Duterte dares ICC: Hang me

Will even be the one to put the rope around his neck If the International Criminal Court (ICC) will declare him guilty of crimes against humanity due to the series of drug-related killings, President Rodrigo Duterte said he would be … Continue reading Duterte dares ICC: Hang me

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WOMEN RIGHTS GROUPS: 53 COPS FACING VAW CASES

PNP: Perpetrators to face full force of law The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday reiterated that it does not condone acts of violence against women (VAW). “The Philippine National Police abhors any form of violence committed against women. The … Continue reading WOMEN RIGHTS GROUPS: 53 COPS FACING VAW CASES

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Aquino partly to blame for culture of impunity

Former President Benigno Aquino III is partly to blame for the culture of impunity in the Philippines and for failing to address the killings of journalists during his term, Malacañang said Monday. “I wish he did more also in protecting … Continue reading Aquino partly to blame for culture of impunity

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GO TO HELL: Duterte tells UN rapporteur

Don’t meddle with Philippine affairs A United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers Diego Garcia-Sayan should not interfere with Philippine affairs, President Rodrigo R. Duterte said Saturday. Duterte made this remark in response to the … Continue reading GO TO HELL: Duterte tells UN rapporteur

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SUPREME COURT JUNKS Governor Sakur Tan’s Sulu in State of Emergency order

MEDIA STATEMENT August 12, 2012 The Free Cocoy Tulawie Movement is happy to announce the Decision of the Supreme Court dated July 3, 2012 which GRANTED the Petition for Certiorari and Prohibition filed by Temogen “Cocoy” Tulawie et.al. against Governor Sakur Tan for declaring the Province of Sulu in a State of Emergency last March 31, 2009. Penned by Associate Justice Maria Lourdes P. A. Sereno, the Supreme Court held, among others, that: “It is only the President, as Executive, who is authorized to exercise emergency powers as provided under Section 23, Article VI, of the Constitution, as well as … Continue reading SUPREME COURT JUNKS Governor Sakur Tan’s Sulu in State of Emergency order

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WALDEN BELLO: Justice for Cocoy Tulawie, Uphold Human Rights in Mindanao

BY WALDEN BELLO Akbayan Representative Privilege Speech, June 5, 2012   It is alarming how the legal mantra “innocent until proven guilty” holds no water in some parts of the country. In fact, we are confronted with the reality that sees human rights advocates jailed and prosecuted as criminals by precisely the same people that they try to call to account. We are confronted with the reality that human rights defenders, even as they fight for the rights of others, must prove their innocence to be cleared of guilt. Clearly, the culture of impunity persists. And this culture allows for members … Continue reading WALDEN BELLO: Justice for Cocoy Tulawie, Uphold Human Rights in Mindanao

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Rights group scores military over Palparan

    The New York-based Human Rights Watch has expressed concern about the failure of the government to apprehend retired Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan, who is wanted on an arrest warrant issued in December 2011 for his involvement in the 2006 kidnapping and illegal detention of two university students. Dellosa should publicly announce to all armed forces personnel that assisting Palparan in avoiding arrest or failing to cooperate with civilian authorities is obstructing justice and subject to prosecution. “Every day that Palparan avoids arrest further damages the military’s reputation,” Pearson said. “The armed forces leadership needs to send a message that … Continue reading Rights group scores military over Palparan

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Military hamletted Pantukan residents forcibly evacuated, filed complaints at the CH

Davao City — Residents of Brgy. Tibagon, Pantukan, Compostela Valley Province have filed a complaint before the Commission on Human Rights-Region XI Office (CHR XI) against 71st Infantry Battalion for sowing terror through hamletting their community. Victims from Sitios Cadapa, Sapang Tin-aw and Sapang Lubog in Brgy. Tibagon were maliciously harassed by certain Sgt. Macalanda, Sgt. Mabalot and other 16 army soldiers of 71st IBPA.  On March 8, 2012 at around 12:00 noon, about 18 military men led by certain Sgt. Macalanda and Sgt. Mabalot of 71st Infantry Battalion Philippine Army arrived at the community village of Purok 9 Sitio … Continue reading Military hamletted Pantukan residents forcibly evacuated, filed complaints at the CH

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