Philippines

Widow of Slain Activist Shot Dead

At the end of International Women’s Month, another woman, a widow of a slain activist, became a victim of politically motivated killings. Edelina Jolloso-Jerus, 37, was shot dead yesterday in front of her two children aged ten and eight inside their house in San Juan, Sorsogon City, Karapatan (Alliance for the Advancement of Human Rights) 

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Signs of Impunity and Desperation

Impunity and desperation in a murderous, corrupt, and undemocratic regime is a dangerous combination. It brings back memories of Martial Law. Karapatan has raised the alarm over the surge in extrajudicial killings during the first quarter of 2009. A total of 16 extrajudicial killings have been recorded so far, the latest victim was urban poor 

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The Terror Group that Refuses to Die

The January 15 kidnapping of International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) workers Filipina Mary Jean Lacaba, Italian Eugenio Vagni, and Swiss Andreas Notte is truly deplorable. However, the bigger question is not why the Abu Sayyaf did it but how. How could the Abu Sayyaf survive the continuous joint operations of the AFP and 

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Bayan Muna open to supporting Panlilio-Padaca ticket

House Deputy Minority Leader and Bayan Muna Rep. Satur C. Ocampo welcomed the proposed tandem of two governors for the highest elective posts in the 2010 presidential elections. According to news reports, Pampanga Gov. Ed Panlilio and Isabela Gov. Grace Padaca may run for the top posts. (Read story…)

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‘Nicole’ Ex-Lawyer on Termination of Services: I was Prepared for This

Evalyn Ursua, whose services as lawyer of Subic rape victim “Nicole” were recently terminated, says she was prepared for such a possibility. Still, she went on, and credits her erstwhile client for sticking it out “during the (most) difficult period.” (Read story…)

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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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