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For Lumad schools, even holding class is a struggle
by Jonathan de Santos - July 11, 2018 - 11:33am
President Rodrigo Duterte, a year ago, threatened to bomb Lumad schools—volunteer-run schools for indigenous peoples' communities in remote parts of Mindanao—for, he said, indoctrinating children into...
'Thinking Pinoy' indictment no win for free speech, advocates warn
by Jonathan de Santos - July 1, 2018 - 2:48pm
"Just because you do not like the fellow does not mean freedom of expression advocates should not oppose this action in keeping with the thrusts to decriminalize libel," rights advocate Pierre Tito Galla said.
Peace adviser hopes government, communist rebels can 'meet halfway'
by Jonathan de Santos - April 17, 2018 - 5:02pm
The government is adopting a "more realistic" approach to peace talks with communist rebels, Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza said, adding the need for panels to "meet halfway."
National Press Club sees no repression in revoked Rappler registration
by Jonathan de Santos - January 17, 2018 - 8:30am
"We cannot be swayed by the emotion of the moment and go along with the general sentiment that press freedom has been threatened," the National Press Club of the Philippines said.
Trillanes sues Thinking Pinoy blogger over 'Little Narco' post
by Jonathan de Santos - November 22, 2017 - 6:01am
Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV has filed a libel complaint against Thinking Pinoy blogger Rey Joseph Nieto for alleging that US President Donald Trump referred to him as a "narco" or drug...
Suits by 'sensitive' senators threaten free speech
by Jonathan de Santos - November 21, 2017 - 6:49am
Sen. Vicente Sotto III's plan to file a complaint against Edward Angelo Dayao over online "name-calling" is a threat to freedom of expression, but so is Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV's plan to...
Government can't 'define dead bodies away,' says HRW
by Jonathan de Santos - October 9, 2017 - 3:35am
The government position that there have been no extrajudicial killings under the Duterte administration contradicts international law, a senior official at Human Rights Watch's Geneva office said over the weeke...
CPP: No 'Red-Yellow' conspiracy
by Jonathan de Santos - October 5, 2017 - 11:30am
President Rodrigo Duterte might be attempting to justify silencing dissent with his claim of a conspiracy between "Yellows" and "Reds," the Communist Party of the Philippines said.
Palace doubts SWS respondents' misgivings on 'nanlaban' deaths
by Jonathan de Santos - September 28, 2017 - 8:01am
The Palace played down a survey that found that more than half of respondents doubt the police's "nanlaban" narrative, saying these contrast with high trust in President Rodrigo Duterte.
NBI told to find cab driver who claims Carl Arnaiz robbed him
by Jonathan de Santos - September 7, 2017 - 7:44am
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on Thursday ordered the National Bureau of Investigation to find the taxi driver whom Carl Angelo Arnaiz allegedly robbed and to investigate the circumstances...
Appointments body rejects Mariano as DAR chief
by Jonathan de Santos - September 7, 2017 - 1:47am
The Commission on Appointments has rejected the ad interim appointment of Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano, an activist farmer whom representatives of landlords have accused of abusing his authority.
CHR: Congress knows commission's role, mandate
by Jonathan de Santos - August 8, 2017 - 8:35am
The Commission on Human Rights has not been remiss in explaining its role and function to Congress, some members of which have criticized it for not speaking up against criminals.  
Drilon wary of raising fuel taxes, tax on sugary drinks
by Jonathan de Santos - July 30, 2017 - 6:26am
The Senate must study a government proposal to raise taxes on fuel and on sugary drinks as part of the administration's tax reform package, Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said Sunday.
A year of fighting and talking
by Jonathan de Santos - July 7, 2017 - 7:03am
A year into the Duterte presidency, prospects of peace with the CPP-NPA-NDF are uncertain, but at least they are there.
LGBT students face bullying, discriminatory policies in schools
by Jonathan de Santos - June 23, 2017 - 4:39am
Students in the Philippines face bullying and discrimination over their sexual orientation and gender identity and many schools are not equipped to give them the support they need, a Human Rights Watch report released...
Duterte fires drugs board chair for 'contradicting government'
by Jonathan de Santos - May 24, 2017 - 1:06pm
President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday announced he was firing Dangerous Drug Board Chairman Benjamin Reyes for "contradicting your own government" by presenting drug user data based on a government-commissioned...
Martial law in Mindanao raises rights concerns
by Jonathan de Santos - May 24, 2017 - 8:45am
The declaration of martial law over Mindanao has raised concerns of potential human rights violations under an administration that has been at times hostile to the idea of upholding basic rights for suspects.
Rejection of EU funding could affect Mindanao peace projects
by Jonathan de Santos - May 19, 2017 - 1:47am
Rejecting aid from the European Union could cut support to peace-building programs in Mindanao like livelihood assistance in Moro Islamic Liberation Front camps and the delivery of basic services to conflict-affected...
Balikatan 2017 smaller, but not 'downsized'
by Jonathan de Santos - May 15, 2017 - 3:38am
The Balikatan exercises between the Philippines and the US are smaller this year but the sizes of forces involved change yearly, military leaders said.
Philippines, US kick off seaborne disaster response drill
by Jonathan de Santos - May 14, 2017 - 11:55pm
Philippine Air Force Hueys flew over Casiguran town early Monday morning in an exercise simulating response to the town being cut off by a major typhoon.
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