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A tale of two human rights claimants

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COMPENSATION Rey Lauron (left photo), a military agent during the Marcos dictatorship who is now a police officer, receives a P50,000 check handed out by American lead counsel Robert Swift as compensation for being a human rights victim. Other beneficiaries (right photo) in the Davao region await their turn at  the Almendras gym in Davao City. PHOTOS BY GERMELINA LACORTE/INQUIRER MINDANAO

Rey Lauron emerged brimming with delight from a room at the Almendras gym here last week, showing the P50,000 check to his waiting relatives and friends.

Posted: February 11th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

UN: Resources should finance development not war

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The United Nations’ Deputy Secretary-General is urging countries to transform resource inequities that have fueled conflicts over oil, diamonds and precious metals and use those resources to finance economic development and provide basic services like health care and clean water.

Posted: June 20th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Haiti officials renew passport for Duvalier

In this Associated Press file photo taken early 2012, former dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier drives away from the courthouse with longtime companion Veronique Roy, after attending a closed hearing in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. AP/Ramon Espinosa, File

The lawyer for Haiti’s former dictator, Jean-Claude Duvalier, says immigration officials have renewed his client’s diplomatic passport.

Posted: January 6th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

‘It’s not just about giving money to Marcos victims’

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The compensation bill for victims of human rights abuses during the martial law regime is not just about money but also acknowledges lapses in protecting Filipinos, President Benigno Aquino III told reporters after a meeting on Monday with Swiss President Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf.

Posted: November 7th, 2012 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Coco farmers still remember martial law pain

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They might not have been physically abused but coconut farmers also suffered tortured lives under martial law.

Posted: September 24th, 2012 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Couple accused of abusing maid can’t leave PH

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A Quezon City court has issued a hold departure order (HDO) against a couple charged with maltreating their former housemaid until she went blind.

Posted: September 2nd, 2012 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

Aquino fails to curb rights abuses – Human Rights Watch

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The government has not been able to improve the human rights situation of the country since 2008 when it was last reviewed by the United Nations (UN), Human Rights Watch said Monday.

Posted: May 21st, 2012 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Health workers buck promotion of 2 ‘tormentors’

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A file photo showing one of the 43 health workers arrested by the military in a raid in Morong, Rizal, thrusting a clenched fist as they are boarding their bus on their way to Camp Capinpin Detention facility in Tanay, Rizal. INQUIRER PHOTO

A group of health workers is protesting the promotions of two military officers who are facing rights-abuse charges in the arrest and detention of the so-called Morong 43 in 2010.

Posted: May 18th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Rights cases vs AFP fail to prosper

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No soldier has been accused of human rights violations this year, according to the Armed Forces of the Philippines Human Rights Office (AFPHRO).

Posted: May 14th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Rights group likens military denial of torture to Nazi propaganda

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A file photo showing one of the 43 health workers arrested by the military in a raid in Morong, Rizal, thrusting a clenched fist as they are boarding their bus on their way to Camp Capinpin Detention facility in Tanay, Rizal. INQUIRER PHOTO

A group of human rights lawyers representing the so-called “Morong 43” health workers on Saturday likened the military’s denial of torture allegations to the pronouncements of a Nazi propaganda leader in wartime Germany.

Posted: May 5th, 2012 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

AFP: Evidence will show no torture of ‘Morong 43’

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PROTEST CONTINUES. In this file photo, one of the 43 health workers arrested by the military in a raid in Morong raises a clenched fist as they are returned to their bus on their way to Camp Capinpin Detention facility in Tanay, Rizal. With the promotion of two military officers accused of torture, their quest for justice continues. INQUIRER file photo. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The military said Friday that they have pieces of evidence that will prove that their agents did not torture the “Morong 43.”

Posted: May 4th, 2012 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

CHR comes to battered woman’s aid

Women are not safe even in their homes and from their own loved ones any more.

Posted: March 13th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

NCRPO: Abusive cops mostly PO1s to PO3s

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It’s the inexperienced or overeager rookies who usually cross the line. Majority of the policemen who are implicated in human rights violations come from the lowest ranks, from PO1s (Police Officer 1) to PO3s, according to a memo sent by the National Capital Region Police Office to its five districts in Metro Manila. The NCRPO [...]

Posted: March 1st, 2012 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

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