Harry Roque

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz Harry Roque made his mark fighting for people’s human rights. His resume is quite impressive. He is a member of the 17th Congress representing the party-list group Kabayan or Kabalikat ng Mamamayan, which represents marginalized sectors of the Filipino community, the disabled, senior citizens, Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), fishermen, farmers, and the poor. He is a lawyer and a human rights Read More …

Nov 23, 2009

Making life worth living By Ellen Tordesillas VERA Files There are a number of disturbing things in the aborted settlement between the Ampatuans and the relatives of the 14 victims of the Nov 23, 2009 massacre that was considered the deadliest day for journalists (32 of the 58 victims were members of media. It was aborted because the negotiator, identified in the article of Mylah Read More …

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By Kate McGeown BBC Malaysia was invaded earlier this month. A ragtag group of people – some of them armed – travelled from the Philippine islands of Sulu to Malaysian Borneo to stake their claim to the province of Sabah. This so-called Royal Army of Sulu, just a few hundred in number, is hardly likely to be a major threat to the Malaysian police, who Read More …

Corporate Watch By Amelia H.C. Ylagan BusinessWorld “Maguindanao massacre trial could take 55,000 years,” a front page headline screamed for the intended shock effect. In simple arithmetic on convoluted logic, private prosecutor Harry Roque computed 196 defendants facing 57 cases each equals 11,172 cases, times 5 years trial per case equals 55,000 years. Stop the salivating — defendants and lawyers may not live for 20 Read More …

Source: The Nation MANILA (AFP) – Relatives of some of the 57 people killed in the Philippines’ worst political massacre sued then-president Gloria Arroyo on Tuesday for arming and supporting the alleged murderers, their lawyer said. The civil suit seeking 15 million pesos ($345,000) in damages will force Arroyo to fight another tough legal battle, after police charged her last week with conspiring to rig Read More …