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5 Apr 2008 | 4 Comments

Airing on April 7, 2008, Monday late night after Saksi
In the most recent sanitation survey of the Department of Health, a huge chunk of our population still lacks a very important facility in their homes: the comfort room!
But what’s more surprising is this: majority of residents even in developed urban areas still do not have proper toilets.
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Urgent Appeal Case: AHRC-UAC-070-2008

3 April 2008
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PHILIPPINES: Sick boy dies after being punished by teacher
ISSUES: Torture; corporal punishment; students; child abuse; child
rights
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Dear friends,
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has been informed that a
14-year-old boy who was recovering from typhus, has died after having
been punished by his teacher for failing to do his homework. The boy
and other pupils were forced to …

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A Palawan-based journalist was threatened with death on 3 April 2008 after he wrote that a mining company was blocking plans to declare a forest in Brooke’s Point, Palawan as a protected area. Palawan is an island southwest of Manila.
Redempto Anda, a Philippine Daily Inquirer correspondent and an editor for the local newspaper Palawan Star, received the threat through his …

5 Apr 2008 | One Comment

The presence of a rice cartel is only part of the monopoly control of land and capital in Philippine rice production, trade, and marketing and aggravated by neoliberal policies adhered to by the Philippine government.

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Kusog sa Katawhang Lumad sa Mindanao (Kalumaran) scoffed at Malacañang’s efforts to curb the current rice crisis saying that the measures being taken fall short of addressing the root of the issue. “Ang yutang kabilin nahimong yutang plantasyon ug yutang minahan (The ancestral domains of indigenous peoples have become the domain of plantations and mines),” said Monico Cayog, Chairperson …

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The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) condemns today’s decision by a Beijing court to sentence human rights activist Hu Jia to three and a half years’ jail and one year’s denial of political rights on charges of “inciting subversion to state power”.
Hu, 35, was arrested on December 27, 2007, and formally charged on January 29, 2008, with “inciting subversion of …

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March 25, 2008
Dear friends,
If you haven’t been on a tour of the National Museum, well, here’s your chance. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how beautiful the museums are (the former Finance Building and the former Legislative Building) with its extensive renovation inside yet keeping with its neo-Federal Style architecture outside.
There’s fifteen galleries in the Museum of the …

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A health alliance against tobacco today urges the Department of Agriculture to help the farmers in the Ilocos region plant alternative crops like rice, following the reported rice shortage facing the country today.
“In the light of the rice crisis, whether real or artificial, we urge our agriculture officials to list as priority task the pouring of infrastructure to the Ilocos …

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Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr.
(PDP-Laban) today said he sees no need to suspend the
government’s bio-fuels program so that more
agricultural lands can be devoted to the planting of
rice and other crops.
Pimentel said the government should not backtrack from
developing alternative, renewable sources of energy
that are abundant in the country to further reduce our
dependence on imported oil which is becoming less …