IACAT mobilizes forces to stop trafficking of IPs

The Department of Justice through the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) has mobilized its regional task forces to prevent mass trafficking of indigenous peoples (IPs)......»»

Category: newsSource: thestandard thestandardJun 10th, 2021

Duterte: No peace talks will succeed unless Reds stop attacks

President Rodrigo Duterte has declared that peace talks between the government and armed rebels won’t succeed unless members of the New People’s Army stop attacking state forces and civilians. In a televised speech on Monday, Duterte lamented over the continuing attacks of the NPA, which serves as the armed wing of the Communist Party of […] The post Duterte: No peace talks will succeed unless Reds stop attacks appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 8th, 2021

SC, IACAT ink agreement for strengthened partnership to address trafficking in persons

The Inter-Agency Council against Trafficking and the Supreme Court have signed a pact to strengthen policies and programs to address trafficking in persons, Justice Undersecretary Emmeline Aglipay-Villar said......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 27th, 2021

Amid threats to life, lawyers continue to fight for justice

"State forces will always be there to call us into submission, to prevent us from performing our sworn duties as lawyers. But I come to realize that there is no other way to stop the rights violations but to fight. Fight the system that breeds them." The post Amid threats to life, lawyers continue to fight for justice appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsApr 27th, 2021

Guatemala busts migrant trafficking gang

Guatemalan security forces arrested 12 people, including five police members, accused of promising desperate people passage to the United States only to abandon them mid-way after taking their money......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 24th, 2021

Customs out to stop flow of illegal drugs

Airport authorities have heightened their vigilance in the campaign against trafficking in illegal drugs in a bid to discourage international drug syndicates from using the Philippines as a transshipment point for those......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 22nd, 2021

Wanted man killed in shootout with troops in Lanao Sur

A man tagged as the 5th most wanted person in Balabagan, Lanao del Sur, was killed during a shootout with security forces, the military reported. Killed was Jayson Deniega alias “Nonoy,” who was implicated in multiple murder, drug trafficking, and extortion, according to a report from the Armed Forces’ Western Mindanao Command. The encounter occurred […] The post Wanted man killed in shootout with troops in Lanao Sur appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsFeb 11th, 2021

Word to the artistic

From national artists to award-winning actors and drag queens, inspirational words of advice from our local creatives Last year brought us to our knees, yet here we are standing tall with courage, facing 2021 with hope and a positive perspective. To give us more inspiration to create and explore new things this year, the Manila Bulletin has compiled some quotes from creative individuals, from national artists to award-winning actress. May their words of wisdom bring out the creative urges in all of us, as we make this world a better, more colorful, more meaningful place to live in. Kidlat Tahimik, national artist for film We are all adjusting to the new normal—new rules and new protocols. I’m sure that most artists are taking this time to take art deeper into their hearts. After all, you have nothing to do but just to be productive. *** Ian Inoy, biromantic pansexual artist Every move I made with my art before had this follow up question in my head, asking if it would look gay or not. Now that I’ve fully accepted myself, nothing like that matters anymore. I no longer have the fear of hearing people perceiving my art as “too gay or girly.” *** Heart Evangelista/Love Marie Ongpauco Escudero, actor, painter Express yourself in art. See how art can move you or distract you from distress or how art can bring the best out of you. I notice that my paintings have been a bit muted these days. I feel it’s a bit because of the drama that’s going on around us. In a weird way, I find beauty in sorrow and the way my colors have been coming out, I like what’s happening. I’ve always been like this anyway. I find something beautiful about my emotions, no matter how dark they are, and I translate all that into art. *** Whatsoever you do, if you do it joyfully, if you do it lovingly, if your act of doing is not purely economic, then it is creative.—Osho, Creativity unleashing the forces within *** Kate Adajar, blogger artist The uncertainty Covid-19 brings has triggered confusion, anxiety, and mixed emotions in me. But the lockdown has also given me time to focus on and practice my art. Being in quarantine has allowed me to look at my craft not only as a creative outlet but also as a form of stress release. It has suddenly become therapeutic and meditative. *** F. Sionil Jose, national artist for literature Photo by Noel Pabalate Artistry is something that is created not just by intellect but by passion. And you stop being a craftsman. That is when you become an artist. You cannot be an artist without being a craftsman first. *** Miz Kiki Krunch, drag queen I am more creative as a gay person. My drag persona brings out the best and most authentic part of me. I can express myself better, I can perform better when I channel my weirdness, my “freak,” my truth. *** Cherie Gil, actor Everything can be learned as long as one sets one’s mind and heart to it. There is also no age limit to learning anything. Acting—what is it really but reliving lives and telling their stories. But this requires a lot of work to excavate the instrument to be able to truthfully do just that. It’s not easy. It takes a lot of balls to share one’s personal inner sanctum. *** Iana Cris Forbes, owner of art shop Quiversmiths Pursue what you want. At first, it was hard for me because I wanted to be a painter, I wanted to be a sculptor, I wanted to be a graphic artist, I wanted to be a wedding colorist, I wanted to stitch, I wanted to make bags and shoes and jewelry. But I haven’t seen a person doing all of those!. Before, I could not see any future in them but here they are now. I’m doing everything all at once and I’m fine. I’m happy living multiple lives. It’s like connecting the dots. My hobbies are now my sources of living and I couldn’t be more thankful. *** BenCab, national artist for visual arts This pandemic gives artists more time for their art. It’s usually better for an artist to be locked-in because you work on your own. *** Natasha Aliño, jewelry artist It’s been said many times and my mother always says this whenever I feel frustrated, which most people would feel when they’re starting something new—“trust the process.” This is more of a reminder when you’re in that headspace. Another thing is when you are learning a certain skill, do it so with purpose and authenticity. Then you can confidently say after some time that you can indeed trust the process. Never stop learning and inspiring others on your journey. Photos from the artists’ respective social media accounts and websites.....»»

