Month: September 2014

Human rights group suspects int’l humanitarian law violations in Abra killings

“There is a probability that rules of engagement were violated, that there could have been excessive use of force and that even if the members of the NPA had no more capacity to fight back, they were still slain or ‘no quarter’ was given during the conduct of the AFP military operations.”– Cordillera Human Rights Alliance

Women students troop to SM North Edsa, protest vs rape shirt, anti-women fashion show

QUEZON CITY — On September 25, members of Gabriela-Youth held a protest action in front of SM North Edsa Gate 3 to condemn SM Mall and Bench’s recent involvement in discriminatory and derogatory portrayal of women on their respective products and event. The group denounced the controversial ‘rape statement shirt’ sold at SM department stores,…

Why emergency powers is bad for us

KALIBUTAN Ni Clemente Bautista “Emergency power is the solution to the looming power crisis.” This is the line being pushed by President Benigno Simeon Aquino and his ilk in Malacañang. In times of crisis, granting emergency powers so the government can solve national concerns is generally acceptable. His people gave it to Hugo Chavez…

After the storm, what? | To the radical and unwavering conviction of the Martial Law activists

“Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are people who want crops without ploughing the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning; they want the ocean without the roar of its many waters. The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, or it may be both. But it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” – Frederick Douglass

First UN conference on indigenous peoples mum on self-determination, state violence

“If States are really in good faith in adopting the UNDRIP and adhering to international human rights standards, why did they not accept and consider our proposal and call for an end to militarization of indigenous peoples and their territories?” – Windel Bolinget, Cordillera Peoples Alliance