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Phil. Army sow fear in MP village

BESAO, Mountain Province — Government soldiers occupying houses in sitio Dandanac of Tamboan village in Besao town in Mountain Province are restricting the movement of village folk and are causing fear among village folk, a team of human rights defenders who went to verify reports of human rights violations, found out on August 9.

Sagada locals scared by 54th IBPA red-tagging

SAGADA, Mountain Province — Peasants in northern villages here expressed fear as elements of the 54th Infantry Battalion Philippine Army (IBPA) started making a list of people from the local civilian population who need to “clear themselves” from a military list of alleged members or supporters of the revolutionary New Peoples Army (NPA).

Dads hail removal of Baguio activists from DOJ terror list

BAGUIO CITY — Two city councilors from Baguio hailed the dropping of Atty. Jose Mencio Molintas and Victoria Tauli Corpuz from the Department of Justice’s terrorist proscription petition against the Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People’s Army.

UNP ask students to waive right to data privacy

VIGAN CITY — In a document sent by the youth group Anakbayan Ilocos, the University of Northern Philippines has literally asked its students to waive their right to data privacy or defer from enrolling in the institution.

Statements: Journalism is not a crime

It is a dark time for democracy and freedom when journalists are treated as criminals – arrested, beaten up, threatened, charged and prevented from doing their work – as happened to our colleagues who covered the violent dispersal of striking workers of NutriAsia and their supporters in Marilao, Bulacan Monday afternoon, July 30.

Isardeng ti atake laban kadagiti nainsigudan a babbai!

Pablaak ti Innabuyog para iti Sangalubongan nga Aldaw dagiti Nainsigudan nga Umili

Kagiddan ti pananglagip tayo iti Sangalubongan nga Aldaw dagiti Nainsidugan nga Umili (International Day for the World’s Indigenous Peoples), kiddaw ti Innabuyog ti pannakaisardeng to amin a porma ti atake laban kadagiti nainsigudan a babbai iti Kordilyera ken iti intero a pagilian.

Statements: On Prof. Gill Boehringer

“The detention and imminent deportation of Professor Gill Boehringer to Australia proves yet again President Rodrigo Duterte’s intent to silence the voices of international human rights defenders for the Philippines”, said George Kotsakis, Chairperson of Migrante Australia.

PNP sue civilians for Besao encounter

BAGUIO CITY — The municipal police of Besao, Mountain Province charged two residents of Brgy. Tamboan with multiple murder in relation to the July 15 fifteen ambush staged by the New People’s Army in Sitio Dandanac of the said barangay.

Phil. Army soldiers kills another civilian hunter in Kalinga

TABUK CITY, Kalinga — The Justice and Peace Advocates in Kalinga (JPAK) in a press statement condemned the killing of a civilian hunter from Se-et, Mabaka, Tanudan, Kalinga by unnamed elements of the 50th Infantry Brigade on July 9, 2016.

UNESCO urge gov’t to probe Albay media slay

BAGUIO CITY — Director-General Audrey Azoulay of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization(UNESCO) condemned the killing of Joey Llana, a radio broadcaster in Albay provincest 2 in a statement released on August.

Editorial: Prisoners of Conscience

Political prisoners, are people who are persecuted and imprisoned for their beliefs usually critical of their government. In the country today Karapatan, the Alliance For The Advancement Of People’s Rights in the Philippines, keeps tab of those whose human rights are violated or simply those victimized by government and the violence of the armed forces because they can no longer tolerate the multi forms of graft and corruption in government. As of March this year the tabulation of political prisoners show there are a total of 503 political prisoners in the different jails all over the country. 38 are elderly, 45 are women, 118 are sickly, 6 are NDFP staff or consultants, 173 were arrested under Duterte, there are 8 imprisoned in the Cordillera region.