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Despite public statements from Arroyo denouncing extrajudicial killings, there is a gap between her rhetoric and what it has done to address the killings, said the group from the Netherlands and Belgium called Lawyers for Lawyers. Whatever initiatives she has implemented have failed to produce actual results, it said.

In his follow-up report to the United Nations Human Rights Council, Prof. Philip Alston, the UN’s special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, said the Philippine government has not eliminated extrajudicial killings from its counterinsurgency operations.

The world is worried about the progress of the Philippine government’s compliance on human rights, this, despite President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s offer to raise P25 million as reward for witnesses to testify in order to solve the 1,013 cases of extrajudicial killings under her administration.

BY CHARMAINE P. LIRIO Bulatlat Leaders of progressive party-list groups and families of victims of extra-judicial killings filed today a petition for quo warranto before the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET), seeking to disqualify Retired Major Gen. Jovito Palparan from becoming a representative. In an interview with Bulatlat, Anakpawis Rep. Rafael Mariano said Palparan…

Impunity and desperation in a murderous, corrupt, and undemocratic regime is a dangerous combination. It brings back memories of Martial Law. BY BENJIE OLIVEROS ANALYSIS Bulatlat Karapatan has raised the alarm over the surge in extrajudicial killings during the first quarter of 2009. A total of 16 extrajudicial killings have been recorded so far, the…

In less than a week, two journalists of the Radio Mindanao Network (RMN) were shot in separate incidents by motorcycle-riding gunmen in broad daylight. Both of them died. BY KAREN PAPELLERO HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH Contributed to Bulatlat.com Vol. VIII, No. 27, August 10-16, 2008 In less than a week, two journalists of the Radio Mindanao…

The killing of Arman Marin by an employee of the Sibuyan Nickel Properties Development Corporation, said the Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment (PNE), is the latest in a series of deaths related to the Arroyo administration’s mining projects. Kalikasan PNE identified 17 killings, including that of Marin, as occurring in relation to the people’s…

Contrary to government claims, electoral fraud and violence are not integral to Philippine culture and politics. It is perpetrated by those who profit from the existing system of Philippine politics and governance. BY BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat ANALYSIS Vol. VII, No. 15 May 20-26, 2007 “Generally peaceful” – this is how the Commission on Elections (Comelec)…

By Carol Pagaduan-Araullo Posted by Bulatlat The vital flaw which undermines the utility of much of the (Philippine) judicial system is the problem of virtual impunity that prevails. This, in turn, is built upon the rampant problem of witness vulnerability. The present message is that if you want to preserve your life expectancy, don’t act…

As human rights advocates here commemorated the second death anniversary of Romy Sanchez, they also condemned the passage amid wide opposition of the Human Security Act of 2007 also known as the Anti-Terrorism Law. Sanchez is the first activist killed in Northern Luzon under the Arroyo administration. BY KIM QUITASOL Northern Dispatch Posted by Bulatlat…