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HRonlinePH.com’s Top 10 HR [in the news] posts of 2011

Sharing online NEWS about human rights issues is one of our ways in keeping our readers informed of what’s been happening around us.  HRonlinePH.com’s [in the news] category aims to collect and share relevant links of NEWS tackling issues of human rights posted by media networks on their website.

Based on the hits they garnered from our visitors statistics, here are HRonlinePH.com’s Top 10 HR [in the news] posts of 2011.

1.EDITORIAL – Impunity | The Philippine Star News Opinion
Read full article @ www.philstar.com


“Whether or not Sumera’s killing was related to her broadcasting work, every murder must be solved. So far, too many murders targeting journalists are still waiting to be solved nationwide. This failure breeds the impunity that encourages more attacks.”

EDITORIAL – Impunity – The Philippine Star
April 04, 2011

2.Nueva Vizcaya faces a mining dilemma – INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos
Read full article @ globalnation.inquirer.net

“In January, the Commission on Human Rights passed a resolution urging President Aquino to revoke Oceanagold’s Financial or Technical Assistance Agreement (FTAA) based on findings that the company committed human rights violations when it tried to prepare its mine site in Didipio and clear residential areas.
The violations included harassment and intimidation against residents and illegal demolition, with the use of armed men.”

Nueva Vizcaya faces a mining dilemma-
Inquirer Northern Luzon
Melvin Gascon
March 22, 2011

3.Marcopper mine spill still haunts Marinduque – INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos 
Read full article @ newsinfo.inquirer.net

“With villagers still suffering from the mine spill over a decade ago, there may be reason for them to rejoice when the Supreme Court held Marcopper accountable for what happened.

On March 8, the high court issued a writ of kalikasan in favor of three residents who sued Placer Dome Inc. and Barrick Gold Corp., the parent-companies of Marcopper (which shut down after the mine spill), on behalf of the victims.”

Marcopper mine spill still haunts Marinduque – INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos.
Gerald Gene R. Querubin
March 24, 2011

4. De Lima sees violation of Anti-Child Abuse Law by Willie’s show | The Philippine Star News Headlines
Read full article @ www.philstar.com

“I’m a human rights advocate and that (incident) really falls under the child protection act,” De Lima.

De Lima sees violation of Anti-Child Abuse Law by Willie’s show -The Philippine Star
Edu Punay
April 13, 2011

5.EDITORIAL – Dirty war | The Philippine Star News Opinion 
Read full article @ www.philstar.com

“Fighting insurgents is almost always dirty, and battling terrorists even more so. International rules on warfare rarely apply. Still, the government, especially in a democracy, must lead the way in upholding human rights even in the dirtiest wars. Never mind if rebel groups refuse to be bound by international rules on warfare. A healthy respect for human rights wins hearts and minds, depriving insurgents of crucial public support, and raising the government’s chances of winning the war.”

EDITORIAL – Dirty war-The Philippine Star
April 11, 2011

6.Escudero wants implementation of Juvenile Justice Law suspended – InterAksyon.com 
Read full article @ www.interaksyon.com


“We want to suspend the JJ (Juvenile Justice) Law because there are no funds for infrastructure and rehabilitation of youth offenders. Suspensiyon lang ang nais namin kasi nga walang infrastructure to support the law [What we want is for it to be suspended because there is no infrastructure to support the law],” Escudero said.

Escudero wants implementation of Juvenile Justice Law suspended- InterAksyon.com
Karl John C. Reyes
September 12, 2011

7.EDITORIAL – Growth without development | The Philippine Star News Opinion
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“Corruption is not the only reason why little progress has been made in reducing the number of Filipinos living below the poverty line. Another major reason is that the nation’s resources cannot meet the needs of the booming population. President Aquino should wield the powers of his office to push for the passage of a law that will promote women’s reproductive health and make the benefits of economic growth trickle down to the grassroots.”

EDITORIAL – Growth without development -The Philippine Star
May 10, 2011

8.EDITORIAL – Climate change and corruption | The Philippine Star News Opinion 
Read full article @ www.philstar.com


“President Aquino has vowed to battle corruption and promote good governance. Confronting climate change should give him additional impetus to deliver on that promise.”

