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[People] A story of one girl’s fight for justice By Fr. Shay Cullen

A story of one girl’s fight for justice
By Fr. Shay Cullen

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Here is a story that will gladden the hearts of all who care about children, abhor child abuse and are willing to speak out for human rights. It’s a story of a child’s courageous struggle against all odds. People of good conscience who shun evil and wrongdoing will hunger and thirst for justice and someday, if we struggle hard enough together, we have a greater chance of finding justice than if we stay silent and do nothing.

So it was for 14 year-old Martina, she sought justice. She grew up in an impoverished family in Olongapo city not far from the sex industry where young girls are lured and trafficked into prostitution and captured by the bar owners of many nationalities. It had a bad influence on her father.

Her mother, Maria, suffered leukemia and her father was unemployed and did part time jobs for a living and got money from relatives. Without a regular job, the family could not pay for health insurance. The medical system is so privatized and medical help is so expensive, the poor cannot survive even common diseases. There is no social insurance or a national health care system in the Philippines.

Maria wasted away and died and left Martina alone with her father who turned to smoking marijuana and took to visiting the cheaper sex bars. He met young enslaved teenagers there and became addicted to abusing the young girls. The drugs made him aggressive and moody and one night, he attacked and raped Martina, his own daughter. She was shocked, hurt, and traumatized.

The corrupt political practice of condoning and allowing a thriving sex industry run mostly by foreigners who prostitute young girls with impunity has eroded the moral values and corrupted family and community life.

Most child rapists terrorize their victims with threats of torture and death if they tell anyone. Martina was threatened with death by her father. She endured the abuse in silence and he, believing his terror tactic was working, raped her several more times. Unable to endure it any longer, Martina ran away to her material auntie in Taguig, Metro Manila.

Her auntie noticed her traumatized state and gently asked her what had happened. Martina cried and found the courage to tell her auntie. She told the most difficult thing of all – she was pregnant. Shocked and angered, the Auntie filed a criminal complaint against the father. The police filed the charges in Olongapo City and the social workers from Taguig called the Preda children’s home hot-line to refer Martina for counseling, shelter and therapy. She was welcomed into the Preda Home for sexually exploited and abused children and felt at home with the other forty children and the Preda professional staff.

The Prosecutor Joy Bayona quickly acted and resolved the case and filed it in court on 5 May 2011, and when the accused did not appear to answer the charges, an arrest warrant was issued. He went into hiding, it took many months for Preda paralegal workers to find him and have the police arrest him. During this time, Martina, still under care at Preda, was brought to a special clinic and gave birth to a normal healthy baby boy.

By 20 October 2011, five months later, the arraignment was set in the family court, Olongapo city. It was postponed and reset for 3 November 2011, then postponed again; Judge Pamintuan being absent. After two more postponements, the arrangement was finally set on 25 May 2012; one year after the arrest warrant was issued.

The wheels of justice having stopped a few times began to grind again with all the supporters of Martina pushing and shoving. The abusive father pleaded not guilty. The case dragged on and more delays were made. It is a common legal tactic hoping the child would give up and fail to appear as a witness, the case could then be dismissed. Martina would not give into the pressure to give up. She feared that many more children would be abused if he went free and he might harass or attack her again.

There were eight more postponements with months between the settings due to various reasons. Then after some lobbying by Preda Senior staff to the court administrator of the Supreme Court, Judge Bautista was appointed to assist Judge Pamintuan. He took on the case of Martina. The accused was advised by his counsel to plead guilty to a lesser charge and he was found guilty on three charges of rape and was sentenced to ten years for each charge which is equal to a life sentence.

The Preda paralegal officer, Marlyn Capio requested the judge to consider the plea of Martina to have a barring order issued so that if ever he got out, he could not pursue her. Judge Bautista did so.

