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Increasing the bounty for the arrest of high-profile fugitives is “an exercise in futility, unless the Aquino government genuinely resolves to go after and arrest the notorious rights violators.” – human rights group Karapatan By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com MANILA — Though President Benigno Aquino III increased the reward money for the arrest of high-profile…

By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com MANILA – One year after the killing of broadcaster and environmentalist Dr. Gerry Ortega, his family and colleagues reiterated their call for justice. Ortega was killed on January 24 last year in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. Four alleged gunmen and their accomplices have been charged for the murder but the suspected…

By INA ALLECO R. SILVERIO Bulatlat.com Environmental activists expressed dismay and outrage over the decision of the Department of Justice (DOJ) to clear former Palawan ex-governor Joel Reyes in case concerning the January 24, 2011 killing of Dr. Gerry Ortega. Marjorie Pamintuan, convenor of Task Force Justice for Environmental Defenders said that the DOJ was…

By INA ALLECO R. SILVERIO
Gerry Ortega, journalist, anti-mining advocate, and a veterinarian, was shot dead on 24 January 2011 while buying from a store in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. His widow, Patria ‘Patty’ Ortega filed murder charges against Palawan officials in a supplemental complaint-affidavit submitted to the Department of Justice last February 14.


Environmental activists, indigenous peoples’ leaders and human-rights advocates today lighted green lanterns to pay tribute to the 39 environmental defenders and martyrs who were victims of extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances. The activity, held in Bulwagang Nicanor Delos Santos in Quezon City, coincided with the commemoration of the 2nd year since the brutal killing of anti-mining and environmental activist Eliezer “Boy” Billanes in Koronadal City on March 9, 2009. (Photos courtesy of Kalikasan-PNE / bulatlat.com)

Letter to the Editor February 18, 2011 It took the life of a dignified man before President Noynoy Aquino declared that all mining applications in the province of Puerto Princesa will no longer be processed. The death of Dr. Gerry Ortega, a big loss for the media institution and for the whole community defending the…

Press Statement 2 February 2011 Kalikasan PNE joins the family of Dr. Gerry Ortega, the bishops of Palawan and the thousands of Palawenos in mourning as he was laid to his final resting place. A veterinarian, broadcaster, and an environmentalist, Dr. Ortega is respected and loved by the people of Palawan. He tirelessly worked with…

By RONALYN V. OLEA
and INA ALLECO R. SILVERIO

NUJP challenges President Aquino to make good on his pledge to solve the killings of journalists while others say authorities should go beyond the robbery angle that the police initially announced, considering that Dr. Gerry Ortega was also an environmental activist.

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