Backstory | The 35-year-old Olalia-Alay-ay murder case

Today, the court will promulgate its decision on three of the 13 suspects of the Olalia-Alay-ay murder case. Eduardo Kapunan Jr., the Philippine ambassador to Myanmar, is one of the suspects but was granted bail and acquitted in 2016. (Graphics by Dawn Cecilia Peña/ Bulatlat) By JONAS ALPASAN Bulatlat.com MANILA — Today, Oct. 12, 2021,… Continue reading Backstory | The 35-year-old Olalia-Alay-ay murder case

‘Political prisoner Lino Baez was tortured’ – rights group

Members of the paralegal team go to Camp Soledad Dolor in search of the two activist leaders. (Photo courtesy of Tanggol Batangan) By JUSTIN UMALI Bulatlat.com SANTA CRUZ, Laguna – Bagong Alyansang Makabayan Batangas Spokesperson Erlindo “Lino” Baez was tortured “physically and mentally” by state agents shortly after he was arrested on an illegal possession… Continue reading ‘Political prisoner Lino Baez was tortured’ – rights group

Rights group demands explanation on solitary confinement of political prisoner

Human rights groups and families of political prisoners call for release of political prisoners and resumption of peace talks. (File photo by Arneth Asiddao/Bulatlat) By JUSTIN UMALI Bulatlat.com SANTA CRUZ, Laguna – Human rights watchdog Karapatan Southern Tagalog filed a complaint against jail officials following reports that a political prisoner in the Romblon Provincial Jail… Continue reading Rights group demands explanation on solitary confinement of political prisoner

Groups mourn passing of Chito Gascon, head of gov’t rights body

“The country lost a dedicated public servant who never cowered in fear in asserting people’s rights and civil liberties despite every curse and insult of a tyrannical president since 2016.” By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL Bulatlat.com MANILA – Human rights groups both here and abroad mourn the passing of Commission on Human Rights chairperson Jose… Continue reading Groups mourn passing of Chito Gascon, head of gov’t rights body

‘No let-up on human rights abuses despite UN reso, joint program in PH’ – advocates

By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL Bulatlat.com MANILA – A rights group in the country claims that rights violations continue to worsen despite interventions provided by the United Nations. Reacting to the oral update on the progress of the United Nations Human Rights Council resolution on the Philippines given by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights… Continue reading ‘No let-up on human rights abuses despite UN reso, joint program in PH’ – advocates

Marcos hit for refusing ICC probe should he win president

“We can already see his noncommittal stance to the ICC’s investigation into the complaints on crimes against humanity by Duterte and his minions. Marcos Jr.’s reasoning is clearly a cop-out for his uninhibited support for Duterte.” By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL Bulatlat.com MANILA – A group of martial law veterans assailed the statement of presidential… Continue reading Marcos hit for refusing ICC probe should he win president

2 Batangas activists arrested in Quezon province

Lino Baez (left) and Willy Capareño were arrested Oct. 6, 2021 in Sariaya, Quezon. (Photos courtesy of Karapatan-Southern Tagalog) By JUSTIN UMALI Bulatlat.com SANTA CRUZ, Laguna – Two more were arrested by combined elements of the police and military in Quezon province, yesteray, October 6, at around 2:00 am. According to Karapatan-Southern Tagalog, Bagong Alyansang… Continue reading 2 Batangas activists arrested in Quezon province

Detained farmers seek dismissal of Hilongos multiple murder raps

L-R Norberto Murillo, Dario Tomada, Exuperio Lloren and Satur Ocampo laugh at the testimony of a government witness during a short break at the hearing of Hilongos case in Manila, Sept. 17. (Photo by Ronalyn V. Olea / Bulatlat) By GABBIE CASTRO Bulatlat.com BACOOR, Cavite — Farmer activists who are charged with multiple murder charges… Continue reading Detained farmers seek dismissal of Hilongos multiple murder raps

International group urges UN body to probe Philippine’s human rights situation

“Activists have been killed over the last year, both by the security forces and by unknown individuals. In many instances, activists were killed after being red-tagged. In virtually none of the cases has anyone been held accountable for the killings.” By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL Bulatlat.com MANILA – An international rights group called on the… Continue reading International group urges UN body to probe Philippine’s human rights situation

‘Reject presidential bid of Bongbong Marcos’

“Running for the highest position in the land is one of the Marcoses’ plan to rehabilitate their political stature and promote historical lies.” By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL Bulatlat.com MANILA — Activists who fought the Marcos dictatorship denounced Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s plan to run as president in the May 2022 national elections. Samahan ng… Continue reading ‘Reject presidential bid of Bongbong Marcos’