[In the news] Ampatuans enjoy VIP treatment in jail — victims’ kin, lawyers – Interaksyon.com

Ampatuans enjoy VIP treatment in jail — victims’ kin, lawyers – Interaksyon.com. Lorenz Niel Santos, InterAksyon.com MANILA, Philippines — Former Maguindanao governor Andal Ampatuan Sr. and his relatives accused of the most brutal mass murder in memory enjoy special treatment in jail, including out-of-jail passes, relatives and lawyers of the victims said Thursday. A shouting…

[In the news] Top PH diplomats in US to discuss Spratlys, extra-judicial killings, etc. – Interaksyon.com

Top PH diplomats in US to discuss Spratlys, extra-judicial killings, etc. – Interaksyon.com. MANILA, Philippines — Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Policy Erlinda Basilio leads a group of senior diplomatic officials for high-level strategic talks with the United States on the escalating tension over the disputed Spratly Islands, extra-judicial killings of activists, and trade and other…

[In the news] Surprise visits to Ampatuan jail cells proposed – Interaksyon.com

Surprise visits to Ampatuan jail cells proposed – Interaksyon.com. Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com MANILA, Philippines — Families of the victims of the Maguindanao massacre will press the government to allow them to conduct surprise visits on the detention facility of the members of the Ampatuan clan, principal suspects in the murder. The families, who organized themselves…

[In the news]120 congressmen now support RH bill, according to unofficial count – Interaksyon.com

120 congressmen now support RH bill, according to unofficial count – Interaksyon.com. Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com MANILA, Philippines — By an unofficial count of some neophyte members of the House of Representatives, 120 lawmakers now support the passage of the Reproductive Health (RH) bill. In a news conference Wednesday, ACT Teachers partylist Representative Antonio Tinio said…

[In the news] Impeach complaint vs SC justice sufficient in form — House body – Interaksyon.com

Impeach complaint vs SC justice sufficient in form — House body – Interaksyon.com. Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com MANILA, Philippines — In a close vote, a House of Representatives body on Wednesday declared sufficient in form the impeachment complaint against Supreme Court Associate Justice Mariano del Castillo. Voting 11 for, 10 against, with one abstention, members of…

[In the news] Don’t downplay debate on RH bill, Palace tells Catholic hierarchy – Interaksyon.com

Don’t downplay debate on RH bill, Palace tells Catholic hierarchy – Interaksyon.com. Chichi Conde, InterAksyon.com MANILA, Philippines – The Palace has appealed to the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) not to downplay the debate on the Reproductive Health (RH) bill and resort to carrying out civil disobedience actions against the Aquino administration. Presidential…

[In the news] PH does little to protect journalists, freedom of expression – Amnesty Intl – Interaksyon.com

PH does little to protect journalists, freedom of expression – Amnesty Intl – Interaksyon.com. Nonoy Espina, InterAksyon.com MANILA, Philippines — While noting that “growing demands for freedom and justice across the Middle East and North Africa and the rise of social media offer an unprecedented opportunity for human rights change,” Amnesty International also said “a…

[In the news] AFP stands out in UN chief’s report for violating children’s rights – Interaksyon.com

AFP stands out in UN chief’s report for violating children’s rights – Interaksyon.com. Carlos H. Conde MANILA, Philippines – The soldiers descended on the Lumad (tribal) villages of Lianga where, according to human rights and tribal groups, they put up checkpoints that restricted the movement of residents and imposed a blockade that severely constrained the…

[In the news] MABINI ‘committee’ opposes Libingan burial for Marcos – Interaksyon.com

MABINI ‘committee’ opposes Libingan burial for Marcos – Interaksyon.com. MABINI Lawyers (The following statement by the MABINI lawyers group on Marcos and the Libingan ng mga Bayani was drafted by Fulgencio Factoran Jr., Mon Esguerra, Hessie Mallilin, Alex Padilla, Nelson Loyola and Rene Saguisag, members of a self-appointed “committee” on the subject. Any dissenting member…