journal: THE WEEK THAT WAS -21 April

HRonlinePH journal: THE WEEK THAT WAS -21 April
By FJEnriquez

The Human Rights Online Philippines brings you the important news and information you need to know about everything that matters. Stay well-informed about the Philippines concise summaries of news articles about human rights, digital, environment, labor, arts, and politics.


The Chief Presidential Counsel Salvador Panelo is on the heat again, as he claimed the Philippines contributes “28 point something percent” to the International Criminal Court (ICC), in an April 7 radio interview, a figure that surprised program host Pat P. Daza:

However, in a recent fact check conducted by Vera Files a December 2017 ICC report shows that the Philippines only contributed a total amount of P23.7 million, an amount that comprises 0.28 percent of total funds.

The Philippine government already notified the United Nations (UN) of its decision to withdraw from the Rome Statute. However, this only will take effect a year after the ICC receives the notification according to the UN.

Meanwhile, the ICC’s Office of the Prosecutor said last month that it would still begin a preliminary examination about the crimes of President Duterte’s war on drugs campaign.


President Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign promise to end the contractualization has been extinguished after the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said that it is better to leave its fate to the Congress.

“The position of Secretary Bello now is it is better to leave the matter of Endo to Congress,” Roque said in a press briefing at the Palace last week.

On the other hand, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said that Duterte will just “urgently” certify the Security of Tenure bill that is already pending at the Senate.

“I think it was approved at the House of Representatives, it is now for the Senate, I think Senate is just waiting for some inputs from the executive branch of government,” he said.

Labor groups such as Partido Manggagawa (PM) and Kilusang Mayo Uno slammed this decision as they criticized President Duterte for failing to fulfill his 2016 campaign promise.

“Tinimbang si Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte pero napatunayan siyang kulang. The President refused to exercise executive action in signing the labor drafted EO to make direct hiring the norm in employment. The buck stops with the President and he cannot pass the burden to Congress.” Rene Magtubo, PM National Chair.


Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio spearheaded the launching of “Find Justice PH” app last April 19 at the Quezon City Hall of Justice. ‘Find Justice PH’ is the first Geographic Information System mobile application that allows Filipinos to get information about nearby courts and available legal services.

“Find Justice PH is the first comprehensive geographic information system mobile app in the country which can help everyone in locating offices and can assist anyone seeking legal assistance, advise and remedy. Many of us do not know exactly where the courts are, where we can seek legal assistance,” Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez said.

The app also contains different contact numbers of regional trial courts, IBP chapters, and Public Attorney’s Office around the Philippines. Aside from these, ‘Find Justice PH’ also provides FAQs, Producers of Availment, and Judicial Reforms.

The app is now available for download on Apple IOS Store and Google Play.

*Jared Enriquez, former Editor-In-Chief of The Adamson Chronicle, now shares his passion in writing and digital security as intern of the Human Rights Online Philippines.


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