Human rights sidelined in PH presidential race

MANILA–Philippine presidential candidates have ignored human rights in their campaigns despite the violence which plagues the country, Amnesty International said today. The rights group spoke out as a survey was released showing the frontrunner for the 2016 poll was a mayor dubbed “Dirty Harry” who has openly boasted of personally killing criminals. Amnesty International (AI) 

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Issues fail to dent Duterte’s lead

Results of the last BusinessWorld-Social Weather Stations (SWS) pre-election survey conducted May 1-3 via face-to-face interviews with 4,500 validated voters nationwide — with a sampling error margin of ± 1 point — saw Davao City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte ahead of the pack with a flat 33% score but still widen his lead over his 

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Election watchdog to voters: ‘Prepare to counter massive fraud on May 9’

“It (Comelec) has failed to address vulnerabilities that pose great danger to the security and accuracy of the counting of our votes. It has opened avenues for cheating and disenfranchisement, and has eroded even further the credibility of the upcoming polls.” By DEE AYROSO MANILA – The election watchdog Kontra Daya said the people 

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Philippines: Candidates’ Views on Rights in Spotlight

Presidential Contenders Respond to Human Rights Watch Survey (Manila, May 2, 2016) – Two of the five presidential candidates in the Philippines, Mar Roxas and Miriam Defensor Santiago, responded to a questionnaire on key human rights issues facing the country, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing the responses. Topics covered include accountability for abuses 

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Visual artists lend talents to North Cotabato farmers

Farmers asking for rice. Farmers asking for food. Hungry farmers asking for food met with bullets. These were the short and simple grasp of most people who saw the video of the violent and bloody dispersal of the farmers’ protest in Kidapawan City on April 1. Photos of wounded and bloodied farmers uploaded on the 

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‘We only want to feed our children’ – North Cotabato farmers

“Hunger. This is what we have been experiencing. I hope our government officials would stop lying.” By RONALYN V. OLEA MANILA –For months, Arlene Amar and her three children have been surviving on cassava and banana. There are days when they eat only once. Amar said all the corn she planted in December died 

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CHR: Farmers on their knees shot

THE director of the Commission on Human Rights  for Region 12 said Sunday police in Kidapawan City who fired their weapons at protesting farmers had clearly violated their human rights. “There were violations of human rights and the United Nations guidelines on the use of force by the law enforcers. The farmers were already on 

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Cotabato story

3 dead, 87 missing, 116 hurt as police fire on Cotabato human barricade

MANILA–Three persons died after security forces opened fire as they dispersed on farmers and lumad who have been blockading the Cotabato-Davao highway in Kidapawan City late Friday morning. The number of injured had climbed to 116 as of 10 p.m. Friday, according to Ariel Casilao of Anakpawis. Norma Capuyan, chair of the lumad organization Sandawa Lumadnong Panaghiusa-Cotabato, said one 

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Greenpeace condemns bloody dispersal of farmers in Cotabato and demands government action on El Niño

Manila, Philippines – Greenpeace denounced the bloody response made by police on Friday, April 1, to protests by farmers and lumad (Indigenous Peoples) from the different towns of Cotabato who were demanding relief and subsidy for farm communities affected by the drought brought about by El Niño. At least one farmer was killed and 13 

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UP fire

Fire razes home of UP’s brightest artists, intellectuals

MANILA, Philippines – Assistant Professor Yayo Yambao fell to his knees at the sight of the fire that burned through the Faculty Center at the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman dawn of Friday, April 1. The blaze destroyed the Art Studies teacher’s master’s thesis on installation art at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. 

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