JUSTICE THE PERPETRATORS OF THE KILLING OF GLORIA CAPITAN AND ENSURE AND GUARANTEE THE CAPITAN FAMILY’S SAFETY AND ACCESS TO JUSTICE.

    THANK YOU.

    TASK FORCE DETAINEES OF THE PHILIPPINES

    SAMPLE LETTER:

    Dear ____________,

    Greetings.

    This is to express my grave concern regarding the extra-judicial killing of Gloria Capitan, human rights defender, environmental advocate and president of the people’s organization Samahan ng Nagkakaisang Mamamayan ng Lucanin (SNML) in Purok 2, Barangay Lucanin, Mariveles, Bataan.

    I have learned that Capitan was gunned down in the family’s business establishment near their home in Lucanin, Bataan last July 1, 2016 by two unidentified men. She was shot point blank in front of her cousin and two of her grandchildren, one of whom was also hit by a bullet shell and sustained minor injuries.

    I have also learned that because of the police’s alleged slow action, the perpetrators were able to pass by the police cluster precinct in Lucanin, Bataan without being apprehended.

    I have also learned that Capitan has previously been harassed through intimidation by threats and bribery and that these said threats and bribery were in relation to Capitan and of SNML’s active resistance to Seafront Shipyard and Port Terminal Services Inc.’s open coal storage owned by Boy and Carlo Ignacio in Lucanin, Bataan.

    I am writing to ask for immediate action:

    1. For the immediate and impartial investigation on the killing of Gloria Capitan.
    2. For the security and safety of the Capitan family, especially the witnesses in the killing of Gloria Capitan.
    3. For the perpetrators be held accountable for Capitan’s death.
    4. For the provision of fair and impartial assistance by the police in the area.

    Thank you.

    Respectfully yours,

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