This week, the case ended a long protracted pursuit of justice and the end of the rampage of a serial child sex offender. Martina is a survivor, healed, supported and empowered by her courage and brave pursuit of justice and truth. Martina is reintegrated to a happy family. The child is healthy and well. [shaycullen@preda.org; http://www.preda.org]

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[Press Release] Iloilo joins Freedom Ride against Human Trafficking-Dakila

Iloilo joins Freedom Ride against Human Trafficking

Freedom Ride IloiloAdvocates and cyclists against human trafficking continue the fight in Iloilo with another Freedom Ride happening on April 20, Saturday, at the Iloilo Provincial Capitol Building. Cyclists are expected to assemble at 6:00 am and ride out at 7:00 am. The 25-kilometer bike tour shall pass around major thoroughfares and significant landmarks along the 6 districts of Iloilo City. The cyclists shall wear the freedom ride shirts promoting the 1343 anti-trafficking hotline to draw public attention to human trafficking as a national and global issue.

According to musician, advocate, and cycling enthusiast Nityalila Saulo, “The cycling community in Iloilo is excited to participate in the Freedom Ride that will enable more people to become aware about human trafficking and the hotline number 1343. Like cyclists, we want everyone to get to their destinations safely and avoid being ‘trafficked.’”

The bike tour is organized by Dakila, a group creatively inspiring involvement in social transformation, in partnership with the Manila Fixed Gear, a group of urban cyclists who has incorporated cycling in their lifestyle, the Freedom from Debt Coalition Iloilo, Partido ng Manggagawa and the Iloilo Folding Bike Riders (I-Fold) with the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Department of Justice Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (DOJ-IACAT) and the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission (PAOCC).

Karen Bermejo, spokesperson of the artist collective in Dakila-Iloilo, said, “Stop Look Listen is a campaign that hopes to stop human trafficking by looking at its signs and listening to stories of victims and survivors. A lot of people in the provinces become victims of human trafficking because of the lack of information given to them. Iloilo is one of the more vulnerable provinces, especially with the number of Overseas Filipino Workers and seamen coming from the province. With the support of the city government, other organizations, and our advocates, we are hopeful that more people will learn about it, and, thus, lead to a decrease in the number of victims.”

Every year around 300,000 to 400,000 Filipinos fall prey to human trafficking in their own country and abroad. The Freedom Ride is part of the Project Freedom Campaign of Dakila, which aims to raise public awareness on Human Trafficking and empower advocates and citizens to become watchdogs in their own communities by driving them into action through grassroots involvement and amplified action through mainstream and digital media.

The Stop Look LIsten campaign kicked off last March 9 with a Freedom Ride held in McKinley Hill, Taguig City participated by around 1,000 cyclists. His Excellency Ambassador Ton Boon von Ochssee and Mrs. Martine Boon von Ochssee of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, H.E. Josef Rychtar of the Czech Embassy, and H.E. Guy Ledoux of the European Union joined the bike ride as well as members of the diplomatic community representing the Embassies of France, Spain, Belgium, Canada, United States, New Zealand, European Union and Czech Republic; top officials of Dutch Corporations like Philips Electronics, Seatrade, Control Union Philippines and Pilipinas Shell Petroleum; Officials of the Department of Justice Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (DOJ-IACAT) led by Chief Senior State Prosecutor Jonathan Lledo, Bureau of Immigrations Commissioner Ricardo David, Director Patricia Luna of DSWD and Assistant Secretary Jed Eva III of the Office of the Executive Secretary, Office of the President, Actor Albert Martinez, sports and lifestyle host Reema Chanco, restaurateur Erik Waldie, and Miss Earth Air 2012 Stephany Stefanowitz and Miss Philippines Fire 2012 Thoreen Halvorsen.

The Freedom Ride is open to the public. For more information about the Freedom Rides and the campaign, visit http://dakila.org.ph/projectfreedom.

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PRESS RELEASE
Dakila
19 April 2013

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[Press Release] Freedom Ride Paves the Road to a Human Trafficking Free Philippines -Dakila

Freedom Ride Paves the Road to a Human Trafficking Free Philippines
Government, Diplomatic Community, Cyclists, Civil Society and Artists
come together to combat human trafficking.

dakilaAll roads lead to Venice Piazza, McKinley Hill, Taguig at 7:00 in the morning on March 9, Saturday as warriors against human trafficking prepare for the historic Freedom Ride.

