[In the news] 134 human rights defenders killed since Duterte assumed office — Lagman -INQUIRER.net

A hundred and thirty-four human rights defenders have been killed since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office in 2016, a lawmaker said Wednesday. “134 killed among human rights defenders since the advent of the Duterte administration. That will not project protection of human rights defenders,” Albay 1st District Rep. Edcel Lagman said in an interview with…

[In the news] Zagu workers go on strike to protest ‘union busting, contractualization’ -INQUIRER.net

The workers of famous pearl shake chain Zagu went on strike Thursday to protest alleged “union busting and illegal contractualization.” “The Union filed a Notice of Strike last January to address these issues, but discussions collapsed earlier this week,” the Organization of Zagu Workers – Solidarity Unions in the Philippines for Empowerment and Reforms (Organiza-Super)…

[In the news] Agri, fishery groups cheer, jeer poll results -INQUIRER.net

The result of the country’s national elections, which could spell a stronger administration push for federalism and other controversial policies, drew mixed reactions from agriculture and mining groups. Promining organizations chose to tiptoe around the poll results, while activist groups expressed dismay over the dominance of “convicted plunderers” and “political lackeys” in the winning circle…

[In the news] Rappler’s Ressa: ‘Oust-Duterte plot’ is admin’s way to manipulate public -INQUIRER.net

“It’s bad when the government lies through its paid PR to manipulate its people.” Rappler’s Chief Executive Officer Maria Ressa said this after Malacañang affirmed the matrix that linked journalists and media organizations to a destabilization plot against Presidente Rodrigo Duterte and his administration. Earlier, Malacañang revealed that the “Oust-Duterte” matrix published in the Manila…

[In the news] De Lima urges Duterte to ratify UN treaty on enforced disappearances -Inquirer.net

De Lima urges Duterte to ratify UN treaty on enforced disappearances MANILA, Philippines — To provide stronger mechanisms against enforced disappearances in the country, opposition Senator Leila de Lima is urging President Rodrigo Duterte to ratify the United Nations (UN) treaty on enforced disappearances. De Lima has filed Senate Resolution No. 969 which urged the…

[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…

[In the news] ‘Bayani’ -INQUIRER.net

‘Bayani’. By Conrado de Quiros, Philippine Daily Inquirer August 27, 2012 I’ve been reading the comments on Jesse Robredo these past days and two things stand out. One is the question of why Jess was lionized only in death and not in life. Or why his virtues were discovered only when he was no longer…