August 21, 2014     Philippines
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Monday, August 18th, 2014

‘Dead scared’ Palparan finally arraigned, brought to Bulacan jail

“While his transfer to a regular detention cell today is some kind of soothing balm to a lot of pain and suffering for his many victims, the fight for justice is far from over. His unscrupulous disciples of darkness will not tire of wronging a right to protect evils incarnate.” – Edre Olalia, National Union of...

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Political prisoners slam ‘special treatment’ of Palparan

“Palparan’s practices are part of the military’s official policy. Palparan is only the most known but the implementation of the counterinsurgency program is systematic.” – Benito Tiamzon

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

Who are Palparan’s enemies? Poor Filipinos, says rights group

“Palparan sees enemies everywhere. A person wearing red shirt is his enemy. A person who carries a banner is his enemy. People who demand jobs, decent wages, land to till, shelter -- they are all Palparan’s enemies....

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

Congress has only ‘power of the coin purse’ due to pork in 2015 budget – former national treasurer

“We will have an election budget filled with lump sums and one that does not adequately address social development.” – Leonor Briones, former national treasurer

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

Indigenous peoples, rights advocates cry out ‘Save our Schools’

“Soldiers are attacking the alternative schools in the countryside simply because the government does not want the indigenous people to know their rights.” – Dulphing Ogan, a Blaan and secretary general of Kusog sa Katawhang Lumad sa...

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Palparan’s biggest mistake | ‘He should have never let me live,’ says torture victim

His eyewitness account, lauded by the Supreme Court for being clear, categorical, consistent and credible, served as among the evidences that led to the filing of charges of two counts of kidnapping and serious illegal detention for...

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Bayan Muna dismisses threat of ethics case against ACT Rep. Tinio

“They could only claim that it is an ‘executive’ session if they admit to an illegal act. But even then, the said session would not be considered by the court as an executive session because the privilege...

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Not coming home | Many OFWs choose strife in Libya over joblessness, poverty in PH

“We cannot blame our kababayans if they would opt not to return to the Philippines because no jobs, livelihood and security for their families await them here. The government is also mainly accountable for placing our kababayans...

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Indigenous peoples protest against ‘plunder, destruction, repression’

Indigenous peoples answer the Aquino administration’s “deception, dispossession and destruction” with defiance.

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

No special treatment | Groups want Palparan in regular jail

“With boundless hope and bated breath, may justice find its place amidst tragedy and the many lives that have been snatched, futures destroyed and agonizing years that have passed.”– Edre Olalia, National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Why not rollback diesel prices as well? Drivers ask

Piston is calling on drivers and all the riding public to continue to press for a rollback in oil prices, to press the government to nationalize and regulate the oil industry, and to condemn the Aquino government...

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