Administrasyong Aquino, Gumagawa ng Hakbang Upang Solusyonan ang mga Kaso ng Paglabag sa Karapatang Pantao – De Lima

admin   •   September 26, 2012   •   4878

FILE PHOTO: DOJ Sec. Leila De Lima and Pres. Benigno Aquino III (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — Matapos makipagpulong sa ilang miyembro ng United States Congress, mga human rights group naman sa Amerika ang kinausap ni Justice Secretary Leila De Lima tungkol sa kalagayan ng karapatang pantao sa bansa.

Kabilang sa mga nakipag-dialogue kay Secretary De Lima ang Human Rights Watch,  Amnesty International,  The  Committee  to  Protect  Journalists,  at ang  International  Justice  Mission.

Ang mga ito ay non-governmental organization na humaharang sa pagre-release ng US Congress ng 13 million dollars na military assistance sa Pilipinas simula noong 2008.

Sa kanyang pakikipagpulong sa naturang mga grupo, sinabi ni De Lima na walang itinatago ang Pilipinas sa isyu ng mga paglabag sa karapatang pantao.

Nagbigay din ng assurance ang kalihim na gumagawa ng konkretong mga hakbang ang administrasyong Aquino upang masolusyonan ang mga kaso ng extra judicial killing at iba pang mga paglabag sa karapatang pantao.

Isa na rito ang pagkakaroon ng human rights office sa AFP at PNP upang maturuan ang mga sundalo at mga pulis ng paggalang sa karapatang pantao.

Kabilang din sa ginagawang mga hakbang ng pamahalaan ang modernisasyon ng pasilidad, pagpapabuti sa witness protection program at pagsasanay ng mga imbestigador at prosecutors sa paghawak sa mga kaso ng human rights violation.

Hindi naman itinanggi ng kalihim na kailangan pa ring pagbutihin ang performance ng bansa pagdating sa conviction ng mga salarin sa mga kaso ng paglabag sa karapatang pantao.

Hindi naman kumbinsido ang National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) sa inihayag na commitment ng pamahalaang Aquino.

Ang NUPL ang pinakamalaking samahan ng mga human rights lawyer sa bansa.

Ayon kay NUPL Secretary General Attorney Edre Olalia, hanggang ngayon ay wala pa ring nahahatulang suspek sa human rights violation sa ilalim ng kasalukuyang administrasyon.

Hindi umano sapat ang commitment ng pamahalaan para sa mga biktima at mga kaanak nila. (Mon Jocson/Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

De Lima marks 1,000th day in detention

Robie de Guzman   •   November 20, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Opposition Senator Leila de Lima on Wednesday marked her 1,000th day in detention, calling it unjust and illegal, since she was arrested for drug-related charges.

In a statement, De Lima said that until now, she still feels disbelief over her ordeal and described her time in detention as days of “isolation, restrictions and restraints, agitations, doubts, and apprehensions.”

A vocal critic of President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration, De Lima was arrested in 2017 over allegations she was behind the proliferation of illegal drugs inside the New Bilibid Prisons especially during her stint as Department of Justice Secretary under the term of President Benigno Aquino III.

She was also accused of accepting drug money to fund her senatorial campaign in 2016 elections.

The senator has repeatedly denied the drug allegations, as well as claims that she protected drug lords.

De Lima, however, said that being in detention had its benefits for her.

“But there’s the other side, the good side,” she added. “1,000 days of a contemplative life of simple joys and wants, of prayerful reflections. Days of sustained sanity and willpower. The will to survive, and overcome.”

She also said that physical restrictions “did not prevent her from truly being “free.”

“I’m freer than most. Free to think and feel. Free to speak out. Free to fight. Unbelievable graces from the great Giver!” she said.

The lawmaker said that despite being detained, she still managed to fulfill her electoral mandate by authoring 52 bills and 20 resolutions.

She said she also co-authored three bills and five resolutions, so far, in the 18th Congress.