Organized by the artist collective, Dakila – Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism, in partnership with Manila Fixed Gear and We FXD and with the support of the Department of Justice Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (DOJ-IACAT) and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Freedom Ride shall serve as the launch of the Stop, Look, and Listen campaign to intensify efforts to stop human trafficking in the Philippines.

Joining the bike ride are Ambassadors H.E. Ton Boon von Ochssee of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, H.E. Josef Rychtar of the Czech Embassy, and H.E. Guy Ledoux of the European Union. Members of the diplomatic community representing the Embassies of France, Spain, Belgium, Canada, United States, New Zealand, European Union and Czech Republic as well as top officials of Dutch Corporations like Philips Electronics, Seatrade, Control Union Philippines and Pilipinas Shell Petroleum.

According to Dakila Vice President and musician Noel Cabangon, “The support of the diplomatic community is a strong statement that there is a concerted effort of the international community to combat human trafficking and modern day slavery. Through this Freedom Ride, we want to show that our country is one with the world and that we can achieve a human trafficking free Philippines.”

Also participating in the bike tour are officials of the Department of Justice Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (DOJ-IACAT) to be led by Chief Senior State Prosecutor Jonathan Lledo, Bureau of Immigrations Commissioner Ricardo David, Director Patricia Luna of DSWD and Assistant Secretary Jed Eva III of the Office of the Executive Secretary, Office of the President. Actor Albert Martinez, sports and lifestyle host Reema Chanco, restaurateur Erik Waldie, tour guide and performance artist Carlos Celdran, social entrepreneur Illac Diaz, and Miss Earth Air 2012 Stephany Stefanowitz and Miss Philippines Fire 2012 Thoreen Halvorsen will also be joining the ride.

Musician and cycling enthusiast Nityalila Saulo, who is an advocate of the campaign said, “ As a cyclist, it is important for us to be aware of road signs to help us get to our destinations safely. The Stop, Look, and Listen campaign of Dakila sends an important message to the public that in order to Stop Human Trafficking, we must always be aware of the signs like how cyclists are aware of road signs, to avoid being trafficked and listen to the stories of those who were trafficked and most vulnerable to trafficking so that we may learn from it and contribute on ways to help prevent it. “

Every year around 300,000 to 400,000 Filipinos fall prey to human trafficking in our own country and abroad. The Philippines is a source for human trafficking. In 2010, the Philippines was in danger of being downgraded to a Tier 3 status in the US Department of State human trafficking index for a poor performance in the fight against human trafficking and for being in the Tier 2-watchlist (a list that included countries having the most number of human trafficking victims and with less government efforts to stop forms of human trafficking) for two consecutive years. This could have caused the withdrawal of some $700 million in non-humanitarian, non-trade related aid including grants from the millennium challenge program. As a result of intensified efforts, the country’s status was upgraded a notch higher to Tier 2 in 2011 and maintained the status in 2012. Tier 2 countries are those, which have shown significant efforts to fight human trafficking but have yet to fully comply with standards set by the United States’ Global Trafficking in Persons (GTIP) Report.

The Freedom Ride launches the campaign “Stop, Look, and Listen” which aims to raise public awareness on Human Trafficking and empower citizens to contribute in the fight to stop it. The Freedom Ride will start at 7:30 AM on March 9, 2013 at the Venice Piazza, McKinley Hill, Taguig. Cyclists wearing shirts printed with 1343 Anti-Trafficking hotline shall bike around the cities of Taguig, Manila, Pasay and Makati to spread awareness on human trafficking.

Dakila President, multi-awarded writer, journalist, musician and pop-culture icon, Lourd de Veyra said, “Not only are we a country with 10 million of our countrymen working abroad and where disasters, armed conflict and poverty force most of us to find better opportunities and safer living space elsewhere, but also a society where the luster of city life and promise of fast cash continue to attract people from the rural communities. As a result, more people are becoming vulnerable to human trafficking. By using popular culture like bike rides, social media, music and film, Dakila’s campaign aims to contribute in making the public aware of human trafficking and empower them to take action.”

