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Slow justice gets Zambo Sur ex-gov Cerilles off the hook

Zamboanga del Sur Rep. Aurora E. Cerilles: Off the hook. http://www.congress.gov.ph

The Sandiganbayan has dismissed graft charges against Zamboanga del Sur Rep. Aurora E. Cerilles and two others because of “inordinate delay” in the filing of the case by the Office of the Ombudsman.

Posted: April 10th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

CHR launches probe into PMA cadet’s dismissal

Cadet First Class Aldrin Jeff Cudia. Photo from Facebook

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has begun an investigation of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) after the parents of graduating Cadet First Class Aldrin Jeff Cudia complained on Feb. 26 the academy violated their son’s right to due process when it dismissed him for breaking the academy’s Honor Code.

Posted: March 11th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Delfin Lee and charged Navy officers


If it had been any other case, the Court of Appeals would probably have cited for contempt the Philippine National Police (PNP) and ordered its chief, Director General Alan Purisima, arrested.

Posted: March 11th, 2014 in On Target | Read More »

Not all convicts are guilty


Not all people serving time in prison are guilty. Some of them were either framed or just victims of circumstances.

Posted: March 4th, 2014 in On Target | Read More »

How much is suffering under Marcos worth?


The chair of the newly created Human Rights Victims Claims Board on Tuesday said that putting a monetary value on the abuse human rights victims of the Marcos regime went through was a thorny issue.

Posted: February 19th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

UN probe demands justice for North Korea atrocities

Michael Kirby, chairperson of the commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.  AP PHOTO/ANJA NIEDRINGHAUS

North Korea’s leaders should be brought before an international court for a litany of crimes against humanity, including mass murder, enslavement and starvation, a UN team said Monday. A hard-hitting report detailed “extermination, murder, enslavement, torture, imprisonment, rape, forced abortions and other sexual violence” in the nuclear-armed totalitarian state.

Posted: February 18th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Senators rapped for not taking Duterte to task


The international watchdog Human Rights Watch (HRW) has expressed concern over some senators’ seeming acquiescence with Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s death threat against an alleged rice smuggler made during a Senate committee hearing last week, saying it would encourage impunity.

Posted: February 10th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

SC gives probers access to papers that may identify Burgos abductor


The Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed human rights investigators access to military documents that might lead to the identification of a male member of the military suspected of being the abductor of activist Jonas Burgos.

Posted: February 5th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Torture chamber in Laguna closed

Commission on Human Rights chair Etta Rosales. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

A 200-square-meter bungalow in a neatly tucked residential community in Biñan City, Laguna, served as a chamber of horror where officers of the Philippine National Police allegedly out for kicks subjected some of the detainees to a game called “wheel of torture.”

Posted: January 30th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

In the Know: Anti-Torture Act of 2009

In November 2009, then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed into law Republic Act No. 9745, or the Anti-Torture Act of 2009, which penalizes physical acts by persons in authority or their agents that cause “severe pain, exhaustion, disability or dysfunction” on detainees as well as mental or psychological acts “calculated to affect or confuse the mind or undermine a person’s dignity and morale.”

Posted: January 30th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Aquino pressed on human rights compensation law

Bayan Muna Representative Neri Colmenares .  INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

Why sign a law if you’re not going to implement it?

Posted: December 4th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Discrepancy in weight of shabu earns man release from prison


The Supreme Court has ordered a convicted drug pusher imprisoned since 2004 freed after the supposed shabu (metamphetamine hydrochloric acid) seized from him by the police and presented to the trial court as evidence turned out to be short of 0.1796 grams.

Posted: October 22nd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

A hit job without a mastermind


The Court of Appeals (CA) ruling that cleared former Palawan Gov. Joel Reyes and his brother, Coron Mayor Mario Reyes, in the murder of environmentalist Gerry Ortega in 2011 once again exposes the CA as a court exclusively for the rich and influential.

Posted: October 3rd, 2013 in Featured Columns,Headlines,Metro,On Target | Read More »

  1. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  2. Opinions split on Napoles turning state witness
  3. Delfin Lee: Blame Pag-Ibig, not me
  4. Plunder complaint filed vs PNP chief, firearms office head over license delivery deal
  5. Cedric Lee’s cohort flies out of PH despite look-out order – De Lima
  6. San Juan cops fail to arrest Cedric Lee
  7. More ‘Yolanda’ bodies found
  8. Gigi Reyes pins blame on aide
  9. Lawyer: Napoles ‘will tell all’
  10. Boy ‘sexually assaulted’ at Indonesia international school
  1. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  2. Gigi Reyes pins blame on aide
  3. Estrada: Gigi Reyes won’t testify vs JPE
  4. Bernice Lee arrested by NBI team
  5. Enrile chief aide back in PH ‘to face charges’
  6. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  7. Suspect in Vhong Navarro’s mauling wants to turn state witness – De Lima
  8. Reckless driver endangered lives of Aquino, entourage–report
  9. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  10. Henares on Pacquiao bashing: I did not start this
  1. KL confirms Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 ended in Indian Ocean
  2. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  3. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  4. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  5. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  6. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  7. Cudia, dismissed for lying, got 99% in conduct
  8. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  9. Hammer-wielding robbers cause chaos at Philippines’ Mall of Asia
  10. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima


  • Lacson eyes P106-B ‘Yolanda’ rehab masterplan
  • What Went Before: Malacañang allies alleged involvement in pork scam
  • Timeline: Napoles tell-all
  • 12 senators on Napoles ‘pork’ list, says Lacson
  • Napoles surgery in Makati hospital successful
  • Sports

  • Mixers trim Aces; Painters repulse Bolts
  • Donaire junks Garcia as coach, taps father
  • ’Bye Ginebra: No heavy heart this time
  • UAAP board tackles new rules
  • Baguio climb to decide Le Tour de Filipinas
  • Lifestyle

  • The best flavors of summer in one bite, and more
  • Homemade yogurt, bread blended with pizza, even ramen
  • Visiting chefs from Denmark get creative with ‘ube,’ ‘ buko,’ ‘calamansi,’ mangoes
  • Salted baked potatoes
  • A first in a mall: Authentic Greek yogurt–made fresh in front of diners
  • Entertainment

  • Return of ‘Ibong Adarna’
  • Practical Phytos plans his future
  • In love … with acting
  • From prison to the peak of success
  • ‘Asedillo’ location thrives
  • Business

  • Cost-recovery provisions for affected gencos urged
  • This time, BIR goes after florists
  • Philippine Airlines to stop shipment of shark fins
  • PH banks not ready for Asean integration
  • Stocks down on profit-taking
  • Technology

  • ‘Unlimited’ Internet promos not really limitless; lawmakers call for probe
  • Viber releases new design for iPhone, comes to Blackberry 10 for the first time
  • Engineers create a world of difference
  • Bam Aquino becomes Master Splinter’s son after Wiki hack
  • Mark Caguioa lambasts Ginebra teammates on Twitter
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 24, 2014
  • Talking to Janet
  • Respite
  • Bucket list
  • JPII in 1981: walking a tightrope
  • Global Nation

  • PH seeks ‘clearer assurance’ from US
  • China and rivals sign naval pact to ease maritime tensions
  • What Went Before: Manila bus hostage crisis
  • Obama arrives in Tokyo, first stop of 4-nation tour
  • Believe it or not: Filipinos love US more than Yanks
  • Marketplace