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[Blog] The Barbarism and Inhumanity of the Indonesian police’s “virginity tests” by Jose Mario De Vega

The Barbarism and Inhumanity of the Indonesian police’s “virginity tests” by Jose Mario De Vega I refer to RT Question More, “Indonesia still performs ‘virginity tests’ on female police job applicants – HRW”, November 18th. This is with regard to the barbaric practice still being committed by the police authorities in Indonesia subjecting prospective female…

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[Blog] Utak Pulburang Rasista ni Jose Mario De Vega

Utak Pulburang Rasista ni Jose Mario De Vega Ang akdang ito ay tugon hinggil sa artikulong “‘Binay: Kulay-mahirap, asal-mahirap’—Trillanes” ni Rigoberto Tiglao na lumabas sa The Manila Times noong ika-28 ng Oktubre, na may kinalaman sa balahura at magaspang na pananalitang binitawan ni Senador Trillanes laban kay Bise Presidente Binay. Sang-ayon ako kay Ginoong Tiglao…

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[Blog] The Killing of Jennifer is the Central Issue not her sexuality and gender: the VFA as a symbol of National Shame by Jose Mario De Vega

The Killing of Jennifer is the Central Issue not her sexuality and gender: the VFA as a symbol of National Shame by Jose Mario De Vega I refer to Rina Jimenez-David’s “Tangential issues”, At Large, PDI, October 17th with regard to the gruesome and barbaric killing of Jennifer (aka Jeffrey) Laude, “a transgender individual, in…

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[Blog] Turkey’s attack on Secularism By Jose Mario De Vega

Turkey’s attack on Secularism I refer to “Turkey imposes ban on piercings, tattoos in all schools” by RT Question More, September 28, 2014. According to the said report: “Turkey’s government has banned all school pupils nationwide from having tattoos or body piercings in a new dress code deemed oppressive and unenforceable, according to the law’s…

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[Blog] Can NMM be an effective monitoring body? By Darwin Mendiola

Can NMM be an effective monitoring body? October 14, 2014 By Darwin Mendiola Human rights violations particularly extra-legal killings (ELKs), enforced disappearances (EDs) and torture continue to occur in the country with total impunity. Until now, not a single person has been brought to justice. Even in high-profile cases which have been swiftly investigated, they…

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[Literary] We never learn! by Von Adlawan

We never learn! by Von Adlawan September 21, 1972 It might be just a number or a routine of ordinary day but for others a stained in their diary! That day for activist was rare ’cause- street is sanctuary of voiceless protest, becoming a spark creating fire! That day for laborers initiated baptism of fire…

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[Blog] When money is not enough. By Darwin Mendiola

When money is not enough By Darwin Mendiola A country in a democratic transition must come to terms with its past in order to move forward. Addressing past atrocities and injustices is considered a crucial part of social healing and national reconciliation. Acknowledging the misdeeds especially human rights violations is one significant step towards guaranteeing…

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[Blog] The Sedition Act is an archaic law being use by the powers that be to silence political opposition. By Jose Mario De Vega

The Sedition Act is an archaic law being use by the powers that be to silence political opposition I refer to Hafidz Baharom’s “The Sedition Act kills rationality and intellect”, Free Malaysia Today, September 7th. I overwhelmingly concur with the brilliant exposition of the writer and the lucidness of the various theses that he advance…

Tita Brenie shows ATM members RT Mining’s operations in Maya village.
One of its facilities is in the far background.

[Blog] Brown water, black sand: MacArthur, Leyte’s struggle against mining, Yolanda, and climate change. By Denise M. Fontanilla

Brown water, black sand MacArthur, Leyte’s struggle against mining, Yolanda, and climate change Text and photos by Denise M. Fontanilla I recently spent eight days in eastern Visayas, the region where typhoon Yolanda first passed through on November 8, 2013, almost ten months ago. Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM, or Alliance Against Mining) invited the civil…