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Achieving peace in Mindanao key to PH economic growth – World Bank

October 9, 2017 ·  By Chrisee Dela Paz for www.rappler.com

Graphics by Raffy de Guzman/Rappler

The World Bank says long-standing armed conflict in Mindanao makes it challenging to unlock the growth potential of the region, which is a major source of agricultural products MANILA, Philippines – Achieving peace and development in Mindanao is key to the Philippines’ inclusive growth and poverty reduction, said the World Bank. The Washington-based agency on […]

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Envoy insists on right of China to fish around Pag-asa

October 9, 2017 ·  By Carmela Fonbuena for www.rappler.com

CAMP AGUINALDO VISIT. Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua is in Camp Aguinaldo on October 5 to hand over Chinese assault rifles

Chinese ambassador Zhao Jianhua invokes commitment to the Declaration of Conduct, an agreement China has repeatedly violated in the past MANILA, Philippines – Chinese ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua insisted on the rights of the Chinese to fish near Pag-asa (Thitu) amid protests against their presence around sandbars near the Philippine-occupied island in the […]

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The excessive politicization of Filipino human rights

October 9, 2017 ·  By Reuben James Barrete, Manila for www.ucanews.com

The Philippine House of Representatives has agreed to restore the US$13.5 million annual budget of the Commission of Human Rights following an outcry when it moved to slash it to only US$20. (Photo supplied)

Recent move to slash commission’s annual budget underscores state apparatus attacks on rights advocates On Sept. 12, the Philippine’s House of Representatives gave the country’s Commission on Human Rights (CHR) a meager Php 1,000.00 or US$20 budget for the entire year of 2018. The reason: lawmakers allied to President Rodrigo Duterte believe the commission “useless” […]

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Philippine bishops deny trying to undermine Duterte anti-drug crackdown

October 9, 2017 ·  By Catholic News Service for cruxnow.com

In this Aug. 2, 2017 file photo, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks in metropolitan Manila. (Credit: Aaron Favila/AP.)

The Catholic Church in the Philippines says it is not trying to destabilize the government by offering sanctuary to security officers wishing to testify about abuses in the country’s violent anti-drug crackdown. Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan, the bishops’ conference president, earlier announced that police officers wanting to reveal information about the drug war have […]

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Could an Irish priest be set to receive the Nobel Peace Prize?

October 6, 2017 · 

Fr Shay Cullen has been proposed four times for the Nobel Peace Prize

Pope Francis and a foundation established by an Irish priest to free Filipino children and women from sex traffickers have both been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize which will be awarded in Oslo tomorrow morning. The Argentinean Pontiff was nominated by the leader of Norway’s Christian Democratic party for standing up to President Donald […]

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CHR urges gov’t to reconsider, accept UN call to probe killings

October 5, 2017 ·  By Jodesz Gavilan for www.rappler.com

END KILLINGS. Protesters light candles and hold banners calling for an end to drug war killings in the Philippines. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

The Commission on Human Rights calls on the Duterte administration to show it is ‘serious in making progress for human rights’ MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) on Sunday, September 24, criticized the Philippine government’s refusal to accept recommendations by United Nations (UN) member-states against “the most serious human rights violations” in […]

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New SC ruling prohibits naming of victims in sensitive cases

October 5, 2017 ·  By Tetch Torres-Tupas - Reporter for newsinfo.inquirer.net

Inside the Supreme Court (File photo by LYN RILLON / Philippine Daiily Inquirer)

The Supreme Court (SC) has released a new set of guidelines regarding the confidentiality rule on names and personal information of victims in sensitive cases. In an administrative circular made public Thursday, the high court has issued the rules to follow in the promulgation, publication and posting of decisions, resolutions and orders in cases of […]

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‘SWS poll shows Pinoys have common sense’

October 5, 2017 ·  By By: Jeannette I. Andrade, Julie M. Aurelio, Leila B. Salaverria - @inquirerdotnet for newsinfo.inquirer.net

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A Catholic bishop says Filipinos still have common sense after a survey found that a majority of adults in the country believed that those killed in the war on drugs did not fight back (“nanlaban”), but Malacañang can’t seem to make sense of the finding. “Even if many of us have known this all along, […]

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UN rights council urged to step in to end ‘unlawful killings’ in PH

October 4, 2017 ·  By Jhoanna Ballaran, Nestor Corrales - @inquirerdotnet for globalnation.inquirer.net

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The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) should intervene in the Philippines’ bloody campaign against illegal drugs and do what it takes to end the violence, a human rights group said as 39 states expressed serious concern over the increasing number of drug-related deaths in the country. New York-based group Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged […]

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Peasant leader gunned down in Compostela Valley

October 3, 2017 ·  By Frinston Lim - @inquirerdotnet for newsinfo.inquirer.net

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DAVAO CITY—A labor and peasant leader was shot dead by suspected military agents in Maragusan town, Compostela Valley on Thursday, raising to 49 the number of victims of political killings in Southern Mindanao during the Duterte administration, rights groups on Friday said. Reneboy Magayano, 50, chair of Maragusan Workers’ Association was shot dead by alleged […]

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