CHR: Farmers on their knees shot

THE director of the Commission on Human Rights  for Region 12 said Sunday police in Kidapawan City who fired their weapons at protesting farmers had clearly violated their human rights. “There were violations of human rights and the United Nations guidelines on the use of force by the law enforcers. The farmers were already on 

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Cotabato story

3 dead, 87 missing, 116 hurt as police fire on Cotabato human barricade

MANILA–Three persons died after security forces opened fire as they dispersed on farmers and lumad who have been blockading the Cotabato-Davao highway in Kidapawan City late Friday morning. The number of injured had climbed to 116 as of 10 p.m. Friday, according to Ariel Casilao of Anakpawis. Norma Capuyan, chair of the lumad organization Sandawa Lumadnong Panaghiusa-Cotabato, said one 

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Greenpeace condemns bloody dispersal of farmers in Cotabato and demands government action on El Niño

Manila, Philippines – Greenpeace denounced the bloody response made by police on Friday, April 1, to protests by farmers and lumad (Indigenous Peoples) from the different towns of Cotabato who were demanding relief and subsidy for farm communities affected by the drought brought about by El Niño. At least one farmer was killed and 13 

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UP fire

Fire razes home of UP’s brightest artists, intellectuals

MANILA, Philippines – Assistant Professor Yayo Yambao fell to his knees at the sight of the fire that burned through the Faculty Center at the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman dawn of Friday, April 1. The blaze destroyed the Art Studies teacher’s master’s thesis on installation art at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. 

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Philippines: Candidates to Reflect on Rights — Human Rights Watch

Questionnaire to Inform Voters of Presidential Contenders’ Stance on Key Issues (New York, March 23, 2016) –-andidates in the May 2016 Philippine presidential election will have an opportunity to explain to voters their positions on major human rights issues, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch sent a 10-question human rights survey to the 

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Bongbong lied about Martial Law – Colmenares

DAVAO CITY — Senatorial aspirant and Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares called vice presidential candidate, Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr a “liar” about the human rights abuses committed during Martial Law. “Bong-bong is a liar. He lied over the massive human rights abuses during the Marcoses’ reign. He lied and feigned ignorance over the billions 

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Election watchdog protests Comelec’s ‘sinister acts’

“By its refusal to implement safeguards, Comelec itself is the one undermining the credibility of the election results.” By MARYA SALAMAT MANILA – The first public protest over the Comelec’s refusal to print voter receipts was held today, Tuesday, March 15, in front of the Comelec’s national headquarters at Intramuros, Manila. Led by the 

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Supreme Court allows Grace Poe to run for president

MANILA, Philippines (5th UPDATE) – In a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court (SC) decided to save Senator Grace Poe from disqualification as presidential candidate in the 2016 elections. The SC en banc on Tuesday, March 8, voted9-6 to reverse the decision of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to cancel Poe’s certificate of candidacy (COC). Chief 

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Bishops hold Aquino accountable over torching of Lumad sanctuary

By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO MANILA – All seven-strong area bishops of the United Church of Christ of the Philippines gathered today, Feb. 26, to hold President Aquino accountable for the burning down of their mission center in Haran, Davao City, where some 700 Lumad are seeking refuge from militarization in their communities. UCCP 

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Just like Martial Law pre-EDSA? Burning of Lumad evacuation shelter, student dormitory condemned

DAVAO CITY–Lumad leaders and rights advocates condemned what was widely believed to be a clear case of politically-motivated arson against human rights victims, ironically a day before the 30th year anniversary of the EDSA People Power on February 25. At around 2:30 Wednesday, February 24, Lumad Manobo evacuees residing at their temporary shelters at United 

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