Human Rights

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, in white, walks away with officials following the ASEAN summit plenary meeting at National Convention Center in Vientiane, Laos, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

PerryScope By Perry Diaz It was a very strange week! Was it a full moon… or was it sign of the times? Indeed, a nation’s leader going ballistic is not the usual norm even with the likes of… well, I don’t want to distract you from the issues so let’s move on. The recent brouhaha on the eve of President Rodrigo Duterte’s departure for his Read More …

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Reflections By Fr. Shay Cullen It’s now the law in Belgium, that terminally sick children of any age can be officially killed when they are suffering from incurable diseases and repeatedly request to be killed. But opponents say that it’s a license to kill and a way for some unloving parents to get rid of an embarrassing and bothersome, sick, impaired, disabled children if they Read More …

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By Fr. Shay Cullen Here is a story that will gladden the hearts of all who care about children, abhor child abuse and are willing to speak out for human rights. It’s a story of a child’s courageous struggle against all odds. People of good conscience who shun evil and wrongdoing will hunger and thirst for justice and someday, if we struggle hard enough together, Read More …

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By Fr. Shay Cullen The leader of the community of the Aeta indigenous people proudly led me around the hillside resettlement community where the 200 or so families were establishing a new village community. Their ancestral village and lands were wiped out in a torrential typhoon and gigantic floods. My mission, helped by the German Church agency Misereor, was to help them resettle and develop Read More …

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By Louis Bacani The Philippine News MANILA, Philippines – An Australian professor and human rights advocate lamented the “worsening” inequality between the rich and the poor that leads to human rights violations in the Philippines, a country which he called a “purgatory” for those who are not wealthy. Prof. Gill Boehringer, a former Dean of Macquarie University Law School in Sydney, reportedly said in a Read More …

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Source: The Daily Tribune INT’L RIGHTS BODY TO ASSESS RP A record figure that is not expected to form part of President Aquino’s State of the Nation Address (Sona) is the 142 extra-judicial killings recorded from the start of Aquino’s presidency which a human rights group said was aside from several cases of abuses during the three years Aquino is in power. From July 2010, Read More …

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By John J. Xenakis Breitbart.com Prior to the two-day meeting of China’s president Xi Jinping and U.S. president Barack Obama, both of them bubbled with enthusiasm, and talked about a “new model” of cooperation between China and the U.S. Now that’s it’s over, a U.S. official has described it as “unique, positive and constructive.” But the only agreement to come out of the meeting was Read More …

OUT OF SABAH (AFP) - Filipino evacuees from Sandakan, Sabah, arrive by boat in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi, on March 8, 2013 in this picture released yesterday by Agence France Presse.

By Ali G. Macabalang Manila Bulletin MANILA, Philippines — The reported maltreatment of Filipinos in Malaysia following the outbreak of violence in Sabah is just the “tip of the iceberg,” an official of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) told the Manila Bulletin yesterday. The source, who asked not to be named for lack of authority to speak in behalf of the ARMM, cited Read More …

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By Mong Palatino The Diplomat Many Filipinos want the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to intervene in the Sabah crisis, which began when armed followers of the self-proclaimed Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III occupied parts of Lahad Datu on February 9 and vowed not to leave until Sabah is returned to the Sulu Sultanate. After waiting three weeks for the members of the Royal Read More …

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PRESS RELEASE March 14, 2013 Having access to the Internet must be a basic human right and the government must set standards not to abridge the constitutionally guaranteed freedom of expression, administration coalition senatorial candidate Ramon “Jun” Magsaysay Jr. said. “Internet is a human right as education or health. To me, internet is so pervasive that it affects all aspects of society. The Internet is Read More …