EDITORIAL – Climate change and corruption –
The Philippine Star
May 05, 2011

9.Metro minimum wage workers get P22 increase in daily wage – Interaksyon.com
Read full article @ www.interaksyon.com

“Workers want a legislated wage hike because it is only through legislation that we have the chance of getting a substantial wage hike, like the P125 across-the-board wage hike that HB 375 seeks to legislate. Any wage hike that is smaller than P125, especially if it is very meager compared with the latter, won’t give workers a genuine relief,” Roger Soluta, KMU secretary-general.

Minimum wage workers in Metro Manila get P22 increase in ECOLA – InterAksyon.com
May 9, 2011

10.Church drive vs RH bill form of violence against women—solon – INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos 
Read full article @ newsinfo.inquirer.net

“The campaign of the Catholic Church to torpedo the reproductive health bill pending in Congress propagates violence against women,” House Minority Leader Edcel Lagman said in a statement.

Church drive vs RH bill form of violence against women—solon – Philippine Daily Inquirer
Cynthia Balana
March 29, 2011

The HRonlinePH.com launch and Winners of Pinduteros Awards 2011

Dr. Renato Mabunga welcomes bloggers and networks. Photo by Rommel Yamzon

Bloggers’ network and various human rights organizations in the Philippines launch HRonlinePH movement and portal on 1st December 2011 at Crystal Ship Café, Quezon City.  Started as a simple discussion of ideas of promoting human rights online, a group of enthusiastic bloggers and human rights defenders found each other, shared information on human rights and formed HROnlinePH.   Today, it finds its niche as an effective resource on the country’s human rights condition.

Internet and social media play an important role in information-communication today.  There has been an upsurge in the number of sites, and now HRonlinePH joins the larger movement of electronic campaign.  HRonlinePH draws its activities through individual opinions of bloggers, facebook members, and twitters’ network on current Philippine issues.  It is also highlighted by facilitation of various statements, position papers and campaign advocacies of organizations of various political traditions and affiliations to land a spot in both the print media and the digital world.  It interfaces with the other human rights websites and resources online, and organizational identity in an attempt to promote an issue that best captures international human rights principles.

HROnlinePH (or Human Rights Online Philippines) is a movement specialized to promoting and protecting human rights in the Philippines through Information Resources Online.  As a movement, it may fan a successful revolution as exemplified by the Arab Spring.  Yet, it knows so well, that it is not THE revolution where human rights may find its place in the hearts of the States.  It  may be a part; it can be a part; and for HRonlinePH, it must be an essential part of winning a battle for the dignity of persons.

Visit the site, link your blogs, send your opinions and positions on Philippine issues from the optic of human rights to http://www.HRonlinePH.com [by Boyet Mabunga]


The launch was co-sponsored by Faith Based Congress Against Immoral Debt (FCAID), Philippine Human Rights Information Center (PhilRights), Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM) and Childrens’ Legal Rights and Development (CLRD).

Winners of Pinduteros Awards

Top Ten Most clicked/visited blogger

1.    dars0357.wordpress.com
2.    olegs87.wordpress.com
3.    politicsforbreakfast.blogspot.com
4.    anthonygaupo.wordpress.com
5.    anakngdesaparecidos.wordpress.com
6.    koihernandez.wordpress.com
7.    rodrigo75.wordpress.com
8.    rommelyamzon.blogspot.com
9.    afadsecretariat.wordpress.com
10.    bromart.multiply.com

TOP network’s posts

1.    [Statement] Statement on the proposed amendments to Republic Act 9344 – CLAN
2.    Rights groups slam Palace decision on PAL spin-off, support workers
3.    Cagayan residents rally against black sand mining, Mining company issued a permit without public hearing
4.    Urban Poor Ask Supreme Court to Order Compliance of RA 7279 in Manila Bay Clean Up
5.    CHR statement on AFP torture caught on video and posted on youtube- Commission on Human Rights
6.    [Statement] Is the Philippines violating the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)? –
7.    [Press Release] Romblon agriculture gets a boost from Secretary Alcala
8.    [Press Release] Longest Temporary Environmental Restraining Order (TEPO) against Marcventures Mining Development Corp. First in Philippine Mining History!
9.    Labor groups condemn P-Noy’s decision on PAL, will support PALEA’s planned strike for job security and CBA
10.    Congress urged to swiftly pass Anti-Enforced Disappearance Bill

