December 21, 2014     Philippines
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Rape by state forces came to light in a recent reported case in Bukidnon.

The report summary is a very disturbing read. Will the full 6,000-page committee report be declassified? Will it push the Obama administration to prosecute those responsible for torture as international law requires? Unless criminal acts carry criminal penalties, there is little to prevent a future president from using torture again.

“If these perpetrators remain scot-free, there would be more VAW victims like ‘Jessa’ and ‘Sienna’.”

It is bad enough that her husband was brutally murdered allegedly by soldiers while tending his farm, and her efforts to seek justice for his killing resulted in harassments. She was forced to leave for Leyte, where her home was later destroyed by supertyphoon Yolanda.

During cross examination, the police officer who examined the skeletons of the alleged victims admitted that he arrived at the arrived at the crime scene at least 10 days after the digging at the massacre site began. Those who exhumed the remains, he added, may also be soldiers.

Protesters tagged Aquino as a US lackey who sold out the country’s sovereignty worse than his predecessors because he welcomed the de-facto military bases thru EDCA; a lying leader who boasts of economic growth that only the few landlords and capitalists enjoy; a corrupt leader who corners gargantuan pork and patronage; and a killer for having unleashed the brutal Oplan Bayanihan counter-insurgency combat operations.

“With the continuous mining in our communities, the indigenous women and the whole community continue to fight.”






News in Pictures ››


  • In this video, Justine Villeno, son of disappeared labor activist Ben Villeno, belies President Aquino’s promise of “daang matuwid” (straight path), saying that the government will not act in the interest of the kin and victims of human rights violations. Video and editing by Janess Ann J. Ellao

  • SONA ng Bayan did not only serve as a venue for various sectors to air their grievances toward the Aquino administration but also an opportunity for artists to showcase their talents for a cause.

  • In this video, Andrea Rosal demands justice for the death of her baby Diona Andrea. “I hope that you would join me in my fight. I hope children would no longer be victimized. I hope my baby would be the last to suffer this injustice.”

  • United States President Barack Obama’s two-day state visit to the Philippines was met with protest actions by progressive groups. On April 29, protesters expressed outrage at the signing of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) and marched toward the US Embassy in Manila. Police dispersed the protesters using truncheons and water cannon.

  • Two years after the Supreme Court ordered the distribution of Hacienda Luisita lands to farmworker-beneficiaries, the Cojuangco-Aquinos, with the help of the Department of Agrarian Reform, have been doing everything to maintain their stranglehold on Luisita, and to provent farmers from taking control of their own land.

  • On the second anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling on Hacienda Luisita, farmworker-beneficiaries stormed the main office of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR). They called on Secretary Virgilio delos Reyes to face them in a dialogue but neither the DAR chief nor any of his representative talked to the farmers. Instead, anti-riot police pushed Hacienda Luisita farmers out of the DAR compound.

    Two years after the SC decision, Hacienda Luisita farmers said DAR has not performed its mandate of distributing the land.

  • How could the peace talks between the GPH and the NDFP proceed?’s editor Benjie Oliveros and Rey Casambre, executive director of the Philippine Peace Center and one of the convenors of the Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform, discusses about this and more.

  •’s editor Benjie Oliveros interviews Rey Claro Casambre, executive director of the Philippine Peace Center and one of the convenors of the Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform regarding the controversies surrounding the peace talks.


An old badjao woman begged for a penny outside San Pedro church in Davao City.  (Photo by Ace Morandante /

An old badjao woman begged for a penny outside San Pedro church in Davao City. (Photo by Ace Morandante /


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