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[In the news] Youth groups raise 7 demands to gov’t to address COVID-19 crisis -Manila Bulletin

Seven national youth groups on Monday have raised seven-point demands in a bid to control the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic that has caused worldwide fears and panic.

These groups are Anakbayan, Panday Sining, League of Filipino Students (LFS), National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP), College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP), Student Christian Movement of the Philippines (SCMP), and the Kabataan Party-list.

“The 7-point demands are immediate, concrete, actionable points that the Duterte administration should immediately take to ensure that COVID-19’s danger to Filipinos’ health and livelihoods are mitigated,” Anakbayan Spokesperson Alex Danday said.

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[From the web] CHR denounces attacks on human rights advocates -Manila Bulletin

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) is alarmed over the series of attacks against human rights defenders in the country in the past two months, and has denounced what it called the “patterns of harassment” directed towards individuals who are only working with peoples organizations.

The CHR reported that on January 19, peasant organizers Emerito Pinza and Romy Candor went missing in Brgy. San Antonio, Kalayaan, Laguna. It has been suspected that elements of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Regional Mobile Force Battalion 4A were involved in their disappearance.

On February 3, the CHR said that indigenous people leader and organizer, Jay-ar Mercado of Oriental Mindoro, was killed by alleged members of the 4th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army. His remains were found buried in Bulalacao without the consent and knowledge of his family.

Two days later, Engr. Jennifer Agohob, a resident of Oroquieta City and member of the Union of People’s Lawyer in Mindanao (UPLM) and Karapatan, was illegally arrested. The arrest was based on the warrant of arrest for murder issued on July 26, 2019 by Judge Victoriano Lacaya, Jr. of Regional Trial Court Branch in Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte. According to the CHR, Agohob was not even made aware of any of these complaints.

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[In the news] Murder charges filed against cop who shot two in Marikina City -MB

A string of criminal charges were filed Monday against a policeman who allegedly killed 23-year-old construction worker Kim Ramos and wounded his friend Lauro Lagarde in Marikina City in October.

Lawyer Ansheline Bacudio told reporters that charges of murder, frustrated murder, and planting of evidence were filed before the Marikina City Prosecutors’ Office against Police Corporal Herjonner Soller.

Bacudio said that Kim’s father Norman Ramos and another person whom the lawyer refused to identify due to security reasons stood as complainants against Soller.

“Nagfile po kami (We filed) against kay Soller. Siya po yung tangi naming (He is our only) respondent. Nag file po kami ng (We filed charges of) frustrated murder and murder case and planting of evidence,” the lawyer said.

“Na kay fiscal na po ngayon yung kaso tapos hinihintay na lang po namin ano yung magiging aksyon nila,” she added. (The case is with the fiscal and we are awaiting their action.)

Bacudio, who helped the complainants file the case, is a member of Initiatives for Dialogue and Empowerment through Alternative Legal Services (IDEALS)—a group of lawyers that provides legal assistance to individuals and marginalized sectors.

The legal group did not furnish media with a copy of the 20-page complaint, saying there is confidential information in the document.

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[In the news] Church leaders express fear over alleged Red-tagging of NCCP -Manila Bulletin

Interfaith organization Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform (PEPP) expressed overwhelming fear over the list of alleged “front organizations of local Communist terrorist groups (CTG)” as presented by the Department of National Defense (DND).

The list included the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP).

The list was presented on November 5 by Major General Reuben Basiao, AFP Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, in a House Committee meeting.

PEPP is composed of church leaders from various denominations belonging to five religious federations including the NCCP.

“While we celebrate our diversity and affirm our different traditions, we are united in our unequivocal faith in Jesus Christ and our common ministry for peace and justice and we stand firm with the NCCP. We are thus also willing to dialogue with the AFP regarding this red-tagging of one of us,’’ PEPP said in a statement.

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[In the news] Grace Poe reiterates opposition to lowering MACR, says go after the syndicates instead -Manila Bulletin

Cracking down on youth offenders instead of crime syndicates that use them is but “laziness” on the part of the government, Senator Grace Poe said.

Poe issued the statement as she reiterated her opposition to the proposals to lower the minimum age of criminal responsibility (MACR) from the present 15 years old to 12 years old.

“Imbes na parusahan natin ‘yong mga bata, parusahan natin ‘yong sindikato. Katamaran naman ‘yon na ang bata ang ating kukunin dahil madali (Instead of punishing children, we should punish that use them to commit crimes. I think its laziness that we will go after the children just because they are easier to catch),” she told reporters in an interview Wednesday.

While she noted that the current MACR has already been abused, the senator said law enforcers could use the help of juvenile delinquents to go after criminal groups.

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[In the news] Filipinos not informed about ‘self-serving’ draft federal charter, says Catholic prelate -news.mb.com

Filipinos not informed about ‘self-serving’ draft federal charter, says Catholic prelate

“There are provisions that are self serving like the abolition of terms for Congress. It is clear that they so not have the good of the people in mind but their own self interest,” Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo said in a statement.

Pabillo added that federalism with political dynasty is a sure formula for the dismemberment of the country.