TOP Blogger’s posts

1.    [Blogger] Beyond Contraception or Abortion: Passing RH Bill 4424 -Dekonztruktschon
2.    [Blogger] PNoy’s 2nd SONA, So what’s new? – Carpe Diem
3.    [Blogger] K-12 Challenge to Philippine Tertiary Education – Dekonztruktschon
4.    [Isyung HR] ang mga SANA sa SONA ni PNoy
5.    [Isyung HR] Isyung RH ay isyung HR
6.    [Tula] Lahat ng tao’y may karapatan – matangapoy.blogspot.com
7.    [Blogger] ‘I invoke my right against self-incrimination!’ – anthonygaupo.wordpress.com
8.    [Isyung HR] and the winner is… Madam Pick-up lines!
9.    [Blogger] PALEA’s history – koihernandez.wordpress.com
10.    [Blogger] Voltes V generations, UNITE! Marcos is not a hero!

Most Rated post

  1. [Blogger] Voltes V generations, UNITE! Marcos is not a hero!-matangapoy.blogspot.com
  2. [Tula] Lahat ng tao’y may karapatan – matangapoy.blogspot.com
  3. [Petition] Marcos is NO HERO – PAHRA
  4. [People] Human Rights: Networks and Defenders – by Renato Mabunga
  5. [Literary] Debate sa RH BILL –matangapoy.blogspot.com
  6. [Literary/Tula] Himutok ng dalawang inang nawalan ng anak – matangapoy.blogspot.com
  7. [Statement] Stop harassing human rights defenders, stop vilifying people- HRD-Pilipinas
  8. [Statement] Torture and the Protection of Human Rights Defenders – HRD-Pilipinas
  9. [Blogger] City of Lost Parents: The SAD Story – anakngdesaparecido.wordpress.com
  10. [Blogger] PNoy’s 2nd SONA, So what’s new? – Carpe Diem
  11. [Blogger] PALEA’s history – koihernandez.wordpress.com
  12. [Press Release] Pasay judge rules for status quo on PALEA “occupation” – PALEA

Most Commented post
1.    [Press Release] Political prisoners escalate their fasting to HUNGER STRIKE for freedom and human rights – http://www.tfdp.net

Top Off the shelf
1.    [Off the shelf] Karapatan sa kalusugan – babasahin mula sa Medical Action Group

Most viewed video
1.    [Video] Courage Unfolds Campaign and video – http://www.iglhrc.org

[From the web] Philippines Must Take Immediate Action to Stop Violence Against Indigenous Peoples – A Call for Endorsements – AIPP

Philippines Must Take Immediate Action to Stop Violence Against Indigenous Peoples – A Call for Endorsements

11 October 2011

The Philippine government has an obligation to take swift action in investigating the murders and human rights violations of Indigenous Peoples (IP) by paramilitary groups and resolutely disband them.  These groups have robbed IP communities of their right to protest destructive economic development on their ancestral lands, without facing harassment, brutal force and death by companies wishing to silence them.

Recent examples of the cascading series of human rights violations:

On 30, June, 2011, two members of Higaonon IP organisation Linundigan were killed by members of the paramilitary group Salakawan, after a claim was made for their ancestral land by one of Salakawan’s members, Laging Binsalan. Datu Lapugotan and Solte San-ogan were fatally shot when Lapugotan’s home was attacked while the family, including his wife, four children aged one to 14 years old, and nephew San-ogan, were sleeping.  In September 2009, Lapugotan’s brother Dat Mampaagi was also murdered by paramilitary groups, when he opposed the entry of mining companies in their ancestral domains.

Read full article @ www.aippnet.org

[Featured Photos] Alyansa Tigil Mina in action

Photos by Jay Azucena and Alyansa Tigil Mina

Weekend HR Posts Rundown and Analysis 17 September, 2011

Weekend HR Posts Rundown and Analysis
17 September, 2011

Human Rights Online Philippines features articles, blogs, news information and photos on human rights issues. It provides up-to-date information on human rights activities, events, campaigns, and solidarity actions in the Philippines. It aims not only to put human rights at the center of national discourse through digital media but also to elicit response from the public.

This week has been news and activity-filled information based on different thematic issues, sectoral concerns and other crosscutting problems.

