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[in the news] Int’l media groups demand justice for slain Cavite-based tabloid reporter -GMAnews.com

Int’l media groups demand justice for slain Cavite-based tabloid reporter
April 8, 2014 11:21am

Even as they lamented the continued impunity against media workers in the Philippines, international media groups on Monday demanded justice for a Cavite-based journalist who was gunned down in her house last Sunday.

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The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) scored the brutal killing of Rubylita Garcia, 52, who it noted is the first Filipino journalist to be killed in 2014.

“With impunity for journalist murders now a major priority for the United Nations, the Aquino government is guilty by its own inaction. In the global arena, it can no longer continue to foster this rampant abuse of human rights by its own failures to act,” it said.

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[In the news] Peasant group slams arrest of 8 farmers in Hacienda Luisita -INQUIRER.net

Peasant group slams arrest of 8 farmers in Hacienda Luisita.
By Jeannette I. Andrade
Philippine Daily Inquirer
December 23, 2013

MANILA, Philippines—A peasant group denounced on Sunday, the arrest of eight farmers and the bulldozing of their farm lots at Hacienda Luisita allegedly under orders by a company owned by President Aquino’s family in spite of their claims the land was covered under the agrarian reform program.

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Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) chair Rafael Mariano said the farmers arrested at 4 p.m. Saturday by Tarlac policemen were Vicente Sambo, Rod Acosta, Eufemia Acosta, Ronald Sakay, Jose Baldiviano and his wife Elsa and Manuel and Mamerto Mandigma.

Mariano said two other women arrested were released four hours later.

He said security guards of the Tarlac Development Corporation (Tadeco) assisted the policemen when the KMP members attempted to stop the leveling of the Barangay (village) Balete farmlands, which they claimed were included in the land distribution program of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).

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[Press Release] Teachers join kick-off walk for schoolchildren registration -TDC

Teachers join kick-off walk for schoolchildren registration

logo TDCThe Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) is joining the Department of Education’s kick-off program for the early registration of schoolchild, 5:30AM at the Quezon City Memorial Circle.

“Our group, and the teachers in general support Philippine government’s goal to achieve education for all. This activity is just a manifestation that the DepEd is doing its tasks to reach that goal.” Benjo Basas, a public school teacher from Caloocan City and the group’s national chairperson explained.

The DepEd is expecting that at least 10 million learners will register for the next school year. The early registration is set tomorrow, Saturday in all public schools in the country where the school age children- including the out of school youth, the kids from indigenous people’s communities and even street children are expected to register.

“All systems go for this Saturday’s early registration of learners which we will conduct simultaneously nationwide for incoming kinder, regular students in all public schools as well as those who will avail of alternative delivery modes and learning systems,” said Education secretary Br. Armin A. Luistro FSC in a statement.

The TDC on its part said they appreciate the efforts made by the department especially their initiative to reach out to education stakeholders to carry out its main duty to educate the nation’s children.

“We have been a part of the multi-sectoral effort to promote people’s greater access to education and the government’s prioritization of the education sector especially in its fiscal policy. Let this event be a challenge to our candidates in May’s election to create a platform of government that will genuinely serve the education sector, as well as to the electorate to be wise voters and elect those who has proven track record in education reform advocacies.” Basas ended.

TDC members will join Sec. Luistro and other DepEd officials in the symbolic kick-off walk to mark the beginning of the early registration in public schools. #

For other details:
Benjo Basas, TDC Chairperson 0920-5740241/385-3437

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January 25, 2013

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[In the news] Women’s group shows there’s life after Luisita -INQUIRER.net

Women’s group shows there’s life after Luisita
By Fernando del Mundo, Philippine Daily Inquirer
December 26, 2012

HACIENDA LUISITA, Tarlac City—It is harvest time in the sugar plantations.

Trucks laden with freshly cut sugarcane lumber along MacArthur Highway on their way to Central Azucarera de Tarlac, the sugar mill in Hacienda Luisita owned by the family of President Aquino.

On any given day in this nippy season of good cheer, hundreds of these trucks are parked, as far as the eye can see, in the vicinity of the sprawling mill. They wait for their turn to disgorge their cargoes into the maws in the Central to be crushed and refined into white sugar.

Smokestacks from the factory belch clouds in the sky and compete with the majesty of Mount Arayat in the background, where, folks say, Noah’s Ark rested during the biblical deluge. Telltale contours of the vessel are said to be etched atop the peak, a refuge for insurgent guerrillas since World War II.

