[In the news] U.N. rights chief: Deaths in PH anti-drug operations a ‘most serious concern’ -RAPPLER.com

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Monday, June 24, expressed concern over the “extraordinarily high number of deaths” in the Philippines in the context of President Rodrigo Duterte’s continuing anti-illegal drugs campaign. “Even the officially confirmed number of 5,425 deaths would be a matter of most serious concern for any country,”…

[From the web] Kabataan, inaanyayahan sa launching ng Laudato Si Gen-Pilipinas -VERITAS846

Inaanyayahan ng Kanyang Kabunyian Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle ang mga kabataan na makiisa sa paglulunsad ng Laudato Si Gen (Generation) – Pilipinas, ngayong ika-22 ng Hunyo, araw ng sabado. Ayon kay Cardinal Tagle, mahalagang matutunan ng mga kabataan kung paano maisasabuhay ang encyclical ng Kanyang Kabanalan Francisco na patungkol sa Kalikasan o ang…

[In the news] ‘Religion is not an excuse to hate’: Catriona Gray defends support for LGBTQ+ community -CNN Philippines

Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray has expressed strong support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ+) community, shrugging off criticism that such stance betrays her Christian faith. Gray posted on Instagram on Saturday a photo promoting “Pride Month”, a month-long celebration dedicated to the LGBTQ+ community. Some Instagram users immediately threw negative comments at…

[In the news] Militia vessel under Chinese Navy command rammed Filipino fishing boat: Carpio -ABS-CBN news

Philippines must demand compensation, SC justice says MANILA – It was an “aggressive” Chinese militia vessel under the command of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) that rammed a Filipino fishing boat anchored off the coast of Recto (Reed) Bank in the West Philippine Sea on Sunday, a senior Supreme Court justice said Friday. This is…

[From the web] Despite progress on HRD bill, attacks against activists and media persist in the Philippines -CIVICUS

Human rights defender protection bill closer to becoming law On 3rd June 2019, in ongoing effort to protect human rights defenders (HRDs) from continued attacks and harassment, the Philippines House of Representatives unanimously approved a Human Rights Defenders bill. Although the bill only becomes law once the Senate and President approves it, the recent decision…

[Press Release] EcoWaste Coalition Thumbs Up Agreement to Ship Back Remaining 5,177 Tons of Illegal Waste Shipment to South Korea -EcoWaste Coalition

14 June 2019, Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental/Quezon City. The EcoWaste Coalition, an environmental health and justice group, welcomed the agreement reached by the governments of the Philippines and South Korea toward the repatriation of 5,177 tons of illegal traffic waste originating from the latter. At a bilateral meeting held yesterday in Tagoloan and chaired by Port…

[Statement] CHR spokesperson on the Philippine fishing boat rammed by a Chinese vessel and our right to self-determination

The Commission on Human Rights echoes the condemnation of the Department of National Defense, Department of Foreign Affairs, and other concerned Philippine officials and parties against the acts of a Chinese fishing vessel, which rammed and sank a Filipino fishing boat, then merely leaving 22 Filipino fishers as casualties in open water without help. We…

[In the news] Fisherfolk group umapela ng dagdag na proteksyon vs. Chinese ‘harassment’ -PhilStar.com

Matapos ang pamamanggang nangyari sa pagitan Filipino at Chinese vessels sa Recto Bank nitong Linggo, humiling ang Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas na magpakitang gilas ang Hukbong Dagat ng Pilipinas at Philippine Coast Guard sa pagtatanggol ng mga mangingisda. Idinirehe ng Pamalakaya sa Navy at PCG ang hamon matapos mapalubog ng mga Tsino…