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In a statement sent to Bulatlat, the Philippine UPR Watch said Ermita consumed the time of the whole session and left the Committee members with little time to ask more searching and probing questions even after being reminded, a couple of times, to shorten its report. “It was pretty obvious to the Philippine and international NGOs that the Philippine delegation was just “dribbling” the time away to avoid being put to task for its general and high-falluting replies spruced up with cute acronyms that – in the words of another Committee member – have “nothing on the practical side” and have no value on the ground,” the group said.

BY RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat The Philippine government’s second periodic report to the United Nations Committee Against Torture (CAT) was ‘bombarded’ with questions, human rights network Philippine UPR Watch said. The 27-member Philippine government delegation, headed by Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita, presented its report, April 28, to the 42nd session of the UNCAT in Geneva,…

BY RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat Left-leaning groups vowed to block retired Major General Jovito Palparan Jr.’s proclamation as partylist representative. In light of the Supreme Court ruling on April 21 adding 32 additional partylist representatives in Congress, Bantay partylist will get one seat and thus make Palparan a member of Congress. House Deputy Minority Leader…

Does Leoncio Pitao, alias Commander Parago of the New People’s Army (NPA), have enough reasons to believe that the military is behind the abduction, torture and killing of her daughter Rebelyn? Those whose family members became victims to get back at them or to force them to capitulate think so. They believe it is part of the military’s dirty tactics, which the military has been employing since the time of the Marcos dictatorship.

Scores of School of the America’s graduates eventually became Latin America’s military dictators or their servitors, as well as becoming prime human rights abusers. BY CHARLENE VAN DIJK Council on Hemispheric Affairs INTERNATIONAL Posted by Bulatlat Today, an attempt will be made to eliminate the final refuge of the former School of the Americas (SOA),…

BY BULATLAT Anthropology experts found pieces of burnt human bones in the vicinity of the former 24th Infantry Battalion (IB) detachment in Bgy. Bliss in Limay, Bataan. The news was relayed through a text message by Ruth Cervantes, public information officer of Karapatan (Alliance for the Advancement of Human Rights). The experts accompanied Raymond Manalo,…

A survivor of torture and abduction filed administrative, criminal and civil charges against his captors, including retired Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) officers Gen. Hermogenes Esperon, Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan Jr. and Maj Gen. Juanito Gomez. BY RONALYN V. OLEA HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH Bulatlat Vol. VIII, No. 32, September 14-20, 2008 A survivor of…