Terrorism-accused United Nations expert ‘at grave risk’ in Philippines

PARIS – Vicky Tauli-Corpuz has spent four decades campaigning for indigenous people in her native Philippines, but never  feared for her life......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarMar 24th, 2018

Terrorism-accused UN expert at grave risk in Philippines

Vicky Tauli-Corpuz has spent four decades campaigning for indigenous people in her native Philippines, but never feared for her life......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 24th, 2018

Philippines Terrorist Petition Virtual Hit List

The Philippine government is putting at grave risk more than 600 people - among them a United Nations human rights expert and dozens of leftist activists - by labeling them as members of the Commun.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsMar 9th, 2018

Palace: UN expert s call to drop charges vs Rappler assaults sovereignty

Malacañang has accused a United Nations expert who called for the dropping of charges against journalist Maria Ressa and her website Rappler of "assaulting" the Philippines' sovereignty and "politicizing" a serious crime. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 9th, 2018

UN Security Council, China, Japan condemn Jolo bombings

The United Nations Security Council, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japan strongly condemned the twin bombings in a Catholic cathedral in Jolo, Sulu on Sunday as they expressed readiness to assist the Philippines in its fight against terrorism......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 30th, 2019

De Lima to gov’t: Heed UN call to end attacks vs human-rights defenders

      MANILA, Philippines --- Opposition Senator Leila de Lima on Thursday urged the Philippine government to heed a United Nations special rapporteur's call to end the attacks against human-rights defenders in the country, notably those critical of the Duterte administration. Last Dec. 19, UN special rapporteur Michel Forst released an assessment report which highlighted the so-called "stigmatization, defamation, judicial harassment, arbitrary arrest, and criminalization of defenders" as a key area of concern in the Philippines. READ: UN expert asks Duterte admin: Stop maligning human rights advocates But Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo belitt...Keep on reading: De Lima to gov’t: Heed UN call to end attacks vs human-rights defenders.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 10th, 2019

Palace hits UN expert for asking gov’t to stop attacks vs rights defenders

    MANILA, Philippines -- Malacaang slammed as "reckless" and "irresponsible" the call of a United Nations (UN) special rapporteur for the Philippines to stop attacks against human rights defenders in the country.   UN special rapporteur Michel Forst,in his latest World Report on the situation of human right defenders, has called "on the government to end immediately all forms of violations against human rights defenders, including extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances."   Forst said some states, including the Philippines, "have taken steps to frustrate the enjoyment" of rights.   "The government's War on Drugs has create...Keep on reading: Palace hits UN expert for asking gov’t to stop attacks vs rights defenders.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 20th, 2018

Philippines urged to end attacks vs human rights defenders

An independent expert of the United Nations has raised concern over the safety of human rights advocates in the Philippines, citing cases of killings, intimidation and defamation......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 20th, 2018

U.N. expert to PH gov’t: Stop stigma against human rights defenders

MANILA, Philippines – A United Nations (UN) expert on Tuesday, December 18, urged the Philippine government to stop the “public stigmatization” of human rights defenders and immediately address the worrisome rise of violence against them. In a recently published world report, UN Special Rapporteur Michel Forst ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 19th, 2018

Malacañang to U.N. expert: Don t politicize tax case vs Rappler, Ressa

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Saturday, December 8, said that the United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression is "politicizing" the tax evasion charges filed against Rappler Holdings Corporation (RHC) and its president, Maria Ressa. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo in a statement said that David Kaye, the UN ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 9th, 2018

U.N. expert urges Philippines to drop charges against Rappler, Ressa

MANILA, Philippines – David Kaye, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression, released a statement on Thursday, December 6, calling on the Philippine government to drop its charges against Rappler Holdings Corporation and its president, Maria Ressa. “In light of past measures taken against Rappler, I am concerned that ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 7th, 2018

Duterte to reaffirm PH ‘principled position’ on South China Sea

  SINGAPORE -- President Rodrigo Duterte will reaffirm the Philippines "principled position" in the South China Sea Sea as regional leaders meet here for the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean).   In a statement, Malacaang said Duterte would "engage leaders" of Asean-member states and dialogue partners, which include China, Russia and the United States, on Manila's position on various issues such as our maritime dispute and illegal drugs.   "The President will reiterate the Philippines' principled positions on matters concerning the South China Sea and transnational and transboundary issues such as terrorism, violent extremism, traffickin...Keep on reading: Duterte to reaffirm PH ‘principled position’ on South China Sea.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 13th, 2018