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[In the news] 54 illegal recuitment victims rescued in Manila | ABS-CBN News | Latest Philippine Headlines, Breaking News, Video, Analysis, Features

54 illegal recuitment victims rescued in Manila | ABS-CBN News | Latest Philippine Headlines, Breaking News, Video, Analysis, Features.

MANILA, Philippines – Fifty-four illegal recruitment victims, including a 16-year-old girl, were rescued on Wednesday by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Blas F. Ople Center, Vice-President Jejomar Binay said.

Binay, in a press statement, said the victims, who are all women, were bound for Syria and Qatar “under anomalous circumstances.”

“I am glad that we were able to prevent our kababayans from leaving our country and falling victim to illegal recruitment,” Binay said.

“Once again, I call on all Filipinos to be vigilant and not to let themselves be victimized,” he added.

Binay said the women were rescued at a house in Singalong, Manila.  The women slept on wooden floors inside the house, he revealed.

The victims named a Syrian as the financier and head of the syndicate. They were allegedly recruited by different agents based in the Visayas and Mindanao.

They were promised jobs as household service workers with a monthly salary of US $200 a month, which violates the $400 minimum wage for domestic helpers abroad, according to Binay.

The women said they were also offered jobs as household workers in Syria, where a deployment ban is currently in place due to armed conflict in the country.

“Under these conditions, we cannot allow them to leave the country. It is our duty to ensure and protect their well-being,” Binay said.

[In the news] EDITORIAL – Growth without development | The Philippine Star News Opinion

EDITORIAL – Growth without development | The Philippine Star News Opinion.

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Economic managers of the previous administration, who took pride in the country’s economic performance despite unending political turbulence, acknowledged that the fruits of growth did not trickle down to the masses. They also acknowledged what many quarters have often pointed out: economic growth could not keep pace with population growth.

Last week a study prepared by the United Nations Development Program projected moderate economic growth of 5.2 percent this year for the Philippines — a slowdown from last year’s 7.3 percent that was pushed up in part by election spending. That 5.2 percent is nothing to sneeze at in this period of soaring food and fuel prices and continuing financial woes for other countries. But the UNDP said economic growth would not translate into development and could increase poverty.

Unveiling the results of the 2011 Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific, the director of UNDP in the Philippines, Renaud Meyer, said fairly stable economic growth in the country for the past decade has failed to make a significant dent in alleviating poverty. He attributed this in part to population growth, and called on the government to “immediately” implement a “rational population management policy.” Renaud also said Philippine economic growth has not been inclusive and, at worst, “increases poverty, benefiting few industries, few regions, and a few sectors of society.”

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[In the news] Metro minimum wage workers get P22 increase in daily wage – Interaksyon.com

Metro minimum wage workers get P22 increase in daily wage – Interaksyon.com.

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MANILA, Philippines – Minimum wage workers in Metro Manila will receive P22 more in their daily basic pay as the Regional Tripartite Wage and Productivity Board in the region approved the amount to be given as a cost of living allowance (COLA).

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz, who made the announcement at the Department of Labor and Employment, said the COLA is part of the minimum wage, which now totals P426.

She said that as COLA, it will not be part of the calculation for overtime pay, night differential, and 13th month pay.

Baldoz said the amount will not have an inflationary effect as a Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas study indicates that the threshold is P25.

The increase will become effective 15 days after the publication of the decision in a newspaper of general circulation.

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[In the news] CA OKs CHR probe of ‘Morong 43’ | ABS-CBN News | Latest Philippine Headlines, Breaking News, Video, Analysis, Features

CA OKs CHR probe of ‘Morong 43’ | ABS-CBN News | Latest Philippine Headlines, Breaking News, Video, Analysis, Features.

MANILA, Philippines – The Court of Appeals (CA) has given the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) the green light to proceed with its investigation of alleged human rights violations and irregularities committed by soldiers and policemen in the arrest and detention of 43 health workers rounded up in a raid in a private farm house in Morong, Rizal in February 2010.

In a 23-page decision penned by Justice Ramon Bato, Jr. dated April 15, 2010, the CA’s 6th Division dismissed the petition for certiorari and prohibition filed by the Department of National Defense (DND), Philippine National Police (PNP) and military and police officials and officers that sought to nullify orders of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), which assumed “investigative jurisdiction” over the case of the health workers who came to be known as the “Morong 43.”

The Morong 43 were rounded up on suspicion of being communist rebels in an operation conducted by a composite team of 300 soldiers and policemen. They were detained and later charged before a trial court of illegal possession of firearms and explosives and violation of the election gun ban.

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[In the news] Sale of Agus-Pulangi plants in Mindanao left to Congress | Sun.Star

Sale of Agus-Pulangi plants in Mindanao left to Congress | Sun.Star.

