Tags: extrajudicial killings in the Philippines

Two widows of Cordillera activists who fell victim to extra-judicial killings are losing hope that the present administration – led by a mother like them – would resolve their husbands’ killings, which took place more than three years ago. As March is Women’s Month, these widows have presently intensified their demand for justice for their…

Rebelyn Pitao, 20, a teacher at St. Peter’s College and daughter of Leoncio Pitao, an NPA commander known as Commander Parago, was abducted by four armed men at 6:30 p.m. last March 4, 2009 at the crossing of Bago Gallera de Oro Subdivision,  Bago Gallera, Tolomo, Davao City.  She was found dead floating on a…

BY BULATLAT An environmental group denounced the attacks against four anti-mining advocates, including a Benedictine nun, in Davao Oriental. Four members of Panalipdan- Davao Oriental were allegedly subjected to illegal search, illegal detention, harassment, intimidation and grave threats by elements of the 67th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army (IBPA). Sister Stella Matutina, OSB; Wenceslao…

BY BULATLAT Another activist was shot dead this morning in Calatagan, Batangas. Wilfredo Gonzales, 52, Bgy. Bucal, Calatagan, Batangas was gunned down while driving an Elf-truck, around 6 a.m. today by two motorcycle-riding men, human rights group Karapatan reported. Gonzales is a member of the Haligi ng mga Batanguenong AnakDagat (HABAGAT), provincial chapter of Pambansang…

Is the recent spate of activist killings in Southern Mindanao an unfortunate series of coincidences or are they somehow related to the Philippine military’s counter-insurgency program Oplan Bantay Laya 2? Successive reports and claims of shootings involving a red XRM motorbike; the use of a .45 pistol and the fact that three Bayan Muna (People…

Relatives of victims of extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances deplore the fact that up to now justice still remains elusive and impunity still prevails even as the Supreme Court promulgated new remedies such as the writ of amparo. Worse, the Court of Appeals has dismissed the cases that they filed thereby providing the conditions for…

As the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) celebrated its 22nd anniversary, media practitioners presented today’s state of the Philippine media. BY HANNAH FAITH DORMIDO Bulatlat Volume VIII, Number 26, August 3-9, 2008 If Mrs. Arroyo’s State of the Nation Address was full of applauses from her cohorts in Congress, the State of…

E. San Juan, Jr. Balikbayang Mahal: Passages from Exile. Morrisville, NC: Lulu.com, 2007. A book of translations, Balikbayang Mahal or Beloved Returnee is about making history in unexpected places. Take, for instance, the following cases. The names of the dead haunt the poet-exile as dusk descends on Punta Spartivento—Juvy Magsino, Benjaline Hernandez, Eden Marcellana, Rafael…

BY ATTY. CARLOS ISAGANI ZARATE Secretary General Union of People’s Lawyers in Mindanao DEM0OCRATIC SPACE Posted by Bulatlat Vol. VIII, No. 11, April 20-26, 2008 Self-serving and illusory is how we see the government’s report to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). It suppresses the real picture of the culture of impunity happening in…

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…

“The Philippine National Report is significant not for what it says but for what it does not say. It is a selective, one-sided, self-serving account of the Philippine government’s so-called achievements and best practices in fulfilling its human rights obligations. It is a brazen attempt to hide the truth and evade accountability for the Arroyo…