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By CAROL PAGADUAN-ARAULLO Streetwise/Business World Posted by Bulatlat.com Soon-to-be Philippine President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III asks for understanding that he is no “superman” and should be given at least three years to make good on his campaign promises. Some of those promises will soon come up against the reality that nothing short of a systems…

By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO
Of the 284 political prisoners in the Philippines, 257 were arrested and detained under the present regime’s Oplan Bantay Laya. In a statement, Selda said the militarist approach of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has scuttled the peace talks between the government and the Moro secessionist groups in Mindanao and the New People’s Army.

“How can we claim to be under a democracy when a political prisoner continues to languish in jail even as all the trumped-up charges filed against her have already been dismissed?”

Detained peasant activist Randall Echanis and his colleagues from the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP or Peasant Movement of the Philippines), Pamalakaya, the Amihan Peasant Women’s Association, Anakpawis Party-list, and the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines have been fasting the whole day to protest the latter’s continuing imprisonment. Echanis, deputy secretary general for external affairs…

A doctor said their continued imprisonment could worsen the medical conditions of six political prisoners detained at the Provincial Jail of Oriental Mindoro in Calapan City. The doctor also said their medical conditions disprove the allegations hurled against them. BY RONALYN V. OLEA HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH Bulatlat A doctor said imprisonment could worsen medical conditions…

A New York City-based women’s group of Filipino-Americans condemned what it calls unfounded charges against 72 activists in Southern Tagalog. Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment (FiRE), a member of GABRIELA, said the “recent spate of state repression and violations of civil liberties is a continuation of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s deteriorating administration and governance.” BY BULATLAT…

In a dialogue with the Free Atty. Saladero et. al. Coalition, Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Chairperson Leila de Lima yesterday was quoted as saying that, after intense local and international pressure caused a slight drop in the number of extra-judicial killings and enforced disappearances, state authorities apparently have been employing a ‘new strategy’ against…

Human rights advocates staged a protest in front of the Department of Justice (DOJ) against the continuing detention of Elizabeth Principle, a consultant of the National Democratic Front (NDF) for the peace negotiations with the government. Members of the Society of Ex-Detainees for Liberation, against Detention and for Amnesty and Health Action for Human Rights…

BY BULATLAT Members of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan-New Patriotic Alliance)-Southern Tagalog chapter decried the ‘criminalization of activists.’ They stormed the offices of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) today, which they held responsible for the charges filed against their colleagues. In August, 27 activists in Southern Tagalog have been…