The Freedom Ride is open to the public and will start at the Venice Piazza Fountain Area, McKinley Hill, Taguig. Assembly is at 7:00 am and ride out is at 7:30 am. For more information, visit http://dakila.org.ph/freedomproject/.

MEDIA CONTACT
Rash Caritativo, Dakila
Tel. No.: 4354309
Mobile: 09151780240
E-mail: mabuhay@dakila.org.ph

Press Release
Dakila – Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism

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[Press Release] Dutch Ambassador leads Freedom Bike Ride against Human Trafficking -Dakila

Dutch Ambassador leads Freedom Bike Ride against Human Trafficking

Ambassador Ton Boon von Ochssee by Dakila

DAKILAHis Excellency Ambassador Ton Boon von Ochssee and Mrs. Martine Boon von Ochssee of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands shall lead the Freedom Bike Ride against Human Trafficking on March 9, 2013 (Saturday) at the Venice Piazza, McKinley Hill, Taguig.

Organized by the artist collective Dakila in partnership with the Manila Fixed Gear and We FXD, the Freedom Bike Ride is the launch of the “Stop, Look, Listen” campaign against human trafficking. The Department of Justice Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (DOJ-IACAT) and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands support the campaign.

According to musician and cycling enthusiast Nityalila Saulo, who is an advocate of the campaign, “The Stop, Look, and Listen campaign sends an important message to the public that in order to Stop Human Trafficking, we must always be aware of the signs to avoid being trafficked and listen to the stories of those who were trafficked and most vulnerable to trafficking so that we may learn from it and contribute on ways to help combat trafficking. “

Joining the Dutch Ambassador on the ride are Czech ambassador His Excellency Josef Rychtar, members of the diplomatic community, and representatives of Dutch companies in the Philippines such as Philips Electronics and Control Union Philippines. Government officials of member agencies of the IACAT; personalities and artist advocates of the campaign like sports and lifestyle host Reema Chanco, restaurateur Erik Waldie, tour guide and performance artist Carlos Celdran, actor Albert Martinez, social entrepreneur Illac Diaz, and spoken word artist Miko Pepito shall also be joining the ride.

Dakila Vice President and celebrated musician Noel Cabangon said, “Human Trafficking is modern day slavery. Every year around 300,000 to 400,000 Filipinos fall prey to human trafficking in our own country and abroad. We must do everything to stop this. We are grateful that combatting human trafficking is an important pillar of the Dutch foreign policy and for their support in this campaign. The participation of the Dutch Ambassador, the diplomatic community, officials of the IACAT, civil society, the cycling community and artists in the Freedom Ride only show that there are concerted efforts being done to stop human trafficking. We encourage everyone to join in the fight.”

The Freedom Ride will start at 7:30 AM on March 9, 2013 at the Venice Piazza, McKinley Hill, Taguig. Cyclists wearing shirts printed with 1343 Anti-Trafficking hotline shall bike around the cities of Taguig, Manila, Pasay and Makati to spread awareness on human trafficking.

The Freedom Ride is part of the Project Freedom Campaign of Dakila, which calls on the public to “Stop, Look and Listen” to raise public awareness on Human Trafficking and empower citizens to contribute in the fight to stop it.

The Freedom Ride is open to the public and will start at the Venice Piazza Fountain Area, McKinley Hill, Taguig. Assembly is at 7:00 am and ride out is at 7:30 am. For more information, visit http://dakila.org.ph/freedomproject/.

Press Release
4 March 2013
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[Press Release] Freedom Ride raises awareness on Human Trafficking -Dakila

Freedom Ride raises awareness on Human Trafficking

Freedom Ride for a Traffic Free Philippines by Dakila

DAKILAAdvocates take on the fight against human trafficking to another level as they hold the first ever Freedom Ride on March 9, 2013 at the Venice Piazza, McKinley Hill, Taguig. Cyclists wearing shirts printed with 1343 Anti-Trafficking hotline shall bike around the cities of Taguig, Manila, Pasay and Makati to spread awareness on human trafficking.

