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[From the web] NUJP demands arrest of media killing ‘mastermind’

NUJP demands arrest of media killing ‘mastermind’
Joel Reyes campaigning to reclaim Palawan governorship despite arrest warrant

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) called for the arrest of former Palawan governor Joel Reyes, the alleged mastermind in the killing of Palawan broadcaster Gerry Ortega in 2011.

In a statement on Ortega’s 11th death anniversary on Monday, January 24, the NUJP said former Palawan governor Joel Reyes is campaigning to reclaim the top provincial post even as he remains a fugitive from the law.

“[N]ot only is former governor Joel Reyes evading his warrant of arrest for Ortega’s killing, he is running for Palawan governor, according to news reports, and is campaigning while a subject of a manhunt,” the media group said.

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[In the news] Twitter suspends over 300 accounts of Marcos Jr. ‘supporters’ | GMA News

Twitter suspends over 300 accounts of Marcos Jr. ‘supporters’
By ANNA FELICIA BAJO, GMA News

Social media platform Twitter disclosed Friday that over 300 accounts from the supporter base of former senator and presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. have been suspended.

According to Twitter, it has conducted a review on the accounts and hashtags recently mentioned by a Rappler report. The report said these accounts and hashtags have since dominated Twitter for their supposed “propaganda work.”

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[Statement] Hinggil sa Mandatory Military Service | AK

Hinggil sa Mandatory Military Service

Nagpahayag ang vice-presidential aspirant na si Sara Duterte-Carpio na dapat maging mandatory ang military service sa lahat ng kabataang nasa 18-anyos kagaya ng mga bansang South Korea at Israel. Para kay Duterte-Carpio, isa raw itong paraan upang ituro ang pagiging makabayan sa mga kabataan.

Hindi tayo sumasang-ayon sa mungkahing ito, sapagkat, una sa lahat, hindi natin katulad ang South Korea at Israel na nasa estado ng digmaan. Kasalukuyang nasa hidawaan pa rin ang South Korea laban sa North Korea, at ang Israel ay patuloy na naglulungsad ng military occupation sa Palestine. Walang pagkakahalintulad ang kalagayan ng Pilipinas sa mga malalaking kapitalistang bansang ito.

Ang kulturang digmaan ng estado ay isa lamang laro ng mga naghaharing uri upang gisahin ang taumbayan sa sarili nitong mantika. Walang makabayan sa hukbong nagtuturo lamang ng kulturang dahas laban sa kapwa nitong uring manggagawa at maralita.

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[Statement] on the arrest of an 80-year old man who allegedly stole mangoes in Asingan, Pangasinan | CHR

Statement of CHR spokesperson, Atty Jacqueline Ann de Guia, on the arrest of an 80-year old man who allegedly stole mangoes in Asingan, Pangasinan

It is unfortunate that an 80-year old man has been sued for theft after picking mangoes from trees that, he asserts, was planted by himself. This incident, at the same time, highlights the importance of knowing one’s rights and the availability of legal assistance, especially for vulnerable and marginalized citizens.

Cognizant of the costly and protracted nature of litigation, the Commission on Human Rights hopes that alternative means to settle the dispute be explored, an amicable agreement be reached, and possibly a desistance of the charge filed given the circumstances of the complaint and condition of the accused.

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[In the news] Leody de Guzman says he’s not invited to GMA-7 interview of presidential hopefuls | INQUIRER.net

Leody de Guzman says he’s not invited to GMA-7 interview of presidential hopefuls

Presidential aspirant and labor leader Ka Leody de Guzman on Saturday said he was not invited to Presidential Interviews of GMA 7 News and Public Affairs hosted by Jessica Soho.

Despite this, De Guzman will have a Facebook live stream on the official page of Partido Lakas ng Masa as the party’s standard-bearer.

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[From the web] Jessica Soho interviews 4 presidentiables | VERA Files

Jessica Soho interviews 4 presidentiables

There are many good things going for the three-hour GMA 7’s Jessica Soho Presidential Interviews aired Saturday night.

It started at exactly 6:15 and wrapped up at 9:15 at which time you realize you have just watched one hell of a TV interview involving at least four presidential contenders.

It was a refreshing experience because the state of the country’s talk shows has sunk so low after the disappearance ofgood TV hosts who lost the ratings war and pushed to late night slots.

For the Presidential Interviews, the subjects looked prepared- from Vice President Leni Robredo, Sen. Panfilo Lacson, Mayor Isko Moreno and Sen. Manny Pacquiao.

