Category: Human Rights

Fil-Americans picketed the Philippine Consulate in Los Angeles June 20 to call for the immediate ouster of embattled President Macapagal-Arroyo. by Angel Buensuceso Contributed to Bulatlat Bulatlat.com Los Angeles, California – More than 30 Filipino protesters picketed the Philippine Consulate at noon June 30, calling for the ouster of Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Holding placards…

Mass organizations have become victims of political repression because they are the most outspoken and consistent in exposing human rights violations and defending people’s rights. The killings can no longer be viewed as isolated, however. These could be part of a planned and systematic campaign of terror against members and leaders of mass organizations in…

Even as the Asian Human Rights Commission condemned in a statement the continued use of torture on prisoners in the Philippines, a suspected guerrilla leader in Bicol was reported to have been tortured by his military captors. BY BULATLAT Bulatlat.com Forty-five year old New People’s Army (NPA) leader Elmer Osila reportedly uses the names Ka…

Interfaith Mission reports 2 rights violations every day This is one of those cases when cold figures can heat one up. From February to May alone, a total of 276 cases of human rights violations were recorded in Samar, involving the controversial Brig. Gen. Jovito Palparan and his men. This means 76 cases per month,…

Dr. Julkipli Wadi, a UP Islamic Studies professor, agrees with MILF chairman Al Haj Murad that peace is “partly at hand” in Mindanao. However, he thinks there is still a long way to go. BY ALEXANDER MARTIN REMOLLINO Bulatlat.com A professor of Islamic Studies at the University of the Philippines (UP) agrees with Al Haj…

Members of the Department of Land Reform’s Task Force Hacienda Luisita got a beating from the House Committee on Agrarian Reform for the much delayed report on its investigation on the implementation of the Stock Distribution Option in Luzon’s largest sugar estate, Hacienda Luisita, Inc. BY DABET CASTAÑEDA Bulatlat.com After nine months of investigation, the…

Before the coffin bearing the remains of Tarlac City Councilor Abel Ladera, the ninth Hacienda Luisita martyr, was buried, it was opened for his family and barriomates one last time. It took however almost an hour before the people could finish their goodbye: young ones took pictures of him with their cellular phones; the older ones patted the coffin, with whispers of “Salamat po, salamat po” (thank you, thank you) while a woman asked with a break in her voice, “Bakit ka nila pinatay, wala na kaming kasama.” (Why did they kill you, we no longer have someone to help us.)

From his humble beginnings as a sugar worker, City Councilor Abelardo R. Ladera emerged as one of the few successful local political figures who openly stood against the Cojuangco-Aquino dynasty in Tarlac. Ladera was gunned down at high noon of March 3 making him Tarlac’s first local official assassinated in the post-dictator era.