His Excellency Ambassador Ton Boon von Ochssee and Mrs. Martine Boon von Ochssee of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands shall lead the Dutch contingent in the bike ride as combatting human trafficking is an important pillar of the Dutch foreign policy. Artists and celebrity advocates of the campaign will also join them in the ride.

According to musician and cycling enthusiast Nityalila Saulo, “The involvement of the cycling community in the fight against human trafficking is crucial to make people aware of the importance of knowing the red flags of human trafficking like how cyclists are aware of road signs so they can get to where they want to go safely.” She further added, “The participation of cyclists in this campaign will help deliver a strong message that there are always options available for people to avoid being trafficked and get to their destinations.”

The bike tour is organized by Dakila, a group of artists advocating social consciousness formation through creative platforms, in partnership with the Manila Fixed Gear, a group of urban cyclists who has incorporated cycling in their lifestyle, with the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Department of Justice Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (DOJ-IACAT).

Ayeen Karunungan, spokesperson of the artist collective Dakila, said “Through this campaign, we want the public to always remember to Stop, Look, and Listen. In order to stop human trafficking, we must always look for the signs to avoid being trafficked and listen to the stories of those who were trafficked and most vulnerable to trafficking so that we may learn from it and contribute on ways to help combat trafficking. “

Every year around 300,000 to 400,000 Filipinos fall prey to human trafficking in their own country and abroad. The Freedom Ride is part of the Project Freedom Campaign of Dakila, which aims to raise public awareness on Human Trafficking and empower advocates and citizens to become watchdogs in their own communities by driving them into action through grassroots involvement and amplified action through mainstream and digital media.

The Freedom Ride is open to the public and will start at the Venice Piazza, McKinley Hill, Taguig. Assembly is at 7:00 am and ride out is at 7:30 am. For more information, visit http://dakila.org.ph/freedomproject/ .

Press Release
25 March 2013
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[In the news] Why children cannot – and should not – be tried as adults -InterAksyon.com

Why children cannot – and should not – be tried as adults
By Liane Pena Alampay, PhD, Psychological Association of the Philippines
November 10, 2012

Liane Peña Alampay, PhD, is a developmental psychologist. She is an associate professor at the Ateneo de Manila University Department of Psychology and a member of the Psychological Association of the Philippines.

Earlier this week, emerging from the long All Souls’ Day break, Filipinos were greeted by the depressing news of a 9-year-old child who was apparently killed by other children in Taguig. Among the suspects was an 11-year-old, and police said the whole depressing episode started with the older boy’s gang’s attempt to bully the victim for some money.

Just as details of the unfortunate news came to light, police and anti-crime groups were already suggesting that maybe it’s time to revisit a controversial proposal to lower the age of criminal accountability – to start trying children in conflict with the law as adults.

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[In the news] Murder case finally filed, 28 months after the massacre -MindaNews

MindaNews » Murder case finally filed, 28 months after the massacre.

By Edwin G. Espejo
March 25, 2012

MANILA (MindaNews/24 March) — The Department of Justice finally began its preliminary investigation into the  murder of news photographer Reynaldo “Bebot” Momay, the 32nd  media victim out of 58 victims  in the November 23, 2009 massacre in Ampatuan town in Maguindanao, with a hearing at Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan, Taguig on March 22).

The case of Momay, photographer of the Tacurong-based Midland Review, is the last of the 58 victims to be investigated by the justice department.

Momay’s remains  have yet to be found hence the delay in his inclusion in the cases filed days after the massacre by relatives of the 57 other victims.

The only clues to his apparent death were  his dentures recovered in the  massacre site and a list of media workers who joined the entourage, found concealed in the sock of one of the journalist victims.

Momay’s daughter, Reynafe ‘Neneng’ Momay-Castillo said she was grateful the case of her father is finally gaining ground.

