Sunday, April 5, 2020

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Lawyers’ group reminds authorities of citizens’ rights amid COVID-19 quarantine

State security forces violating the rights of detainees, the NUPL said, may be charged with civil, criminal and administrative charges, and violation of Republic Act 7438 or An Act Defining Certain Rights of Persons Arrested, Detained or under Custodial Investigation.

Ilocos Sur towns move to allow trikes on national highways

To make the target of the DILG order banning tricycles on national highways clear to both law enforcement and the affected sectors, two towns in Ilocos Sur create ordinances regulating tricycles-for-hire in their respective areas.

Ilocos Sur town allows trikes on highway pending clarification of DILG order

Santa, Ilocos Sur, officials keep sections of National Roads and highways within the town open to tricycles without legal repercussions while the town council awaits clarifications regarding DILG's MC 2020-036.

Bill on open-pit mining moratorium filed in Congress

Environment and IP activists joined the Makabayan Bloc in filing House Bill 6450, seeking to impose a 25-year moratorium on open-pit mining operations across the nation.

Anti-terror bill removes safeguards, accountability

“Removing or lowering these penalties gives State authorities a free pass, if not outright approval and endorsement, for violations on human rights and civil liberties…”

Why the anti-terror bill is sanctioned state terrorism

"Who is exempted from being labeled “terrorists?” Rights defenders, lawyers, journalists, Church people, peasants, indigenous peoples and workers have been publicly vilified by state security forces as such."

On Valentine’s Day, Piston calls gov’t heartless for jeepney phase-out

Members of Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operators Nationwide slam the government over the jeepney modernization act, calling them "heartless" on a Valentine's Day protest in Baguio's Kilometer Zero marker.

How the legal system is used to attack political dissenters

"The police and military have mastered the art of preparing false documents to justify the filing of fabricated charges."

Sagada folk oppose Ayala, corporate ventures from outsiders

Residents of tourist town Sagada in Mountain Province declared opposition against the entry of Ayala corporation and other big businesses in their town following the municipal council's resolution affirming the established cultural rule that prohibits the sale of land to outsiders.

Teacher solon files Magna Carta for private school teachers

Assistant Minority Leader and ACT Teachers Representative France Castro filed House Bill 5783 or the Magna Carta for Private School Teachers that seeks to provide the same protection to private school teachers in terms of salaries, benefits, and working conditions like what has been provided to public school teachers.

NUSP welcomes progress on Baguio ordinance against red-tagging

NUSP Cordillera welcomed the decision of the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Baguio City to refer the proposed measure to protect human rights advocates from red-tagging titled Human Rights Defenders Ordinance, to the Committee on Laws, Human Rights, and Justice chaired by Councilor Betty Lourdes Tabanda.

FPIC etiquette on IKSP

If IKSP is collective ownership, the better part of prudence is to consult the IPs as a single unit. Yes, this is a little bit tedious and burdensome, wherein it presupposes the conduct of consultations involving the entirety of IPs dwelling inside an Ancestral Domain. This process recognizes that IKSPs of the IPs exist to this day because of their collective efforts protected and nurtured their systems and traditions despite centuries of subjugation.



Hard life for the poor, tougher under lockdown

The poor are bearing most of the brunt of the COVID-19 health crisis. Without sufficient economic and social support, their hard life is becoming tougher each day under the lockdown.