[In the news] UN’s Callamard slams lowering age of criminal liability; Palace reacts -GMAnews

UN’s Callamard slams lowering age of criminal liability; Palace reacts United Nations Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard took to Twitter to criticize the bill in the House of Representatives seeking to lower the age of criminal responsibility to nine years old. Callamard on Monday called the proposal “shameful” and “potentially deadly” after the House justice committee…

[In the news] UNICEF: Lowering age of criminal liability ‘act of violence against children’ -ABS-CBN news

UNICEF: Lowering age of criminal liability ‘act of violence against children’ The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) opposed Friday fresh calls to lower the age of criminal liability, saying it is an act of violence against children. “Children in conflict with the law are already victims of circumstance, mostly because of poverty and exploitation by…

[From the web] Philippines: Crackdown Against Critics Intensifies -HRW

Philippines: Crackdown Against Critics Intensifies ‘Drug War’ Killings Continue; Attacks on Activists, Journalists Rise (New York, January 17, 2019) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration heightened its repression in 2018, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2019. The government’s murderous “war on drugs” expanded to cities outside Manila. Attacks escalated against activists,…

[In the news] Most Filipino voters want candidates supporting ban on single-use plastics, survey says -CNN Philippines

Most Filipino voters want candidates supporting ban on single-use plastics, survey says A new Social Weather Stations poll commissioned by environmental group Greenpeace found that most Filipino voters will opt for 2019 election candidates who will ban single-use plastics. In the survey conducted in the third quarter of 2018, 73 percent of respondents said they…

[From the web] Best protection of journalists: A community that understands role of media -ABS-CBN news

Best protection of journalists: A community that understands role of media At a consultation meeting on safety of journalists organized by the Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication November last year, former Dean of UP College of Mass Communication Luis V. Teodoro, now chairperson of AlterMidya, said there is a need for media to explain…

[In the news] Opposition solon scores SEC’s profiling, witch-hunt of foundations, NGOs -Manila Bulletin

Opposition solon scores SEC’s profiling, witch-hunt of foundations, NGOs An opposition lawmaker scored Tuesday the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for profiling and witch hunting foundations and non-government organizations. Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman said the supposed “criminal profiling” of SEC is “prone to abuses” and violates the basic human rights and fundamental freedoms. “This is…

[Statement] New SEC memo on non-profit organizations violates right to organize – Karapatan

New SEC memo on non-profit organizations violates right to organize – Karapatan Surreptitiously, without consultation with many non-profit organizations, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued SEC Memorandum Circular No. 15 (s. 2018) or the Guidelines for the Protection of SEC Registered Non-Profit Organizations (NPOs) From Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Abuse or the NPO Guidelines…