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An association of 350 Catholic nuns from 40 congregations in Mindanao expressed outrage over the inclusion of Church people to the reported ‘order of battle’ of the 10th Infantry Division of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. In a document titled “JCICC ‘AGILA’ 3rd QTR 2007 OB VALIDATION RESULT,” several Catholic and Protestant groups were…

BY JUAN ANGELO A. HONGO AND MARIANNE B. MIRAMBEL Bulatlat To mark the second year anniversary of his abduction, family members, friends and supporters of activist Jonas Burgos gathered today in a mass at Camp Agunaldo’s Gate 1. Jonas, son of the late press freedom hero Jose Burgos, a farmer and an advocate of human…

BY ALEXANDER MARTIN REMOLLINO Bulatlat A lawyers’ group has demanded the automatic relief of the highest-ranking military and police officers in areas where extrajudicial killings take place. The National Union of People’s Lawyers made this call on the heels of the abduction, torture and killing of schoolteacher Rebelyn Pitao, 20, last week. Pitao, daughter of…

BY ALEXANDER MARTIN REMOLLINO HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH Bulatlat Vol. VIII, No. 10, April 13-19, 2008 Representatives of 17 countries – including four of the country’s main aid donors – raised questions on the Philippine government’s human rights record in Geneva, Switzerland on April 11 as Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita, who also chairs the Presidential Human…

“It is difficult for our brothers and sisters in the war-torn areas of Basilan to observe one of the important pillars of Islam when the guns and bombs of the Philippine Army are aimed at them,” said Amirah Ali Lidasan, national president of the Suara Bangsamoro party. She added that Moro civilians are vulnerable to…

BY CHERYLL D. FIEL Davaotoday.com Posted by Bulatlat Vol. VII, No. 15, May 20-26, 2007 DAVAO CITY — The canvassing of votes in New Bataan, Compostela Valley province, hit another snag when a congressional candidate filed a petition Wednesday seeking the transfer of the canvassing to another venue. Joselito B. Brilliantes, who is seeking a…

Having run out of counterinsurgency options Bantay Laya I and II appear to be the U.S.-Arroyo regime’s “final solution” to the long drawn-out conflict. A novel and significant feature is its special emphasis on punitive measures in dealing with the political component of the insurgency. This includes suppressive measures against Congressional Party List representatives and…

A National Internal Security Program (NISP) briefing paper dated May 5, 2006, a copy of which was obtained by Bulatlat from reliable sources, bared a systematic campaign by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) directed against partylist groups tagged by the government as “communist front organizations.” BY DABET CASTAÑEDA Bulatlat A National Internal Security…

By Carol Pagaduan-Araullo BusinessWorld Posted by Bulatlat.com Many a young officer learns soon enough the yawning gap between the ideals that he learned in the military or police academy ­– courage, integrity, loyalty ­ and the reality of military and police establishments that have succumbed to the rot of corruption, dishonesty, favoritism and organized criminal…

A ranking official of the Armed Forces’ Judge Advocate General’ s Office (Jago) is singing a tune different from that of the AFP spokesperson with regards allegations of human rights violations by the New People’ s Army (NPA). “Mas liberal pa nga ang mga NPA, inaalagaan nila ang kanilang mga bihag” (The NPAs are more…