May 28, 2015     Philippines
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Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

3 farmers shot dead in Bicol

Karapatan said the killings and military abuses in the area were meant to sow terror among villagers.

Monday, May 18th, 2015

‘My daughter was seen inside military detachment’ — Erlinda Cadapan

“The mere fact that such safe houses existed further proves that there are ‘unofficial’ military camps where people are held incommunicado and deprived of their rights.”

Friday, May 15th, 2015

Rights group blames paramilitary, private guards for disappearance of Lumad activist

"We demand from the BS Aquino government to immediately surface John Calaba.”

Friday, May 15th, 2015

Pulileños celebrate the Kneeling Carabao festival

Farmers, hopeful for a bountiful harvest, train their carabaos to give tribute to their patron saint, San Isidro.

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Baguio vendors urge gov’t to respect right to livelihood

“We are not criminals! We are humans and we have the right to livelihood!”

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Rights Commission member identifies military officer in Burgos abduction

Lawyer Robinson Biñas of the government’s Commission on Human Rights said his investigating team interviewed some 15 witnesses, among them, busboy Jeffrey Cabintoy, who identified Major Harry Baliaga as one of the abductors.

Monday, May 11th, 2015

Green group protests China’s ‘destruction’ in West Ph Sea

“The naval forces of China and other big economic interests should immediately pull out of the West Philippine Sea.”

Monday, May 11th, 2015

‘My daughter wanted to be a social worker’ — mother of missing UP student

"She loves the poor and the masses. This was why she wanted to be a social worker,” Concepcion Empeño, 64, said.

Saturday, May 9th, 2015

Davao city council bans mining

A newly-approved ordinance closes off Davao City to mining.

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

Tiamzons, co-accused arraigned sans plea

“We cannot do anything. But just the same, this is completely a fabricated, planted and manufactured case. This is meant to demonize us and the mass movement.” -- Benito Tiamzon

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

Dispatches: Walking in fear in the Philippines

The Philippine government needs to get serious about protecting human rights defenders, and investigating those who threaten or attack them.

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