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[From the web] SONA 2012: Killings of environmental activists alarm rights groups – www.thepoc.net

SONA 2012: Killings of environmental activists alarm rights groups by Ronalyn Olea, www.thepoc.net July 23, 2012 As President Benigno Aquino III issued a new mining policy, environmental groups and human rights watchdogs urged his administration to address killings of environmental advocates. Aquino recently signed Executive Order no. 79, purportedly “aimed to strengthen the enforcement of environmental…

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[From the web] Contractual labor: A dead end? -RAPPLER.com

Contractual labor: A dead end?. By Amber Gonzales and Nathaniel Gatpandan July 30, 2012 MANILA, Philippines – Imagine a building standing strong for more than two decades suddenly collapsing. Surprising isn’t it? This is how Eli, 56, described what he felt when told he could not continue working anymore. A janitor at the Polytechnic University…

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[In the news] God loves me as a gay man -GMANews

God loves me as a gay man By Raymond Alikpala, GMANews July 30, 2012 Recently, I received a long text message that hijacked my whole day and left me shaken and unable to do anything. It was from an old college classmate, one of my best friends. He had just finished reading my book, “Of God…

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[In the news] IPs and the Sona: Benign neglect -INQUIRER.net

IPs and the Sona: Benign neglect By: Rina Jimenez-David, Philippine Daily Inquirer July 26, 2012 The President’s State of the Nation Address could have been three hours long (it lasted an hour-and-a-half, his longest Sona so far) and still there would have been disgruntled groups unhappy at their exclusion from this speech. This is because the…

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[People] Red is the Color of Remembrance by Edicio Dela Torre

Red is the Color of Remembrance by Edicio Dela Torre Ruby is the name given to a 40th anniversary. The color of ruby is red – appropriate for remembering the 40th anniversary of the 1972 declaration of martial law. Yesterday, at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani Memorial Center, I facilitated a ritual of remembering. Families…

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[Isyung HR] State of the Mokong Address

State of the Mokong Address Babala: ang inyong mababasa ay pawang mga opinyon lamang, kathang isip at katuwaan. Ang mapikon… Mokong nga e. Maraming salamat po. Maupo ho tayong lahat. Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile; Speaker Feliciano Belmonte; Bise Presidente Jejomar Binay; mga dating Pangulong Fidel Valdez Ramos at Joseph Ejercito Estrada; ang ating mga…

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[From the web] Karapatan seeks disqualification of Abang Lingkod partylist

Karapatan seeks disqualification of Abang Lingkod partylist July 27, 2012 Karapatan joined Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) in filing a complaint at the Commission on Elections for the removal and/or cancellation of registration of Abang Lingkod partylist. The complaint was filed by Wilfredo Marbella, Deputy Secretary General of KMP and Marie Hilao-Enriquez, Karapatan chairperson. The…

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[From the web] Drugs in the Philippines are more expensive than those in other parts of Asia and in countries of similar economic status -magph.org

Drugs in the Philippines are more expensive than those in other parts of Asia and in countries of similar economic status Brand names in the Philippines have been found to be 5 to 30 times more expensive than similar brand names of similar manufacturers in India and Pakistan. This is the strongest factor that impelled…

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[From the web] Hello Forever Film supports CATW-AP

Hello Forever Film supports CATW-AP By maizie June 5, 2012 Please tell your friends here and abroad to visit this kickstarter page, and pledge support. The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women – Asia Pacific is a beneficiary of this film project.   Please like the film’s facebook page (or you can simply click on the…

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[From the web] Women’s Health Now In Crisis: Pro-Poor Comprehensive Women’s Health Program Needed– Rep. Emmi De Jesus- Gabriela

Women’s Health Now In Crisis: Pro-Poor Comprehensive Women’s Health Program Needed– Rep. Emmi De Jesus July 20th, 2012 The failure of the Aquino Administration to reduce maternal mortality justifies an immediate review of its health care policies,” according to GWP Rep. Emmi De Jesus on the DOH report that the Philippines failed to reduce maternal…

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[From the web] Aquino’s warped sense of justice: GMA freed, torturer promoted, impunity ignored -Karapatan

Aquino’s warped sense of justice: GMA freed, torturer promoted, impunity ignored “And so this is justice under Aquino — torturers are given plum positions in the military, and the rich, powerful and notorious human rights violators like Palparan and Arroyo are mockingly free as preying vultures. No wonder, Noynoy deliberately omitted anything on human rights…

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[In the news] Multi-sectoral human rights monitoring body pushed in Bukidnon -MindaNews

MindaNews » Multi-sectoral human rights monitoring body pushed in Bukidnon. By Walter I. Balane July 28, 2012 MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/ 27 July)- Representatives from civil society organizations (CSOs) in Bukidnon have pushed for the creation of a provincial multi-sectoral body to monitor human rights issues in the area. The recommendation, among others, emerged on Thursday…

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[In the news] Family seeks reinvestigation of Peñas case -MindaNews

MindaNews » Family seeks reinvestigation of Peñas case. By Walter I. Balane July 28, 2012 MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/27 July) – The family of slain Sumilao, Bukidnon farmer-leader Renato “Ka Rene” Peñas is pushing for a reinvestigation of his case after it was closed in 2010 after the two witnesses retracted their affidavits. Wopsyjenn Peñas, daughter…