Tags: extrajudicial killings in the Philippines

Relatives of victims of extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances deplore the fact that up to now justice still remains elusive and impunity still prevails even as the Supreme Court promulgated new remedies such as the writ of amparo. Worse, the Court of Appeals has dismissed the cases that they filed thereby providing the conditions for…

As the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) celebrated its 22nd anniversary, media practitioners presented today’s state of the Philippine media. BY HANNAH FAITH DORMIDO Bulatlat Volume VIII, Number 26, August 3-9, 2008 If Mrs. Arroyo’s State of the Nation Address was full of applauses from her cohorts in Congress, the State of…

E. San Juan, Jr. Balikbayang Mahal: Passages from Exile. Morrisville, NC: Lulu.com, 2007. A book of translations, Balikbayang Mahal or Beloved Returnee is about making history in unexpected places. Take, for instance, the following cases. The names of the dead haunt the poet-exile as dusk descends on Punta Spartivento—Juvy Magsino, Benjaline Hernandez, Eden Marcellana, Rafael…

BY ATTY. CARLOS ISAGANI ZARATE Secretary General Union of People’s Lawyers in Mindanao DEM0OCRATIC SPACE Posted by Bulatlat Vol. VIII, No. 11, April 20-26, 2008 Self-serving and illusory is how we see the government’s report to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). It suppresses the real picture of the culture of impunity happening in…

BY ALEXANDER MARTIN REMOLLINO HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH Bulatlat Vol. VIII, No. 10, April 13-19, 2008 Representatives of 17 countries – including four of the country’s main aid donors – raised questions on the Philippine government’s human rights record in Geneva, Switzerland on April 11 as Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita, who also chairs the Presidential Human…

“The Philippine National Report is significant not for what it says but for what it does not say. It is a selective, one-sided, self-serving account of the Philippine government’s so-called achievements and best practices in fulfilling its human rights obligations. It is a brazen attempt to hide the truth and evade accountability for the Arroyo…

Even though it was hailed by various sectors in society as historic and unprecedented, human rights advocates doubted if the human rights summit initiated by the Supreme Court would be enough to curb the festering problems of extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances. BY DABET CASTAÑEDA Bulatlat HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH Vol. VII, No. 24, July 22-28,…

Witnesses and evidences gathered by human rights and people’s organizations point to the military as the perpetrators in the abduction and killing of two Kabataan (Youth) Party-list poll watchers last May 15. BY ZOFIA LEAL Bulatlat Vol. VII, No. 16 May 27-June 2, 2007 Last May 15, Ronilo Brezuela, 16 years old, and Roberto “Jun…

BY ALEXANDER MARTIN REMOLLINO Bulatlat Posted 4:23 p.m. March 15, 2007 “We don’t want them dead.” This is what the wives of four political activists accused of murder said when asked in a press conference earlier this afternoon whether they would advise their husbands to surface at this time. “All extrajudicial killings started with fabricated…

BY DABET CASTAÑEDA Posted Feb. 16, 2007, 4:52 p.m. In the midst of the ongoing investigation of the United Nations special rapporteur on extra judicial executions, Philip Alston, on the spate of political killings in the country, another student leader of a progressive organization was killed last night, Feb. 15. Farly Alcantara, 22, was shot…

The Trades and Labour Council (Unions WA) representing 17 unions and 20 percent of West Australia’s labour force wants to send a fact-finding delegation to the Philippines to investigate the assassinations of over 700 civilians including party-list and community leaders, and the abductions of at least 184 others. BY ANIBETH DESIERTO Bulatlat.com The Trades and…