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Philippine elections have always been tainted with fraud, marred by violence, dominated by political dynasties, and characterized by broken promises of politicians. It has never resulted in the betterment of the lives of majority of the Filipino people. But the way things are shaping up, this may be the worst elections yet. BY BENJIE OLIVEROS…

A student activist was killed last February 15 while the United Nations special rapporteur on extra-judicial, arbitrary and summary executions was meeting with executives of the National Security Council. This has led human rights groups to conclude that there is no end in sight for political killings in the country. BY DABET CASTAÑEDA Bulatlat Just…

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 United Nations Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Peoples warns that the Arroyo government’s inability to stop extra-judicial killings in the Philippines is undermining its international standing. By Bulatlat The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Peoples last week warned that the Arroyo government’s inability to stop extra-judicial killings in the Philippines is undermining its international…

A National Internal Security Program (NISP) briefing paper dated May 5, 2006, a copy of which was obtained by Bulatlat from reliable sources, bared a systematic campaign by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) directed against partylist groups tagged by the government as “communist front organizations.” BY DABET CASTAÑEDA Bulatlat A National Internal Security…

A local human rights group cast doubts on what the military claims to be a mass grave of the communist movement’s purge victims. They said the site was actually a “no-man’s land”, where the village population evacuated to escape military operations. BY JOHANN HEIN B. ARPON Bulatlat.com Tacloban City – A local human rights group…

BY Bulatlat.com Posted 6:24 p.m. , Sept. 16, 2006 Three members of the progressive partylist group Anakpawis (literally, toiling masses) were abducted anew in Malolos, the city capital of the province of Bulacan, a report from the provincial chapter of the human rights group Karapatan (Alliance for the Advancement of Peoples’ Rights) said. At around…

BY Bulatlat.com Posted 2:00 p.m., Sept. 20, 2006 Saying that “to forget them is a crime”, civil libertarians today remembered and paid tribute to the martyrs and heroes – those who were killed or abducted –during the Martial Law regime, and under the Arroyo administration. Framed black and white pictures of victims of political killings…

PHOTOS BY AYA SANTOS TEXT BY DEE AYROSO Bulatlat.com They came together with one thing in mind: justice for their kin. The names were written in white letters on 10 pieces of black tarpaulin. Hanging from steel bars, the tarp looked like gravestones in the middle of the plaza in front of the Sta. Cruz…

BY AUBREY MAKILAN Bulatlat.com Despite President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s moves to abolish the death penalty, human rights lawyers noted that extrajudicial and political killings continue contradicting the image of “kindness and compassion” she wants to portray. Arroyo’s position vs. the death penalty, they said, is but a “desperate effort to save her presidency.” Extrajudicial killings Lawyers…