[In the news] Sandigan to start forwarding records of Imelda Marcos’ graft case to SC -GMAnewsOnline

Sandigan to start forwarding records of Imelda Marcos’ graft case to SC The Sandiganbayan has started the process of forwarding records in the graft case of Ilocos Norte Representative Imelda Marcos to the Supreme Court, where she will challenge her conviction for allegedly creating Swiss foundations to benefit her family. The Fifth Division confirmed on…

[In the news] Con-Com chair says House draft charter a ‘disaster to democracy’ -abs-cbn.com

Con-Com chair says House draft charter a ‘disaster to democracy’ MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte’s Consultative Committee warned the public about the “deficiencies” of a proposed federal charter drafted and approved by the House of Representatives. Former Chief Justice Reynato Puno, chair of the committee, said the House’s draft charter, which he believes was “haphazardly”…

[In the news] UNHRC asks Philippine gov’t to release detained Senator De Lima -Inquirer.net

UNHRC asks Philippine gov’t to release detained Senator De Lima MANILA, Philippines — A working group of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has formally asked the Philippine government to release detained opposition Senator Leila de Lima. In a 13-page Opinion released to the media on Wednesday, the UNHRC’s Working Group on Arbitrary Detention…

[In the news] Filipinos not informed about ‘self-serving’ draft federal charter, says Catholic prelate -news.mb.com

Filipinos not informed about ‘self-serving’ draft federal charter, says Catholic prelate “There are provisions that are self serving like the abolition of terms for Congress. It is clear that they so not have the good of the people in mind but their own self interest,” Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo said in a statement. Pabillo…

[In the news] Congress grants third extension of Mindanao martial law until end of 2019 -CNN Philippines

Congress grants third extension of Mindanao martial law until end of 2019 Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 12) — Martial law will remain in Mindanao for another full year from January 1 to December 31, 2019 after Congress on Wednesday granted President Rodrigo Duterte’s request. In the final joint session vote, 235 senators and representatives…

[In the news] UN Special Rapporteur urges PHL gov’t to drop charges vs. Rappler, Maria Ressa -GMAnetwork.com

UN Special Rapporteur urges PHL gov’t to drop charges vs. Rappler, Maria Ressa The United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression has called on the Philippine government to drop charges against news website Rappler and its CEO Maria Ressa. In a statement dated December 6, David Kaye claimed that the complaints against Ressa…

[In the news] Two Sandiganbayan justices believe Revilla is guilty of plunder -news.abs-cbn.com

Two Sandiganbayan justices believe Revilla is guilty of plunder MANILA – Sandiganbayan 1st Division Chairperson Efren De la Cruz and Associate Justice Maria Theresa Dolores Gomez-Estoesta believe that former senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. is guilty of plunder and should have shared the fate of businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles and his Senate staff Richard Cambe.…

[In the news] Govt’ body finds 2 Army commanders in Mindanao liable for human rights violations -www.mindanews.com

Govt’ body finds 2 Army commanders in Mindanao liable for human rights violations LAKE SEBU, South Cotabato (MindaNews / 08 Dec) –The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has found two military commanders liable for human rights abuses in connection with the killing of seven tribal members in a remote village on December 3 last year.…

[In the news] Bayan secretary general Renato Reyes thanked Duterte for being the force who untied groups in protest of his administration -PhilStar.com

Bayan secretary general Renato Reyes thanked Duterte for being the force who untied groups in protest of his administration. “He has united workers and labor groups in protest against his administration. He has united workers and labor groups against contractualization. He has united women’s groups against misogyny,” Reyes said. He added: “He has united religious…

[In the news] Human rights defenders call for safe environment online vs harassment, threats -RAPPLER

Human rights defenders call for safe environment online vs harassment, threats by Jodesz Gavilan, RAPPLER Human Rights Online Philippines’ project comes amid threats and harassment advocates have been receiving online ever since the start of President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs   MANILA, Philippines – A human rights organization is taking a stand against the…

[In the news] Giit ng ilang human rights group, may human rights crisis sa bansa -GMAnews

Giit ng ilang human rights group, may human rights crisis sa bansa http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/video/balitanghali/412778/giit-ng-ilang-human-rights-group-may-human-rights-crisis-sa-bansa/video/#small All submissions are republished and redistributed in the same way that it was originally published online and sent to us. We may edit submission in a way that does not alter or change the original material. Human Rights Online Philippines does not…

[In the news] Lawyers’ group opposes death penalty, ‘shoot-to-kill’ policy -Rappler.com

Lawyers’ group opposes death penalty, ‘shoot-to-kill’ policy Rappler.com, May 21, 2016 MANILA, Philippines – The Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) expressed its alarm over the plans of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte to restore the death penalty and give security forces “shoot-to-kill” orders against organized criminals or those who violently resist arrest. In a May 20 statement…

[In the news] ‘DND misused relief fund’ -INQUIRER.net

‘DND misused relief fund’. COA: Huge part spent for AFP oil, repairs, etc. Marlon Ramos, Philippine Daily Inquirer January 3, 2015 MANILA, Philippines–A “huge portion” of the P352.5 million in emergency funding of the Department of National Defense in 2013 had been misused by the military, which spent money meant to help victims of natural…