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Gov’t hopes to end ‘disappearances’

Families of the disappeared release balloons on Nov. 2, 2012, at the Bantayog ng mga Desaparecido outside Redemptorist Church in Baclaran, Parañaque City.  A month after the Anti-Enforced Disappearance Act went into effect on Jan. 13, 2013, the government has promulgated the Implementing Rules and Regulations, according to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima.  PHOTO BY JAYMEE GAMIL

To stop people simply disappearing into thin air, the government is now required to maintain an up-to-date registry of persons under detention and to regularly submit a list of detainees beginning in six months.

Posted: February 18th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

RH, ‘desaparecidos’ bills now laws

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Without fanfare, President Benigno Aquino III signed the reproductive health (RH) bill into law last Dec. 21. It was signed together with the Anti-Enforced Disappearance Act. The highly contentious RH law provides “universal access” to reproductive health services and supplies such as contraceptives.

Posted: December 29th, 2012 in Banner Story,Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Lacson surprised by names in ‘Order of Battle’ now banned by new law

Former senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson   INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Not just the usual suspects. Sometimes an “order of battle” would include the name of a government official that intelligence reports would link to crimes like drugs and kidnapping.

Posted: December 24th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Aquino enacts law on ‘desaparecidos’

President Aquino: In campaign mode FILE PHOTO

Just before nightfall Friday, President Benigno Aquino signed Republic Act No. 10350, otherwise known as the Anti-Enforced Disappearance Act, which criminalizes abduction by the state or by its agents.

Posted: December 21st, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Aquino set to enact law giving hope to ‘desaparecidos’

President Aquino: In campaign mode FILE PHOTO

It will soon be a law. Abduction by the state or by its agents is a crime. The Philippines becomes the first country in Asia to define enforced disappearance as a separate criminal offense.

Posted: December 21st, 2012 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »