Philippines

No compensation for OFWs laid off in Taiwan

Hundreds of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who have returned home after being laid off from Taiwan because of the global crisis were assured by the government that they would be given loans for livelihood programs, as well as legal assistance and referrals, during an orientation conducted by the Overseas Workers’ Welfare Administration. But an OWWA 

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Another Bayan Muna Leader killed, three Lumads tortured

Bayan Muna (People First) leader who was shot and wounded by two unidentified men in Monkayo, Compostela Valley last November 30 died yesterday at the Davao Regional Hospital. Isabelo Celing, 47, barangay (village) coordinator of Bayan Muna Party List in Haguimitan was shot and wounded by armed men on board a red XRM motorcycle with 

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Legal offensive vs activists, disturbing – CHR Chair

In a dialogue with the Free Atty. Saladero et. al. Coalition, Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Chairperson Leila de Lima yesterday was quoted as saying that, after intense local and international pressure caused a slight drop in the number of extra-judicial killings and enforced disappearances, state authorities apparently have been employing a ‘new strategy’ against 

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Mayor yields to people power, rejects mining exploration

Residents of a small village in Bakun town, Benguet province proved that there is power in numbers as their concerted action led the town mayor to act in their favor affirming their stand against the Royalco Philippines mineral exploration project. (Read story…)

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Mine workers affected by global crisis

Mine workers are starting to feel the effects of the global financial crisis. The Lepanto Consolidated Mining Company has begun implementing a work rotation scheme. Worse, workers could not avail of loans because the company did not remit to the proper agencies the contributions paid by the workers. (Read story…)

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Looming showdown

The Arroyo regime is hell-bent on ramming through Mrs. Arroyo’s devious schemes to remain in power, no matter how isolated from and detested by an overwhelming majority of our people. Mrs. Arroyo’s railroading of Charter change (dubbed “Chacha”) will isolate her more and rush her rule headlong to political self-destruction. When Corazon Aquino assumed the 

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Human Rights, Elusive or Illusive?

Sixty years have passed since the promulgation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and 22 years after the ouster of the Marcos dictatorship. But the situation in the country is characterized more by violations of human rights rather than its protection and promotion. And it is the worst forms of human rights violations that 

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Beyond euphoria

Filipinos know the feeling, the euphoria that exploded in the US over the victory of Barack Obama, the first African-American to win in the US presidential elections, over John McCain, US President George Bush’s anointed candidate. It was akin to the collective high that overcame the vast majority of the Filipino people when the Marcos 

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UN Human Rights Committee says Arroyo gov’t guilty of violating rights on Marcellana-Gumanoy case

The United Nations (UN) Human Rights Committee has found the Arroyo government guilty of violating the rights of human rights defenders Eden Marcellana and Eddie Gumanoy. (Read story…)

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‘Presidential’ Resolution to Amend the Constitution: Term Extension to Perpetuate Pres. Arroyo in Power and Avoid Criminal Prosecution

The move of the son of President Gloria Arroyo and her Kampi party-mates and allies in the House of Representatives to ram what is nothing more than a “presidential” resolution calling for a convening of a “constituent assembly” to amend the Constitution deserves the most serious objection from members of the legal profession and the 

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