“This draft statement – so hastily approved- is to be vigorously rejected!” he said. “I am dismayed at the house approval of the draft federal charter,” added Pabillo.

Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos believes that the people should be thoroughly informed first about the draft.

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[In the news] ICCO Hails Philippine Press Freedom | The Manila Bulletin Newspaper Online

ICCO Hails Philippine Press Freedom | The Manila Bulletin Newspaper Online.

By EDITH B. COLMO
March 15, 2012

BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occ. — Press freedom in the Philippines was noted and hailed by International Organization for Development Cooperation (ICCO) Foundation regional manager Kees de Ruitger.

“Compared to such other Asian countries as Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar, the press in the Philippines enjoys plenty of freedom to report the news as it happens,” observed Ruiter last weekend during a three-day conference here on Value Chain Development on Fair Economic Development: Conversations on Framework, hosted by partner NGO – Task Force Mapalad, among other non-government organizations and local government agency partners .

The Netherlands-based ICCO supports its local partner organizations in capability building and technical inputs for its beneficiaries including farmers, fishermen, indigenous peoples and other marginalized sectors in the rural areas with poverty-alleviating inputs.

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[In the news] Firm files petition with DENR | The Manila Bulletin Newspaper Online

Firm files petition with DENR | The Manila Bulletin Newspaper Online.

By ELLALYN B. DE VERA

MANILA, Philippines — A petition for revocation of Mineral Production Sharing Agreement (MPSA) issued to Celestial Nickel Mining Exploration Corporation in Palawan was filed before the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) allegedly due to “neglect” of its responsibilities.

Compania Minera Del Grande Inc. president Alfredo Manuel alleged that Celestial Nickel has neglected MPSA No. 017-93-IV for more than 17 years “to the detriment of the national government” despite representations that it has the “financial resources, technical competence and skill.”

Celestial Nickel was granted on August 3, 1993 exclusive rights to conduct mining operations at Ipilan, Municipality of Brooke’s Point, Palawan, covering a total of 2,835.06 hectares for a period of 25 years, or until August 5, 2018.

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[In the news] Biofuel program may affect CARP, food security – group | The Manila Bulletin Newspaper Online

Biofuel program may affect CARP, food security – group | The Manila Bulletin Newspaper Online.

By MARVYN N. BENANING
Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines — Large-scale conversions of prime agricultural lands in Cavite, Isabela and Quezon into biofuel production areas undermine the agrarian reform program and endanger food security.

This was the conclusion of Danilo T. Carranza of the Rural Poor Institute for Land and Human Rights Services, Inc. (RIGHTS), a private think-tank that undertook a field study of the farming areas in the three provinces that had been transformed into hubs for the cultivation of biofuel feedstock. Carranza asked President Aquino to rethink the impact of the Philippine Biofuels Act of 2006, Republic Act 9367.

He said that in Cavite and Isabela, long land leases had been resorted to by the biofuel companies, with the farmers not having copies of their agreements with the corporations.

Worse, the consolidation of the contiguous areas has continued and the agrarian reform beneficiaries had been reduced to work for low wages, with some farmers in Isabela reporting that they receive only between P50 and P98 daily.

In Barangay Alitabad, San Mariano, Isabela, an irrigation project costing P52 million started five years was abruptly stalled, denying water to farmers tilling 140 hectares of land, with some of them suspecting it could be a ploy to compel them to lease their land to the biofuel company.

In all three provinces, prime agricultural land is being converted to biofuel feedstock production, reducing them to work for slave wages and pushing back the country’s deadline to meet the deadline for rice selfsufficiency in 2013.

Carranza said that in Magallanes, Cavite, 23 agrarian reform beneficiaries who had possessed certificates of landownership awards (CLOAs) for 17 years run the risk of being relocated from a property that has designated as the
production plant for bioethanol, with the Remulla family purportedly telling them will be transferred elsewhere.

Carranza said of the 2,500 hectares for the project, 1,500 are in Magallanes, 500 hectares of which are covered by the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).

“Areas so far engaged in Magallanes were previously planted to rice and vegetables. The project has an existing nursery covering 100 hectares in Barangay, Pacheco, previously planted to rice and vegetables,” he added.

The Cavite Biofuel Producers, Inc. (CBPI) was organized in 2008 with the Lopa family, VG Puyat Group and the Zamora family as shareholders, with Penwood Corp. as the developer of a 6.500-hectare property in Magallanes and Maragondon towns with an option to subscribe to some shares.

The Cavite Sugarcane Multi-Planters Cooperative will supply the sugarcane for the CBPI, which secured leases from agrarian reform beneficiaries.

In Isabela, the biofuel complex covers an ethanol energy production site and a sugarcane production site, with Green Future Innovations, Inc. operating then bioethanol plant, capitalized at $120 million.

The company was organized in 2007 by a group of Japanese and Filipino stockholders, including the Uys of Mindanao Grains and the Bantugs who are Negros-based sugar planters. It will be operational next year.

About 11,000 hectares will be utilized as sugarcane plantations, with the company taking over 6,460 hectares this year from 3,230 farmercooperators, Carranza reported.