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Open letter to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima

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Less than two years remain of the Benigno S. Aquino presidency, and you have been with the Department of Justice for over four years. When you were appointed as Justice Secretary, from being Chair of the Commission on Human Rights, we entertained a glimmer of hope that human rights cases would move forward, despite the [...]

LETTER | Assessment on Pope Francis’ one year papacy after His Easter message

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Pope Francis has captured the attention of millions including the international media with his simple and tradition-breaking lifestyle. A year after his election, the world including Christians and non-Christians are still studying the different changes he has started within the Vatican bureaucracy and the Vatican financial institutions. His pronouncements on the need of a Church [...]

LETTER | Quest for Justice for Engr. Delle Bugarin Salvador

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We, the family of Engr. Fidela “Delle” Bugarin-Salvador grieve for the untimely death of the mother, a sister, and a wife, who was killed in Lacub, Abra, during the military operations of the 41st Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army (41st IBPA), on 4-6 September 2014. Adding insult to injury, the Northern Luzon Command, Philippine Army – [...]

LETTER | Justice for Recca, Justice for Lacub

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Our grief remains without measure and no words can approximate the anguish that we feel with the death of our daughter, our sister, Recca Noelle M. Monte. Recca, 33, was a member of the New People’s Army in the Cordillera region. She died along with six other combatants and two civilians in the course of [...]

LETTER | Luisita landgrabbers cited ‘labor-law compliant’ by DOLE

Labor Sec. Rosalinda Baldoz helps inaugurate Luisita Industrial Park. Photo courtesy: DOLE Region III

What kind of message is the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz sending to the public in conferring unprecedented distinction to the Luisita Industrial Park – a hub widely-known to be part of the still dispute-ridden and controversial Hacienda Luisita estate? While it is up to the workers themselves in the Luisita [...]

Open letter to Aquino, on 7th year of Jonas Burgos’ abduction

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April 27, 2014 Divine Mercy Sunday Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III The President of the Philippines Mr. President: Tomorrow, April 28, 2014, as we sadly commemorate the 7th anniversary of the abduction of Jonas, we recall how a few days before you were sworn in as President of the Republic of the Philippines, we were [...]

LIHAM | Mga empleyado ng DSWD, hinggil sa Bagyong Yolanda

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Lagi na lang binabatikos nang matindi ang ating ahensya sa ating pagresponde sa mga kalamidad tulad ng nangyari nitong nakalipas na taon na kinatampukan ng apat na kalamidad–pinakagrabe ang Typhoon Yolanda na kumitil at naminsala sa buhay ng libu-libo nating mamamayan sa kabisayaan. Sobrang kapaguran, kalituhan, sama ng loob, galit at demoralisasyon naman ang sa [...]

Bukas na Liham sa Mamamayan

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Habang nananawagan kami ng patuloy na relief ay patuloy ding itinatapon sa basurahan ang mga nabulok na relief goods. Unang buwan pa lamang matapos ang Yolanda ganito na ang kalakaran ng pamahalaan, pagtatapon hindi lamang sa garbage sites kundi sa karagatan ng Ormoc City. Gayundin, ang mga nabulok na bigas na hindi naibigay sa mga nasalanta ng bagyong Pablo sa Mindanao ay ipinamahagi na rin sa mga nasalanta ng Yolanda. At habang nagtuturuan ang mga ahensya ng gobyerno kasabay naman nilang ikinakalat na walang matatanggap na relief ang sumasali sa mga kilos protesta

NUJP on the Supreme Court ruling on Cybercrime Law

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A half-inch forward but a century backward. This best describes the Supreme Court’s decision on the petitions to declare the Cybercrime Prevention Act unconstitutional. For while the high court rightly declared a number of provisions of the statute unconstitutional, it otherwise upheld the law and, worse, online libel, thus adding yet another element — ironically [...]

Letter to the Editor | Ericson Acosta on the arrest of activists, land reform advocates in Hacienda Luisita

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Activists, including a militant legislator, cultural workers and church people, were arrested yesterday in Hacienda Luisita, Tarlac while conducting a fact-finding mission there. Among those still detained as of this writing is artist and former political prisoner Ericson Acosta. The group that helped campaign for his release in Samar, the Free Ericson Acosta Campaign (FEAC), [...]

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