Category: Human Rights

Woman peasant leader killed in Surigao del Sur

“Apique’s killing show that military operations continue despite the crisis the country is facing and the ‘preventive community quarantine’ being implemented in the province.” By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL Bulatlat.com MANILA – A woman peasant leader was killed on March 31 in San Miguel, Surigao del Sur. Nora Apique, 66, who was shot by unidentified…

#SetThemFree | Groups support campaign to release prisoners amid COVID-19 pandemic

“This is a time for saving lives through much-needed grace and ingenuity. An undeniable threat of catastrophe hovers over jails, filled far beyond capacity in the Philippines. Decongesting facilities will help secure the lives of detainees and jail personnel.” By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL Bulatlat.com MANILA – Following the recent call of United Nations High…

Rights groups push for release of sick, elderly political detainees

“Extreme congestion plus the lack of adequate nutrition, medical facilities, running water and even soap provide a perfect incubator for an epidemic in the entire four-storey building and prison compound,” Kapatid said. By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL Bulatlat.com MANILA – Human rights alliance Karapatan appealed for the mass decongestion of prisons in the Philippines following…

‘Use national government’s P6.10 billion of quick response funds for COVID-19 response’ – solon

“Instead of overburdening the LGUs, particularly the barangays, the concerned executive departments with embedded QRF should also maximize the use of these funds to immediately augment the needs of our people to combat COVID-19 and its effects.” By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL Bulatlat.com MANILA – Bayan Muna called on all departments of the national government…

No ‘social distancing’ for sick and elderly political prisoners

“The government should decongest the prisons by releasing all political prisoners who were falsely accused of crimes just because they were fighting for this country. Those spaces should be taken up by the real criminals, murderers and corrupt government officials. That is social distancing with justice.”

Manobo leader arrested on ‘false charges’ in Surigao del Sur

Gloria Tomalon, in her capacity as chair of KATRIBO MO, was instrumental in opposing attempts by five mining companies to operate in the Andap Valley complex. The five companies were the Romualdez-owned Benguet Corp., Abacus Coal Exploration and Development Corp., the Chinese-owned Great Wall Mining and Power Corp., ASK Mining and Exploration Corp., and Coal Black Mining Corp.