Archive for the ‘Human Rights’ Category

SM needs a heart

This can yet be the best Christmas story. SM patriarch Henry Sy, the richest man in the country with a net worth of $20.3 billion can revise the narrative of his life – born to a poor family in Xiamen, in the Fujian province of China, he and his family came to the Philippines in […]

December 20, 2017  Tags:   Posted in: General, Human Rights  6 Comments

‘Me Pulis sa ilalim ng tulay ‘ in times of EJK

When things are difficult, you laugh and you sing. Those are coping mechanisms that Filipinos have developed into art. There’s a song going around social media that is so much fun. It’s a new version of an old game song “May Pulis sa Ilalim ng Tulay.” The song is usually sang in a party where […]

September 17, 2017  Tags: ,   Posted in: Human Rights, Illegal Drugs, Philippine National Police  No Comments

CHR explained

When the House of Representatives voted 119 against 32 last Tuesday to give only P1, 000 budget for the Commission on Human Rights for 2018, it showed that stupidity is not the monopoly of its speaker. Lambasted in social media, some of the congressmen who voted “Yes” have started explaining their vote and they all […]

September 14, 2017  Tags: ,   Posted in: Human Rights  No Comments

The Charlie Tan- Paolo Duterte connection

Once again, we are seeing proof of the saying that truth will find its way out, however one tries to block it. We are referring to the Paolo Duterte- Charlie Tan drug connection. Paolo is the son of President Duterte and is the vice mayor of Davao City. Charlie Tan, according to news reports, is […]

August 29, 2017  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Human Rights, Peace and Order  One Comment

Outrage at Kian’s wake: Lawmakers, rights activists denounce Duterte’s war on drugs

Please click here for VERA Files’ photo essay By Arianne Christian Tapao and Ellen T. Tordesillas, VERA Files Photos by Arianne Christian Tapao Usually on opposing sides, supporters and critics of President Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal war on drugs have joined the chorus of condemnation over the killing of 17-year-old Kian Loyd Delos Santos and called […]

August 23, 2017  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Human Rights, Peace and Order, PNP. illegal drugs  No Comments

‘Tama na po! May test pa ako bukas!’

Kolumn ko ito sa Abante. Anong klaseng tao itong mga pulis na walang habag na pinagbabaril ang 17-taong gulang na si Kian de los Santos habang nagmamakaawa, “Tama na po! May test pa ako bukas!” Ito ba talaga ang sinasabing kailangan maka-quota and mga pulis kaya kahit sino na lang bibitbitin nila at pagpapatayin at […]

August 19, 2017  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Human Rights, Peace and Order  5 Comments

Pained voices from Mindanao

There’s so much pain and suffering in their voices and they all have a common message: End the airstrikes in Marawi , lift Martial Law in Mindanao and resume peace talks. In a gathering of persons and groups from Mindanao last Thursday, stories about panic, fear, hunger and fatigue since the declaration of martial Law […]

June 5, 2017  Tags:   Posted in: Human Rights, Peace and Order  No Comments

ICC will be the next battleground

It was not surprising that the Malacañang-friendly congressmen killed without much fuss the impeachment complaint against President Duterte filed by Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano Monday. Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, also a member of the Magdalo group (which started as a group of young military officers advocating for reforms in the military), lamented the quick dismissal […]

May 17, 2017  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Governance, Human Rights, Illegal Drugs  4 Comments

Pakiusap kay Wanda Teo: Kausapin mo ang Pangulo

Parang naawa din naman ako kay Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo. Hindi ka naman pwedeng magalit dahil mabait naman siyang naki-usap sa media. Despalinghado lang ang paki-usap. Noong isang linggo sa Bangkok naki-usap si Teo sa media na i-tone down o bawasan ang pag-report tungkol sa extra-judicial killings o ang mga walang pakundangang pagpatay kahit hindi […]

March 26, 2017  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Human Rights, Tourism  11 Comments

Impeachment vs Duterte ‘in the larger scheme of things’

There are things that you do knowing that its chance of success is not high but you do it because you know it’s the right thing. Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano filed Thursday an impeachment complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte. It’s the first against the President who was elected with 16 million votes and enjoys high […]

March 17, 2017  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Governance, Human Rights  5 Comments