[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…

[People] Last lap for the RH Bill? By Walden Bello

Afterthoughts Last lap for the RH Bill? By Walden Bello Philippine Daily Inquirer August 27, 2012 With Congress resuming deliberations after the nation was united in response to the unending rains of early August and brought together in mourning the untimely departure of DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo, the battle over the Reproductive Health (RH) Bill…

[Press Release] Tucuma residents welcome suspension of demolitions but wants moratorium extended till housing program reformed -Tucuma Federation

Tucuma residents welcome suspension of demolitions but wants moratorium extended till housing program reformed The residents of the depressed community of Tucuma in Barangay Merville, Parañaque who have been preparing to fight off an eviction heaved a sigh of relief and welcomed the temporary suspension of demolitions ordered by DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo hours after…

[In the news] Pantukan tunnels ordered closed down – RAPPLER

Pantukan tunnels ordered closed down – RAPPLER – Philippine News | Multimedia | Citizen Journalism | Social Media. by RAPPLER.COM January 7, 2012  MANILA, Philippines – All high-risk mining tunnels in Pantukan, Compostela Valley will be closed down within the week, following orders of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) and local government units. This…

[In the news] Hunt on for Palparan – newsinfo.inquirer.net

Hunt on for Palparan. Notorious general goes into hiding Philippine Daily Inquirer The tables have been turned: The hunter is now the hunted. Two days after Jovito Palparan Jr. was stopped at an airport in Pampanga province  from leaving the country, the government launched a manhunt for the retired major general tagged by activist groups…

[In the news] 58 human trafficking victims rescued in Sibugay, Tawi-tawi – InterAksyon.com

58 human trafficking victims rescued in Sibugay, Tawi-tawi Abigail Kwok, InterAksyon.com MANILA – Fifty-eight potential victims of human trafficking were rescued by elements of the Philippine Center for Transnational Crimes in various operations in Zamboanga Sibugay and Tawi-Tawi last June, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) reported Sunday. In a statement, the…

[Press Release] IP Solon, groups enraged by TRO issued by Aurora RTC Judge Bewildered by decision against community right to rally – ATM

Quezon City—Cong. Teddy Brawner Baguilat and civil society groups expressed outrage with a temporary restraint order (TRO) released by the Regional Trial Court (RTC) of Aurora Branch last June 16, 2011.  The order favored the mining corporation conducting drilling operations in Midsalip, Zamboanga del Sur. Philippine National Police were further intstructed by the TRO to…

[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…