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Terrorizing Communities: Oplan Bantay Laya II in Guihulngan

As the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) noted a decline in the incidence of extrajudicial killings in the country, another face of the government’s counter-insurgency program Oplan Bantay Laya II emerges. In Guihulngan, Negros Oriental, terror has gripped the hearts and minds of the people. (Read story here…)

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Domestic workers’ deaths in Lebanon mostly from suicides or botched escapes

———————- “Domestic workers are dying in Lebanon at a rate of more than one per week. All those involved – from the Lebanese authorities, to the workers’ embassies, to the employment agencies, to the employers – need to ask themselves what is driving these women to kill themselves or risk their lives trying to escape 

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OFW Group Calls for Sacking of Embassy Officials Forcing OFWs to Admit to Trumped-up Raps

An alliance of Middle East-based overseas Filipino workers’ (OFW) groups demanded that Philippine embassy officials who are forcing OFWs to admit to trumped-up charges filed against them by their abusive employers and deceiving them into thinking that it is the “only option left” so that they could be repatriated must be sacked from office. Read 

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Protestant Bishops Appeal for Release of Detained Pastor

Members of the Council of Bishops of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines intensified their campaign for the release of Pastor Berlin Guerrero with a “Pilgrimage Walk for Justice and Freedom” at the Court of Appeals. Read the story here.

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JRU Students Suspended, Condemn ‘Campus Repression’

Nineteen students of Jose Rizal University (JRU) in Mandaluyong were suspended after organizing a snake rally on the afternoon of July 17. These students are dismayed over the “blatant campus repression.”  Read the story here.

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Political Killings in R.P. draw International Condemnation

By Emily Vital From Europe to the Philippines, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo received relentless criticisms for the unabated extrajudicial killings under her regime. Disgraced During her recent trip to Europe, leaders of various countries expressed concern over the Arroyo government’s bad human rights record. During her visit to Finland, President of Finland Tarja Halonen and Foreign Minister 

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Trouble in Paradise: U.S. anti-immigration law may unsettle RP economy

By Reyna Mae L. Tabbada The plight of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and immigrants in the United States still hangs in the balance with the recent passage of U.S. Senate Bill (SB) 2611, the equivalent of House Bill (HB 4437) or The Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005. The act aims 

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Mass arrest of undocumented immigrants in U.S. looms

By Nicanor Segovia SAN FRANCISCO, California–A House bill that aims to criminalize undocumented immigrants in the United States has sent a chilling effect on Filipino-American communities along with other ethnic groups. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), led by Bishop Gerald Barnes, chair of its Migration and Refugee Services (MRS), has itself warned in 

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A Petition for Press Freedom

Proposed amendment to Bill of Rights: A menace to Philippine democracy We, the undersigned journalists and media organizations, oppose the move to amend the Bill of Rights of the Philippine Constitution and condemn government efforts to curtail the democratic space. The Malacanang-appointed Constitutional Commission has proposed amending Section 4 of the Philippine Constitution’s Bill of 

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The Ugly Canadian; Globalizing Philippine Mining

(Last of a 3-part series of articles that first appeared in The Philippine News Today published in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) By Ted Alcuitas Barrick Gold’s takeover of Placer Dome Inc., which will be finalized on Jan. 19, 2006, has thrown a monkey wrench to the civil suit filed in Nevada by the Province of 

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