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Homecoming

When you’re brought back to your former “stomping grounds,” placed once again in the company of old friends and colleagues and the environment that nurtured and molded you to full flowering, would you call that incarceration? We think not.

Posted: September 20th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Palparan ‘homecoming’ shows arrest was staged

Jovito Palparan’s transfer to military HQ is “daang matuwid-style” VIP treatment for human rights violators. This homecoming is a grave insult to the families of the victims of extrajudicial killings, human rights abuse, torture and disappearances.

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

Palparan a ‘disaster’ in a democracy

When I heard for the first time Jovito Palparan speak at a forum as a commanding officer of the military in Laguna, I thought he was a disaster, a man ready to spread terror among activists and progressive organizations.

Posted: September 10th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Other Palparans in the military

The arrest of retired general Jovito Palparan will not end impunity in the country and neither will it improve the human rights situation, as long as counterinsurgency programs are used to quell people’s dissent instead of addressing the root causes of the armed conflict. The machinery in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) that perpetuates Palparan’s brand of human rights violations against the Filipino people is very much active in Oplan Bayanihan.

Posted: August 26th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

AFP, Janus-faced?

It’s a little-known fact, so the public may be surprised to know that every Aug. 11, the Armed Forces of the Philippines officially celebrates the passage of the International Humanitarian Law by having its soldiers renew their commitment to human rights and the rule of law at all times in the discharge of their duties. Or as Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin put it, “We should execute our duties and responsibilities to protect our citizens caught in the midst of armed conflicts in the country, and guarantee total respect for their human rights as prescribed by International Humanitarian Law.”

Posted: August 23rd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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