Philippines

Detained Pastor Ordered Released by CA

Detained Pastor Berlin Guerrero was ordered released to the custody of his lawyers this morning by the Court of Appeals (CA). A United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) pastor, Guerrero was abducted May 27, 2007 by elements of the Naval Intelligence Security Forces. He was allegedly tortured before being turned over to the 

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Wag the Dog

Somewhat like God, if 9/11 didn’t happen it would have had to be invented. The attack on the New York World Trade Center and the Pentagon were exactly what US neo-conservatives and US oil interests needed: an excuse for regime change in Afghanistan, and later, in Iraq, as part of an aggressive policy of military, 

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Peace Advocates Hold Dialogue with NDFP Panel

A delegation of the Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform (PEPP) held a dialogue with the negotiating panel and consultants of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), Sept. 2, in Utrecht, The Netherlands. The PEPP delegation was composed of co-convenors Archbishop Antonio Ledesma and Sharon Rose Joy Ruiz-Duremdes, and members Bishop Deogracias Iñiguez, Bishop Efren 

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Media and Human Rights Education

As we all know, the international tradition of journalist education is to train practitioners to be objective, accurate and impartial reporters of news. Anything that is seen as promoting anything else is traditionally seen to be a wrong and misguided. And yet at the same time –journalism must reflect the society it is in. Some 

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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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Risking their Lives to Bring Health Services to the Poor in Remote Areas

Even as they provide much-needed health services in far-flung areas, community health workers (CHWs) are not spared from being targets of the military’s counter-insurgency campaign. In Guihulngan, Negros Oriental, two CHWs shared how they risk their lives just to be able to continue serving the poor. Their stories reveal how soldiers from the Armed Forces 

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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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