In this file photo, the sun rises over boats in Panglao island in Bohol on October 18, 2013. Jay Directo/AFP The case stemmed from a 2009 plan which would involve a massive reclamation of seashores off Panglao Bay for a supposed leisure and resort park
BOHOL, Philippines (Sept. 25, 2017) — A regional trial court here has shelved a plan to reclaim 450 hectares of seashores off Panglao Island after it junked a case earlier filed against Bohol officials that would have compelled them to enforce a joint-venture agreement forged by the previous local administration and a private entity.
Continue reading Bohol court scraps proposed Panglao reclamation project MARAWI CRISIS. Internally displaced lined up for the distribution of food packs at the Saguiran Municipal hall, Lanao del Sur. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler A conflict monitoring group launches a set of guidelines that seeks to end discrimination on the basis of ethnic and religious belief
MANILA, Philippines (Aug. 30, 2017) — Usman Mohammad, 23, just graduated from Mindanao State University (MSU) in Marawi City this year. His aim of starting his professional life was interrupted by war as the government neutralizes terrorist groups linked to the extremist Islamic State.
Continue reading Discrimination a hurdle for job-seeking Mindanao youth DRUG WAR. President Rodrigo Duterte, in his speech during the 19th founding anniversary of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption on August 16, 2017, reiterates that his war on drugs will remain unrelenting despite the criticism. Malacañang photo ‘Para makita talaga kung anong klaseng human right,’ says President Rodrigo Duterte about his latest threat
MANILA, Philippines (Aug. 17, 22017) — Amid criticism of his drug war from human rights groups, President Rodrigo Duterte said he might just order police to shoot them so they would know what real human rights violations are like.
Continue reading Duterte warns he’ll order shooting of human rights advocates TARGETS. Human rights advocates have been on the receiving end of President Rodrigo Duterte’s tirades and threats over their criticism of his war on drugs. The New York-based organization says President Rodrigo Duterte has placed ‘targets’ on the backs of human rights advocates
MANILA, Philippines (Aug. 17, 2017) — President Rodrigo Duterte should retract his threat against human rights advocates “before there is more blood on his hands,” Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Thursday, August 17.
Continue reading HRW to Duterte: Retract threat vs human rights advocates ‘SUGGESTION.’ Former Senate president Aquilino Pimentel Jr tells senators to maintain their independence and decide based on what they think is best for the people. Senate file photo ‘I would suggest to the Senate – there are 24 sovereignties in the Senate, you cannot dictate to the senators, that’s my experience – to act in accordance with their perception of what is best for the people’
MANILA, Philippines (Jul. 26, 2017) — Former Senate president Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel Jr has asked present senators to maintain their independence under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.
Continue reading ‘Maintain independence,’ Nene Pimentel tells senators CAUTION. Former Senate president Aquilino Pimentel Jr cautions the Duterte administration in dealing with China. Citing Sri Lanka and Myanmar, the ex-Senate president warns that when indebted countries fail to pay loans, China takes over the sites of their investments
MANILA, Philippines (Jul. 25, 2017) — The administration of President Rodrigo Duterte should be careful in dealing with China.
Continue reading ‘Be careful in dealing with China,’ Nene Pimentel tells Duterte POST-SONA. President Rodrigo Duterte speaks before protesters after his second State of the Nation Address on July 24, 2017. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler ‘His silence is a great disappointment for workers as we were expecting him to announce the release of an executive order prohibiting all forms of contractualization,’ says labor coalition Nagkaisa
MANILA, Philippines (Jul. 25, 2017) — For the second time, President Rodrigo Duterte made no mention of his popular campaign promise of ending the illegal practice of labor contractualization in his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, July 24.
Continue reading Duterte’s silence on workers’ issues in SONA 2017 disappointing – labor unions BLEAK FUTURE. Pro-death penalty Senator Panfilo Lacson says even with President Rodrigo Duterte’s push, there will be no revival of the death penalty in the present Senate. Photo from Lacson’s official Facebook account ‘I don’t see the death penalty being revived under his watch or at least with the present composition of the Senate,’ says pro-death penalty Senator Panfilo Lacson
MANILA, Philippines (Jul. 25, 2017) — There is still no future for the death penalty bill in the present Senate despite President Rodrigo Duterte’s push in his second State of the Nation Address.
Continue reading Despite Duterte push, no revival of death penalty in Senate – Lacson REVIEW. Senator Bam Aquino calls on the Commission on Appointments to review the new policy allowing secret voting. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV says someone clearly ‘lied’ about voting in favor of former environment secretary Gina Lopez
MANILA, Philippines (May 9, 2017) — For the sake of transparency, minority Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV has filed a resolution calling on the powerful Commission on Appointments (CA) to “review” its new rule allowing secret voting when it’s time to reject or approve a presidential appointment.
Continue reading After confusion on Lopez vote, Aquino wants CA to review secret voting CONFIRMATION HEARING. Senator Panfilo Lacson talks to then environment secretary Gina Lopez before her confirmation hearing in March 2017. Photo from Senate of the Philippines Facebook page Senator Panfilo Lacson also says former environment secretary Gina Lopez ‘has authoritarian tendencies’
MANILA, Philippines (May 5, 2017) — Senator Panfilo Lacson said on Thursday, May 4, that he voted against the confirmation of Gina Lopez as environment chief as he believed she was neither fit nor qualified for the job.
Continue reading Lacson explains vote on Gina Lopez: ‘Not fit nor qualified for the job’