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[In the news] QC cop who killed ex-soldier ‘followed instruction’ — PNP chief -PhilStar.com

QC cop who killed ex-soldier ‘followed instruction’ — PNP chief

The chief of the national police defended Thursday the actions of a Quezon City cop involved in the killing of a former soldier on Tuesday afternoon, saying he was simply complying with instructions.

Despite the Quezon City Police Department (QCPD) saying that the officer in question was facing criminal and administrative charges, PNP chief Gen. Archie Gamboa insisted that the cop was under threat by the suspect, 34-year-old army veteran Winston Ragos, and was prompted to shoot him twice.

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[From the web] Bono salutes journalists, activists, volunteers at 2019 Philippine concert -PhilStar.com

Irish rock band U2 has honored Red Cross volunteers, journalists and activists at the Philippine leg of their world tour, “The Joshua Tree Tour” promoted by MMI Live and held in Philippine Arena in Bulacan.

During the concert, frontman Bono asked concertgoers to include volunteers, journalists and activists in their prayers. In a Zipline press conference the other day, Bono shared that his concert was free for Red Cross volunteers and if not a singer, he would probably be a journalist.

“Red Cross is in the house tonight, volunteers. Let’s keep them in our prayers, the ones who keep us safe from physical harm,” Bono said.

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[In the news] Claims board fears ML memorial may be blocked -PhilStar.com

As the country is set to commemorate the declaration of martial law tomorrow, the Human Rights Victims Claims Board (HRVCB) has warned that “revisionists” could block the establishment of the planned martial law memorial.

HRVCB executive director Carmelo Victor Crisanto said they are aware that some groups are blocking their efforts to memorialize the terrors of martial law under the Marcos regime decades ago.

Crisanto, among the speakers of UP Day of Remembrance yesterday, said that while some may block the move, especially relatives of the late dictator in Congress, he hopes President Duterte would support the museum.

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[In the news] Philippines tops list of countries facing climate risk -PhilStar.com

The Philippines has topped the list of countries facing the highest risk of climate change hazards, according to the latest Global Peace Index (GPI) released by Australia-based independent think tank Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP).

Citing data from the Index for Risk Management, the IEP said the Philippines scored the highest in terms of risk of multiple climate change hazards such as floods, cyclones and droughts.

It noted that 47 percent of the population live in areas with high exposure to climate hazards.

Following the Philippines in terms of risk due to multiple hazards are Japan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, China, Indonesia, India, Vietnam and Pakistan.

Meanwhile, the Philippines ranked seventh in terms of risk to single natural hazard, after Vietnam, Somalia, Japan, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Indonesi

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[In the news] Fisherfolk group umapela ng dagdag na proteksyon vs. Chinese ‘harassment’ -PhilStar.com

Matapos ang pamamanggang nangyari sa pagitan Filipino at Chinese vessels sa Recto Bank nitong Linggo, humiling ang Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas na magpakitang gilas ang Hukbong Dagat ng Pilipinas at Philippine Coast Guard sa pagtatanggol ng mga mangingisda.

Idinirehe ng Pamalakaya sa Navy at PCG ang hamon matapos mapalubog ng mga Tsino ang F/B GIMVER 1 na may lulang 22 Pilipino.

“Our Navy’s presence is supposed to safeguard our marine territory, its resources, and most of all, our fishermen who are making a living out of our fishing waters,” sabi ni Fernando Hicap, pambansang tagapangulo ng Pamalakaya.

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[In the news] US court orders payment to Marcos rights victims -PhilStar.com

Thousands of human rights victims during the martial law period are set to receive $1,500 each starting next month after a federal judge in New York affirmed the settlement agreement that will divide some $20 million worth of the Marcoses’ ill-gotten assets that were recovered in the United States.

American human rights lawyer Robert Swift, counsel of the martial law victims that won the $2-billion class suit filed in Hawaii, said New York district court Judge Katherine Polk Failla directed the release of $13.75 million to the human rights victims following a hearing on Tuesday.

The Philippine government, after initially engaging in negotiations, sought to stop the settlement agreement that will divide the proceeds from the sale of the paintings seized from Vilma Bautista, an aide of former first lady and Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos.

