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Grieving poet-mother gets sliver of victory as Ombudsman orders dismissal of 'tokhang cop'

Ombudsman Samuel R Martires has approved the dismissal from office and the filing of murder charges against a police officer accused of executing an epileptic youth on May 18, 2017. → Read More

Witnesses, kin relate 'tokhang' style executions in Negros Oriental killings

Police in Negros Oriental province executed their victims “tokhang” style during the Saturday pre-dawn raids that killed 14 persons in Canlaon City and Manjuyod and Sta. Catalina towns, according to families and witnesses. → Read More

ACT official says he received death threat

MANILA - The secretary-general of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers of the Philippines reported receiving a death threat Friday afternoon. → Read More

Police intel on hunt for members of Alliance of Concerned Teachers

PNP intelligence operatives have been visiting schools nationwide, asking for “an inventory” of members or allies of the ACT, officials of the alliance said. → Read More

Massacre crushed long-time hacienda workers’ dream for son

Bobstil Sumicad and wife, Evelyn, had high hopes for their youngest child, Marchtil, but they lost him in the Hacienda Nene massacre in Negros Occidental, Sunday. → Read More

Church, local execs condemn massacre of Negros sugar workers

Bishop Gerardo Alminaza of the San Carlos Diocese has ordered the social action arm of the Catholic Church to aid survivors of a massacre and the families of nine slain sugar workers in Sagay City, Negros Occidental. → Read More

Upsurge in 'harassment’ cases reported by some churches, labor, rights groups

MANILA - Leaders of some churches, labor and human rights organizations on Sunday vowed to continue challenging alleged abuses of President Rodrigo Duterte’s government amid what they claimed to be a sudden upsurge in surveillance and public vilification. → Read More

'Hanggang kailan?' Moms of Duterte drug war victims find hope after Palparan conviction

Mothers of drug war victims have found a sliver of hope after a Malolos regional trial court sentenced former Army general Jovito Palparan and 2 other military officers to life imprisonment for abduction and illegal detention. → Read More

Education can help heal national trauma, halt atrocities: Cambodian genocide survivor

He has lived the American dream and returned home a hero. But parts of Youk Chhang’s life are beyond healing even three decades after escaping the hellholes of Cambodia. → Read More

Victims of Duterte drug war tame anger, overcome fear as they bring fight to ICC

“This is historic because this is the first time victims themselves are filing a case against President Durerte,” said Neri Colmenares of the National Union of Peoples' Lawyers, counsel for the complainants. → Read More

Lawyer, musicians sound alarm over Makati bar raid

Human rights lawyer and former Bayan Muna representative Neri Colmenares has criticized the National Capital Region Police Office over the blanket filing of criminal charges against 120 patrons of a Makati bar raided before dawn on Saturday, August 11. → Read More

No choice but to fight back, say kin, friends of hunted Makabayan ex-solons

Ten years after Palayan Judge Evelyn Atienza-Turla chided prosecutors for filing cases with no evidence or signed affidavits, she issued arrest warrants after finding probable cause against the four. → Read More

Hundreds sign plea vs political persecution of Satur, et al

At least 230 hundred human rights defenders have signed a petition demanding the dismissal of murder cases against four former legislators of the militant Makabayan bloc and an end to a manhunt fueled by bounty contributions from a group associated with former president and new Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. → Read More

Under Duterte, Philippines ranked Asia's most dangerous country for environment defenders

President Rodrigo Duterte campaigned with a promise to halt environmental destruction and protect besieged indigenous communities. But he enters his third year in power with the Philippines still ranked as Asia’s most dangerous for environmental defenders. → Read More

Philippines fragile peace process nears breaking point

The National Democratic Front forces are ready for any permanent break down in peace talks with President Rodrigo Duterte’s government but rebel peace panel chairman Fidel Agcaoili said they would not give the mercurial strongman an excuse to unleash martial law nationwide. → Read More

As Duterte offers dialogue, church leaders bare detention of Christian missionary

They expressed serious concern over the state crackdown on foreign missionaries helping human rights organizations. → Read More

Sister Fox on Duterte 'molestation': I understand his pain

She has been insulted and called foul-mouthed by President Rodrigo Duterte. Yet after the President unleashed a second tirade against God, Sr. Patricia Fox, the Australian nun who faced possible deportation, has nothing but compassion for Duterte. → Read More

OPINION: New anti-terror measure legislates de facto tyranny

A working draft of legislation seeking to strengthen the Philippines’ anti-terror legislation expands the definition of “terrorism” while dropping the burden of proof for state agents. → Read More

Human rights groups hold candlelight protest for Fr. Nilo, other slain priests

Church workers and human rights advocates held a candlelight protest and noise barrage Thursday at the corner of E. Rodriguez and Gilmore streets in Quezon City. → Read More

Veterans of Chico River Dam struggle join grandkids’ generation in new fight

BAGUIO CITY -- Lakay Banag Sinumlag remembers losing friends and mentors four decades ago as tribes of the lush, rugged Cordillera region in the main Philippines island of Luzon battled the army of dictator Ferdinand Marcos to prevent construction of the Chico River dam. → Read More