[From the web] Philippines: divided leadership and lacklustre performance -PAHRA

Philippines: divided leadership and lacklustre performance By Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA)[1] Source: http://renatomabunga.wordpress.com/ I. General Overview President Benigno Aquino III considered 2012 a year of continued resurgence of the economy bolstered with increased confidence in good governance. He took pride in the dramatic leaps the country has taken in the global competitive index…

[Featured Article] 28 killed in alleged political killings in Escalante under mayor’s term By Merck Maguddayao

28 killed in alleged political killings in Escalante under mayor’s term By Merck Maguddayao They always left their gates open. In this rural village of Libertad in Escalante City, Negros Occidental, the only forbidding entity for village chief Fernando and wife Teresita Damalerio were the neighborhood drunks who, after long drunken stupors would engage in…

[Press Release] Groups condemn ambush of B’laan leader and member in minerals-rich Davao del Sur -ATM

Groups condemn ambush of B’laan leader and member in minerals-rich Davao del Sur Demand immediate investigation, pullout of paramilitary groups Groups, supporting the opposition of indigenous peoples and faith-based organizations to the Tampakan Copper Gold Mining project, condemn the recent report of ambush of B’laans Eking Freay and his brother-in-law Sonnny Boy Planda on June…

[From the web] Inter-Agency Com on ELK & Enforced Disappearance Guidelines for Investigation & Prosecution

Inter-Agency Committee on Extra-Legal Killings and Enforced Disappearance Meet to Adopt Guidelines for Investigation and Prosecution Source: http://www.doj.gov.ph On April 18, 2013, the Inter-Agency Committee (IAC) on Extra-Legal Killings, Enforced Disappearances, Torture and Other Grave Violations of the Right to Life, Liberty and Security of Persons, chaired by the Department of Justice (DOJ), held its…

[Press Release] Justice for Jordan Manda is justice to all Lumads, Amnesty International said in commemoration of the National Indigenous Peoples’ Month

Justice for Jordan Manda is justice to all Lumads, Amnesty International said in commemoration of the National Indigenous Peoples’ Month Today, in commemoration of National Indigenous Peoples Month, Amnesty International Philippines stands by indigenous peoples (IP) leaders and community members in their call for justice to the continuing attacks and killings against indigenous peoples specially…

[Press Release] Amnesty International called on PNOy and new DILG Secretary Mar Roxas to investigate the killings of Indigenous Peoples in Zamboanga

Amnesty International called on PNOy and new DILG Secretary Mar Roxas to investigate the killings of Indigenous Peoples in Zamboanga Amnesty International Philippines called on President Aquino and newly appointed DILG Secretary Mar Roxas to investigate the killing of 11 year old, Jordan Manda, eldest son of Timuay Lucenio Manda, a Subanen tribe chieftain in…

[Event] Basta Run Against Torture! -UATC

WHAT: Basta Run Against Torture (BRAT 6) WHEN: June 26, 2012 (Tuesday) Assembly: 5:00 a.m. Run Starts at 5:30 a.m. WHERE: Assembly @ DILG Stops 1. Quezon City Jail 2. Camp Crame 3. Camp Aguinaldo WHO:  Members of the United Against Torture Coalition (UATC), CHRP, PHRC, PNP-HRO, AFP-HRAO, BJMP and many more Human Rights Online…

[In the news] Robredo: No more cops at demolitions -PhilStar.com

Robredo: No more cops at demolitions By Cecille Suerte Felipe, The Philippine April 30, 2012 MANILA, Philippines – After the violent demolition at the Silverio Compound in Paranaque City last week, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Robredo ordered the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) to refrain from extending police assistance to…

[In the news] EDITORIAL – Full disclosure – PhilStar.com

EDITORIAL – Full disclosure The Philippine Star January 14, 2012  Good governance must be felt at the grassroots, so the role of local governments is crucial. When the country is going to the dogs, part of the blame goes to local governments. Through effective governance, local executives can create pockets of prosperity even when other…