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[In the news] Mayor Vico Sotto, tiniyak ang sahod ng mga kawani ng Pasig City -GMAnews

Buo na matatanggap ng mga kawani ng Pasig City ang kanilang sahod sa panahong umiiral ang enhanced community quarantine, ayon sa kanilang alkalde na si Vico Sotto.

“Wag kayong mag-alala, tuloy-tuloy kayong makakatanggap ng buong sweldo […] Gagawan natin ng paraan. Basta, mag-ingat, at hangga’t maaari sa bahay lang muna kayo,” sabi ni Sotto sa Facebook post.

“Sa mga empleyado namang nasa Frontlines, meron kayong hazard pay, OT, at iba pang benepisyong maaasahan,” dagdag niya.

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[In the news] Cancer patient from Marikina asks for help to get chemo meds, ends up walking all the way to Quezon City -GMAnews

A leukemia patient based in Marikina City ended up walking all the way to Quezon City to get his chemotherapy medicine due to the lack of public transportation on Tuesday.

Anticipating the lack of vehicles due to the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon, Hedel Cruz made a sign in advance asking for help in getting to the treatment facility.

The sign read: “Papuntang Q.C Para Sa Aking Chemo Medicines. Makikisakay po! Salamat.”

Hedel shared the sign he made on Facebook with the caption: “Preparing for tomorrow. Tayo-tayo na lang talaga ang magtutulungan. Magtiwala tayo sa kabutihan ng iba sa panahon ng Epidemya.”

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[In the news] Human rights group declares UN probe a victory for EJK victims -GMAnews

The In Defense of Human Rights and Dignity Movement on Friday characterized the United Nations Human Rights Council’s decision to investigate President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs as a “huge victory” for the families of victims of extrajudicial killings.

Interviewed on Balitanghali on Friday, iDEFEND spokesperson Ellecer “Budit” Carlos said his organization, as well as other partners “shed tears” at the main session hall as the United Nations council adopted its resolution in Geneva.

“Malaking tagumpay ito para sa libo-libong mga pamilya na biktima ng extrajudicial killings diyan sa atin sa Pilipinas,” Carlos said.

Carlos pointed out that they had no other recourse but to seek accountability from the international community given the slow Philippine criminal justice system.

The UNHRC resolution, proposed by Iceland, was adopted after 18 countries voted in favor of it and 14 others, including China, voted against it. Fifteen other countries, including Japan, abstained.

iDEFEND was one of the groups that originally submitted a UNHRC petition seeking a review of the Philippine war on drugs.

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[In the news] Etta Rosales: Don’t let Marcoses buy back jewelry -GMAnews

Martial law survivor and former Commission on Human Rights (CHR) chair Etta Rosales has asked the government to see to it that the jewelry collection seized from the Marcoses, which are now up for auction, do not fall back into their hands.

“Now you are going to allow them to buy again and guess what? They will probably buy it with the same ill-gotten wealth that they have not yet given up,” Rosales said on Joseph Morong’s report for 24 Oras on Tuesday.

For the human rights defender who had endured torture and rape as a political prisoner during the Marcos dictatorship, it would be a good idea to put the jewels on display at a museum as a “permanent reminder of the plunder of the Marcoses and never again.”

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[In the news] House OKs bill defining rights, guaranteeing fundamental freedoms of rights defenders -GMAnews

The House of Representatives on Monday approved on third and final reading the measure seeking to define the rights and guarantee the fundamental freedoms of human rights defenders.

Voting 183-0, the chamber approved House Bill 9199, principally authored by the seven members of the progressive Makabayan bloc and Albay Representative Edcel Lagman.

The measure aims to recognize the important role and valuable work of individuals and groups contributing to the prevention of all forms of human rights violations, as well as their fundamental freedoms.

It also seeks to impose sanctions to anyone who violates the rights and fundamental freedoms of human rights defenders.

The measure defines “human rights defender” as anyone who, individually or in association with others, acts or seeks to act, to protect and promote the protection of human rights, the fundamental freedoms, and welfare of the people.

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[In the news] ‘Running priest’ tells Catholic Duterte supporters: Pray! Discern! -GMA news

Running priest Fr. Robert Reyes on Sunday urged Catholics who are supportive of President Rodrigo Duterte to pray and listen to their conscience as they pick candidates to vote for in the May 13 polls.

Reyes, along with a group of Otso Diretso supporters, ran along the busy Quezon Avenue in Quezon City earlier in the day as a call for democracy in the upcoming elections.