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[From the web] No justice, no genuine land reform 35 years after Mendiola Massacre—KMP | KODAO

No justice, no genuine land reform 35 years after Mendiola Massacre—KMP

Justice for the victims of the Mendiola Massacre and the struggle for genuine land reform they died for remain a rallying cry for farmers 35 years after the bloody incident, the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) said.

The farmers’ group that led 20,000 farmers in a rally near Malacanang Palace on January 22, 1987, said the 13 victims who died in the bloody dispersal are yet to be given justice, as is their group’s call for an end to tyranny and for genuine land reform.

“The peasant movement pays tribute to Danilo Arjona, Leopoldo Alonzo, Adelfa Aribe, Dionisio Bautista, Roberto Caylao, Vicente Campomanes, Ronilo Dumanico, Dante Evangelio, Angelito Gutierrez, Rodrigo Grampan, Bernabe Laquindanum, Sonny Boy Perez, and Roberto Yumul who were martyrs of the Mendiola Massacre,” the KMP said.

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[Petition] Grant bail to women’s rights and children’s rights advocate Ma. Salome “Sally” Ujano now! | Change.org

Grant bail to women’s rights and children’s rights advocate Ma. Salome “Sally” Ujano now!

Long-time women’s and children’s rights advocate, Ma. Salome “Sally” Ujano was arrested by agents of the Philippine National Police (PNP) on 14 November 2021 in Malolos, Bulacan on rebellion charges filed against her in 2006. PNP Chief PGen Dionardo Carlos asserted that Sally’s arrest stemmed from her alleged involvement as a high-ranking official of the Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) in the ambush of two military personnel in Quezon Province in 2005. The PNP also said that Sally has been in hiding for fifteen (15) years.

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[Press Release] Teachers laud DEPED Region 7 for ‘Academic Health Break’ | TDC

Teachers laud DEPED Region 7 for ‘Academic Health Break’

The Teachers’ Dignity Coalition-Central Visayas (TDC-CV) lauded the DepEd Regional Office 7 for issuing Regional Memorandum No. 0052, s. 2022 this afternoon. Said memorandum signed by Dr. Salustiano Jimenez, DepEd Regional Director in Central Visayas declared a suspension of classes in areas under alert level 3 within the region from January 24 to 31, 2022.

“With the alarming spike in COVID-19 cases in Region VII and the wide extent of devastation left behind by Typhoon Odette last December, this is just a logical and necessary action,” said Cebu City teacher Raul Constantino, the president of the TDC’s regional chapter.

The TDC earlier called for an academic health break for the entire DepEd system and on January 12, DepEd Central Office released a memorandum allowing class suspensions according to the discretion of the DepEd field officials. After which, several regional and division offices as well as some LGUs ordered their own versions of the class suspension.

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[Statement] PH Senate should act swiftly, pass HRDP bill to protect human rights | AIph

PH Senate should act swiftly, pass HRDP bill to protect human rights

On 17 January, Congress passed the Human Rights Defenders Protection bill on the third and final reading. The bill aims to strengthen existing laws and provide additional institutional measures to protect human rights defenders (HRDs) from extrajudicial killings, and extreme threats and harassment. Butch Olano, Amnesty International Philippines Section Director responds:

“Congress’ approval of the HRD Protection bill is a welcome development and provides a glimmer of hope that impunity will not always prevail in the Philippines. This bill is sorely needed as an answer to the Duterte administration’s intense crackdown on activists and any other person who speaks critically of its policies,

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[Press Release] Media groups reveal renewed Baguio PNP red-tagging of journalists | NUJP

Media groups reveal renewed Baguio PNP red-tagging of journalists

Media groups slammed renewed efforts by the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Baguio City to red-tag journalists it alleges are members of Leftist organizations.

In an alert, the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) said at least two journalists in the Cordillera region have been invited to a fake dialogue with the Baguio City Police earlier this month that turned out to be a witch-hunting activity against journalists and activists.

On January 14, the Baguio Correspondents and Broadcasters Club Inc. (BCBC) and NUJP’s Baguio-Benguet chapter said BCBC president Aldwin Quitasol was invited by the Baguio City Police to attend a so-called dialogue that turned out to be part of its Community Support Program White Area Operation (CSP-WAO), a component of the government’s Oplan Kapayapaan targeting suspected sympathizers of communist rebels in conflict-affected areas.

The second journalist refused to be identified.

