[From the web] ‘Explain your wealth, don’t lose your cool,’ PCIJ tells Duterte – Asia Pacific Report

The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism has responded to what it called President Rodrigo Duterte’s “broadsides” aimed at PCIJ’s recent reports on the Duterte family’s wealth, saying there was no reason for the President to “lose his cool”. “The PCIJ report was built on the Dutertes’ own declarations in their SALNs (Statements of Assets, Liabilities,…

[From the web] Press Freedom Part 1 | Threats -RAPPLER.com

Press Freedom Part 1 | Threats   In this short video, journalists Ezra Acayan, Ed Lingao, JC Gotinga, Pia Ranada, Jason Gutierrez and Inday Espina-Varona speak of the attack against the free press, and what will stop them from reporting. #DefendPressFreedom Submit your contribution online through HRonlinePH@gmail.com Include your full name, e-mail address and contact…

[From the web] ICC exit removes protection for Filipinos-iDEFEND

ICC exit removes protection for Filipinos-iDEFEND The Philippines’ withdrawal from its membership in the International Criminal Court (ICC) means that an important legal mechanism enforcing some of the most advanced international cooperation for justice will be out of reach for Filipinos, especially those working in dangerous and conflict-ridden countries. Although withdrawing from the ICC will…

[From the web] Nestlé and Unilever identified as top plastic polluters in Philippines waste audits. Here’s what that looks like -Green Peace

Nestlé and Unilever identified as top plastic polluters in Philippines waste audits. Here’s what that looks like The sun sets behind the mountains of Dumaguete City, Philippines. The landscape here is beautiful, but it has become a dumping ground for the world’s plastic pollution. It’s one thing to talk about the plastics pollution crisis, but…

[From the web] Civil society coalition slams anti-poor Manila Bay reclamation project -Focus on the Global South

Civil society coalition slams anti-poor Manila Bay reclamation project Manila Bay Para sa Tao slams anti-poor reclamation project A group composed of fisherfolk, non-government, women, urban poor, student organizations, and other civil society groups marched to the Department of Agriculture (DA) office today to campaign against the over 24,000-hectare reclamation of Manila Bay that is…

[From the web] Outspoken Senator Arbitrarily Detained Two Years, Drop Politically Motivated Charges against Leila de Lima -HRW

Outspoken Senator Arbitrarily Detained Two Years Drop Politically Motivated Charges against Leila de Lima The Philippine government should drop the politically-motivated charges against Senator Leila de Lima, a prominent critic of President Rodrigo Duterte’s abusive “war on drugs,” Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and FORUM-ASIA said today. De Lima has been arbitrarily detained inside the…

[From the web] Politically Motivated Arrest of Philippine Journalist Criminal Libel Case is Latest Attack on Maria Ressa, Rappler -HRW

Politically Motivated Arrest of Philippine Journalist Criminal Libel Case is Latest Attack on Maria Ressa, Rappler On Wednesday, Philippine National Bureau of Investigation agents arrested Maria Ressa, the founding editor of news website Rappler, in the latest assault on media freedom by the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte. The arrest follows a libel case filed…

[From the web] Workers, Labor Rights Advocates Look Back at 2018, Slam Duterte Admin for Rampant Labor Rights Violations -CTUHR

Workers, Labor Rights Advocates Look Back at 2018, Slam Duterte Admin for Rampant Labor Rights Violations On January 31, 2019, more than 200 workers, Church people and students gathered at the Iglesia Filipina Independiente National Cathedral to tackle the situation of workers’ and human rights in the country. The activity is hosted and organized by…

[From the web] Jail 9-year-olds? Psychologist details why it’s ‘morally, neurologically’ wrong -ABS-CBN.com

Jail 9-year-olds? Psychologist details why it’s ‘morally, neurologically’ wrong A psychologist on Wednesday offered several points against holding children aged 9 and above criminally liable, a proposal that is moving forward at the lower chamber of Congress. The House justice committee on Wednesday approved a bill seeking to lower the age of criminal responsibility to…

[From the web] Green advocates call for “clean, green” elections

Green advocates call for “clean, green” elections Candidates urged to veer away from waste, violence and embrace green platform Civil society organizations gathered to call for a ‘clean and green’ election season, urging candidates to minimize waste, refrain from ‘dirty’ tactics such as political violence, as well as pledge to support genuinely positive reforms on…