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UN body adopts reso to probe killings in PH

MANILA — In a historic decision, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted July 11 the Iceland’s resolution to look into the human rights situation in the Philippines. During the 41st session of the UN HRC in Geneva, Switzerland, 18 countries voted in favor of the resolution while 14 voted against. Fifteen member-states abstained from 

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Didipio residents stage barricade as Oceanagold continues operation sans license

“The ongoing barricade by the affected citizens in Nueva Vizcaya echoes the battle that we’ve been long fighting. We want them gone and be held liable for their atrocities…” By JOHN AARON MARK MACARAEG Bulatlat.com MANILA — The continuous operation of mining company Oceanagold, despite the expiration of its financial and technical assistance agreement (FTAA) 

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Rights group lauds Iceland’s resolution on PH rights situation

“It is a big step in stride with other parallel measures and contemporaneous efforts that merits the full support of an intergovernmental body that is mandated to ensure the promotion, protection and respect for human rights at the global level.” By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL Bulatlat.com MANILA – Human rights group Karapatan welcomes the draft 

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2 political prisoners in Samar released

Based on Karapatan’s data, there are 532 political prisoners in the country, 209 of whom were arrested under President Duterte’s administration. By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL Bulatlat.com MANILA – Not guilty. This was the decision of Basey Regional Trial Court Judge Tarcelo Sabarre on the case of illegal possession of firearms and explosives against Joel 

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Bloody Sunday in the Philippines

3 Daylight Killings Highlight Rampant Impunity By Carlos H. Conde Human Rights Watch Three people – an activist church worker, a provincial politician, and a businessman – were killed in separate attacks in the Philippines on Sunday by unidentified gunmen riding motorcycles. The media reported that on July 7, gunmen shot dead Salvador Romano, 42, 

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Duterte administration being dishonest about economic ‘gains’ — IBON

By IBON Media Research group IBON said that the Duterte administration is being dishonest in its recent pronouncements about high growth, reducing unemployment, and reducing poverty. The group said that the government is taking liberties with statistics as part of its propaganda campaign that President Duterte is keeping his promise of real change. In its 

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Chronic undernutrition among kids, pervasive hunger belie 4Ps logic — IBON

By IBON Media Research group IBON said that the results of the expanded national nutrition survey (ENNS) dispute the logic of institutionalizing the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) for poverty alleviation under Republic Act (RA) No. 11310. The program is said to be an  “investment in the next generation” that develops healthy educated Filipinos. Yet 

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Justice Carpio refutes Duterte gov’t: China can’t fish in PH

By Paterno Esmaquel II Rappler.com MANILA– Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio refuted the Duterte government on Tuesday evening, June 25, and said it cannot allow Chinese fishermen to fish in the West Philippine Sea. Carpio issued this statement after Malacañang, interpreting President Rodrigo Duterte, said the Philippines “will allow” China to fish in 

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Selective outrage? How Duterte reacted to other foreign affronts to Filipinos

By Pia Ranada Rappler.com MANILA–President Rodrigo Duterte’s very cautious response to the sinking of a Filipino fishing boat by a Chinese ship struck many as uncharacteristic given his image as a no-holds-barred, tough-talking defender of the ordinary Filipino. Not only did he echo China’s dismissal of the ramming as just a “maritime incident,” he had 

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Duterte selling out sovereignty for Chinese funding – IBON

By IBON Media Research group IBON said that the Duterte administration’s downplaying of the hit-and-run by a Chinese vessel of a Philippine fishing boat in the West Philippine Sea (WPS) shows how it gives more importance to Chinese funding over Philippine sovereignty. On June 9, a Chinese vessel rammed and sank the Filipino fishing boat 

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