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[Statement] PAHRA maintains its position that the COC of Bongbong Marcos should be canceled

STATEMENT OF THE PHILIPPINE ALLIANCE OF HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCATES ON THE DISMISSAL OF THE PETITION TO CANCEL THE CERTIFICATE OF CANDIDACY OF BONGBONG MARCOS, JR.

The Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) has received the decision of the Second Division of the Commission on Elections regarding our petition to cancel the Certificate of Candidacy (COC) of Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

PAHRA maintains its position that the COC of Bongbong Marcos should be canceled and that the case, with all its merits, should have been enough to put an end to his candidacy. It should be noted that the Second Division has recognized the misrepresentations made by Marcos Jr. in Item 11 and Box 22 of his COC. The petition that PAHRA and its member organizations filed is grounded on a clear revelation of a dishonest act by the late dictator’s son that impacts the electoral process and the welfare of all Filipinos. Dishonesty, deception, and cheating are central to and what characterize the personhoods and reign of the Marcoses, hence the significance of this case.

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[Press Release] House of Representatives has passed on third and final reading the bill protecting human rights defenders | Rep. Edcel Lagman

House of Representatives has passed on third and final reading the bill protecting human rights defenders

Hon. Edcel Lagman, photo source http://ph.yfittopostblog.com/

For two consecutive Congresses, the 17th and the current 18th, the House of Representatives has passed on third and final reading the bill protecting human rights defenders (HRDs).

Albay Rep. Edcel C. Lagman, the principal author of HB 10576, entitled “An Act Defining the Rights and Fundamental Freedoms of Human Rights Defenders, Declaring State Responsibilities, and Instituting Effective Mechanisms for the Protection and Promotion of These Rights and Freedoms”, disclosed that the House approved on third reading on Monday, 17 January 2022, the crusading measure affording full protection to HRDs.

The precursor HB 9199 was passed by the House on 03 June 2019 during the 17th Congress but was not acted upon by the Senate due to time constraints.

The enactment of the Human Rights Defenders Act will put an end to the prevailing impunity on the extrajudicial killings and extreme harassment of HRDs.

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[Maikling Kwento] BORIS | ni Rene Boy Abiva

BORIS

ni Rene Boy Abiva           

Aripue’y isang nilalang

Utusa’t ampaw sa katwiran

Kaya tama lang din na walang

Laman ang kanyang utak at tiyan.

Isang araw ay umulan nang hindi gaanong kalakasan. Iyong eksakto lang. Kumbaga’y hindi nakakairita sa pandinig ng tao. Ni hindi ito nakakabagabag. Para itong salidummay na humehele sa mga gutom sa layang malay at katawan ng mga aripuen. Mga aripuennahindi singlaya ng mga pipit, panal, sitsitok, at martines na lumipad at dumagit sa dibdib ng alangaang. Mga aripuenna hindi singlaya ng tubig na ipadama ang kanyang bagsik at lumanay sa pamamagitan ng pagdaloy at pagsalpok sa mga matatalim at dambuhalang bato sa kandungan ng Ilog Magat.

Tama. Hindi nga isang malayang nilalang ang mga aripuen. Mula sa pagputok ng mga silahis sa likod ng Sierra Madre hanggang sa paglubog nito sa likod ng Caraballo ay bihag sila. Paano ba naman kasi’y naturingan silang mga animal.

Naturingang mas mababa sa hayop?

Ano ang tawag kaya rito?

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[Statement] On the order for barangays to submit list of unvaccinated residents | CHR spokesperson, Atty Jacqueline Ann de Guia

Statement of CHR spokesperson, Atty Jacqueline Ann de Guia, on the order for barangays to submit list of unvaccinated residents

The Commission on Human Rights continues to remind the government that upholding human rights remains to be an important consideration in crafting and implementing policies addressing the pandemic. With the recent directive of the Department of the Interior and Local Government for barangays to submit a list of unvaccinated individuals in their communities, we hope that this does not result in the breach of the right to privacy of individuals and, more importantly, not restrict the unvaccinated from accessing essential good and services. We cannot use the present pandemic as a justification to set aside pertinent laws and human rights standards meant to protect human rights and dignity in all situations and at all times.

