[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…

[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,…

[From the web] The truth revealed -UCAN news

The truth revealed Now months after, I still wonder if he would have that look whenever he was in possession of one of his victims? Was the rage expressed in the torment his captives had to endure? I shiver and try not to let the tears fall. My son is a disappeared, but I fail.…

[From the web] Tabloids link NUJP to CPP-NPA-NDF -CMFR

Tabloids link NUJP to CPP-NPA-NDF CMFR/PHILIPPINES — Three Manila-based tabloids published similar banner stories on 7 January 2019 linking the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), the New People’s Army (NPA), and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). The NUJP said it was…

[From the web] A statement on promoting a scientific and humane approach to addiction and substance use -PAP

A statement on promoting a scientific and humane approach to addiction and substance use We in the Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP) oppose the current approach of criminalizing drug use, with its attendant programs that vilify drug users, violate human rights, and disregard legal and due process. Criminalizing drug users has been shown in…