‘Justice’ is Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year for its role in major news events

admin   •   December 18, 2018   •   1505


Still image of a protester sitting on lap of “Lady Justice” on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court building | REUTERS

“Justice” is what most people sought on Merriam-Webster, among the world’s most popular dictionaries, as the U.S. publisher on Monday (December 17) named that principle of being fair as the Word of the Year for 2018.

Users looked up the word 74 percent more often than in 2017, Merriam-Webster Editor-at-Large Peter Sokolowski said for the website, which claims to be “America’s most trusted dictionary.”

The surge was prompted by specific uses of the word such as “obstruction of justice,” after U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted in August that Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 election, the company said.

“Looking at the year through the prism of vocabulary by analyzing our Look-Up data reminds us that ‘words matter’,” Sokolowski said in a company video released Monday. — Reuters

Relatives of victims in Negros killings call on Senate for justice

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 27, 2019

Relatives of victims in the Negros Oriental killings called for justice at the Senate hearing on Tuesday (Aug 27).

In the latest record of the Philippine National Police (PNP), the New People’s Army (NPA) was allegedly behind five of the 11 killings in Negros Oriental.

Meanwhile, based on the record of Senator Risa Hontiveros, there had been 34 killings that happened in Negros Oriental this year which include the 14 farmers massacred in Nene, Sagay City, Negros Oriental last March 30.

READ: PNP Chief relieves Negros Oriental top cops over farmers’ killing

Juthida Callao, the mother of one of the victims, still laments the loss of her child.

“Ang sakit sakit sa kalooban namin na ganun ang ginawa ng NPA sa kanila, (What the NPA did is very painful to us),” she said.

Chairman of the Senate Committee on Dangerous Drugs Senator Ronald ‘Bato’ Dela Rosa assured they will do all means to curb violence in the area.

“We want to ensure that justice will be served and the perpetrators of the barbaric murders will be punished,” he said.—AAC (with reports from Grace Casin)

OFW deployment ban in Kuwait remains despite arrest of Joanna Demafelis’ employers – Malacañang

admin   •   February 26, 2018

FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shows photos of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who were reportedly abused in Kuwait in his speech during the oath-taking ceremony at the Malacañan Palace on February 13, 2018. ROLANDO MAILO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — Until justice is attained for the murder of Joanna Demafelis, the deployment ban of overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) to Kuwait will remain.

This is the stand of the government despite the recent arrest of Demafelis’ former employers who are the principal suspects in her brutal death.

Malacañang welcomed the arrest by authorities after a weeks-long manhunt.

“We would like to see them prosecuted and punished for the murder of Joanna. As of now, the deployment ban stays,” said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.

The Department of Labor and Employment  (DOLE) said that a technical working group will go to Kuwait on February 28, to meet with the Kuwaiti government about the memorandum of understanding that will pave the way for the protection of Filipino migrant workers.

“Yung TWG [technical working group] natin at yung TWG nila (Our TWG and their TWG) will meet, discuss and hopefully agree on a memorandum of understanding,” said Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello.

Meanwhile, the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) has already located Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Global, the recruitment agency that sent Joanna to Kuwait.

However, the office, located in Room 406 MRS Building, Mabini St. Ermita Manila, had already closed when the CIDG arrived.

President Rodrigo Duterte has also ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to investigate the recruiter of Joanna.

“If they will not appear, then they will, of course, they could be taken into custody for investigation. But let’s see if they will voluntarily appear,” said the presidential spokesperson. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue



Kin of slain Ronda vice mayor cry for justice

admin   •   February 21, 2018

Mrs. Pearl Ungab, wife of the slain lawyer

MANILA, Philippines — The family of Ronda, Cebu Vice Mayor Atty. Jonnah John Ungab who was killed in an ambush in Cebu City last Monday, has no words to describe their grief.

“That morning earlier, we received a threat, a text message whether he chooses his life or his client’s,” said Mrs. Pearl Ungab, wife of the slain lawyer.

Their only wish is to attain justice for the death of the vice mayor.

They are also calling on the public to cooperate with and support the investigation the authorities are conducting to hold those behind the ambush accountable.

“I ask you humbly for your assistance who was there on that fateful morning when I held my husband’s head, bloody and fighting for his life,” said Mrs. Ungab.

Ungab’s wife also denied allegations that her husband was involved in illegal drugs.

She explained that he had just served as the counsel of self-confessed drug lord Kerwin Espinosa.

“As he always traveled without any sort of protection to threats. Why would he? Because deep inside, he is just fulfilling his duties as a servant of the law. He didn’t steal, proliferate drugs, use drugs and hurt anyone,” said Mrs. Ungab.

Meanwhile, the Cebu City police office created a task force that would focus on the case involving Ungab’s death.

Among the angles authorities are looking into is whether the incident is work-related or not.

The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) has condemned the killing of Atty. Ungab.

The IBP calls on the authorities to resolve Atty. Ungab’s killing which took place a week after a failed ambush on another lawyer in Quezon. — Robbie De Guzman | UNTV News and Rescue


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