FAO, PDRF eyes more disaster-resilient Filipino communities

11 October 2018 – The ever-increasing threats from climate change, evidenced by the increasing severity and frequency of disasters, require concerted efforts to build and strengthen resilience of communities in countries most vulnerable and at-risk from disasters, like the Philippines. In response to this challenge, and to mark the International Day for Disaster Reduction on 13 October, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF) have signed today a Memorandum of Understanding that will enable collaborations on emergency response, preparedness, mitigation and building livelihood resilience......»»

Category: newsSource:  kagay_anRelated NewsOct 11th, 2018

UN exec lauds PH PPP efforts vs disasters

The United Nations has lauded the Philippines for being at the forefront of disaster risk reduction, which was shown by its handling of the recent floods in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.   In a meeting with members of UN body on disaster resilience at SM Mall of Asia, Mami Mizutori, new special representative of the UN Secretary General for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), cited initiatives by the Philippine government and private sector in making the country one of the world's most disaster resilient.   'Shining example'   Mizutori said a "shining example" of public-private partnership (PPP) in disaster resilience was led by UNISDR Private Sector A...Keep on reading: UN exec lauds PH PPP efforts vs disasters.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 2nd, 2018

Esperon briefs UN body on Philippines anti-terror plan

National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. laid down before the United Nations anti-terror body in New York City the Philippine government’s strategy to combat terrorism in the country......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 30th, 2018