The run ended in Welcome Rotonda, where a sea of Otso Diretso supporters converged to show support to the opposition slate.

“Ang mahalaga sa Katoliko ay ‘yung tinatawag na discerned vote. ‘Yung boto na pinagdasalan, hindi ‘yung sinulsol, idinikta, iniutos. Dapat itinuro ng konsensiya,” he said.

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[In the news] PNP official sacked over Kian slay returns as HPG chief -GMA news

Chief Superintendent Roberto Fajardo returned to active duty on Monday after he was tapped as the new chief of the Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group, almost a year after he was relieved over the killing of 17-year-old Kian Loyd delos Santos.

PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde announced this during a press briefing in Camp Crame, adding that Fajardo’s first order as HPG chief is to help improve traffic flow in Metro Manila.

“We have coordinated with the (Metropolitan Manila Development Authority) on how we can assist in the traffic problem in Metro Manila. This is the first directive I gave to the new HPG director, si General Fajardo,” Albayalde said.

“We are offering the services of the HPG para makatulong sa pag-improve ng traffic situation in Metro Manila,” he added.

Fajardo replaces Chief Superintendent Arnel Escobal in the HPG post.

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[In the news] CHR identifies ‘common patterns’ in police ops that killed 14 in Negros -GMAnews

CHR identifies ‘common patterns’ in police ops that killed 14 in Negros

The Commision on Human Rights-Central Visayas has identified common patterns in the deaths of 14 individuals during police operations in Negros Oriental.

Based on their initial probe, CHR-Region 7 Investigation Chief Leo Villarino said that most of the slain individuals were moved out of sight of their relatives during the arrest.

“What is common in these incidents that occurred is ‘yung pareho ‘yung pagsakalay ng mga operatiba, pinapalabas sa bahay ‘yung mga nasa loob tapos iniiwan ‘yung mga biktima na napaslang sa loob,” Villarino said in an interview on GMA News TV’s Quick Response Team.

“Napapansin din natin na ‘yung mga biktima ay medyo may edad na, nasa senior age na sila eh,” he added.

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[In the news] Group launches electoral drive based on human rights agenda -GMAnews

Group launches electoral drive based on human rights agenda

An alliance of human rights advocates has launched an electoral campaign drive that lays down 10 criteria dubbed “Ten Sure Wins” for deserving candidates to vote for in the coming midterm polls in May.

The Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) launched the electoral campaign “KARAPAT-DAPAT: KARAPATAN DAPAT,” which focuses on ten agenda for human rights advocacy the alliance hopes to popularize to raise public awareness on human rights electoral agenda.

 

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[In the news] NUJP slams arrest of Rappler’s Ressa -GMAnews

NUJP slams arrest of Rappler’s Ressa

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) decried the arrest of Rappler chief executive officer Maria Ressa over a cyber libel case, calling it a “shameless act of persecution by a bully government.”

The group questioned the charge against Ressa, which it said, was not yet in the law when the alleged offense was committed.

On Wednesday, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) arrested Ressa for cyber libel over an article published on the news website in 2012. The offense is bailable.

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[In the news] Lower age of criminal liability dead in the Senate —Bam Aquino -GMAnews

Lower age of criminal liability dead in the Senate —Bam Aquino

The measure seeking to lower the age of criminal liability to nine years old will not pass the Senate, Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV declared on Monday.

Aquino made the bold remark after the House Committee on Justice on Monday approved the substitute bill seeking to lower the age of criminal responsibility from 15 years old to nine years old.

“I absolutely doubt that this will pass the Senate. I think there’s enough in the Senate currently who know that lowering the age of criminal liability to nine years old is completely out of bounds,” Aquino said.

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[In the news] PHL Commission on Women: Sexual abuse is no laughing matter -GMAnews

PHL Commission on Women: Sexual abuse is no laughing matter

Sexual assault is not something to laugh about and make fun of, the Philippine Commission on Women said on Monday in a statement that also calls out public officials who “continue to perpetuate misogyny” and trivialize rape with their comments.

Any sexual abuse “is an abhorrent attack on a person’s self-worth and should never be used as subject matter to prove a point,” the PCW’s statement, released on the occasion of its 44th anniversary, stressed.

“It is no laughing matter to use sexual abuse anecdotes which treat women as sex objects to ‘lighten’ discussions in public assemblies,” it added.