Supporters of the Senator have also marked her 1,000th year in detention in a gathering in Quezon City and Iriga City in Camarines Sur on Wednesday.

An indignation run, dubbed “#1KNotOK Indignation Run,” will also be held in the said areas to protest De Lima’s detention, and rally for her freedom.

The run in Quezon City was organized by the Human Rights and People Empowerment Center, the University of the Philippines Diliman University Student Council and Tindig Pilipinas, while the run in Camarines Sur was led by De Lima’s youngest brother, Vicente “Vicboy” M. de Lima II.

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Bill seeking 5-day paid calamity leave for disaster-stricken workers pushed in Senate

Robie de Guzman   •   November 6, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Detained Senator Leila de Lima has filed a bill seeking to provide a five-day special emergency leave for workers affected by natural calamities.

In filing Senate Bill No. 1123, De Lima proposes to grant disaster-stricken employees special emergency leave with pay.

It shall be made available upon the declaration of a state of calamity by the President or by the local government pursuant to Section 16 of Republic Act 10121.

In the absence of such declaration, the bill states that employers would have the discretion to grant the leave.

“It is incumbent upon the State to allow workers to protect not only themselves and their families but also their properties, in times of natural calamities or disasters,” she said in a statement.

Individuals eligible for a “calamity leave” include those who are either stranded or sick due to typhoons, earthquakes and other natural disasters, as well as those who are taking care of immediate family members or are repairing and cleaning up their damaged house.

To protect both the employer and the employee, De Lima said the availment of calamity leave “shall be limited to the grounds and circumstances, and only upon compliance with the requirements set forth and in conformity with the issued guidelines.”

The senator believes that the proposed measure would both aid Filipinos to stand up after the onslaught of calamities and disasters and provide them a few days of respite to facilitate the resumption of their daily activities.

“The profound environmental effect of natural disasters and/or calamities to the nation is inevitable, and it for that reason this proposed measure seeks to at the very least soften the blow of the unforeseen and the inescapable,” she said.

De Lima issued the statement in the wake of recent earthquakes that devastated parts of Mindanao, leaving more than 20 people dead and destroying thousands of infrastructures.

Lawyer expresses high hopes after SC allowed Mary Jane Veloso’s deposition in Indonesia

Maris Federez   •   October 14, 2019

 Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso, 29, cries during an appeal hearing in Yogyakarta, Indonesia on 03 March 2015. EPA/BIMO SATRIO

The Supreme Court (SC) has allowed the out-of-court deposition of Mary Jane Veloso in Indonesia.

The SC reversed the 2017 Court of Appeals (CA) decision that rejected the resolution of the Nueva Ecija Trial Court that allowed the prosecution to get Veloso’s deposition through written interrogatories.

READ: Supreme Court allows deposition of Mary Jane Veloso in Indonesia

The High Court said Mary Jane will be denied due process if she will not be given the chance for an out-of-court deposition.

Veloso’s lawyer, National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) president Atty. Edre Olalia, said they still do not know guidelines in drawing the deposition as they have yet to receive a copy of the SC decision.

This means that there is no clear indication yet as to when the prosecution will go to Indonesia to get Veloso’s testimony.

Despite this, Olalia believes that the SC ruling has a big impact on how the case will roll.

“Kami ay kumpiyansa naman na mapaparusahan yung mga recruiters tapos iyon ang magiging hudyat ng Indonesia para either gawing permanente ang pagpapaliban, babaan ang sentensya, patawarin na lang siya sa pamamagitan ng pardon o amnesty,” Olalia said.

He added that Mary Jane’s testimony is very crucial as it will be used against her recruiters who are now facing human trafficking, illegal recruitment, and estafa cases.

Veloso was arrested in Indonesia in April 2010 for smuggling heroin and was, thereafter, sentenced to death.

In April 2015, Veloso’s execution was suspended due to the human trafficking case that was filed in the Philippines wherein she is considered a vital witness. (From the report of Nel Maribojoc) /mbmf

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