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3 Zamboanga City siege suspects cry torture

A Government trooper rests amidst the ruins at the site of a three-week intense fighting between Government forces and Muslim rebels who have taken nearly 200 people hostages and used them as human shields, Saturday Sept. 28, 2013 in Zamboanga city, southern Philippines. AP FILE PHOTO

Several detained suspects in the Sept. 9, 2013 Zamboanga Siege have claimed they were tortured by members of the government security forces.

Posted: December 2nd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Martial law victims have until Nov. 10 midnight to file claims for reparation

DARKNESS FALLS ON THE PHILIPPINES The Philippine Daily Express, then a tabloid, announces the declaration of martial law on Sept. 21, 1972. INQUIRER ARCHIVES

Victims of human rights violations during the Martial Law regime have until Monday midnight to file their papers for recognition and reparation as the Human Rights Victims Claims Board ends the six-month filing period for claims.

Posted: November 9th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Rights compensation board vows to expedite processes for martial law victims

THIS PHOTO of police brutality on protesters is among those displayed in the exhibit, “Himagsik at Protesta,” put up by Karapatan at the University of the Philippines Library until Sept. 21 for the 40th anniversary of the declaration of martial rule. PHOTO REPRODUCTION BY TONETTE OREJAS

Forty-two years after the declaration of martial law, a government agency leading the reparation efforts vowed “to tilt back the scales of justice” in favor of thousands who fell victim to martial law.

Posted: September 22nd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Makabayan lawmakers laud Palparan’s arrest

Fugitive former Philippine Army Maj.Gen. Jovito Palparan talks to the media at the National Bureau of Investigation following his capture by NBI agents Tuesday, Aug.12, 2014 in Manila, Philippines.  Military spokesman Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala said military intelligence and National Bureau of Investigation agents arrested Jovito Palparan in a hideout in a district of Manila. Palparan,63, was wanted in the kidnapping of two students, fulfilling a promise by President Benigno Aquinio III to bring high-profile criminal suspects to justice, official said. He went into hiding in December 2011.(AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Makabayan solons on Tuesday lauded the arrest of fugitive Jovito Palparan who was accused by militants as the “Butcher” allegedly behind human-rights violations against activists.

Posted: August 12th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Aquino ouster pushed over rights violations

Photo by Nestor Corrales/INQUIRER.net

Militants in Commonwealth Avenue called for the ouster of President Benigno Aquino III for his alleged violations of civilians’ rights, hours before he is set to deliver his penultimate State of the Nation Address.

Posted: July 28th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »