Prayers and Justice Needed for Family Massacred by Philippine Military

October 31st, 2012

Prayers and Justice Needed for Family Massacred by Philippine Military

The National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) urges community to act on behalf of the Capion Family

Last October 18th, 27-year old Juvy Capion, her two sons Jhon (8) and Jordan (13), and her unborn child were killed at home by the Philippine Army’s 27th IB in Mindanao.

The family was killed amidst an on-going conflict between foreign-owned Sagittarius Mines Inc (SMI) and members of the B’laan tribe who are fighting to protect the people from displacement and defend their land against environmental destruction. Juvy, along with her husband Daguil (who survived), were active in efforts to oppose SMI’s development aggression through large-scale mining.

The Philippine Army claims the family was killed in an encounter while soldiers were trying to capture Daguel Capion, however, family members as well as neighbors reported the husband was not home. It was also reported that Juvy was heard pleading with the soldiers to stop firing because she was already shot and she feared for the lives of her children. The soldiers continued to fire until the three, including Juvy’s unborn child, were dead.

“We ask the community to pray for the Capion family and work together to achieve justice. This massacre is not an isolated incident as it is connected to numerous human rights violations taking place to deter courageous parents and people like Juvy and Daguel from fighting against foreign corporations like SMI who threaten the future of their children,” said Terrence Valen President of NAFCON.

The murder of the Capion family took place one day after the first death anniversary of Father “Pops” Tentorio. Father Pops was an Italian priest who wholeheartedly defended indigenous communities in Mindanao against environmental destruction. Yet after one year, no case has been filed in court to prosecute the perpetrators of his murder.

In lieu of the lack of action around Father Pop’s murder, the recent massacre of the Capion family, and other numerous similar cases, NAFCON calls on Filipinos in the U.S. and around the world to contact their local consulates demanding true justice for victims of human rights violations including the Capion family and an end to the destructive mining in Mindanao that has resulted to this wave of killings at the hands of the Philippine military. (Contact information for all consulates in the U.S. is listed below.)

“No matter where the line is drawn, it is clear that the killing of women, children, and unborn babies by government soldiers crosses any standard of decency or basic humanity. Our community must act to prevent such grave violations of basic human rights,” said Valen.

On Earth Day in April 2013, NAFCON plans to launch its campaign against environmental destruction caused by irresponsible mining. For several years NAFCON has gathered over a hundred thousand dollars to support victims of typhoons in the Philippines whose suffering is greatly increased by actions of foreign mining corporations.

“We realize that no matter how much money our communities raise for typhoon relief, the problem will only get worse if we let corporations like SMI continue to do business as usual,” closed Valen.###

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