DEPARTMENT of Energy Secretary Jose Rene Almendras remained firm on his commitment to defer the sale of Agus-Pulangi complex in Mindanao for now despite Malacañang’s earlier approval to sell it.

“We have expressed our alternative plans. We have expressed our own opinions but in the end it will be Congress [through the Joint Congressional Power Commission] who will decide,” he told Sun.Star at the sidelines of the launch of cash assistance to jeepney drivers last Tuesday.

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However, he neither confirmed nor denied reports that his agency will draft a memorandum urging President Benigno Aquino III to defer with the sale of Agus in Lanao del Norte and Pulangi in Bukidnon.

Almendras earlier informed the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. (Psalm) of his disapproval to put the said hydropower plants on auction block due to their importance to Mindanao’s current power needs.

“The correct statement is it’s not yet for sale. We do not want to sell it yet. How long it would be would depend on how soon we would achieve true pricing and make appropriate adjustment to encourage investment,” he said.

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[In the news] CHR ‘practically clears’ AFP of torturing Melissa Roxas – Bayan – Nation – GMA News Online – Latest Philippine News

CHR ‘practically clears’ AFP of torturing Melissa Roxas – Bayan – Nation – GMA News Online – Latest Philippine News.

Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) on Sunday bewailed the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) resolution on the case of the alleged abduction and torture of Filipina-American activist Melissa Roxas, saying it “practically clears” the military of any wrongdoing.

“We are very disappointed with the report. This seems to be a departure from the investigation initiated by the former CHR chair. The resolution says that there is insufficient evidence to lay responsibility for Melissa’s abduction and torture on the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines). This is despite Melissa’s credible and detailed testimony,” said Bayan secretary general Renato M. Reyes, Jr.

“The resolution is an embarrassment for the CHR. It’s also a great injustice after Melissa fully cooperated with the probe of the Commission. This tends to discourage victims seeking the CHR’s help,” he added.

Roxas, a member of Bayan’s United States chapter, was allegedly abducted in La Paz, Tarlac on May 19, 2009 along with John Edward Jandoc and Juanito Carabeo. She was held for several days and allegedly subjected to various forms of torture on allegations that she’s a member of the New People’s Army.

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[In the news] Government mulls EO freezing fuel prices | The Philippine Star News Headlines

Government mulls EO freezing fuel prices | The Philippine Star News Headlines.

By Edu Punay (The Philippine Star)

MANILA, Philippines – The government may resort to an “extreme legal measure” to cushion the effects of steadily rising oil prices – the issuance of an executive order banning further hikes, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said yesterday.

“Talking about possibilities, there’s always such a possibility of coming up with an executive order freezing the oil prices. If it comes to that, it will basically and primarily be an executive decision or action,” De Lima told The STAR.

She said the previous Arroyo administration had resorted to freezing oil price increases in 2009, through Executive Order 839.

De Lima said such a measure would be “legally feasible.”

The DOJ, under the oil deregulation law, has the mandate to ensure that oil price adjustments are reasonable. The Department of Energy (DOE) has the same mandate and performs its task hand in hand with the DOJ.

De Lima’s warning came after the DOE demanded an explanation from oil firms for their price hikes last Tuesday – the 13th this year – after discovering that the last increases were above the agency’s prescribed adjustments based on a similar formula used by local firms. The oil firms have claimed that rising global crude prices prompted them to raise pump prices.

“For now, there is a presumption of regularity or correctness of the successive increases,” De Lima said.

Shell, Chevron and Total announced hikes in the prices of regular gasoline by 70 centavos per liter, unleaded gasoline, 60 centavos; diesel, 25 centavos; and kerosene, 40 centavos, effective 6 a.m. Tuesday. The DOE said the price hikes should have only been P0.16 per liter for diesel and P0.39 for gasoline.

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[In the news] Mindanao landslide toll rises to 27 —authorities – INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos

Mindanao landslide toll rises to 27 —authorities – INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos.

By Frinston Lim, Dennis Jay Santos
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 11:01:00 04/22/2011

Filed Under: Mining and quarrying, Landslide

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PANTUKAN, Compostela Valley—(UPDATE 3) At least 27 bodies have already been pulled out of mud as rescue and search operation continued in the disaster-hit area of Kingking village here.

Pantukan Mayor Celso Sarenas said among those dead were children but he could not say how many exactly. He said the toll count was as of 2 p.m.

Fears about more casualties have mounted as the number of missing persons could easily hit more than two dozen, sources said.

Senior Superintendent Aaron Aquino, Compostela Valley police chief, said poor visibility due to thick clouds prevented Air Force helicopters from landing at Panganason village.

