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Turkey s chair snub riles EU chief as she defends women s rights

Turkey s chair snub riles EU chief as she defends women s rights.....»»

Category: newsSource: thestandard thestandardApr 8th, 2021

Realign portion of NTF-ELCAC’s P16 B to help typhoon victims — Hontiveros

Senator Risa Hontiveros said on Tuesday the government should realign a portion of the P16-billion anti-insurgency fund to relief and rehabilitation efforts for communities ravaged by super typhoon “Rolly.” Sen. Risa Hontiveros (Senate of the Philippines / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) Instead of funding a controversial program under the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), Hontiveros said the budget could go a long way in helping Filipinos recover from the calamity.“Ngayong panahon ng sakuna, ‘di hamak na mas kailangan ng mga kababayan natin sa Bicolandia at sa iba pang mga lugar na nasalanta ng bagyo ang milyon-milyong pondo ng pamahalaan. (During this time of calamity, our people in the Bicol region and other provinces badly-hit by the typhoon need government funds),” Hontiveros said.“It is clear that the billions earmarked for NTF-ELCAC would be better spent on helping Filipinos battered by the typhoon get back on their feet,” the senator stressed.“Unahin nating bigyang-tulong at pondo ang mga nabiktima ng kalamidad, hindi ang mga ahensiya na puro pagre-redtag at pagkakalat ng fake news ang ginagawa. (Let’s prioritize helping victims of calamities by giving them funds, not agencies that do nothing but red tag people and just go about spreading fake news),”  she reiterated.At the hearing of the Senate Committee on National Defense, the lawmaker noted that NTF-ELCAC has been allocated a proposed budget of P19-billion for 2021. Of this amount, P16-billion has been earmarked for its Barangay Development Program. Hontiveros also pointed out that the budget for NTF-ELCAC is “questionably astronomic” compared to the proposed budgets of other key agencies particularly the Department of Housing Settlements and Urban Development which only has P632-million, Office of the Ombudsman with only P3.36-billion, Department of Budget & Management (DBM) with only P1.9-billion, and even the Department of Finance (DOF) which only has P17.46-billion.“We should not spend such an inordinate amount of time and money on an agency running after ordinary citizens using the communist bogeyman. This is on top of the NTF-ELCAC’s bad track record of spreading fake news and silencing critical and dissenting voices,” she said. Hontiveros earlier defended entertainment personalities and women’s rights groups from the red tagging activities of Lt. General Antonio Parlade, chief of the Southern Luzon Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and NTF-ELCAC spokesperson.  She said she cannot begin “to imagine the anguish and emotional toll this must have taken on these women who have been directly-hit by these accusations, as well as their families.”“I am certain that it has also caused a chilling effect on citizens who only want to weigh in on issues of national importance and hold the government to account for its failures to the people,” she stressed. “The issues of the communist insurgency are not new to me. My party Akbayan historically has called for human rights accountability of non-state actors, at kasama dito ang NPA. I will not hesitate to speak against the violations of the NPA,” she further said. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsNov 3rd, 2020

New women’s agency chief named

President Duterte has named Philippine Commission on Women commissioner Sandra Sanchez-Montano as the new chair of the agency, Malacañang announced yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 10th, 2020

PNP defends ‘Oplan X-Men’ of Makati police

Philippine National Police chief Gen. Archie Francisco Gamboa said yesterday there is nothing wrong with the reported profiling by the Makati police of transgender women dubbed “Oplan X-Men.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 17th, 2020

China defends barring rights chief from Hong Kong

BEIJING, China (UPDATED) – China on Monday, January 13, defended barring the head of Human Rights Watch from entering Hong Kong, saying non-governmental organisations were responsible for political unrest in the semi-autonomous city and should "pay the proper price". Kenneth Roth was supposed to give a press conference in Hong Kong this week to ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 13th, 2020

