Philippines

Democracy? Why is the Aquino government ignoring human rights issues?

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat.com Human rights is a very important issue for us in Bulatlat. We have written about the life of each and every victim of human rights violations. We tried to provide the context by which these violations are being committed by describing the life and struggles of the victims, the organizations they 

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New law gives some hope to kin of victims of enforced disappearance

The new law, the first of its kind in Asia, imposes a punishment of life imprisonment on those directly involved in the crime of enforced disappearance as well as on superior officers who order or are otherwise implicated in a disappearance. By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com MANILA – “It’s a small relief,” Belith Batralo, whose 

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A suburb in Manila welcomes the New Year with a dazzling display of fireworks.

New Year’s Eve in the Philippines: New hopes, old heartbreaks

By Ed Maranan Exclusive to The Philippine Reporter (Ed Maranan is a poet, fictionist, playwright, essayist, writer of children’s stories and poems, book editor, translator, and columnist for The Philippine Star. His published works include more than twenty children’s books, four books of poetry, and anthologized stories and essays. He has won some fifty literary 

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Most Filipinos hopeful for 2013

MANILA, Philippines – The year 2013 brings hope for most Filipinos, according to the Social Weather Stations survey released Friday, December 28. The yearend survey, conducted between December 8-11, showed that 92% of adult Filipinos are feeling hopeful, rather than fearful, for the year ahead. This is just a slight drop from last year, wherein 

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Visualizing the plight of the Philippine Indigenous People

The Country in the Heart By Ed Maranan The National Indigenous People’s Month in the Philippines, which is October, passed with hardly a milestone achieved in the age-old struggle to uplift the lives of millions of these descendants of the original inhabitants of our archipelago. Instead, the highlight of the month was the grisly massacre 

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DC Pinoy groups press stop to mining-related human rights abuses

(Petition delivery part of “National Day of Action” calling on Philippine government to hold military accountable for Tampakan Massacre and other acts of violence against indigenous people’s resistance to foreign large-scale mining on their lands.) WASHINGTON, DC – On Monday, December 10—a day officially recognized as International Human Rights Day—representatives from DC-area Filipino community groups 

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Damage due to ‘Pablo’ balloons to P14-B

MANILA, Philippines – The amount of damage due to typhoon “Pablo” has reached P14 billion, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Wednesday. The NDRRMC said the agriculture sector took the most damage at P9.51 billion, while the costs of damage for infrastructures and private properties were pegged at P4.47 billion 

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‘Pablo’ damage: P900-M for roads

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Public Works and Highways on Wednesday said Typhoon “Pablo” destroyed an estimated P900 million in national structures, particularly roads in the Southern Philippines. DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson said the figure does not include schools and hospitals in the calamity-hit areas. He said the agency’s biggest concern is the destruction 

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Once progressive Cateel, now in ruins

MANILA – Cateel in Davao Oriental was once a progressive town that was visited by residents from neighboring areas so they can buy food and other necessary supplies. Today, no less than the residents of Cateel are now searching for shelter, food, and medicines outside their beloved town. “As if it was lifted [the whole 

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Letter to the Editor: Defend human rights defenders

Recently, 28 individuals who are community leaders, volunteer development workers and local human rights defenders in Tinoc, Ifugao (Philippines) were listed in a document  “ Municipality of  Tinoc (Target Persons) that was issued by the 86th Battalion (Highlander) of the 5th Infantry (Star) Division of the Philippine Armed Forces labelling those in the list as 

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