1.  Labor rights

Labor rights, though a very broad human rights issues pertains particularly to the protection and respect of human life in the workplace and the right to work itself. Among the labor rights are the rights to job safety, collective bargaining, and equal pay for equal work.

To support the rights of workers, HRonlinePH deemed it necessary to post statements, activities and events that tackle on the existing labor policies and practices in the country which do not only run contrary to international labor standard but also violate basic human rights to work.

Posted articles:

  • [Press Release] PALEA rally today is warning to PAL vs. lockout of workers
  • [Press Release] Bishops agree to higher wages for workers – CWS
  • [Blogger] PALEA’s history – koihernandez.wordpress.com
  • [Press Release] In the first day of CWS National conference, Challenge for the Church is to be “Church of the Poor”
  • [Press Release] Papal Nuncio, International Groups Show Solidarity to First Church People-Workers Conference
  • [Press Release] Archbishop Lagdameo summons the Church to side with the oppressed – CWC
  • [Press Release] Workers expect concrete support from the Church on local and national concerns

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[Press Release] Groups protest against DENR, reject mining policy – alyansatigilmina.net

Jaybee Garganera, Natl. Coordinator of Alyansa Tigil Mina together with other advocates protest inside DENR compound. Photos by ATM

Groups protest against DENR, reject mining policy
Indigneous peoples shout ‘no to mining our ancestral lands!’

Manila – About a hundred protestors held a rally in front of DENR yesterday, demanding that the government stop the entry of large-scale mining in ancestral lands of indigenous peoples.  The event coincided with the 4th anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples or UNDRIP.

Indigenous peoples from the Cordillera region, Central Luzon, and the islands of Mindoro and Palawan are in Manila participating in the UNDRIP celebrations, and are holding national consultations on pending bills in Congress, including proposed laws on forestry, mining and land use.  Participants represented the various ethno-linguistic groups including Ifugaos, Aetas, Dumagats, Mangyans and Palaw’ans.

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[Statement] Is the Philippines violating the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)? –

Is the Philippines violating the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)?

Indigenous Peoples Representative Teddy Brawner Baguilat, Lone District of Ifugao

Tomorrow, September 13, the world marks the 5th year of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). Under the UNDRIP, the Philippine government acceded to respect, promote and protect the rights of its Indigenous peoples to self-determination (Preamble) and to determine and develop priorities and strategies for the development or use of their lands or territories and other resources (Art.32, sec.2).

However, even with UNDRIP and our very own Indigenous Peoples Rights Act of 1997 or IPRA, the implementation of policies protecting the rights of IPs in the country is quite weak. Conflicting laws and policies and the priority economic development strategy of the government are among the many hindrances to the full enjoyment of the indigenous peoples of their rights due them.

On top of these policies is the liberalization of the mining industry that led to the increased displacement and human rights violations against indigenous communities which includes manipulating the requirement for Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) in favor of mining companies.

Recent data from the Mines and Geosciences Bureau indicate that there are 482 approved mining applications covering 1,046,350.87 hectares in the country to date. Of this number, an estimated 595,058.11 (56.87%) will cover or affect indigenous peoples’ territories. Gold, silver, copper were among the most mined minerals. With its high demand in the world market, nickel is now much sought after by mining companies.

Resistance from indigenous peoples against mining and other destructive projects were countered with militarization, harassment and threats. This resulted in the displacement of indigenous communities, such as the B‘laan of North Cotabato, Subanen of Zamboanga del Sur, Aetas of Central Luzon, Igorots of the Cordillera region, and some groups in the Cagayan Valley. The IPs of Palawan and Nueva Vizcaya are recent additions to this list.

Can the Aquino Administration provide protection and redress on these violations against IP rights?

Measures are being undertaken to rectify these violations in this Administration. From the legislative, where I head the Committee on National Cultural Communities (NCC) in the House of Representatives, I have co-sponsored the Mineral Management Resources Bill that requires, among other measures, ensuring the conservation and optimal utilization of mineral resources, and protecting the rights of indigenous peoples in the face of expansion of mining interests.

The NCC has also started reviewing and, in close coordination with the National Commission of Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), revamping the procedure for processing the Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) with indigenous groups.

I also take this opportunity to applaud the Supreme Court’s recent issuance of a Writ of Kalikasan to stop the processing of mining permits and applications for the Zamboanga peninsula. May this be an indication of the High Court’s position to protect the rights of indigenous communities, especially against powerful commercial interests.

