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Philippine judicial independence under threat, warns UN human rights expert

Philippine judicial independence under threat, warns UN human rights expert

By Diego García-Sayán GENEVA (1 June 2018) – A UN human rights expert has expressed grave concerns about public threats issued against the Philippines’ Chief Justice by the country’s President,…

South Korea’s Blind Eye to Philippine ‘Drug War’ Abuses

South Korea’s Blind Eye to Philippine ‘Drug War’ Abuses

Assistance for Police Disregards Role in Summary Killings By Phelim Kine Deputy Director, Asia Division Human Rights Watch @PhelimKine You would think that the kidnapping and murder in 2016 of a South Korean businessman by…

Duterte Threatens Summary Execution of Drug Suspects. Again.

Duterte Threatens Summary Execution of Drug Suspects. Again.

Philippine President Warns Cebu Detainees to ‘Stay in Jail’ By Phelim Kine Deputy Director, Asia Division Human Rights Watch @PhelimKine Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has issued a fresh reminder as to…

AIDS bill mum on condom promotion

AIDS bill mum on condom promotion

Stronger Official Action Needed to Combat Asia-Pacific’s Fastest Growing HIV Epidemic By Carlos H. Conde Researcher, Asia Division Human Rights Watch @condeHRW The Philippine Senate passed a bill on Monday that would amend the country’s…

EBF STATEMENT CALLING FOR THE RESUMPTION OF THE GRP-NDFP PEACE TALKS

EBF STATEMENT CALLING FOR THE RESUMPTION OF  THE GRP-NDFP PEACE TALKS

“Jesus said, “Peace be with you!” Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”  (John 20:21-22)  As the Church enters Pentecost, the Ecumenical Bishops’ Forum (EBF) is delighted…

Statement: NUPL calls SC Majority Decision vs Chief Justice the red carpet for dictatorial rule

Statement: NUPL calls SC Majority Decision vs Chief Justice the red carpet for dictatorial rule

The National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL) called the Supreme Court decision granting the dubious Quo Warranto petition against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno as deplorable, contemptuous and a contortion…

Statement: On the Supreme Court removal of the Chief Justice

Statement: On the Supreme Court removal of the Chief Justice

Another nail was driven in the coffin of democracy today. The granting of the quo warranto petition to remove the Chief Justice signals another serious regression in the system of…

Making Waves: Tiya Ditas Ramos in, big brother Ding out

Making Waves: Tiya Ditas Ramos in, big brother Ding out

By Bobot Estropigan Laguna Contributor GUBAT, Sorsogon – She is single, a college graduate of a reputable exclusive school for girls, has just turned 74 last February 17, a former…

POOLED EDITORIAL: Speak Truth to Power, Keep Power in Check

POOLED EDITORIAL: Speak Truth to Power, Keep Power in Check

RODRIGO R. Duterte’s presidency has altered and controlled the public discourse so radically in its favor in ways rude and bold. One tragic result: it has restricted and narrowed the…

Relentless Assault on the Philippine Press

Relentless Assault on the Philippine Press

Legal Restrictions, Intimidation Seek to Suppress Criticism By Carlos H. Conde Researcher, Asia Division @condeHRW Filipino journalists will spend World Press Freedom Day on May 3 under government attack. New draft regulations issued by the…