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07.25.2013 | Comments Off |

International delegates who attended the International Conference on Human Rights and Peace in the Philippines have urged the European Union to stop aid to the Aquino government, specifically the withdrawal of a 10 million euro grant for the Philippine Justice Support Programme.
The more than 250 foreign delegates, in a strongly worded resolution unanimously approved at the conclusion of the conference, …

07.25.2013 | Comments Off |

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines denounces the threatening text message sent to ABS-CBN reporter Ces Orena Drilon Wednesday (July 24) night and urge authorities and the network to undertake measures to ensure her safety.
In a tweet posted between 8:00 and 9:00 pm Wednesday evening, Drilon said she had just reported on a tax evasion case against lawyer …

07.23.2013 | Comments Off |

BPO employees on SONA: What about us?
Even as the country strives to move forward, the 4th State of the Nation Address of Pres. Noynoy Aquino remained indifferent to the real situation of the people which the president calls his “bosses.” Aquino talked about the so-called economic gains of the current administration and promised inclusive growth. He cited the 7.4% growth …

07.23.2013 | Comments Off |

The state of the Philippine nation is not just impressive growth rates, lesser rice importation, more PhilHealth coverage, cops who do stellar work by helping motorists change flat tires, and millionaires who find personal gratification in working for the bureaucracy. It’s also this: a pervasive intolerance within government toward dissent and criticism, and a mindset — particularly within the police …

07.22.2013 | Comments Off |

Human Right Watch today expressed dismay toward President Aquino’s failure to tackle impunity and human rights violations in the Philippines.
“We are dismayed that President Aquino, in his State of the Nation Address today, chose not to talk about the continuing culture of impunity in the Philippines,” said James Ross, legal and policy director at Human Rights Watch, which is based in …

07.22.2013 | Comments Off |

 
MANILA, Philippines — An international watchdog group on Saturday challenged President Benigno Aquino III to use his state of the nation address on Monday to outline specific measures to address the impunity with which human rights continue to be violated.
 
“President Aquino should use this state of the nation speech to put meat on the bones of his human rights commitments …

01.28.2013 | Comments Off |

“The government should ensure that pro-reproductive rights activists are not targeted using such archaic provisions of the Philippines’ Revised Penal Code. This case shows the potential for misuse and malicious prosecution and hence the need for urgent reform to this provision of the code.”

07.12.2011 | Comments Off |

Bayan said that Aquino, as the appointing authority, should immediately remove from office those officials facing charges for past scams. “The lingering perception is that many Aquino appointees who get into trouble for past and present misdeeds are treated with kid gloves, especially if they fall within the KKK category,” Reyes said.

07.12.2011 | Comments Off |

“The only source of disorder on the Hacienda Luisita issue are the Cojuangco-Aquinos who intend to rewrite history, deprive the farmworkers of their rightful claim, continue to terrorize by using the military, on the other hand, the agents of reform and change are the farmworkers and their supporters who propose a better future for their next generation,” Joseph Canlas, AMGL chairman said.

07.11.2011 | Comments Off |

In view of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) fund controversy wherein huge amounts of money were expended in rather questionable ventures, ACT Teachers Party-List Representative Antonio L. Tinio said that the so-called ‘intelligence fund’ amounting to P325 million could have helped the shortages of critical school inputs such as classrooms.

07.11.2011 | Comments Off |

Quoting reports coming from Hacienda Luisita farmers and farm workers, UMA chair Lito Bais, said that a certain Juanito Luna, a supervisor of HLI, is paying P5,000 each farmer. At the same time, Buena Timbol, secretary of HLI vice-President for administration Ernesto Teopaco, President Aquino’s uncle, has summoned Barangay Captains in the 10 barangays (villages) of Hacienda Luisita.

07.11.2011 | Comments Off |

“DAR’s mandate is to process land distribution and not organize such referendum that is totally contradictory to land reform. Pushing farmers to being stockholders to a corporation established by the Stock Distribution Option (SDO) is like pushing them to jump over a hill to their death,” said Joseph Canlas, AMGL chairperson.

07.9.2011 | One Comment |

“While President Aquino continue to keep mum on the Supreme Court’s highly deceptive ruling, his relatives are very busy sowing disunity among Hacienda Luisita farmers and farm workers,” says KMP secretary-general Danilo Ramos.