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Thai coup repressive, likely to last — US official

People take photos of Thai special forces officers during an event called 'Return Happiness to Thai People' at Bangkok's Victory Monument in Thailand Wednesday, June 4, 2014. Since staging its bloodless coup, the military has prohibited political gatherings of more than five people and tried to enforce a ban on criticism of the coup by closing politically affiliated television stations and blocking hundreds of websites. (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong)

Thailand’s recent military takeover is more repressive and likely to endure longer than the last military coup eight years ago, a senior U.S. official said Tuesday.

Posted: June 25th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Aquino: Edsa more than a triumph over dictatorship

President Benigno Aquino III. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Edsa People Power is no longer just about Edsa, President Benigno Aquino III said Tuesday. “Narito po ako ngayon dahil higit pa sa pagbaklas ng diktadurya ang diwa ng petsang ito. Lagpas pa sa pagtitipon sa isang kalsada ang Edsa,” Aquino said during his televised speech in Tanauan, Leyte.

Posted: February 25th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Ex-Guatemala president extradited to US

Guatemala's former dictator Jose Efrain Rios Montt wears headphones as he listens to the verdict in his genocide trial in Guatemala City, Friday, May 10, 2013. AP photo

Ex-Guatemalan President Alfonso Portillo was extradited on Friday to the United States to face charges of laundering $70 million in Guatemalan funds through U.S. bank accounts.

Posted: May 25th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

AFP: Compensation to rights victims corrects mistakes of past

Armed Forces of the Philippines. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Armed Forces of the Philippines, one of the institutions blamed for the atrocities during martial law, has welcomed the law granting compensation to the victims of human rights during that dark chapter of Philippine history

Posted: February 26th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Marcos sins, victims’ woes to be taught in schools

JAILED TWICE One of the victims of martial law abuses, Carmencita Florentino, 64, is shown peering through the screen door of her home in a poor area of Tatalon, Quezon City. More than 9,000 victims stand to receive compensation from the $246-million fund the government recovered from the Marcos wealth. Florentino was jailed twice, in 1977 and 1978. Bullit Marquez/AP

So the nation will remember not to forget, a bill that recognizes for the first time that the Marcos dictatorship committed atrocities against Filipinos also mandates the teaching in schools of the abuses inflicted on its opponents and the heroism of those who fought the regime.

Posted: January 30th, 2013 in Banner Story,Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »