Silang Mga Gasera Sa Madilim Na Silangan by Rene Boy Abiva

Art as Resistance in Political Prisons

By Ed Maranan Some of the country’s best and brightest have been behind bars for many years. In the Philippines, they are called political detainees or political prisoners. Peter Benenson, who founded Amnesty International in the UK in 1961, popularized the term “prisoners of conscience”, which is still widely used. Under the Marcos martial law 

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The photo has been dubbed  “La Pieta” as Jennilyn Olayres is seen cradling the body of Michael Siaron like the Virgin Mary mourning over a dead Jesus Christ in Michelangelo’s world-famous sculpture. (Viral photo by Raffy Lerma)

353 NGOs urge stop to killings

LONDON (2nd August 2016) – Civil society groups from across the globe, including prominent human rights NGOs, have called on UN drug control authorities to urge an immediate stop to the extrajudicial killings of suspected drug offenders in the Philippines. Since 10th May 2016, more than 700 people have been killed by police and vigilantes in 

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Condemn Surge in Killings of Criminal Suspects

(New York) – The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) should urgently condemn the alarming surge in killings of suspected drug users or dealers in the Philippines, Human Rights Watch said today. These global authorities with responsibility for international drug control should call for an immediate halt 

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Philippine Police Killing Surge Prompts Probes

Senate and Rights Body to Investigate Drug Dealer Deaths By Phelim Kine The Philippine Senate and the official Commission on Human Rights (CHR) are undertaking what the new administration and the Philippine National Police (PNP) refuse to do: investigate the alarming increase in police killings of suspected drug dealers and users. Senator Leila de Lima 

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Elitist politics and economics: the real Aquino legacy

Towards the end of its six years in office, the Aquino government boasted its legacy of inclusive growth. Indeed for its neoliberal thrusts the Aquino administration may have achieved certain economic outcomes. But for the Filipino people, an unprecedented jobs crisis, using public funds to guarantee private profits, an even wider gap between rich and 

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15 pronouncements Duterte got right

By Altermidya.Net Much has been written about the wrong or unwelcome pronouncements of incoming president Rodrigo Duterte: his statement on journalist killings, catcalling, revival of the death penalty, and plans to bury late dictator Ferdinand Marcos in the Libingan ng Mga Bayani. An unconventional political figure, he has generated criticism and fear, on one hand, but 

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Philippines’ Displaced Children Barred from School

By Carlos H. Conde Hundreds of Filipino children were barred from attending class when schools opened this week. The reason? The children have been living in shelters in Zamboanga City since their families fled fighting in the southern Philippines, and the Zamboanga City government failed to submit their school records and other requisite personal data 

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Fr. Joel Tabora, S.J.

Peace talks and social justice

Quoting the article of Fr. Joel Tabora, S.J., President of Ateneo de Davao University, read at the peace forum in Davao with Fidel Agcaoili representing the NDFP, on June 8, 2016: If today the CPP-NPA-NDF with its Marxian ideological roots talks peace with other Filipinos influenced by the faith in a compassionate God or with 

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Proclamation of Philippine Independence in Kawit, Cavite on June 12, 1898

June 12, 1898: Philippine Independence declared

During the Spanish-American War, Filipino rebels led by Emilio Aguinaldo proclaimed the independence of the Philippines after 300 years of Spanish rule. By mid-August, Filipino rebels and U.S. troops had ousted the Spanish, but Aguinaldo’s hopes for independence were dashed when the United States formally annexed the Philippines as part of its peace treaty with 

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Gregorio del Pilar and his troops in 1898. 
Source: Arnold Dumindin via philippineamericanwar.webs.com

The Proclamation of Philippine Independence

Declaration of Independence With a government in operation, Aguinaldo thought that it was necessary to declare the independence of the Philippines. He believed that such a move would inspire the people to fight more eagerly against the Spaniards and at the same time, lead the foreign countries to recognize the independence of the country. Mabini, 

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