Category: newsSource: NewsJan 17th, 2021

Stop violence, official urges

A lawmaker on Tuesday urged authorities from the Philippine National Police Region 12, Police Regional Office Bangsamoro Autonomous Region, and the Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Mindanao Command to reduce the increasing incidence of violence in Maguindanao......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 5th, 2021

AFP ready to stop NPA hit squads

The Armed Forces of the Philippines has vowed to stop and neutralize any attempt by the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army to kill government officials and civilians......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 4th, 2021

Afghanistan mourns after 22 killed in university attack

Stunned students demonstrated outside Kabul University on Tuesday after at least 22 people were killed in a brutal, on-campus attack claimed by the Islamic State group. A journalist walks inside of a damaged class of the National Legal Training center, a day after gunmen stormed Kabul university in Kabul on November 3, 2020. – Stunned students demonstrated outside Kabul University on November 3 after at least 22 people were killed in a brutal, on-campus attack claimed by the Islamic State group. (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP) Holding banners stating: “Stop Killing Us”, the small gathering came as Afghanistan observed a national day of mourning and the first funerals were expected. Monday’s assault at the popular university near central Kabul saw three attackers — one of whom blew himself up — rampage through the campus, shooting students in their classrooms. IS also claimed a similar attack on an educational centre in Kabul less than two weeks ago that killed 24 people. Afghan security forces have been grappling with surging violence that has only worsened in recent months despite the government holding peace talks with the Taliban in Qatar. The insurgent group have said they were not involved in Monday’s attack, but Vice President Amrullah Saleh blamed them and their supporters in Pakistan. The Taliban have in turn blamed “evil elements” that have “sought refuge” with the Kabul administration, accusing the government of harbouring and assisting militants. Fraidoon Ahmadi, a 23-year-old student, told AFP on Monday he was in class when gunfire broke out. “We were very scared and we thought it could be the last day of our lives… boys and girls were shouting, praying and crying for help,” Ahmadi said. He said he and other students were besieged for more than two hours before being rescued. Images posted online showed what appeared to be the bodies of slain students lying by desks and chairs. Zalmay Khalilzad, the US special envoy who helped bring the warring Taliban and Kabul government together for talks, urged the two sides to accelerate a political settlement. “This barbaric attack is NOT an opportunity for the government and the Taliban to score points against each other. There is a common enemy here,” he tweeted.  “Deny ISIS or any other terrorist the space to carry out these inhumane acts,” he added, using another name for the terrorist group. President Ashraf Ghani has vowed to take revenge for the assault, with an investigation underway to determine how the gunmen entered the university with weapons. .....»»

Category: newsSource: NewsNov 3rd, 2020

Group airs concern over armed men in protected area

Conservation group Masungi Georeserve Foundation has expressed alarm over the presence of armed men who have constructed a fence in a restoration project area in the Upper Marikina River Basin Protected Landscape in Rizal. The foundation, which is managing the restoration and conservation of the site in Baras, Rizal, found out about the illegal activity last Friday as they were on their way “to reinforce the station of our rangers, who have been bravely protecting this area from rampant illegal logging.” “The site is part the Upper Marikina River Basin Protected Landscape under Presidential Proclamation 296, which can never be any person or any company’s private property, as it is a protected area and wildlife sanctuary. It has been protected by various laws since 1904 as a critical watershed,” the conservation group explained. “As the authorized manager of the site, we asked for their title or permit, but they could not present any. We likewise gave our contacts so they can submit these, to no avail,” it said. The Masungi Georeserve explained that without a title, there is simply no ownership, as well as deals of so-called “rights” and tax declarations are not proofs of ownership, especially in protected forestland, it added. The group appealed to President Duterte to put a stop to the rampant land speculation and trafficking in Masungi, and all other forests and watersheds in the country. “They have suffered way too long and our collective future from floods, landslides, water loss, and climate change is kept hostage,” it stressed. The group said it has already sent letters to its implementation partners Department of Environment and Natural Resources, National Bureau of Investigation, local government of Baras, and Barangay Pinugay “to help quash the repeated violations, and abuse and neglect of our forests.”.....»»