The Philippines to host 2020 Badminton Asia Championships

The Philippines is set to host a continental event next month. Badminton Asia has awarded the country the hosting rights for the third-ever Badminton Asia Team Championships, set to take place from February 11-16, 2020 at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum. For Badminton Asia Chief Operating Officer Chit Boon Saw, he believes that the Philippines is currently undergoing another boom in the sport that is why it was time for it to host the continental meet. "I think the Philippines is one of the fastest developing nations in badminton. And it is good to bring an event like this in a developing badminton country," said Saw as the last time the country hosted the Asian Championships (individual) back in 2001. "The game can be promoted to the masses better with an event like this." Besides being a qualifier for the Thomas (Men's) and Uber (Women's) Cups set in Denmark this May, the tournament will also be one of the last chances for the shuttlers to accumulate points in order to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. With this, over 290 shuttlers from all over the continent are expected to arrive -- headlined by defending men's champion Indonesia and women's champion Japan. Fifteen men's teams and 14 women's squads will compete in the biennial meet. Each division will be divided into groups of four with the top two teams in each group advancing to the knockout stage. The team format is a best-of-five encounter with three singles matches and two doubles matches. Saw sees this tournament as an opportunity for the Philippine national team to gain new experience in the sport. "I hope the Philippine team takes this as an opportunity to learn and grow in the team event. As you know, there are not a lot of team tournaments in the world so this will be a good opportunity to learn on your home court," he said as the Philippines went 1-2 in the men's side and 0-3 in the women's division during the 2018 edition of the meet. Moreover, on behalf of Badminton Asia, the executive is confident that the Philippine Badminton Association is going all out in making this event that will host some of the world's best shuttlers a success. "I think it will be a successful event because of the venue and the people working in the event. The venue is really suitable. I believe that it will be a good hosting.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 10th, 2020

Serena vs. Sharapova set for prime time on Day 1 of US Open

By Howard Fendrich, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams vs. Maria Sharapova is, not surprisingly, getting primetime billing at the U.S. Open. The two tennis stars' 22nd career meeting — and first at Flushing Meadows — will be the opening act in Arthur Ashe Stadium for the night session on Monday as the year's last Grand Slam tournament gets started. "Of course I'm going to watch it. I know you all are going to watch it. I think everyone in New York is going to watch it," defending champion and No. 1 seed Naomi Osaka said Friday. "Yeah, I mean, for me, I'm not that surprised that that happened, because, like, at every Grand Slam, there is always some sort of drama. You know what I mean? Like a first round. Like, 'Oh, my God!'" The U.S. Tennis Association announced the show-court schedules for both Day 1 and Day 2. That includes 15-year-old Coco Gauff in action at Louis Armstrong Stadium on Tuesday. The first match in the main stadium Monday will be French Open champion Ash Barty against Zarina Diyas, followed by defending men's champion and No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic against Roberto Carballes Baena. Then at night, Williams-Sharapova will be followed by 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer against qualifier Sumit Nagal. Williams owns 23 major singles trophies, while Sharapova has five. Both have been ranked No. 1. They've met at every other major tournament at least once, including in a final at each, but never before at the U.S. Open. Williams has won 18 matches in a row against Sharapova, and leads their overall series 19-2. In Louis Armstrong Stadium on Monday, the day slate includes Williams' older sister, two-time U.S. Open champion Venus, 2016 runner-up Karolina Pliskova and No. 5 seed Daniil Medvedev, while the night program features three-time major champ Stan Wawrinka and 2017 U.S. Open runner-up Madison Keys. Tuesday's participants in Ashe include Osaka and two-time French Open finalist Dominic Thiem during the afternoon, with 18-time major title winner Rafael Nadal and 2017 U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens in action at night. In addition to Gauff's first-round match against Anastasia Potapova, Day 2 in Armstrong will include two-time major champion Simona Halep and Australian Open semifinalist Stefanos Tsitsipas in the afternoon, along with two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka and the combustible Nick Kyrgios against American Steve Johnson at night. ___ RULES RECAP In an effort to avoid the sort of confusion that reigned over last year's U.S. Open final between Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka, the U.S. Tennis Association wants to make the sport's rules — and chair umpires' rulings — clearer to on-site spectators and TV viewers. So when a player is warned by an official about a code violation — getting coaching during a match, say, or destroying a racket — that will be displayed on the scoreboard. "It's not a constant marker there," U.S. Open chief umpire Jake Garner said Friday. "It's just when the violation occurs, it will show up on the board at the moment it's given." The USTA decided against allowing match officials speak to the media after a contest involving controversy or questions, but Garner or tournament referee Soeren Friemel — both are new appointees — might be made available. Two other rules tweaks this year: The excessive heat rule will allow for 10-minute breaks for all men's or women's matches, whether or not they already were in progress when the weather reached a point of being dangerous to players; women can now only have one bathroom or change-of-clothing break per three-set match, not two. ___ TOKYO'S TEAM? Host Japan might not get to field its dream mixed doubles team for tennis at the next year's Summer Olympics. That's because Kei Nishikori thinks playing with Naomi Osaka might just be too much tennis in Tokyo. The 2014 U.S. Open runner-up is planning to play singles and men's doubles at the 2020 Games and for now isn't thinking about adding mixed doubles to his plans. "Very hot, very humid, playing singles and two doubles — I don't know if I can," Nishikori said at Flushing Meadows on Friday. A Nishikori-Osaka duo not only would be expected to contend for a medal in Tokyo — it would be among the most popular pairings in Olympic tennis history. Osaka, who moved from Japan to the United States when she was 3, is the No. 1 ranked women's player and the reigning champion at both the U.S. Open and Australian Open. Nishikori, who also left Japan to live in the United States, is No. 7 in the current ATP rankings. At last year's U.S. Open, he and Osaka became the first Japanese male and female players to reach the semifinals of the same Grand Slam tournament. They're also friends who have played video games together. But what about Olympic tennis together? "I haven't thought too much yet, honestly," Nishikori said. "I don't know. I will talk to Naomi later." ___ AP Sports Writer Brian Mahoney contributed to this report......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 24th, 2019