“Twenty eight months after.  All we want is justice for my father,” said the nurse who has not gone back to work in her quest for the prosecution of her father’s killers.

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[In the news] Police on alert for weeklong protests vs fuel price hikes -GMA News

Police on alert for weeklong protests vs fuel price hikes
GMA News
March 12, 2012

Police in southern Metro Manila have been placed on alert for weeklong protests planned by militant groups against recent fuel price hikes.

The Southern Police District is particularly watching the offices of oil firms in Makati City and the Department of Energy in Taguig City, radio dzBB‘s Sam Nielsen reported.

Among the tasks of the SPD are to prevent violence from marring the protests, and to make sure motorists and commuters are not affected by the protests.

SPD officials noted the corporate office of Pilipinas Shell in Makati City has been a favorite target of militant groups protesting fuel price hikes, the report added.

Only last month, militants threw paint at the oil company’s building, hitting some photographers covering the event in the process.

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[Event] Urban poor to rally against LPG price increase and oil price hike-KPML

URBAN POOR TO RALLY AGAINST
LPG PRICE INCREASE and OIL PRICE HIKE

TOMORROW, February 03, 2012

@ 10:00am

In front of Department of Energy (DOE)
Energy Center, Merritt Road, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City

The urban poor group, Kongreso ng Pagkakaisa ng mga Maralita ng Lunsod (KPML) will hold a rally tomorrow, February 03, 2012 at Department of Energy (DOE), Energy Center, Merritt Road, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City to protest against the Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) and oil price hike.

According to KPML NCRR President Allan Dela Cruz, “It seems that the PNoy Administration do nothing against the continuing oil price increases and LPG hike of P6.00 per kilo; and the effect of high prices on prime commodities such as rice, meat and vegetables.

Please contact for further information:
Ka Allan Dela Cruz (President, KPML-NCRR) Cellphone # 0920-8386973
Ka Rey Baltazar (Secretary General, KPML-NCRR) Cellphone # 0912-7746544

[In the news] Metrowide plastic ban in place by 2013 – MMDA – InterAksyon.com

Metrowide plastic ban in place by 2013 – MMDA
by Clara Masinag, InterAksyon.com
January 30, 2012

 MANILA, PhilippinesLocal governments in Metro Manila have less than a year to comply fully with a metrowide ban on the use of plastics and styrofoam in the packaging and handling of items and food products in all establishments, markets and sari-sari stores, the Metro Manila Development Authority has said.

“I expect next year all the 17 LGUs (16 cities and the lone municipality of Pateros) would implement a similar ban. Right now, after Muntinlupa, Las Pinas followed suit in imposing the ban on plastics. Makati made a similar announcement, though the city’s total ban takes effect next year yet. Similar moves are under way in Taguig and Quezon City,” MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino said.

In Las Pinas, he noted, “Anti-Plastic Pulis” teams were even deputized to enforce the measure.

Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay said last week they have given a one-year grace period to all business establishments in the city to dispose of their plastic and styrofoam containers and switch to recyclable substitutes.

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[In the news] BJMP bars photographers, cameramen from massacre trial coverage – InterAksyon.com

BJMP bars photographers, cameramen from massacre trial coverage
by InterAksyon.com
January 25, 2012

  MANILA, Philippines — For the second time this month, the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology on Wednesday barred photojournalists and television cameramen from shooting images and video footage of the makeshift courtroom in Camp Bagong Diwa where the Ampatuan massacre trial is being heard, the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines said.

BJMP personnel gave no reason for preventing photographers and cameramen from entering the jail compound where the courtroom and the detention center of those accused of the massacre are located.

The Quezon City Regional Trial Court, which conducts hearings at the Taguig courtroom, has allowed photographs and video footage to be taken before and after the proceedings.

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[In the news] Prosecution: Corona may have committed perjury for ‘undervalued’ assets – GMAnews.com

Prosecution: Corona may have committed perjury for ‘undervalued’ assets
by Andreo C. Calonzo, GMA News
January 19, 2012

  The House prosecution team on Thursday said that Chief Justice Renato Corona may have lied under oath when he allegedly undervalued his properties in his Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALNs).

