Philippines: Candidates’ Views on Rights in Spotlight

Presidential Contenders Respond to Human Rights Watch Survey (Manila, May 2, 2016) – Two of the five presidential candidates in the Philippines, Mar Roxas and Miriam Defensor Santiago, responded to a questionnaire on key human rights issues facing the country, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing the responses. Topics covered include accountability for abuses 

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Visual artists lend talents to North Cotabato farmers

Farmers asking for rice. Farmers asking for food. Hungry farmers asking for food met with bullets. These were the short and simple grasp of most people who saw the video of the violent and bloody dispersal of the farmers’ protest in Kidapawan City on April 1. Photos of wounded and bloodied farmers uploaded on the 

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‘We only want to feed our children’ – North Cotabato farmers

“Hunger. This is what we have been experiencing. I hope our government officials would stop lying.” By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com MANILA –For months, Arlene Amar and her three children have been surviving on cassava and banana. There are days when they eat only once. Amar said all the corn she planted in December died 

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Filipino women workers worse off under Aquino–IBON

The plight of Filipino women workers worsened under Aquino more than one hundred years after the first International Women’s Day was celebrated, said research group IBON. According to the group, the government refuses to significantly raise wages and instead promotes neoliberal policies such as labor flexibilization and contractualization. This has only created further job insecurity and 

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Never forget, never again

By Robert J.A. Basilio, Jr. Not every coffee-table book is offered free to the public. But this one is. Marcos Martial Law: Never Again by author, journalist, and blogger Raissa E. Robles “is available at absolutely no cost,” said a flyer distributed during the book’s soft launch on Tuesday, roughly 30 years after the fall 

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The Orphans. There are children in white but grimy clothes.  They’re behind barbed wire fences, and hold flyers with pictures of adults who have ‘forcibly disappeared’ -- the desaparecidos.

IN PHOTOS: Inside the powerful EDSA 30 experiential museum

By Paolo Abad, Rappler.com MANILA – “Never again.” I’ve seen this phrase plastered all over my Facebook feed – two simple words, yet stark in meaning. “Never again” to “one of the darkest chapters” in Philippine history: the Marcos dictatorship, with its iron-fisted rule and wanton curtailment of rights. Some of my former professors and 

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Rainbe Bartolome, a 17-year-old college student, stares at the remains of her dormitory. A new boarder, she says all her possessions, including her books, were burned. (Photo by Ace Morandante/davaotoday.com)

Photos: Lumad evacuees camp, dormitory burned

By Ace R. Morandante Feb. 24, 2016, Davao Today

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Lymphoma survivor wins Int’l Eucharistic Congress logo contest

A young Filipino artist’s logo was chosen as the official symbol of the 51st International Eucharistic Congress (IEC), held in Cebu, Philippines. Jayson Jaluag, a 21-year-old fine arts student majoring in advertising at the University of San Carlos, a lymphoma survivor who created the logo, was so happy that his entry was chosen in the 

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Love for hearts on Valentine’s Day and beyond

Here are 4 reasons why the symbol of love should also get some lovin’ MANILA, Philippines – There is no shortage of love in the Philippines. A global Gallup poll released in 2013 showed that 93% of Filipinos reported feeling love, more than anybody else in 136 countries surveyed, in response to the question, “Did 

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PH longest-running alternative news website turns 15

By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO Bulatlat.com Sometime in 1999, a group of journalists and rights advocates gathered to discuss what they observed as “shallow” reporting when it comes to people’s issues and their interests. These discussions boiled down to the need to set up a media outlet – an alternative to the dominant – that 

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