Archive for the ‘Human Rights’ Category

‘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

Malacañang shaken by Lascañas exposé

However Malacanang tries to discredit SPO3 Arturo Lascañas explosive exposé about President Duterte’s direct role in the Davao Death Squad, it’s obvious that the President and his men are shaken. Take a look how they have acted silly trying to counter it. The grand bungle was committed by Press Secretary Martin Andanar when he floated […]

March 11, 2017  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Human Rights, Philippine National Police  3 Comments

Culture of death under Duterte presidency

“There was death on Ash Wednesday” I like this lead by RG Cruz of ABS-CBN in his report about the approval of the death penalty bill by the House of Representatives. RG wrote that “The House of Representatives has approved House Bill 4727, or the proposed Death Penalty Law, on 2nd reading in a viva […]

March 4, 2017  Tags:   Posted in: Governance, Human Rights  8 Comments

Who’s the murderer? Who’s the coddler?

The ‘perya barker”act, in the words of Sen. Grace Poe, of Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre at the government-organized Luneta rally last Saturday triggered responses from different personalities which make for amusing exchanges. Afternoon of Feb. 25 at Luneta , Aguirre, feeling triumphant with the arrest and incarceration of Sen. Leila de Lima on illegal drug […]

March 1, 2017  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Governance, Human Rights, Peace and Order  13 Comments

No such thing as ‘limpio’in a dirty job

In the narration of SP03 Arthur Lascañas of the “jobs” he had done as member of the Davao Death Squad, he recalled the instruction of then Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte in a murder operation against the financier of a kidnapping: “Sige, limpio lang.” Lascañas explained.” Bisaya parlance po ito. Ang ibig pong sabihin “Sige malinis […]

February 24, 2017  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Governance, Human Rights, Peace and Order  20 Comments

Transcript of the press conference of former policeman,SPO4 Arthur Lascañas at the Senate

February 20, 2017 Ako po si Arturo Barikit Lascañas, 56 years old, isa pong retiradong pulis na miyembro ng Davao City Police Office. Ako po ay pinanganak at tubong Davao City. Dito sa gagawin kong isang public confession, ito po ay pagsunod ko po sa kagustuhan ng Diyos, at labis na takot sa Diyos, pagmamahal […]

February 21, 2017  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Graft and corruption, Human Rights, Peace and Order  8 Comments