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[In the news] US senators file resolution condemning ‘ongoing human rights abuses’ in the Philippines -PhilStar.com

Five United States senators introduced a bipartisan resolution highlighting human rights concerns in the Philippines and urging the Duterte administration to respect freedom of expression.

US Sens. Edward Markey (D-Mass.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.) this week filed the six-page resolution, which specifically raised the cases of detained Philippine Sen. Leila de Lima and Rappler CEO and veteran journalist Maria Ressa.

“Extrajudicial killings in the Philippines have been a stain on the country’s human rights record,” Markey said.

“But rather than working with lawmakers, journalists, and civil society in the Philippines to hold perpetrators for these crimes accountable, the Duterte government is turning the law against the very voices promoting the rights of the Philippine people,” he added.

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[In the news] Green Scorecard to keep tabs on environment policies -PhilStar.com

Green Scorecard to keep tabs on environment policies

A coalition of environmental groups launched Tuesday its “Green Scorecard” for the 2019 elections, aimed at raising awareness of the voting public on the proposed environmental policies of senatorial candidates.

“Green Thumb Coalition’s Green Scorecard aims to bring forth environmental issues at the center stage of electoral campaign period, and to encourage the public and candidates to seriously consider a green electoral agenda,” said Norie Garcia of Bantay Kita, in a news conference in Quezon City.

Bantay Kita is one of the convenors of the coalition.

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[In the news] Workers stage protest vs red-tagging -PhilStar.com

Workers stage protest vs red-tagging

Government employees and militant workers yesterday staged a rally in front of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) main office in Intramuros, Manila to protest the alleged attempt of the military to link trade unions to communist rebels.

Ferdinand Gaite, president of the Confederation for Unity, Recognition, and Advancement of Government Employees (COURAGE), said they have received information that some of their leaders and members have been identified by the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) as communist fronts and members.

“This ploy utilizing the military and intelligence groups have long been a practice to quell legitimate dissent. Since the ruling administration cannot and will not address the genuine problems of injustice and inequality, it will use deceit and repression to silence the workers,” Gaite said.

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[In the news] Priests recount death threats -PhilStar.com

Priests recount death threats

Three priests who have received death threats allegedly for their criticism of the Duterte administration’s war on drugs declared that they are not scared.

Fathers Robert Reyes, Flavie Villanueva and Albert Alejo yesterday went public and said that they have been receiving death threats and even monitored suspicious men lurking near their houses and offices.
“We took a stand to speak out and say, Digong, we’re not afraid of you… we only abide by our lord God,” Reyes said in Filipino.

Reyes, a vocal critic of the administration, was the most daring in his words, directly addressing President Duterte in his message.

Reyes said the threats, insults and curses all stemmed from the President’s sharp tongue against the Catholic Church.

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[In the news] 29,000 deaths probed since drug war launched -PhilStar.com

29,000 deaths probed since drug war launched

At least 29,000 cases of killings categorized as deaths under inquiry (DUI) have been recorded nationwide since President Duterte launched his crackdown on illegal drugs, according to the Philippine National Police (PNP).

In an interview over The Chiefs on Cignal TV’s One News on Monday, PNP spokesman Col. Bernard Banac said the homicide cases under investigation were recorded from July 1, 2016 to Feb. 4.

Banac did not provide a breakdown of regions with the highest number of DUI cases.

 

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[In the news] Group tells public to vote for bets who include human rights agenda in their platforms -PhilStar.com

Group tells public to vote for bets who include human rights agenda in their platforms

The May midterm elections would give Filipinos an opportunity to prevent “further erosion” in the country’s democratic traditions and processes, a human rights group said Thursday.

“The 2019 elections is a defining moment for the aggrieved Filipino masses, whether we move forward as a nation hoping for better lives or as doomed souls, is literally in the hands of every voter inside the polling booths come May 13,” the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates said.

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It added: “At this juncture, we simply cannot afford a business-as-usual approach to this political exercise.”

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[In the news] Duterte: ‘Killings? I’ve killed many. I’m just beginning’ -PhilStar.com

Duterte: ‘Killings? I’ve killed many. I’m just beginning’

As a video critical of the administration is going viral, President Duterte disputed the claims of his critics that he has brought the country to the proverbial kangkungan, or water spinach patch.