Category: newsSource: NewsOct 24th, 2020

Maersk to stop using Myanmar military ports & mdash; rights group

Global shipping giant Maersk will stop using military-owned ports in Myanmar, a lobby group said Thursday after leading a campaign against international companies with links to the armed forces......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 11th, 2020

PNP mobilizes forces in response to Jolo twin bombings

Police Brig. Gen. Manuel Abu, Bangsamoro PNP Regional Director, has been directed to further intensify the conduct of checkpoints, police visibility patrols, and focused intelligence and law enforcement operations in close coordination with the military......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 25th, 2020

State-perpetrated killings must stop

Duterte publicly labeled the communists as the number one threat to national security in his speech on June 22. He also declared communists as terrorists on July 8. Are these not treated as orders from the Armed Forces of the Philippines commander-in-chief? Are these statements aiming to justify the attacks on so-called communist-terrorists? The post State-perpetrated killings must stop appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsAug 21st, 2020

Poor, sick Filipinos to get free virus vaccines

President Duterte on Friday said that the anti-COVID 19 vaccines will be free and that poor and sick Filipinos will be the priority recipients. (Keith Bacongco/ MANILA BULLETI) In a taped public address,  Duterte said that COVID-19 vaccines will be free for Filipinos and that the priority recipients would be the ones who are receiving cash aid from the government and the sick people. He said that while some may take advantage of the free vaccine, he vowed to go after the people who will try to make a profit out of them. The Chief Executibe threatened to kill these profiteers. “Maraming palusot na nagpapabili, na humihingi ang the worst baka maghingi pa ng bayad. Mapatay talaga kita. T***, totoo (A lot may want to buy them, ask for them, or worst, sell it. I might kill you if you that, really),” he said. “Puntahan kita doon. Baka akala mo. Bababa ako dito, puntahan kita (You might think you’ll get off easily. I’ll go down there and hunt you down),” he added. Duterte  admired China for stating publicly that the Philippines will be one of the first countries to receive COVID-19 vaccines once they are complete. According to the President, once the country gets its hands on vaccines, it will be the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) who will supervise while medical professionals and health care workers administer the vaccines. “This will remove partisan, favoritism; this will remove petty corruption… However you do it, I don’t care. I just want a unified monitoring pati supervising authority, and that is the military,” Duterte said. “I know what you should be doing. I do not have to tell you about it. Must be under the general supervision and monitoring of the military,” he added. In his promise to vaccinate every Filipino, Duterte said he may even allow members of the New People’s Army (NPA) to receive the vaccine if they behave. “We intend to vaccinate every Filipino for that matter. That’s quite a big number, actually. So in the provinces, gawin ko rin (I’ll also do it),” he said. “Yung mga NPA, pabakunahan ko ba (Should I vaccinate the NPA)? If you stop fighting for a while during the period, or until December because my soldiers would be busy monitoring, supervising, huwag lang ninyong galawin, puwede kayong sumali, pumila doon (you can queue up and get vaccinated),” he added. China, the origin of COVID-19, had earlier announced that the Philippines is a priority recipient of the COVID-19 vaccine it is developing after Duterte revealed in his fifth State -of -the- Nation Address (SONA) last Monday that he asked President Xi Jinping to let the Philippines one of the first countries to get the vaccine......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsAug 1st, 2020

US Bill seeks halt to Philippine aid

A bill seeking to halt the United States’ assistance to Philippine security forces due to the alleged “mass” human rights violations under the Duterte administration has been reintroduced in the US Congress......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News7 hr. 25 min. ago

AFP not discounting presence of NPA rebels in Cebu

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Armed Forces of the Philippines Central Command is also not discounting the possibility that there could be members of the New Peoples Army (NPA) in the province of Cebu. Capt. Joe Patrick Martinez, group commander of the 3rd Civil Relations Group-Civil Relations Service AFP issued the statement following a similar […] The post AFP not discounting presence of NPA rebels in Cebu appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News15 hr. 45 min. ago

2 minority bloc senators urge cooperation with ICC on drug war deaths

"The whole world is watching. We reiterate our calls: stop the killings. End impunity. Pursue a public health approach to problematic drug use.".....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News20 hr. 15 min. ago

Abu Sayyaf sub-leader, 3 others killed in Sulu operation

Four members of the Abu Sayyaf, including a sub-leader and a potential suicide bomber, were killed when government forces raided a home in Jolo, Sulu, before dawn Sunday, the military said. Among those killed were Abu Sayyaf sub-leader Injam Yadah and Al-Al Sawadjaan, the youngest brother of ranking Abu Sayyaf sub-commander Mudzrimar “Mundi” Sawadjaan, according […] The post Abu Sayyaf sub-leader, 3 others killed in Sulu operation appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 13th, 2021

DENR, SMC join forces for Pasig River cleanup

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources has partnered with San Miguel Corp. to work in the dredging and cleanup of Pasig River, DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 13th, 2021