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[Statement] Reaksiyon ng TDC sa tugon ng DEPED Central sa hinihinging academic health break

STATEMENT
January 14, 2022

Reaksiyon ng TDC sa tugon ng DEPED Central sa hinihingi nating academic health break

Ang naging tugon ng DepEd ay hindi kasinglinaw ng atin sanang inaasahan. Ni hindi nga nila ito tinawag na academic break, health break o academic health break. Kaya hindi pa rin ito masasabing ganap na tagumpay sapagkat sa halip na desisyunan ng Central Office, partikular ng Kalihim Leonor Briones, ipinaubaya nila sa field officials, mga schools division superintendents (SDS) at Regional Directors (RD) ang determinasyon ng hinihinging break sa kani-kanilang nasasakupan. Ang resulta, maaaring magkaiba-iba ang petsa, maging ang bilang ng araw ng break na ito sa bawat dibisyon o rehiyon. Maaari rin namang walang break sa iba.

Hindi rin Memorandum o Order mula sa Office of the Secretary ang inilabas kundi memorandum mula sa Office of Undersecretary for Curriculum and Instructions at pirmado ni Usec Diosdado San Antonio.

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[Off-the-shelf] Pantayong Pananaw at Paninindigang Pulitikal | ni Jose Mario De Vega

PANTAYONG PANANAW AT PANININDIGANG PULITIKAL

Ang munting akdang ito ay isang pagtatangkang ituloy ang sa tingin ng manunulat na ito ang hindi natapos na proyekto o layon ng aklat na Pook at Paninindigan: Kritika ng Pantayong Pananaw ni Propesor Ramon Guillermo (2009) at isagad yaon hanggang sa lohikal nitong konklusyon.

Sa harap ng mga problemang panlipunan na kinakaharap ng bayang ito at gayundin ng iba’t ibang mga bansa sa mundo ukol sa pamamayagpag at tila paghahari ng populismo at pasismo o alalaumbaga ng malayong kanan (far right) ay kinakailangang magbalik-aral at tanaw ang mga rebolusyonaryo, aktibista, manghihimagsik, at akademikong mulat kung papaano ba ito susuriin at kakabakahin gamit ang mga kaisipan at kamalayan na naroon na rin sa nasabing mga bayan. 

Hindi maaaring hanggang wika at kalinangan lamang ang pakikibaka para sa katarungang panlipunan

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[Statement] Teachers call for academic health break | TDC

Teachers call for academic health break

Field offices of the Department of Education (DepEd) are now intensifying the physical reporting of teaching personnel despite the fact that there are no essential tasks to be done in schools. This is a clear violation of DepEd’s own rule that says work-from-home (WFH) is the default set-up for classroom teachers. At the time of this writing, these DepEd offices are imposing physical reporting, while the country is experiencing record high COVID-19 infection.

At a time when these leaders should be focusing on the psychosocial well-being of teachers and students, it appears that to some offices, “normalcy of operation” outweighs the well-being, even the very lives of Filipinos. It is incomprehensible how oblivious DepEd officials can be of the danger of their choices.

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[From the web] Labor and Environmental Groups Push for a Stronger Anti-Asbestos Policy to Protect Human Health | Ecowaste Coalition

Labor and Environmental Groups Push for a Stronger Anti-Asbestos Policy to Protect Human Health

There is an urgent need to modify and improve the Philippines’ twenty-one year old asbestos policy regulation on the manufacture and use of asbestos and asbestos containing materials in the country, said a confederation of labor unions and a coalition of environmental organizations.

According to the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) and the Ecowaste Coalition, the moribund Chemical Control Order (CCO) for Asbestos issued by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on January 6, 2000 needs serious improvement in its mandate to protect the public in the light of its passive enforcement, growing non-compliance to the regulation, and the unfettered importation into the country of raw asbestos and materials and products containing asbestos.

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[From the web] Amid the resurgence of COVID-19 cases, Teachers asked DEPED to retain their work from home status | TDC

Amid the resurgence of COVID-19 cases, Teachers asked DEPED to retain their work from home status

Amid the rising cases of COVID-19 especially in Metro Manila, the Teachers ’Dignity Coalition (TDC) has asked the Department of Education (DepEd) leadership to publicly declare that the agency is compliant with its own policy on alternative work arrangements for public school teachers. In a series of Facebook posts this morning, TDC Chairperson called the attention of DepEd officials to reiterate the alternative work arrangement of public school teachers.

“Yung ilang schools/SDOs sa Reg 3 & Reg 4A na nagpapasok sa teachers physically, relax, ‘wag niyo na dagdagan ang exposure ng tao para hindi matulad dito sa NCR. Remote modalities ang teaching, remember?” Basas posted referring to some schools in Central Luzon and CALABARZON requiring the physical presence of their teachers despite the remote teaching modalities employed by DepEd.

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