Bloody Friday: 2 peace consultants killed in Iloilo, Cebu

State agents have killed and arrested several JASIG-protected peace process participants, especially after formal NDFP-GRP peace negotiations were cancelled by GRP President Rodrigo Duterte in 2017. By RAYMUND B. VILLANUEVA Kodao Productions/ Reposted by Bulatlat MANILA — Police killed a National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) peace consultant In Iloilo City while a retired… Continue reading Bloody Friday: 2 peace consultants killed in Iloilo, Cebu

Rights defenders decry courts’ junking of motions filed by detained labor organizers

Relatives and friends of the seven human rights defenders arrested on Dec. 10 call for the immediate release of their loved ones in a press conference, Dec. 14 at the Commission on Human Rights. (Photo by Ronalyn V. Olea /Bulatlat) “It is absurd that the Mandaluyong court saw the inconsistencies and defects of the narratives… Continue reading Rights defenders decry courts’ junking of motions filed by detained labor organizers

Lumad teacher, student recount ‘psychological torture’ while in police custody

“They told me we wouldn’t be released unless we admit to being rebels.” — Lumad teacher By ARNETH ASIDDAO Bulatlat.com MANILA — A Lumad student and a teacher recounted the violent arrest and harassment they experienced at the hands of Cebu police during a House Committee on Human Rights hearing, May 26, Wednesday. Lumad teacher… Continue reading Lumad teacher, student recount ‘psychological torture’ while in police custody

Batangas court junks charges vs red-tagged store owner

Lamberto Asinas after his release from the Batangas Provincial Jail. (Photo courtesy of Public Interest Law Center) “Simply put, the AFP [Armed Forces of the Philippines] and Philippine National Police (PNP) had no solid, intelligent basis before launching massive operations in a rural sitio in Nasugbu, Batangas in April 2020.” By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL… Continue reading Batangas court junks charges vs red-tagged store owner

Kin of Joseph Canlas file raps vs police, jail authorities for ‘criminal negligence’

Lawyer Ericson Dela Cruz represents the family of Joseph Canlas in filing the complaint with the Ombudsman against police and jail authorities. (Photo by Ronalyn V. Olea/ Bulatlat) In their 26-page complaint, Canlas’s children Jennelle and Joseph narrated how their father was denied immediate access to emergency medical care despite their repeated pleas. By RONALYN… Continue reading Kin of Joseph Canlas file raps vs police, jail authorities for ‘criminal negligence’

ATC ‘terror list’ poses greater danger, chilling effect on critics

Activists hold a protest near the Supreme Court during the Feb. 2 oral arguments on Anti-Terror Law. (Photo by Carlo Manalansan/Bulatlat) Karapatan called the ATC a ‘copy-paste’ of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) that ‘incites violence’ now legitimized by the Anti-Terror Law. By ARNETH ASIDDAO Bulatlat.com MANILA — Activists,… Continue reading ATC ‘terror list’ poses greater danger, chilling effect on critics

Kin fear for safety of peace consultants in Anti-Terror Council’s list

Screenshot of the online press briefing organized by Pilgrims for Peace, May 14. “There is nothing most fearful, most oppressive and most unjust than the way political prisoners are being treated under this regime.” By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com MANILA – Relatives of peace consultants fear even more for the safety of their loved ones… Continue reading Kin fear for safety of peace consultants in Anti-Terror Council’s list

ATC’s list bolsters petitions against Anti-Terror Law, lawyers insist

“How can the ATC, three years hence, claim to have ‘verified and validated information’ against these peace consultants when it has already been proven in court that there is none? The ATC regurgitating false assertions has been a most dangerous weapon especially in the heat of oral arguments on the terror law.” By ANNE MARXZE… Continue reading ATC’s list bolsters petitions against Anti-Terror Law, lawyers insist

Prosecution junks charges against 7 Lumad teachers, students

Lumad students join protest at the Commission on Human Rights in Quezon City on Feb. 15, 2021 (Photo by Carlo Manalansan/Bulatlat) “The victory of the Bakwit School 7 is a testament to the truth and the legitimacy of the calls of the Lumad and the existence of the Bakwit School. This victory only proves that… Continue reading Prosecution junks charges against 7 Lumad teachers, students

Joma Sison hits ATC’s ‘distortion, lies’

Jose Maria Sison. (Bulatlat file photo) “Under a regime that takes pride in treason, tyranny, mass murder and plunder, the legal standards are degraded to the level of murderers and the standard of learning is also demeaned when Marxism or communism is merely equated to terrorism.” By EMILY VITAL Bulatlat.com MANILA — National Democratic Front… Continue reading Joma Sison hits ATC’s ‘distortion, lies’