Six people were earlier rescued by soldiers, policemen and civilians after a part of a mountain collapsed in Panganason, Kingking village around 2:30 a.m., according to Lieutenant Colonel Camilo Ligayo, commander of the army’s 701st Infantry Brigade.

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[In the news] Activists: Gov’t using CCT to dissuade folk from joining progressive groups – Interaksyon.com

Activists: Gov’t using CCT to dissuade folk from joining progressive groups – Interaksyon.com.

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MANILA, Philippines – The activist fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kulisang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas accused the government on Thursday of using the conditional cash transfer program to dissuade people, especially in rural areas, from associating with progressive organizations and party-list groups.

Pamalakaya chairman Fernando Hicap claimed people have been told they will not get the P1,400 monthly intended for the country’s poorest families under the CCT if they join activities by activist organizations.

Hicap, who was in Iloilo from April 1 to 8 to consult with fisherfolk in the province, said he was told by Pamalakaya members there and in other parts of Western Visayas that local government officials and social welfare officials told them to shun progressive party-list groups if they want to receive their subsidies.

“The sinister agenda and militarist color of CCT is exposed. It is more of a counterinsurgency ploy under the US counterinsurgency program-directed Oplan Bayanihan and a not a poverty alleviation mission as hyped by the Aquino presidency,” he said in a statement.

Hicap said CCT beneficiaries should not be denied the subsidy because of their political leanings.

He urged Congress to look into the matter when its oversight committee tasked to evaluate the implementation of the CCT is organized.

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[In the news] Child welfare code may get council’s nod | Sun.Star

Child welfare code may get council’s nod | Sun.Star.

By Jovi T. De Leon

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO — The proposed Child and Youth Welfare Code is certain to get the City Council’s approval after much needed data to amend the draft proposal have been gathered, said a councilor.

Councilor Jimmy Lazatin, author of the code that aims to boost the rights of children and the youth as well as enhance welfare programs for them, said the data needed to come up with the situational analysis to amend the draft that was presented last April 8 at the council.

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“Last April 8, we conducted the third hearing for the proposed code for the youth and children with the Local Council for Protection of Children… I am certain the code will be passed and approved soon,” he said.

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[In the news] Reproductive Health bill now has new ally in Senate | Sun.Star

Reproductive Health bill now has new ally in Senate | Sun.Star.

SUPPORTERS of the Reproductive Health (RH) bill now have a new ally in Senator Panfilo Lacson, who declared Tuesday that he will back the passage of the measure.

Lacson said President Benigno Aquino III is “on the right track” by supporting the passage of the bill.

Lacson’s statement came after the President said Sunday that he is willing to risk excommunication from the Catholic Church to get the bill passed.

The Church has opposed the bill, saying distributing contraceptives is tantamount to abortion.

In October last year, tension between the bill’s supporters and critics rose after Surigao del Sur Bishop Nereo Odchimar reportedly threatened to excommunicate Aquino if he pushes for the distribution of contraceptives.

Odchimar, president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines president, denied making the threat, adding excommunication was not “a proximate possibility.”

“Finding ways to curb our monstrous population growth rate is one sensible approach in poverty alleviation. Advocating population management is not being anti-life. In fact, it is pro-country and pro-people,” Lacson said.

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[In the news] Earth Day rites moved to April 25 | The Philippine Star News Headlines

Earth Day rites moved to April 25 | The Philippine Star News Headlines.

By Delon Porcalla (The Philippine Star)

MANILA, Philippines – President Aquino has signed Administrative Order 12 moving the Earth Day celebration to April 25 from April 22, which falls on Good Friday.

Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa noted that Good Friday is also a non-working holiday.

“The President deems it best to move Earth Day celebrations to April 25 this year to allow more people to participate in the activities and make the occasion more meaningful,” he said in a statement.

Earth Day celebrations -coordinated worldwide by the Earth Day Network -are held to promote awareness on the need for environmental conservation because of the adverse effects of climate change.

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[In the news] Earth Day rites moved to April 25 | The Philippine Star News Headlines

Earth Day rites moved to April 25 | The Philippine Star News Headlines.

By Delon Porcalla (The Philippine Star)

MANILA, Philippines – President Aquino has signed Administrative Order 12 moving the Earth Day celebration to April 25 from April 22, which falls on Good Friday.

Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa noted that Good Friday is also a non-working holiday.

“The President deems it best to move Earth Day celebrations to April 25 this year to allow more people to participate in the activities and make the occasion more meaningful,” he said in a statement.

Earth Day celebrations -coordinated worldwide by the Earth Day Network -are held to promote awareness on the need for environmental conservation because of the adverse effects of climate change.