“Sabi niyo bastos ako, eh ‘di bastos. So ano? ‘Eh p*****. Duterte napili natin hindi statesman, hoodlum.’ Why? Hoodlum? Bastos, bastos ako. (You said I am rude, I am. So what? ‘We’ve chosen Duterte; he’s not a statesman, hoodlum).’ I could not have survived since 1988 to the presidency if I am a hoodlum,” Duterte said.

“Patay? Ah marami akong pinatay. Marami pa. Ngayon mag-umpisa ako. (Killing? I’ve killed many. More. I am just beginning),” he added.

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[In the news] Bato’s ‘lips to lips’ remark ‘normalizes’ sexual harassment, Chel Diokno says -PhilStar.com

Bato’s ‘lips to lips’ remark ‘normalizes’ sexual harassment, Chel Diokno says

Opposition candidate Chel Diokno rebuked fellow candidate and former Philippine National Police chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, who commented that the fastest way to learn Kapampangan was to kiss a Pampanga local “lips to lips.”

“Sabi nila, ang pinakamabilis daw na paraan para matuto ka ng salitang kapampangan ay makipag-lips to lips ka lagi ng kapampangan para mabilis yung pag-transfer ng kaalaman (They say the fastest way to learn the Kapampangan language is to ‘lips to lips’ kiss to be able to transfer knowledge faster),” Dela Rosa joked during the launch of the Hugpong ng Pagbabago senatorial slate in Pampanga.

But Diokno, a human rights lawyer-turned-opposition senatorial candidate, did not find the joke funny.

“Itong biro ni General Ronald Dela Rosa na paghalik daw sa babaeng Kapampangan ang pinakamabilis na paraan para matutunan ang wika nila ay tulad ng napakaraming biro ng administrasyong ito, hindi nakakatawa at hindi nakakatuwa (This joke of General Ronald Dela Rosa who said the fastest way to learn Kapampangan langauge is like a lot of jokes of the administration. It’s neither amusing nor funny),” the opposition candidate said.

Diokno called the comments “irresponsible.”

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[In the news] ‘Romanticizing’ poverty? Miss Universe Catriona Gray’s winning answer draws mixed reactions -PhilStar.com

‘Romanticizing’ poverty? Miss Universe Catriona Gray’s winning answer draws mixed reactions

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines’ Catriona Gray made her country proud when she bagged the Miss Universe crown but her winning answer did not sit well with some.

At the finale of a fierce competition Monday in the Thai capital Bangkok, Gray, 24, edged out 93 other candidates with her signature “lava walk,” Mayon Volcano-inspired red-hot gown and her grace under pressure during the question and answer portion.

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[From the web] Confidence building -PhilStar.com

EDITORIAL – Confidence building
The Philippine Star
March 02, 2012


What happens when a member of the separatist Moro Islamic Liberation Front is “suspended” by its leadership? Does it include being temporarily disarmed? Will the suspended member follow the lead of MILF commander Ameril Umbra Kato and simply form a breakaway group? And who can verify if the suspension has truly been carried out?

The government, which continues to explore long-term peace with the MILF, will just have to take the word of the group for it. The other day, the MILF leadership announced that three of the group’s commanders based in Basilan had been suspended for three months for their direct participation in the ambush of Army Special Forces and Scout Rangers in the town of Al-Barka on Oct. 18 last year. Nineteen soldiers were killed. The MILF’s chief peace negotiator said the three would undergo an education seminar on the peace process.

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[In the news] Almendras: No more nuclear future for Bataan plant – PhilStar.com

Almendras: No more nuclear future for Bataan plant
By Ding Cervantes, The Philippine Star
January 19, 2012

 CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga, Philippines – The idle Bataan nuclear power plant (BNPP) definitely no longer has any nuclear future and might have to be totally abandoned for other purposes, Energy Secretary Jose Rene Almendras said here.

“A coal-fired power plant is being considered, but the conversion cost seems too high so it might be better to consider a new plant,” Almendras said at a press conference during an “energy forum” held here Tuesday by the Department of Energy.