ICC to inquire on raps vs Rody

ROQUE: MERE PROCESS TO DETERMINE BASIS President Duterte intends to defend himself, “if need be,” on the crimes against humanity charges that his opponents filed against him before The Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC), presidential spokesman Harry Roque said yesterday. Roque, an international law expert, explained that the ICC’s recognition was simply a proceeding to determine if the case has basis to proceed or not.Roque said Malacañang has received ICC’s notice for a “preliminary examination” on the complaints filed by the lawyer of self-confessed Davao Death Squad (DDS) assassin Edgar Matobato, who is under the care of Duterte’s chief critic Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV.Roque said the 72-year-old Chief Executive is ready to submit himself before the proceedings once he is summoned to The Hague.“The President and I met about this extensively for two hours last night. The President welcomes the preliminary examination because he is sick and tired of being accused,” Roque told reporters. “Obviously, this is intended to embarrass the president. They will fail. The President said that if need be, he will argue his case before the ICC,” he added.Matobato’s counsel Jude Sabio, in April last year, submitted to the ICC a petition against Mr. Duterte on the basis of his apparent admission of “killing” suspected drug traffickers and criminals in Davao City when he was still its Mayor.By June, Trillanes and Magdalo Partylist Rep. Gary Alejano filed a supplemental complaint against the Chief Executive also at the ICC. The complaint is based on the series of extrajudicial killings attributed to the Duterte administration’s narcotics crackdown.Sabio, in a text message, claimed that the given development is already a victory on their end.“I feel so elated and vindicated. Finally, Mr. Duterte and his cohorts will face criminal investigation by the ICC prosecutor as a prelude to formal criminal investigation,” Sabio said. “It is a huge triumph toward justice. Duterte’s system of death squad killings that he continued in his war on drugs will be investigated and hopefully an arrest warrant will be issued against him and justice will be done,” he added.“I am confident that, based on my communication, as well as that of Sen. Trillanes’ and (Magdalo) Rep. (Gary) Alejano’s, we will hurdle this first big step, and hopefully a warrant of arrest will be issued soon by the ICC against Duterte and his cohorts,” he added. Critics overjoyedTrillanes, for his part, claimed that the ICC’s recognition of their complaint should remind Mr. Duterte that he is not above the law.“This development should jolt Duterte into realizing that he is not above the law. More importantly, this is the first step for the victims’ families’ quest for justice,” the senator said.But Roque said Trillanes and his group should not celebrate yet.“No one should claim victory… If they think the President has been indicted, they are so wrong,” he said.“There will be no formal investigation to be conducted in the country because at the level of the preliminary examination, where the Court does not include the budget for the prosecutor to come to the Philippines because it is not yet a preliminary investigation,” he said.“Now the objective is to determine if there is reasonable basis to proceed with the formal investigation,” he added.In Sabio’s complaint addressed to ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, he said that the international criminal court’s action “would... be the beginning of the end of this dark, obscene, murderous and evil era in the Philippines.”“Crimes against humanity are crimes of universal jurisdiction, but where a State like the Philippines fails to assume such universal jurisdiction for crimes against humanity continuously being committed in its very own territory, then the International Criminal Court will have to intervene into a situation that is grave by any human standard,” Sabio said.“The grim statistics of more than 7,000 drug-related killings cannot be anything but grave, especially if viewed in the context of just seven months since Rodrigo Duterte became the President, compared to only about 3,000 committed during the 20-year Marcos regime. These more than 7,000 drug-related killings translate to roughly 1,000 killings per month,” he added.Two other opposition senators urged Malacañang, instead of criticizing this development, to deal with the issues being hurled at the President.“That shouldn’t come as a surprise considering the magnitude of deaths reaching thousands upon thousands in less than two years,” Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan.“This is the chance for the government to answer the accusations raised against them. There is no reason to be afraid if the administration is not hiding anything,” Sen. Bam Aquino said.Aquino said this should be a welcome opportunity for the administration to make their case to an unbiased and globally respected tribunal. Villarin wants Roque charged, tooAkbayan Rep Tom Villarin said the entry of the ICC into the issues raised against Duterte gives hope to the thousands killed under the latter’s war on drugs. “It is a welcome development and gives hope to thousands of EJK (extra judicial killings) victims that finally justice will be served,” Villarin said.“This will also hold President Duterte and other top officials involved in the bloody war against drugs accountable as well as it gives us an opportunity to implead other enablers of EJKs, including possibly Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque,” Villarin added.While the Akbayan lawmaker said that the investigation may not lead to Duterte’s puster, he said that it will be damning and damaging to his administration in the eyes of our people and the international community.“I am hopeful that people will now realize the truth and demand accountability from him with all constitutional options available,” Villarin said.Alejano said that the preliminary examination will determine whether there is sufficient evidence to warrant an investigation. “I hope that the preliminary examination will be allowed to carry on – unhindered and with full cooperation from concerned authorities, organizations, and personalities,” Alejano, one of those who brought the EJK issue before the ICC, said.“I am confident on the communication we sent to the ICC and strongly believe that President Duterte and those who perpetuate and defend this policy of killing should be held accountable before the law,” Alejano said. Angie M. Rosales, Gerry Baldo.....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

Sereno ouster sends chilling message to judiciary, says UN expert

The judicial independence in the Philippines is under threat following the removal of Maria Lourdes Sereno as the country’s top judge at the hands of her colleagues in the Supreme Court, a United Nations human rights expert warned......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 1st, 2018

When should hate speech be regulated? Context matters, says UN expert

MANILA, Philippines – What is hate speech and how can platforms manage them without infringing on basic rights to free expression? United Nations Special Rapporteur David Kaye tried to answer these questions in an interview with Rappler on Thursday, May 24, 2018. Kaye has recently submitted a ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 31st, 2018

Terrorism-accused UN expert: Duterte wages new war, with ‘new targets’

MANILA, Philippines — As he leads a bloody war on drugs that has left scores dead, President Rodrigo Duterte has started a new battle, with “new targets,” a.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 31st, 2018

Duterte admin urged to drop petition for terror tag on Filipina rapporteur, others

MANILA, Philippines — The United Nations Environment Programme called on the government to drop the accusations of terrorism levelled against a UN rapporteur.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 16th, 2018

Ilocandia Rumblings: On the DOJ’s terrorists list

My friend, Atty. Manja Bayang, tagged me in her Facebook post, informing me that my name was included in the list of persons being tagged by the Duterte administration as terrorist under the Human Security Act. I also saw the related article published by and learned that I am accused of being a member of the Ilocos-Cordillera Regional Committee of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP). Also included in the list are personalities from the United Nations and the Cordillera People’s Alliance......»»

Category: newsSource:  nordisRelated NewsMar 11th, 2018