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Overkill

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While a gaggle of bystanders watches, a team of cops clad in fatigues, bulletproof vests, helmets and gas masks and toting assault rifles storms the place. They start grabbing people and wrestling those who resist to the ground. One cop is pinning someone on his back with his knee while pulling out handcuffs. The other cops who have ringed the place are eyeing the perimeter watchfully, alert for any signs of trouble. Several cops on motorcycles hover in the wings.

Posted: March 19th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Human rights abuses in PH abetted by US gov’t thru military aid

The US State Department report on the human rights abuses in the Philippines is hypocritical because the United States is equally responsible for the abuses through military aid, deployment of troops and a counterinsurgency blueprint that is anchored on the Aquino administration’s Oplan Bayanihan.

Posted: March 12th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Violation

President Benigno Aquino III made an egregious mistake two weeks ago when he appointed a recently retired police general, Lina Castillo Sarmiento, to chair the Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board.

Posted: February 28th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »

Aquino using gender card in HR board appointment

The appointment to the Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board of somebody from an institution that has systematically spawned rights violations (including various forms of violence against women) since the martial law period is an affront to Filipinos and all victims of human rights abuses.

Posted: February 27th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Setting history right

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That was an interesting letter Joker Arroyo wrote P-Noy on the eve of the 28th anniversary of Edsa. Joker has a complaint, and that is the appointment of police general Lina Castillo Sarmiento as chair of the Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board.

Posted: February 26th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘General Lina’ and a city’s soul

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I first encountered the now retired police general Lina Sarmiento when she represented the Philippine National Police in a forum on women and peace.

Posted: February 19th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Aquino’s macabre message an insult

Nothing personal, but does Lina Castillo Sarmiento “have a deep and thorough understanding and knowledge of human rights and involvement in efforts against human rights violations” committed during the Marcos regime?

Posted: February 17th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Tough

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I share Carlos Conde’s sentiments completely. Conde is the Philippine researcher for Human Rights Watch, Asia division, and he complains bitterly about Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s remarks at the Senate and the senators’ response to them.

Posted: February 13th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Human rights untrendy?

The silent senators did not object to Davao Mayor Rudy Duterte’s remarkable pronunciamentos last Feb. 3, and are now dismissive of their implications.

Posted: February 9th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Relieving ‘wheel of torturers’ cops not good enough

Relieving the 10 policemen who reportedly tortured at least 29 detainees at a Philippine National Police (PNP) secret detention center in Biñan, Laguna, falls short of delivering justice for the victims.

Posted: February 3rd, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

‘Disaster capitalism’ threatens post-Yolanda rehab initiatives

Amid allegations of overpriced and substandard temporary shelters constructed for survivors of Supertyphoon “Yolanda,” we, representatives of Akbayan party-list, call on the government to shield the rehabilitation efforts from possible “disaster capitalism.”

Posted: January 21st, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Violation of human rights still continuing

Having marked the 65th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) last month and seeing no signs that the rights situation in the country promises to be better in 2014, the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers indicts President Aquino for the continuing human rights violations still being committed with impunity and for his nonchalant attitude toward the injustice done to the victims and their families.

Posted: January 15th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

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