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[In the news] PAL workers stage ‘Kalbaryo ng PALEA’ – Interaksyon.com

PAL workers stage ‘Kalbaryo ng PALEA’ – Interaksyon.com.

Kalbaryo ng Manggagawa PALEA Photo source Interaksiyon.com

Kalbaryo ng Manggagawa PALEA. Photo source: Interaksiyon.com

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MANILA, Philippines — Members of the ground crew union of the Philippine Airlines on Wednesday staged their own version of the Stations of the Cross, a Catholic tradition depicting the passion and death of Jesus Christ.

Calling their version Kalbaryo ng PALEA,which started outside the Baclaran Church, the PAL Employees Association (PALEA) members lamented their plight and fight against layoffs and contractualization.

Dramatizing the problems that confront them, protesters carried a makeshift cross  as colleagues wearing the masks of Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz, and former Acting Labor Secretary Romeo Lagman whipped them.

Another who wore a mask depicting Lucio Tan kicked the employees who carrying the crosses. In another scene, their President Benigno Aquino placed crowns of thorns on the heads of the PAL employees.

“The threat of mass layoff and labor contractualization are heavy crosses for PAL employees to bear”,said Gerry Rivera, PALEA president and vice chair of Partido ng Manggagawa (PM).

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[In the news] DOJ to reopen ‘cold’ cases of extrajudicial killings – Nation – GMA News Online – Latest Philippine News

DOJ to reopen ‘cold’ cases of extrajudicial killings – Nation – GMA News Online – Latest Philippine News.

By LEILANI ADRIANO AND BOBBY LABALAN, VERA Files
(First of two parts)

In the chronicles of human rights violations, Judge Ariston Rubio is listed as one of the first victims of extrajudicial killings under the administration of Gloria Arroyo.

Almost a decade since he was slain in broad daylight by two unidentified gunmen on the Batac-Currimao road in Ilocos Norte on Oct. 31, 2001, Rubio’s murder remains unsolved.

Like Rubio, United Methodist pastor Isaias Sta. Rosa was also a victim of extrajudicial killings (EJKs), the 21st church worker killed during the Arroyo administration.

Taken from his home in Daraga, Albay by 10 hooded men in the evening of Aug. 3, 2006, Sta. Rosa was hogtied, beaten up and then dragged to a nearby creek where he was shot six times. His killers have never been punished.

In both cases, years of investigation ended in a blank wall, with police and prosecutors giving up either for lack of witnesses or insufficiency of evidence.

The Department of Justice, however, is set to wipe the dust off forgotten cases like these and reopen them, following a directive from President Benigno Aquino III to resolve and put closure to cases of human rights violations during Arroyo’s term.

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima recently signed Department Order 848 creating a task force that will reopen cold case files on EJKs, torture and enforced disappearances.

“Those that didn’t even reach the investigation stage, are still under investigation by the police, by the NBI (National Bureau of Investigation), other investigating agencies…we will address that issue,” said Justice Undersecretary Francisco Baraan III who was designated head of the task force.

“I have sent several memoranda to our prosecutors in the field all over the country where there are pending preliminary investigations and pending court hearing involving human rights cases,” he added.

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[In the news] Cop in torture video asks court to stay his dismissal – INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos

Cop in torture video asks court to stay his dismissal – INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos.

By Jaymee T. Gamil
Philippine Daily Inquirer
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MANILA, Philippines—Maybe he just wants a second chance.

Senior Inspector Joselito B. Binayug on Tuesday asked the Manila Regional Trial Court to prevent Director Nicanor Bartolome of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) from enforcing his earlier decision dismissing him from the service.

Binayug used to head the police precinct in Asuncion, Tondo, but he was relieved of his post last year after a video showing a policeman torturing a detainee inside the station was shown on television. The policeman was believed to be Binayug.

On January 14, Bartolome issued a resolution dismissing Binayug from the service for violating the Anti-Torture Act of 2009. He also denied the motion for reconsideration filed by the police official.

In his petition, Binayug claimed that even though his motion for reconsideration had yet to be resolved, Bartolome was already announcing his dismissal from the service to reporters, a sign that the latter had made up his mind.

He asked the court to nullify the NCRPO chief’s decision because it was “contrary to law.”

Binayug also alleged that Bartolome “committed grave abuse of discretion amounting to excess or lack of jurisdiction when he deliberately, out of passion and prejudice, ignored the law and procedure in the admission of video footage as evidence” without proper authentication.

“It is common knowledge that [a] video recording can be spliced easily to suit the needs of a particular user,” he told the court.

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