[In the news] There’s the rubout -INQUIRER.net

There’s the rubout. By Conrado de Quiros, Philippine Daily Inquirer January 14, 2013 But of course it was a rubout. At the very least, there’s common sense to suggest it. According to those who lived to tell the tale, who were those who made sure their victims did not, their victims started the gunfight. They…

[From the web] Primer on Filipino Sign Language -INQUIRER.net

Primer on Filipino Sign Language By Dr. Liza Martinez, Philippine Daily Inquirer December 1, 2012 What are sign languages? Common misconceptions: Signing is universal. Signing is gesture or only pantomime. Sign languages are based on spoken languages. Sign languages have been demonstrated to be true languages at par with spoken languages. Spoken languages are based…

[In the news] ‘Dummy’ Luisita beneficaries named -INQUIRER.net

‘Dummy’ Luisita beneficaries named By DJ Yap, Philippine Daily Inquirer November 10, 2012 Militant farmers on Friday named five people included in the preliminary list of Hacienda Luisita who they claimed were actually working in the horse stables of President Aquino’s relatives. Responding to the challenge of Agrarian Secretary Virgilio delos Reyes, farmers belonging to…

[In the news] Collateral damage -INQUIRER.com

Collateral damage. Philippine Daily Inquirer November 1st, 2012 SOME TWO weeks after an Army unit killed the wife and two sons of a B’laan tribal leader in Davao del Sur, the Armed Forces announced that the 13 soldiers involved—one lieutenant and 12 enlisted men—would be tried before a military court. We welcome the news, and…

[In the news] Militant labor groups demand living, not ‘libing’ wage -INQUIRER.com

Militant labor groups demand living, not ‘libing’ wage. By Tina G. Santos,Philippine Daily Inquirer November 2, 2012 “Libing (burial),” not living, wage. This was how militant and labor groups described the remaining P10 increase in the cost-of-living-allowance (Cola) for minimum wage earners in Metro Manila, which took effect Thursday. “No wonder the Department of Labor…

[In the news] Families remember missing loved ones -INQUIRER.net

Families remember missing loved ones. By Marielle Medina, Kate Pedroso,Inquirer Research, Philippine Daily Inquirer November 1, 2012 Erlinda Malicdem still remembers the last words her husband, Jimmy, uttered in Filipino before the urban poor leader disappeared on Oct. 8, 1987: “When the time comes, you’ll understand what I’m doing.” “He was always there when they…

[In the news] Metro Cebu Muslims, advocates hail pact -Cebu Daily News

Metro Cebu Muslims, advocates hail pact Cebu Daily News October 15, 2012 International peace advocates and Muslim community leaders in Cebu hailed this afternoon’s signing of the preliminary framework agreement between the national government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). A member of the International Contact Group assisting the peace process between the government…

[In the news] Overwhelming case for the RH bill -INQUIRER.net

Overwhelming case for the RH bill. By Kaka Bag-ao, Teddy Baguilat Walden Bello and Kimi Cojuangco Philippine Daily Inquirer October 13, 2012 To its critics, the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health (RH) bill is the devilish product of a foreign conspiracy. The principal plotters in this conspiracy are three: the United Nations, the goal of…

[In the news] Cash dole no answer to poverty, says NGO -INQUIRER.net

Cash dole no answer to poverty, says NGO By DJ Yap, Philippine Daily Inquirer October 11, 2012 In spite of its successes, the government’s conditional cash transfer (CCT) program is not the solution to rising hunger in the country, according to a nongovernmental organization. FoodFirst Information and Action Network (FIAN) Philippines criticized the Aquino government’s…

[In the news] Philippines, Saudi Arabia sign pact giving Filipino household workers higher pay -INQUIRER.net

Philippines, Saudi Arabia sign pact giving Filipino household workers higher pay. By Tarra Quismundo, Fat Reyes, INQUIRER.net, Philippine Daily Inquirer October 5, 2012 MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines and Saudi Arabia have agreed to implement a “pioneering” standard employment contract for newly hired Filipino domestic workers in the Middle Eastern country, a document that would provide for…

[In the news] Martial Law 40 years after -INQUIRER.net

Martial Law 40 years after. By Philippine Daily Inquirer September 1, 2012 His provenance nurtured his politics that spanned six decades of the nation’s historic past. Saturnino Cunanan Ocampo was born to a family of landless tenants in  Pampanga in Central Luzon, the cradle of agrarian unrest, a background that predisposed him to a life…

[From the web] Forty years hence -INQUIRER.net

Forty years hence. By Butch Hernandez, Philippine Daily Inquirer August 31, 2012 SEPT. 21 marks the 40th anniversary of the declaration of martial law, and true to form, media organizations have been calling the Eggie Apostol Foundation to request permission to use footage from our landmark video documentary “Batas Militar.” Political science and history students…

[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…

[In the news] IPs and the Sona: Benign neglect -INQUIRER.net

IPs and the Sona: Benign neglect By: Rina Jimenez-David, Philippine Daily Inquirer July 26, 2012 The President’s State of the Nation Address could have been three hours long (it lasted an hour-and-a-half, his longest Sona so far) and still there would have been disgruntled groups unhappy at their exclusion from this speech. This is because the…

Asian Human Rights Commission

[Appeal] An Open Letter from the Asian Human Rights Commission to Sr. Supt. Generoso Cerbo Jr., spokesperson of the Philippine National Police (PNP) -AHRC

An Open Letter from the Asian Human Rights Commission to Sr. Supt. Generoso Cerbo Jr., spokesperson of the Philippine National Police (PNP) July 5, 2012 Sr. Supt. Generoso Cerbo Jr. Spokesperson Philippine National Police (PNP) Camp General Rafael Crame Quezon City PHILIPPINES Tel: +63 2 726 4361/ 4366/ 8763 Fax: + +63 2724 8763 Dear…