[In the news] Sandigan to start forwarding records of Imelda Marcos’ graft case to SC -GMAnewsOnline

Sandigan to start forwarding records of Imelda Marcos’ graft case to SC The Sandiganbayan has started the process of forwarding records in the graft case of Ilocos Norte Representative Imelda Marcos to the Supreme Court, where she will challenge her conviction for allegedly creating Swiss foundations to benefit her family. The Fifth Division confirmed on…

[In the news] Con-Com chair says House draft charter a ‘disaster to democracy’ -abs-cbn.com

Con-Com chair says House draft charter a ‘disaster to democracy’ MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte’s Consultative Committee warned the public about the “deficiencies” of a proposed federal charter drafted and approved by the House of Representatives. Former Chief Justice Reynato Puno, chair of the committee, said the House’s draft charter, which he believes was “haphazardly”…

[In the news] UNHRC asks Philippine gov’t to release detained Senator De Lima -Inquirer.net

UNHRC asks Philippine gov’t to release detained Senator De Lima MANILA, Philippines — A working group of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has formally asked the Philippine government to release detained opposition Senator Leila de Lima. In a 13-page Opinion released to the media on Wednesday, the UNHRC’s Working Group on Arbitrary Detention…

[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…

[Statement] A Joint Statement by Youth for Human Rights and Democracy (Y4HRD) and Young Filipino Advocates of Critical Thinking (yFACTph)

AN EXCEPTION TURNED GENERAL RULE: A Joint Statement by Youth for Human Rights and Democracy (Y4HRD) and Young Filipino Advocates of Critical Thinking (yFACTph) We, the Youth for Human Rights and Democracy (Y4HRD) and the Young Filipino Advocates of Critical Thinking (yFACTph), express our utter dismay for yet another extension of military rule in Mindanao.…

[In the news] Congress grants third extension of Mindanao martial law until end of 2019 -CNN Philippines

Congress grants third extension of Mindanao martial law until end of 2019 Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 12) — Martial law will remain in Mindanao for another full year from January 1 to December 31, 2019 after Congress on Wednesday granted President Rodrigo Duterte’s request. In the final joint session vote, 235 senators and representatives…

[Right-Up] Beking Pari Ba ‘Ikamo? -ni Norman Novio

Beking Pari Ba ‘Ikamo? Hindi naman talaga maitatatwa na mayroong mga beking pari sa Simbahang Katolika pero ano kayang pampatulog ang tinira ng pangulo na tila sa panaginip lang niya kinuha ang kanyang mga numero. Sa kanyang talumpati sa Presidential Awards for Filipino Individuals and Organizations Overseas (PAFIOO) na ginanap sa Rizal Hall sa Malacañan…

[Off-the-shelf] Indigenous Peoples Rights and Charter Change: Possibilities and Uncertainties -LRCKsK-FOE

Indigenous Peoples Rights and Charter Change: Possibilities and Uncertainties The perceived impending shift to a federal system through amendments to the Philippine Constitution proposed by the Duterte Administration has engendered concerns among the general public, but more particularly among indigenous peoples (IPs) because of the possible impact on their right to self-determination and self-governance. Foremost…

[From the web] Duterte Administration Slammed for Trade Union and Human Rights Violations -CTUHR

On the 70thAnniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Duterte Administration Slammed for Trade Union and Human Rights Violations “Forty two (42) unionists, farm workers and labour rights defenders killed, strikes violently dispersed, contractualization and poverty among workers increase multifold, and there is no indication that Duterte regime is stopping. Workers must continue to organize…

[Video] Dec 3 Massacre in Lake Sebu -LRC-KSK-FOE

Video: Dec 3 Massacre in Lake Sebu One year ago today, 8 T’boli and Manobo community members in Barangay Ned, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato were killed in an alleged military operations against communist rebels. But to tag them as “rebels” is to disregard their rights as legitimate owners and defenders of their land and ancestral…

[Event] Press Conference: MARTSA ng Mamamayan para sa Karapatang Pantao (United Peoples MARCH for Human Rights)

Calling on the public to join the commemoration of International Human Rights Day on Monday, December 10, In Defense of Human Rights and Dignity Movement (iDefend), Movement Against Tyranny (MAT), People’s Campaign Against Tyranny (PCAT), Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines (AMRSP), Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA), KARAPATAN Alliance for the…

[In the news] UN Special Rapporteur urges PHL gov’t to drop charges vs. Rappler, Maria Ressa -GMAnetwork.com

UN Special Rapporteur urges PHL gov’t to drop charges vs. Rappler, Maria Ressa The United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression has called on the Philippine government to drop charges against news website Rappler and its CEO Maria Ressa. In a statement dated December 6, David Kaye claimed that the complaints against Ressa…

[In the news] Two Sandiganbayan justices believe Revilla is guilty of plunder -news.abs-cbn.com

Two Sandiganbayan justices believe Revilla is guilty of plunder MANILA – Sandiganbayan 1st Division Chairperson Efren De la Cruz and Associate Justice Maria Theresa Dolores Gomez-Estoesta believe that former senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. is guilty of plunder and should have shared the fate of businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles and his Senate staff Richard Cambe.…