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Arroyo denies hand in murder, torture of Church people during her reign

By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com MANILA — Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo urged a local court in Quezon City to dismiss the civil suit filed against her and several of her military officials for human rights violations committed against church workers. (Read story…)

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‘Landlessness remains after 24 years of bogus agrarian reform’

“Our members are either facing or losing agrarian cases but we continue to struggle for our rights to the land we till.” – Alyansa ng Magbubukid sa Gitnang Luson By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com MANILA – Farmers and agricultural workers from different parts of the country branded the government’s agrarian reform program as an “epic 

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CJ applicants asked to submit bank waivers

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) on Monday, June 4, decided to include bank waivers in its requirements for applicants to the position of chief justice. This was disclosed to reporters by Sen Francis Escudero, a member of the JBC, after the first meeting of the council. Escudero said the applicants 

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SC orders justices, judges to release SALN

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Overturning a more than two-decade-old guideline, the Supreme Court said it will release the 2011 Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) of “all judges and justices” in the country. Meeting en banc, the SC decided Wednesday, May 30, to release the SALN of all 14 SC justices, as well 

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Philippines urged to stop killings, other rights abuses

“They [the international community] know that the Philippine government has not lived up to its commitment to completely eliminate extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances and torture.” – Fr. Jonash Joyohoy of the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) and co-head of delegation of the Philippine UPR Watch By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com MANILA – 

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Behind the scenes of Corona’s walk out

By Natashya Gutierrez MANILA, Philippines – What exactly happened on the day Chief Justice Renato Corona took the stand? Rappler goes behind the scenes and traces the steps of Corona from when he arrived at the Senate to testify in his own impeachment trial, to his confinement at Medical City. (See story/video…)

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REWIND: Walkout or medical emergency?

By Rappler.com MANILA, Philippines – What walkout? The defense team has repeatedly denied that Chief Justice Renato Corona walked out of the impeachment court after his testimony last Tuesday, May 22. Cuevas told reporters: “It was merely misconstrued. There was no walkout… I thought he was going to unburden himself. How is it a walkout? 

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6 inconsistencies in Corona’s testimony

MANILA, Philippines – Chief Justice Renato Corona’s walkout Tuesday, May 22, eclipsed his testimony. In his opening statement that lasted 3 hours, the impeached Chief Justice accused the government of a conspiracy against him and described a report on his dollar accounts as a “malicious lie.” But Corona’s statement was riddled with inconsistencies, particularly when 

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The Philippines and the Universal Periodic Review

By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com MANILA — The Philippines is signatory to several international agreements for the protection of human rights, foremost of which is the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Philippine government signed the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). 

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Pacman denies anti-gay quote

MANILA, Philippines – He still believes gay marriage is a sin, but Manny Pacquiao denies he referred to a controversial anti-gay verse from the Book of Leviticus. “Hindi ako nagsabi niyan, kasinungalingan ‘yan…Hindi ko alam ‘yang verse ng Leviticus kasi hindi pa ako nakabasa ng Leviticus,” Pacquiao clarified in a report on ABS-CBN’s TV Patrol. 

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