Marikina Rep. Romero Quimbo, one of the prosecution panel’s spokesmen, said the testimonies of Taguig and Quezon City registers of deeds revealed that the value of Corona’s condominium units are higher than what he declared in his SALNs.

“Sinusumpaan ito. The SALN is under oath. Kung hindi ka nagsasabi ng totoo, you are guilty of perjury,” Quimbo said at a press briefing.

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[In the news] 2 Palparan co-accused transferred to military detention- InterAksyon.com

2 Palparan co-accused transferred to military detention
by Abigail Kwok and Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com

  MANILA, Philippines — (UPDATE, 12:10 p.m.) The two soldiers co-accused with retired Major General Jovito Palparan in the 2006 kidnapping of two students from the University of the Philippines were transferred to a military detention facility last week, the Philippine Army confirmed Wednesday.

Acting Army spokesman Maj. Harold Cabunoc said Lt. Col. Felipe Anotado and Staff Sergeant Edgardo Osorio were transferred to the Philippine Army headquarters in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City last Friday, December 23.

This was after the Malolos court granted the soldiers’ petition to be detained in the Army headquarters for security reasons.

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[In the news] Reserve officers offer military burial honors for FM – philstar.com

Reserve officers offer military burial honors for FM
By Perseus Echeminada (The Philippine Star)

MANILA, Philippines – The Reserve Officers Legion of the Philippines (ROLP) offered yesterday to provide full military honors at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani in Taguig City or anywhere the Marcos family decides to bury former President Ferdinand Marcos.

Retired Army Col. Octavio Alvarez, ROLP spokesman, told The STAR that the board of directors of their group had approved a resolution offering their military service to the Marcos family.

He claimed that ROLP is the oldest military-civic organization that was organized in 1938. The group is composed of active, reserve and retired officers from the Army, Navy and Air Force.

Alvarez, a former commander of the defunct AFP Metropolitan Command during martial law, said that they have formally sent a letter to former first lady Imelda Marcos, Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos of their desire to accord the former head of state appropriate military honors.

In their letter the group said that “with due courtesy and without an iota of intention to offend any political belief and for the sake of peace, unity and justice, our ROLP…is volunteering to bring to his final resting place the late Col. Ferdinand Marcos with full military honors anywhere of choice by the Marcos family.

“Nobody could take away the right of our brother soldier and veteran (Marcos) to be buried at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani, if the Marcos family agrees we will provide the military honors and nobody can prevent us from giving military honors to a fallen brother,” he said.

He said every soldier has the right to be buried at the Libingan ng Bayani because it was intended as burial grounds of soldiers.

Lawyer Oliver Lozano claimed that a nationwide clamor for a state funeral for Marcos is building up among military reservists and war veterans.

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[In the news] Eyewitness wary of Maguindanao cops’ links to Ampatuans – GMAnews.tv

Eyewitness wary of Maguindanao cops’ links to Ampatuans
MARK DALAN MERUEÑAS, GMA News

An eyewitness in the infamous Maguindanao massacre had apparently requested that his confessions be withheld from the provincial police because they allegedly had “close ties” with the Ampatuan clan, the family implicated in the grisly crime.

This was according to SPO2 Cixon Kasan, the former officer-in-charge of the Buluan municipal police who placed on blotter the confessions made by Kenny Dalandag, the eyewitness, hours after the Nov. 23, 2009 carnage that left 57 people dead.

“Sabi ni Daladag, huwag ko raw ipaalam sa ibang mga pulis ang mga sinabi niya, lalo na kay Dicay,” Kasan said during the hearing while being cross examined by the defense at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City.

Kasan said Dicay was Chief Inspector Zukarno Dicay, the deputy provincial police director of Maguindanao at the time of the massacre. Dicay is among the 197 suspects charged in the multiple murder case.

Dalandag was allegedly among the members of the Ampatuan clan’s private army who flagged down the victims and brought them to a hilly portion of Barangay Salman where they were shot to death.

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