Month: November 2018

People’s lawyers face false charges, Red-tagging, murder

Last Tuesday night, human rights lawyer Benjamin Ramos, who assisted the families of the nine farm workers massacred in a Sagay City hacienda on Oct. 20, was gunned down by a tandem of motorcycle-riding men near his home in Kabangkalan City. He was a founding member of the National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) and…

Espina-Varona wins international award for journalists

By RAYMUND VILLANUEVA Kodao Productions A Filipino won one of the most prestigious global awards for journalists for her resistance to “financial, political, economic or religious pressures or because of the values and rules that enable them to resist” in reporting on issues that are sensitive in the Philippines. Cited for her many reports on…

‘What kidnapping? He signed the turn-over agreement’ — NUPL with mom of Sagay massacre witness

By MARYA SALAMAT Bulatlat.com MANILA — Lawyer Katherine Panguban disputed with her legal counsel, Josa Deinla, the accusation of kidnapping hurled against her recently by the father of the child survivor of Sagay massacre. Panguban helped in restoring the child survivor to his mother’s custody in Negros. But she is now facing charges, attacks, and…

Kontra Daya: Why allow political dynasties, rich and powerful to dominate party-list race?

The vehicle for some semblance of democratization has become a family affair to political dynasties and their partylists, and a way for big businesses to protect and promote their special interests. By MARYA SALAMAT Bulatlat.com MANILA – Even the crumbs allotted to marginalized groups are being grabbed by trapos (traditional politicians). This is one of…