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[In the news] NPA twin attacks in Bukidnon violate human rights — AFP -GMA News

NPA twin attacks in Bukidnon violate human rights — AFP
Amanda Fernandez, GMA News
February 20, 2013

gmanewsonlineThe Philippine military condemned on Wednesday the twin attacks by suspected New People’s Army rebels on two plantations in Bukidnon on Tuesday night, describing the raids as violation of human rights.

In a statement sent via e-mail, Armed Forces spokesperson Col. Arnulfo Burgos Jr. said the attacks violate Chapter III, Section 4, Item 2 of RA 9851 or the Act Defining and Penalizing Crimes against International Humanitarian Law which defines one of the ‘war crimes’ as the intentional attack against civilian objects or non-military personnel, and/or properties.

“It is also a clear and deliberate violation of the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIL) to which the NPA is one of the signatories,” Burgos said.

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[In the news] Advocates urge lawmakers to pass FOI bill before 15th Congress ends -GMA News

Advocates urge lawmakers to pass FOI bill before 15th Congress ends
by Gian C. Geronimo, GMA News
January 19, 2013

gmanewsonlineWith just only nine session days left for the 15th Congress before going on break for the campaign period, champions of the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill, including several congressmen themselves, urged the House of Representatives to pass the legislation.

In a press conference on Friday, members of the Right to Know, Right Now! Coalition reiterated their call for the passage of the FOI bill which they believe can still be done even with the limited time of the remaining Congress sessions.

“We challenge the members of the House of Representatives who continue to resist the passage of the FOI bill to cast their personal fears aside and take a stand for the FOI,” according to the coalition’s statement, signed by more than 100 people representing various organizations.

The statement said should the FOI bill die in the 15th Congress and meet the same fate such as in the previous one, its death would be “indictment” of how legislators treat measures that could affect their “perks and prerogatives.”

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[In the news] Widespread social media blackout vs Cybercrime Law -GMANews.com

Widespread social media blackout vs Cybercrime Law
A.M. MARZOÑA, GMA NEWS
October 2, 2012

In support of the movement to repeal the recently passed Anti-Cybercrime Act, Filipino netizens on Tuesday turned their Facebook and Twitter profile pictures to black. The movement started at daybreak and quickly gained momentum over the day until social media were awash with blacked-out status updates and profile pics.

Engaged social media users dubbed the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 or Republic Act 10175 a veritable “Cyber Martial Law” that threatened Internet usersfreedom of expression by way of a provision on online libel, inserted into the bill only during the bicameral conference.

In addition to using images of protest, netizens also posted comments with black blocks to simulate the possible censorship the Anti-Cybercrime Act might soon impose among bloggers and even the most casual users of social media.

On Twitter, words were blacked out to render incomplete phrases and sentences, eventually turning everything into a fill-in-the-blank meme:

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[In the news] Daughter seeks justice for Pinay helper of ex-prime minister’s son in Mongolia -GMA News

Daughter seeks justice for Pinay helper of ex-prime minister’s son in Mongolia.

ANDREI MEDINA, GMA NEWS
May 17, 2012

The teenage daughter of Filipina domestic helper Terril Atienza is seeking justice for her mother who died mysteriously in Mongolia in November last year.

In a press conference at the headquarters of Migrante International in Quezon City on Wednesday, Nyrriel Atienza, 16, said: “Nawalan po kami ng ina, nawalan po yung papa ko ng katuwang. Maliit pa po yung mga kapatid ko kaya lalaki sila nang walang ina.”

“Itong munting pangarap niya na makaahon kami sa buhay nasira po. Ngayon ang tangi na lang po naming hangad para sa kanya ay yung hustisya po sa pagkamatay niya,”  Nyrriel said.

According to a report distributed by Migrante during the press conference, Terril, 34, was said to have committed suicide by taking an overdose of sleeping pills in November last year.

Migrante said Terril’s body was repatriated to the Philippines on December 9 last year and an autopsy conducted by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) revealed that her heart was missing.

Parts of her brain, liver and stomach were either missing or not in the correct position. Pieces of rags were also found inside her body.

Nyrriel recounted: “Noong dumating po yung bangkay ni mama ng December 9 (2011), nakita po namin sa punerarya na puro pasa tapos puro po sugat at… may mga… may mga… parang hawak po ng kamay sa katawan niya. Napag-alaman po namin na wala po yung buong puso niya.”

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Suu Kyi makes election debut in Myanmar

Suu Kyi makes election debut in Myanmar.

GMA News, AFP
April 1, 2012

Kawhmu, Myanmar — Voting began Sunday in Myanmar elections seen as a test of the government’s budding reforms, with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi standing for a seat in parliament for the first time.

