Philippines

SC Urged to Probe ‘Nicole’ Affidavit, Draft CA Ruling

The former lawyer of Subic rape victim “Nicole” today joined cause-oriented groups and other concerned individuals in filing a petition before the Supreme Court, urging it to investigate “Nicole’s” affidavit expressing doubt over the rape as well as the draft Court of Appeals ruling acquitting US Marine L/Cpl. Daniel Smith, who was convicted of raping 

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A War Most Dirty

t is a violation of international humanitarian law to torture and kill a captive even if he or she is an enemy; it is the worst form of human rights violation to forcibly abduct, torture, rape and kill a person simply because of his or her political beliefs. What could we now call the abduction, 

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Getting Away with Rape

The release of Jalosjos, despite the two life terms, and the virtual release of Smith, despite the conviction, show the state of the justice system under the Arroyo government and the character of this administration. (Read story…)

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The bigger picture

The headline of a widely circulated broadsheet screams, “Nicole recants, clears Smith”. For the first time, the face of the young Filipina raped by a US marine, who used the pseudonym Nicole to hide her real identity, is published in the front page with the caption “The Unveiling, Unmaking of Nicole”. The temptation to sensationalize 

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Bayan to GMA: Suspend Eastern Mindanao Military Officers Responsible for Murder of NPA Daughter

Multisectoral group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) today challenged Mrs. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to prove her sincerity in bringing justice to the murder of Rebelyn Pitao by making heads roll in the leadership of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), in particular those who must be directly held accountable for the killing. (Read story…)

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The Smith Custody Battle, a Question of Power and Interests

Perhaps people are wondering why the US is so hell-bent on protecting a rapist and why the Arroyo government is so willing to oblige. If a Filipino committed the same crime in the US, he would surely rot in a US jail and not while away the time in the Philippine embassy. It is because 

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Killing of Rebelyn Pitao Condemned

Automatic Relief of AFP and PNP officers in areas with extra judicial killings demanded By National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL) The brutal torture and murder of Rebelyn Pitao, a young school teacher and daughter of an alleged officer of the New People’s Army, are condemnable for the heinousness of the crime and for putting 

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In memory of Rebelyn Pitao on International Women’s Day 2009

By Philippine Solidarity Network Canada The news of the abduction, torture and killing of a 20-year-old teacher, Rebelyn Pitao, in the southern Philippines demonstrates just how low the regime of Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has sunk. Desperate to hang onto power, sensing a growing dissatisfaction with her rule among the Filipino people, and unable 

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Revising history

I craned my neck watching from the back of a packed room at that historic press conference of Vice President Gloria Arroyo with AFP Chief Angelo Reyes who, together with other senior military officials, had just withdrawn his support from President Joseph “Erap” Estrada. The air was electric since everyone knew that the tide had 

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Malice aforethought

Almost to a man and woman, the journalists present in a press conference called by the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) last February 24 to rally opposition to the Right of Reply bills in Congress were asking why “Nene” Pimentel did it. February 24 was the eve of the final departure from 

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