Philippines

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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Lucban Association picnic

The Lucban Association of Toronto had their annual picnic on August 19th. Formed in 1988, the association is one of the most dynamic and active organization in the Greater Toronto Area. They have two main activities in the year. One is the summer picnic that is usually held in August, close to the fiesta in 

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Dr. Claver seeks asylum in Canada

Political assassination survivor By Ted Alcuitas VANCOUVER–A Philippine medical doctor and political activist is seeking political asylum in Canada after surviving a brutal attack on his family a year ago in the northern province of Kalinga in the Philippines. Dr. Constancio ‘Chandu’ Claver and his three daughters fled the country after the attack, which resulted 

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Ninotchka Rosca to speak in T.O., Montreal

Ninotchka Rosca, author and international spokesperson of the Purple Rose Campaign, will speak at McGill University on May 11, 2007. She will also give a presentation at opening show of “Field” on May 12 at the Montreal Arts Interculturel Theatre (MAI). “Field” is a critically acclaimed solo performance by preeminent modern dancer and choreographer, Alvin 

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CASJ story documented in research study

TORONTO–The Joint Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Settlement-Toronto (CERIS) has recently published a research study documenting how the Community Alliance for Social Justice (CASJ) evolved from the crisis resulting from the fatal shooting of Jeffrey Reodica by a Toronto Police officer. The publication, titled “The Road to Empowerment in Toronto’s Filipino Community: 

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