A victory for Suu Kyi would cap a remarkable transformation for the 66-year-old icon of the pro-democracy movement, who spent most of the past 22 years locked up by the generals who ruled the country for decades.

Her National League for Democracy (NLD) party swept to a landslide election victory in 1990 but the junta never recognised the result.

Suu Kyi, who won the Nobel Peace Prize the following year, was not a candidate herself on that occasion because she was under house arrest.

Her party is contesting 44 of the 45 seats at stake in Sunday’s vote — not enough to threaten the ruling party’s majority, but a seat in parliament would give the opposition leader a chance to shape legislation for the first time.

Polling stations opened at 6:00 am (2330 GMT Saturday) and were due to close at 4:00 pm, with more than six million people eligible to vote. The results are expected within about one week, according to election officials.

Observers say the regime wants the pro-democracy leader to win a place in parliament to burnish its reform credentials and smooth the way for an easing of Western sanctions.

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[In the news] DOJ orders murder raps filed vs. Palawan former gov., 4 others in Ortega killing -GMA News

DOJ orders murder raps filed vs. Palawan former gov., 4 others in Ortega killing
MARK MERUEÑAS, GMA News
March 13, 2012

The Department of Justice on Tuesday reversed its previous decision and ordered that murder charges be filed against Palawan former Governor Joel Reyes and four others for the killing of environmentalist and broadcaster Gerry Ortega.

Also ordered charged were former Palawan administrator Romeo Serratubias, Reyes’ son and incumbent Coron Mayor Mario Reyes, Arturo Regalado and Percival Lecias.

“After the reinvestigation and evaluation of the evidence adduced by both parties, the new panel arrived at the conclusion that the additional evidence offered by the complainant are relevant in appreciating other pieces of evidence previously submitted by the parties during the first preliminary investigation and that such additional evidence are sufficient to modify the initial findings of the previous panel,” the DOJ said.

The murder case was ordered to be filed in the Regional Trial Court of Puerto Princesa City in Palawan.

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[In the news] Emotional abuse: Most common type of domestic violence -GMA News

Emotional abuse: Most common type of domestic violence

Veronica Pulumbarit, GMA News
March 10, 2012

The Pinoy Abroad section of GMA News Online is running a series of articles on gender-based violence to help empower women and enlighten men. We now turn our attention to EMOTIONAL ABUSE, the most common type of domestic violence.

Angela’s husband has never hit her. Still, she lives in fear of him as he constantly ridicules and scolds her for every little mistake she makes.

According to the United States-based magazine “Psychology Today,” one of the worst things that can happen to a person is to live with an emotional abuser.

Psychological or emotional abuse is the most common type of violence experienced by women and children and is deemed by many as the “worst kind of abuse,” the New Zealand-based non-profit group Women’s Refuge said.

The United Nations Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women (1993)
defines violence against women as any act that results in “physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women.”

Specifically, the UN defines domestic violence as a violent act perpetrated by intimate
partners through:
physical abuse (such as slapping, beating, arm twisting, stabbing, strangling, burning, choking, kicking, threats with an object or weapon, murder, genital mutilation, and others);
sexual abuse (such as coerced sex, intimidation or physical force, forcing unwanted sexual acts or forcing sex with others);
psychological abuse (includes intimidation, persecution, threats of abandonment or abuse, confinement to the home, surveillance, threats to take away custody of the children, destruction of objects, isolation, verbal aggression, and constant humiliation), and
economic abuse (includes denial of funds, refusal to contribute financially, denial of food and basic needs, and controlling access to health care, employment, etc.)

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[From the web] Pinoy kid in UN art contest: ‘Peace is like zero war’ -GMA News

Pinoy kid in UN art contest: ‘Peace is like zero war’
ROUCHELLE DINGLASAN, GMA News
February 24, 2012

Angelo Reeves Dominic, a nine-year-old child residing in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), is the only Filipino contestant in the United Nations’ (UN) Art for Peace competition.

“For me there is no need for bombs or guns or anything to harm people. My painting is called X because my math teacher tells me x is equal to nothing or zero. To have peace is like zero war,” Dominic said on the UN Art for Peace 2012 website.

Art for Peace is an annual contest for youths ages five to 17 years old worldwide. It is a joint program of the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs and the Harmony for Peace Foundation.

The UN urges the public to show support for the artist by “liking or tweeting” their pages.

Children around the globe are still welcome to submit their entries in the contest until April 30 this year.

For more information about the contest mechanics, visit http://www.unartforpeace.org.

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