Tags: Human Rights

The Commission on Human Rights in the Ilocos Region ordered the Philippine National Police to submit documents and pieces of evidence in their possession on the extra-judicial killing of Jose “Pepe” Manegdeg III. BY ARTHUR L. ALLAD-IW HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH Northern Dispatch Posted by Bulatlat SAN ESTEBAN, Ilocos Sur (363 kms. North of Manila)– The…

It is a shame to hear that the Commission on Human Rights, despite the taxing demand it now faces amid unsolved and continuing cases of extrajudicial killings, abductions, torture, and disappearances, is getting a mere pittance from the country’s PhP 1.4 trillion (USD 29.1 billion) budget for this year. BY RORIE R. FAJARDO Project Coordinator…

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…

BY BULATLAT Authorities arrested a labor leader around 2 a.m today at the Westdrive Subdivision, Barangay Labas, Santa Rosa City, Laguna. According to the Organized Labor Association in Line Industries and Agriculture (OLALIA-Kilusang Mayo Uno), labor organizer Leonardo Arceta, 51, was taken to the Santa Rosa Police Station and then transferred to Camp Vicente Lim…

Four farmers filed complaints before the office of the Ombudsman against the officers of the 79th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army. BY EDMUND B. SESTOSO Contributor HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH Bulatlat Four peasant activists based in Negros Oriental and a human rights leader in Cebu City had lodged various complaints before the office of the…

Detained peasant activist Randall Echanis and his colleagues from the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP or Peasant Movement of the Philippines), Pamalakaya, the Amihan Peasant Women’s Association, Anakpawis Party-list, and the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines have been fasting the whole day to protest the latter’s continuing imprisonment. Echanis, deputy secretary general for external affairs…

BY BULATLAT An anti-mining activist was killed by unidentified men two days before Christmas, an environmentalist group in Compostela Valely said. Fernando Sarmiento, 39, secretary general of Panalipdan-Southern Mindanao Region (SMR), was killed by still unidentified men, December 23, around 7 p.m. at Purok 1, Barangay Cabinuangan, New Bataan, Compostela Valley Province. Francis Morales, spokesperson…

In the midst of rampant human rights violations in the country allegedly perpetrated by the state’s armed forces and intelligence agencies, human rights groups and advocates lament that the government is not making any move towards resolving them. The media, they say, is likewise falling short of its responsibility of bringing the issue close to…

At first glance, they looked like ordinary children. But deep within them are scarred souls and lost innocence because they are children-victims of human rights violations. On December 9, they went to see the United Nations (UN) Secretary General’s Special Representative for Children in Armed Conflict Radhika Coomaraswamy to tell her their tragic stories.