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Release sick, elderly political prisoners, Aquino urged * Latest Posts Human Rights Human Rights - Front Top Stories 

Release sick, elderly political prisoners, Aquino urged

By RONALYN V. OLEA
“We welcome the release of Acosta, finally, after two years of detention. What remains true is that no person should be held in detention, charged with trumped-up cases, and stripped of his rights because of his political beliefs. We demand the release of all sick and elderly political prisoners.” – Selda

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‘One Billion Rising’ and Angie Ipong * Latest Posts Columns On the Fringes 

‘One Billion Rising’ and Angie Ipong

By RAYMUND B. VILLANUEVA Bulatlat.com There are a few benefits to being fat and dark. One of them is being cast as a police officer in films and live performances. The first time it happened was in a comedic role in a music video. Often, I am an abusive cop or, worse, a torturer. When schedules allow I am always happy to oblige. It is not for the money. I am hardly paid (which might be indicative of my supposed thespian skills). And I am not bothered with being typecast,…

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Unjustly accused and detained * Latest Posts Commentary Opinion Streetwise 

Unjustly accused and detained

By Carol Pagaduan-Araullo Streetwise | BusinessWorld In the fabled Land of Yellow where the President lays claim to the democratic mantle by being progeny to parents who fought a dictator, there lies hidden in the crowded, dank and dark crevices of the realm some 350 plus political prisoners. Officially denied as existing; labelled as terrorists and treated as plain criminals without exception; hardly worth passing mention in the mass media except when the military announces the arrest of an alleged top-ranking communist cadre – they are denied their basic right…

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Unjustly accused and detained * Latest Posts Commentary Streetwise 

Unjustly accused and detained

By Carol Pagaduan-Araullo Streetwise | BusinessWorld In the fabled Land of Yellow where the President lays claim to the democratic mantle by being progeny to parents who fought a dictator, there lies hidden in the crowded, dank and dark crevices of the realm some 350 plus political prisoners. Officially denied as existing; labelled as terrorists and treated as plain criminals without exception; hardly worth passing mention in the mass media except when the military announces the arrest of an alleged top-ranking communist cadre – they are denied their basic right…

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Statistics on various crimes against women alarming – CWR * Latest Posts Top Stories Women & Children 

Statistics on various crimes against women alarming – CWR

By INA ALLECO R. SILVERIO
“Sins against Filipino women are being committed on a daily basis.”

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Cases of state violence against women mount * Latest Posts Human Rights Top Stories Women & Children 

Cases of state violence against women mount

By INA ALLECO R. SILVERIO
Already there are 356 political detainees in the country, with 78 of them having been arrested on the orders of the Aquino administration’s armed and judicial forces. Almost half or 35 of them are women. Also 153 women have already fallen victim to extrajudicial killings since 2001, with six of them killed under the watch of the Benigno Aquino III administration.

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Political prisoners start fasting up to Aquino’s Sona * Latest Posts Human Rights Must-Reads Top Stories 

Political prisoners start fasting up to Aquino’s Sona

By RONALYN V. OLEA
“It appears that the Arroyo policy of witch-hunting, arrest, criminalization of political offenses and/or the slapping of fabricated criminal charges to silence and put behind bars human rights defenders continues to be implemented under Aquino,” Angelina Ipong, Selda spokeswoman, said.

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Rights groups demand general, unconditional and omnibus amnesty  for all political prisoners * Latest Posts Human Rights Human Rights - Front Other Stories 

Rights groups demand general, unconditional and omnibus amnesty for all political prisoners

By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com MANILA – Justice Secretary Leila de Lima pledged to study the cases of political prisoners in a dialogue with human rights groups today. Leaders of Samahan ng Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto (Selda), Karapatan and other groups sought a dialogue with de Lima and presented a proposal for a general, unconditional and omnibus amnesty for all political prisoners. According to the groups, there are 335 political prisoners languishing in 63 jails all over the country. “I told them it’s not as easy as that….

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Government too slow in releasing political prisoners – NDFP consultant * Latest Posts Human Rights Other Stories Women & Children 

Government too slow in releasing political prisoners – NDFP consultant

By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com Main Story: People’s organizations present list of demands to Government, NDFP panels MANILA – Echoing the oft-repeated excuse of the Aquino government when pressed for the release of political prisoners, Ednar Dayanghirang, chair of the GPH-Reciprocal Working Committee for socio-economic reforms (RWC- SER), replied “it’s up the courts,” in response to the question raised by Girlie Padilla, secretary general of the Ecumenical Movement for Justice and Peace (EMJP) during the second national assembly of the Pilgrims for Peace, May 14. According to Samahan ng Ex-Detainees…

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