Almendras, however, said the government has not closed its doors to new nuclear technology developments that would take into consideration the accident at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan as a result of the devastating tsunani triggered by a powerful quake in northeast Japan in March last year.

“Maybe in five to seven years from now, that new technology would be available and these are plants that can withstand risks,” he said, citing proposals to construct smaller nuclear plants producing lesser power.

Almendras also noted previous studies showing that the BNPP is not on an ideal site.”

He was referring to findings that the plant, whose construction started in 1976 during the Marcos administration, was located on an earthquake fault zone and too near Mt. Pinatubo whose eruption in 1991 was said to be one of the most powerful in recent history.

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[In the news] EDITORIAL – Again, impunity – PhilStar.com

EDITORIAL – Again, impunity
The Philippine Star
January 07, 2012

 In the first week of the year, with the Christmas season not even officially over, another journalist has been murdered. Christopher Guarin, publisher of a community newspaper and a “block-timer” on radio station dxMD in General Santos City, was ambushed while driving home with his wife and nine-year-old daughter late Thursday night. Two men on a motorcycle opened fire and continued shooting as Guarin got out of his car and tried to run. He died of five gunshot wounds.

Police are still trying to determine if the murder was related to Guarin’s work in mass media. He is the first journalist to be killed this year and the 10th since President Aquino assumed power. More attacks are likely to follow unless perpetrators are brought to justice. Scores of journalists have been murdered in the Philippines since the restoration of democracy in 1986, making the country one of the most dangerous in the world for media workers. The poor record in solving the murders has made the country rank third, after Iraq and Somalia, on a so-called Impunity Index drawn up by the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists.

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[In the news] EDITORIAL – Priority for the year – www.philstar.com

EDITORIAL – Priority for the year
(The Philippine Star) January 02, 2012

 The year ended with holiday merriment tempered by the continuing misery of thousands of people in the flood-stricken areas of Mindanao. The devastation caused by the flashfloods spawned by tropical storm “Sendong” capped a year that saw rare natural catastrophes, including a storm surge in Manila Bay that destroyed the sea wall and submerged Roxas Boulevard in several feet of water.

Rare, extreme weather was not unique to the Philippines in 2011. Japan suffered its worst tsunami following a powerful earthquake in March, while Thailand still has to recover from over a month of flooding that inundated even the capital Bangkok. Tens of thousands died from the worst drought in 60 years in southeastern Africa.

The year opened with a landslide triggered by incessant rains outside Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, which left 800 dead and 400 missing. In the same month, the northeastern United States saw up to 20 inches of snow in what was dubbed as the “snowpocalypse.”

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[In the news] China turns down Phl ‘mercy mission’ – www.philstar.com

China turns down Phl ‘mercy mission’
By Pia Lee-Brago (The Philippine Star)

MANILA, Philippines – China has refused a visit from Vice President Jejomar Binay to ask for mercy for a Filipino on death row and said the execution will not be delayed, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said yesterday.

The 35-year-old Filipino, who was caught at an airport in 2008 trying to smuggle about 1.5 kilograms of heroin into China from Malaysia, is scheduled for execution on Dec. 8.

“We have also been informed that the Chinese side is unable to arrange the visit of Vice President (Jejomar) Binay to China at this time. We respect the Chinese law and the verdict of the Supreme People’s Court,” the DFA said in a statement.

“The Philippine side expressed its concern and the Chinese side stated its position. The verdict by the Chinese judicial authorities is final,” Chinese embassy Deputy Chief of Political Section and spokesperson Ethan Sun Yi said in a text message to The STAR.

Binay, however, remains optimistic that China has not totally closed its doors to his visit so he can personally hand over the appeal of President Aquino.

“As far as the judicial process is concerned, the decision is deemed final. But we are pursuing our appeal on humanitarian grounds, and the passionate plea of the family for compassion,” he said.

Malacañang is also confident that China will allow Binay to go to Beijing to personally appeal for the life of the Filipino convict.

“We are hoping that he (Binay) can leave and will be given a schedule (to meet with Chinese authorities in Beijing,” deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said yesterday over government-run radio dzRB.

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