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

by admin   |   Posted on Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

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)

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Malacañang slams Amnesty International over calls to probe Duterte’s war on drugs

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Monday, July 8th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang lambasted human rights group Amnesty International (AI) over calls for the United Nation Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to investigate the administration’s war on drugs.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo on Monday (July 8) accused the group of politicking and using the issue to malign the reputation of the President Rodrigo Duterte’s government.  

According to Malacañang, the group doesn’t have the right to probe the human rights situation in the country given that the Philippines has a local human rights body authorized to conduct an inquiry on the alleged abuses as a result of the government’s drive against illegal drugs.

Panelo added that there are organizations in the Philippines that can provide legal assistance to victims of human rights abuses such as the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) and the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP).

“The problem is this Amnesty International is politicizing the so-called extrajudicial killings of this country,” Panelo argued.

“There is bias. There is prejudice. We’d rather have our own groups here protective of human rights, to help, those who feel that there have been police abuses in the matter of police operations” he added.

The Palace insisted that the international group has no basis for its claims adding that its figure on alleged deaths related to the government’s drug war is exaggerated and is not backed by factual reports.

Likewise, the Duterte administration challenges its critics to file a formal complaint if there is any proof or confirmed victims of abuse in relation to the drug war as the government will not tolerate such practice especially among law enforcers such as the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Filing a complaint, Panelo said, is the most appropriate action against any case of abuse, if there’s any, during the conduct of anti-drug operations.

“I think it is incorrigible on the part of the Amnesty International to make that call. It keeps on calling for an investigation ever since. But the fact remains that the basis for their call is factually wrong,” argued Panelo.

“They’re saying that there have been murders in this country as if all those who are killed in the police operations have been intentionally slaughtered or killed by the policemen” he concluded.

Earlier on Monday, AI, made public its report – “They Just Kill” – which demanded the UNHRC to approve a resolution that seeks for an investigation into the Philippines’ drug war.

It also called for the UN body to “immediately initiate an independent, impartial and effective investigation into human rights violations in the ‘war on drugs,’ including the commission of crimes under international law.” – with reports from Rosalie Coz and April Cenedoza

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Judge in De Lima case to opt for early retirement

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Friday, May 17th, 2019

Senator Leila de Lima

MANILA, Philippines – Another judge handling the drug-related charges against detained Senator Leila de Lima has opted to retire early.

According to the camp of De Lima, Judge Amelia Fabros-Corpuz of the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 256 has filed for an early retirement which will take effect in June or July.

Fabros-Corpuz is the second judge handling De Lima’s case to file for early retirement. First was Judge Patria Manalastas-de Leon of Muntinlupa RTC Branch 206.

Aside from the two who opted to retire early, four judges have previously inhibited themselves from tackling De Lima’s cases for various reasons.

These were Judge Juanita Guerrero of the Muntinlupa RTC Branch 204, Judge Antonietta Pablo-Medina of Muntinlupa RTC Branch 276, Judge Myra Bayot-Quiambao of Muntinlupa RTC Branch 206 and Judge Lorna Navarro-Domingo of Muntinlupa RTC Branch 206.

Fabros-Corpuz is handling De Lima’s case for conspiracy to commit illegal drug trading filed by the Department of Justice against her, Joenel Sanchez, Ronnie Dayan, Bureau of Corrections director Franklin Bucayu and three others.

With Fabros-Corpuz’s looming retirement, the hearing on one of De Lima’s cases set for June 5 has been postponed.

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Heavily guarded De Lima votes in Parañaque

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Monday, May 13th, 2019

Senator Leila de Lima

MANILA, Philippines – Detained Senator Leila de Lima on Monday afternoon cast her vote for the 2019 midterm elections after she was granted furlough by a Muntinlupa court.

Under heavy security, De Lima cast her ballot at Sta. Rita College in Parañaque at past noon.   

Nearly 100 policemen from Camp Crame and Parañaque escorted De Lima to the polling center where she spent around 15 minutes.

Police lined the hallway to her precinct and guarded the doors while others were stationed on the school grounds and outside of the gate.

The Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court Branch 205 last week granted De Lima’s request for furlough to vote during the elections as allowed under the Commission on Election’s “Escorted Detainee Voting System.”

The court said in its order that De Lima will shoulder all costs for her transport from her detention facility in Camp Crame in Quezon City to her precinct in Parañaque City.

She was also banned from giving any media interviews before and after voting.

According to De Lima’s legal counsel, her client wanted to exercise her right to suffrage and vote for her supported candidates.

“Tuwang-tuwa kami na at least napagbigyan kami [sa] ganitong kahilingan at sana nga ‘yung mga sunod na kahilingan ni Senator De Lima ay mapagbigyan din,” Atty. Boni Tacardon told UNTV News and Rescue in an interview.

The senator, a staunch critic of President Rodrigo Duterte, was detained since February 2017 over illegal drug-related charges. She was also accused of accepting drug money from convicted drug lords when she was still Justice Secretary.

However, De Lima’s camp had repeatedly denied the allegations, insisting that charges against her are only fabricated in a bid to silence Duterte’s critics. (with details from April Cenedoza)

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