CHR probes secret jail facility in Cebu

The Commission on Human Rights on Thursday raised concern over an alleged detention, rape and torture of two women in a secret detention facility in Cebu......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 8th, 2021

EU chiefs press Erdogan on rights while stressing better ties

The European Union's top two officials on Tuesday expressed deep worries about rights in Turkey while voicing hope for stronger ties in their first meeting in a year with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 7th, 2021

International laws must prevail in settling reef issue, Panelo insists

While asserting the country’s sovereign rights is “non-negotiable”, a peaceful resolution to the territorial dispute between the Philippines and China must remain the top-most priority to prevent any violent altercation, Presidential Chief Legal Counsel Atty. Salvador Panelo insisted Monday. The Palace official’s statement was a reaction to the recent demand made by Department of National […] The post International laws must prevail in settling reef issue, Panelo insists appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsApr 5th, 2021

Juanateens in Isabela City challenged to be empowered young women

ISABELA CITY, Basilan, March 25 (PIA) - Around 30 young women and teen moms in this city were gathered recently and enlightened with knowledge on women's rights, HIV/AIDS awareness, social media us.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsMar 27th, 2021

Tokyo rites& rsquo; chief quits after & lsquo;Olympig& rsquo; proposal

Tokyo---The creative director for Tokyo’s Olympic ceremonies resigned on Thursday for suggesting a female comedian appear as a pig, just weeks after the Games’ chief stepped down over insulting remarks about women......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 19th, 2021

Palace insists Duterte still human rights protector

President Duterte and his government continue to protect human rights, Malacañang officials insisted yesterday, highlighting the Supreme Court ruling over the Chief Executive’s prerogative to pull the Philippines from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 17th, 2021

UN chief calls to combat violence against women

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called Monday to combat violence against women, at the start of the annual Commission on the Status of Women, which is expected to call for greater action against sexual harassment......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 16th, 2021

'CJSearch: In plea vs drug war, Hernando says to focus on unlawful searches, rights of accused

In a “hypothetical” situation where Associate Justice Ramon Paul Hernando is the member-in-charge in a petition on the “war on drugs,” the youngest among chief justice applicants said he will look into violation of unlawful searches and seizures and respect of the rights of the accused......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 12th, 2021

CHR urged to look into the case of 2 women charged with violation of Anti-Terror Act

This Women's Month, rights group Karapatan called on the Commission on Human Rights to look into the case of pregnant Elizabeth Estilon, and Enriqueta Guelas, 62, who were arrested on Dec. 24, 2020 following a raid in barangay Lalod, Bulusan, Sorsogon and charged with violation of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 and illegal possession of firearms and explosives. The post CHR urged to look into the case of 2 women charged with violation of Anti-Terror Act appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsMar 10th, 2021

On Women’s Day, groups decry joblessness, hunger, rights violations

On International Women’s Day, progressive groups said the Philippine government is battling the impacts of the COVID-19 as if it were only yesterday that the pandemic began. The post On Women’s Day, groups decry joblessness, hunger, rights violations appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsMar 9th, 2021

After bloodbath day, Duterte claims admin promotes women s rights

“Women who criticized Duterte’s blatant remarks and wrongdoings have experienced denigration, vilification, and became the central topic of his sexist jokes to entertain people or divert the issue fired at him,” added Paclarin......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 8th, 2021

Google pays tribute to champion of Pinay suffrage

Google has paid tribute to journalist, educator and activist Rosa Sevilla de Alvero, who was a leading voice in giving voting rights to Filipino women in the early 1900s......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 5th, 2021

CHR recognizes role of women in addressing pandemic, defending human rights

"Women and girls have shown courage and leadership in responding to the [health] crisis in various fields," said Commissioner Karen Gomez Dumpit, CHR Focal Commissioner for Gender and Women's Rights......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 3rd, 2021

How a women’s party has found its voice, pursued the rights and welfare of women in male-dominated Congress

“So while we are debunking red-tagging and all the baseless allegations being hurled against progressive lawmakers, we were able to come up with a pandemic response bill, the pandemic paid leave bill, and even the law on solo parents was signed.” -- Gabriela Women's Party Rep. Arlene Brosas The post How a women’s party has found its voice, pursued the rights and welfare of women in male-dominated Congress appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsFeb 26th, 2021