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Did you know: Sen. Jose Diokno 27th death anniversary

Today, Feb. 27, is the 27th death anniversary of the late Sen. Jose Diokno. Born on Feb. 26, 1922, he was known for being a nationalist, a human rights advocate and a legal luminary. When Martial Law was declared on Sept. 21, 1972, he was among the first members of the opposition to be arrested. Upon his release in 1974, he established the Free Legal Assistance Group which offered free legal services to victims of oppression under martial rule. He died in 1987 at his home in New Manila. Marielle Medina, Inquirer Research

Posted: February 27th, 2014 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

Aquino refuses to budge on rights board appointment


President Aquino on Tuesday rejected demands that he withdraw the appointment of Lina Sarmiento, insisting that the former police director was the right person to “fend off” a supposed effort to “sabotage” the compensation of victims of human rights violations during martial law.

Posted: February 26th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Aquino defends Sarmiento’s appointment to rights claims board

President Benigno Aquino III. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Despite opposition from human rights groups and martial law victims, President Benigno Aquino III stood by Lina Sarmiento’s appointment as head of the Human Rights Victims Claims Board, citing her experience and age as an advantage.

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

SC asked to stop appointment of new rights claims board head

Retired police general Lina Sarmiento.  INQUIRER file photo

A group of human rights victims during the time of former President Ferdinand Marcos asked the Supreme Court to stop the appointment of retired General Lina Sarmiento as head of the Human Rights Claims Board.

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

Claims board fight goes to SC

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Retired police general Lina Sarmiento.  INQUIRER file photo

Victims of martial law are taking up another fight against what they consider a monumental injustice.

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

Syndicate hounding claimants, says CHR

A Commission on Human Rights (CHR) official on Monday warned of a syndicate enticing people to become beneficiaries of a compensation package for martial law victims for a fee.

Posted: February 25th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Palace rejects Joker Arroyo plea, to keep Sarmiento


Malacañang on Sunday asked former senator Joker Arroyo to trust President Benigno Aquino III in his decision to appoint a former police official to head the martial law compensation board.

Posted: February 23rd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Joker Arroyo writes open letter to President Aquino

Sen. Joker Arroyo (Inquirer.net file photo), Gen. Lina Castillo Sarmiento (Inquirer file photo), President Benigno Aquino III (Inquirer file photo)

This is an open letter to the President with an appeal for him to ask his senior staff to reexamine the basis for the appointment of police Gen. Lina Castillo Sarmiento as chair of the Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board. It is unfortunate that her credentials do not meet the minimum standards, albeit exacting, set under Republic Act No. 10368, otherwise known as the “Human Rights Victims’ Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013.”

Posted: February 23rd, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Martial law victims in North get checks


Victims of human rights abuse during martial law in the Cordillera and Ilocos regions received Saturday their share of a court-ordered settlement arising from a class suit filed in the United States against the family of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

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

28 key Edsa personalities

RAM boys Gringo Honasan, Eduardo Kapunan, Rey Rivera and Tito Legaspi PHOTO FROM “Breakaway: The Inside Story of the Four-Day Revolution in the Philippines”

The Edsa People Power Revolt on Feb. 22 to 25, 1986, had a cast of thousands, many of them political and military figures who remain familiar names in recent headlines. From being Marcos allies, many have shifted loyalties to become rebel forces who, thanks to their burnished image during Edsa, were later elected local officials, senators and even President.

Posted: February 22nd, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

A tale of two human rights claimants

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 »

PH mailing system ‘sucks’, says US lawyer


“Your mailing system sucks.” This was how American lawyer Robert Swift expressed his dismay over what he described as the inefficiency of the country’s postal system.

Posted: February 7th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Santiago formally asks DOJ to probe Enrile’s ‘crimes’

Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrileand Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago. INQUIRER FILE PHOTOS

Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago has formally requested the Department of Justice to order a probe on Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile for his alleged crimes committed under the Penal Code.

Posted: December 5th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

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  5. State seeks guilty verdict for Abalos
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  • After quake, makeshift churches welcome pilgrims in Bohol
  • UN warns banana fungus spreading from Southeast Asia
  • Massive infra spending set
  • ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  • Cardinal Tagle to faithful: Join politics to clean it
  • Sports

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  • PSC sets Blu Girls US training
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  • Successful coaches to get raise
  • Lifestyle

  • ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  • This is not just a farm
  • Clams and garlic, softshell crab risotto–not your usual seafood fare for Holy Week
  • Moist, extra-tender blueberry muffins
  • The truffled mac ‘n’ cheese, eggs benedict, chicken leg confit are excellent
  • Entertainment

  • Why Lucky has not bought an engagement ring for Angel
  • Derek more private with new girlfriend
  • ‘Community’ star happy with return of show’s creator
  • Jealousy is kid stuff
  • Mommy-daughter adventure continues
  • Business

  • PH presses bid to keep rice import controls
  • PSEi continues to gain
  • Number of retrenched workers rose by 42% in ’13
  • PH seen to sustain rise in FDIs
  • Gov’t subsidies to state firms fell in first 2 months
  • Technology

  • Smart phone apps and sites perfect for the Holy Week
  • Tech company: Change passwords or suffer ‘Heartbleed’
  • Filling the digital talent gap
  • SSS to shut down website for Holy Week
  • Another reason to quit social media this Holy Week: your safety
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 17, 2014
  • A humbler Church
  • Deepest darkness
  • ‘Agnihotra’ for Earth’s health
  • It’s the Holy Week, time to think of others
  • Global Nation

  • First Fil-Am elected to Sierra Madre, Calif. city council
  • UC Irvine cultural night to dramatize clash of values in immigrant family
  • Filipino sweets and info served at UC Berkeley Spring Fest
  • Milpitas, California kids wrap up a successful run of ‘The Wiz’
  • Netizens welcome Japan’s visa-free travel plan
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