I also hope that the various groups supporting IP rights will consider taking advantage of this avenue of protection that the Supreme Court has afforded. Indeed, the rights of indigenous peoples over their ancestral lands and the people’s right to a healthy environment are closely intertwined. Both deserve protection, and here in our midst is the means to ensure that protection, courtesy of the Supreme Court.

Finally, the newly-reconstituted National Commission for Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) will hopefully fulfill its role as protector of Indigenous Peoples rights and repair or overhaul its previous image as IP “dealers” (not “leaders”) who facilitate mining requests for Free Prior Informed Consent from affected indigenous communities.

NCIP’s new set of Commissioners, led by Commissioner Brigida Pawid, herself a staunch defender of IP rights, has a crucial responsibility to protect the rights of indigenous communities enshrined in various national and international directives.

That objective becomes even more urgent today as our country struggles for economic development. There is an inevitable collision course between indigenous peoples’ rights and commercial interests, especially since indigenous communities, more often than not, occupy areas rich in natural resources.

What many of us fail to understand is that indigenous peoples see themselves not as the owners of these resources, but their stewards, aiming to preserve these exhaustible resources for future generations.

Guiding the country’s indigenous communities, the NCIP must navigate these treacherous waters, where powerful corporations, multinational or otherwise, continue to exert influence. There is a balance that can be achieved, without sacrificing the rights and culture of our indigenous brothers and sisters. That is the challenge for the NCIP. Rest assured though that the NCIP, and all organizations and institutions aiming to preserve IP rights, are not alone in this endeavor.  The Committee on National Cultural Communities of the House of Representatives is solidly behind you in these efforts, ready to support with legislative action.

With that I look forward to our country’s celebration of the fifth anniversary of the UNDRIP. #

Contact:  Solidaridad para sa Makabuluhang Balita, Maricel Tolentino – 09178191089 OR Alyansa Tigil Mina, Jaybee Garganera – 09277617602

[Press Release] Solon bats for IP-responsive mining law

Citing the documented negative effects of mining operations on indigenous communities, Ifugao Congressman Teddy Brawner Baguilat is pushing for a new mining law that respects and protects the rights of indigenous peoples (IP), especially over IPs’ ancestral domains.

Green Parade / Green SONA 2011. File photo by TFDP

“In IP communities, mining operations have resulted in loss of livelihood, dislocation of settlements, weakening of social systems, and loss of ownership and control over land, among many other harmful effects,” Baguilat remarked.

Baguilat’s observations stem from a report of the House of Representatives’ Committee on National Cultural Communities (NCC) which he chairs.

“The Constitution recognizes the importance of indigenous communities. Not only are they an indispensable component of the country’s culture, they also hold a databank of traditional knowledge that can help solve global problems such as climate change. Their existence, therefore, cannot be sacrificed in the pretext of economic development,” Baguilat stressed.

“The NCC has conducted several hearings and on-site investigations on IP concerns, and one issue that is most often raised is that of the invalid or manipulated acquisition of the free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) of indigenous communities,” Baguilat explained.

The FPIC is a requirement being implemented by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) before any commercial activity affecting IP’s ancestral domains can be undertaken. If majority of the affected indigenous peoples agree to the project/activity, a certificate of precondition is issued by the NCIP to the company.

“As the document’s name suggests, an indigenous community’s consent to mining operations must be freely obtained, with prior and sufficient information being provided to the IP concerned,” Baguilat remarked.

But this does not seem to be the case in several complaints investigated by the NCC.

“With quite a number of reported violations in the issuance of the FPIC, it is now up to Congress to insulate the FPIC process against the influence of mining companies,” Baguilat said.

Thus, Baguilat is pushing for a new mining law that would ensure the conservation and optimal use of mineral resources and respect and protect the rights of indigenous peoples.

“The old mining law has proven to be insufficient in terms of protecting indigenous communities, so a new law must be instituted, one that will not sacrifice the rights and culture of IPs in exchange for a promise of economic gain,” Baguilat noted.

The country joins the rest of the world in marking the 5th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples tomorrow, September 13.

Press Release
September 12, 2011
Contact: Robeliza Halip (0921-4928244) ; Maricel Tolentino, SMB (09178191089)