Author Archives: GRACE S. UDDIN

11 years ago

Petition against Con-As starts at Nograles turf

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Partylist Representatives Satur Ocampo and Teddy Casio of Bayan Muna, Lisa Maza and Luz Ilagan of Gabrielawho all declared to run under the progressive political party Makabayansaid they launched the Atras Con-As (Back-off, Con-As) campaign in Davao City to challenge Nograles right in his bailiwick. It was Nograles who pushed for the passage of House Resolution 1109 which calls to convene members of both the Lower House and the Senate into a Constitutional Assembly to change the Philippine Constitution. Read on.

11 years ago

A doctors death and the dying health system

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Dr. Bong Peera. (davaotoday.com photo by Barry Ohaylan)

DAVAO CITY (davaotoday.com) While more health workers chose to go abroad to look for greener pastures, Dr. Rogelio Bong Peera, 45, opted to stay. But on June 24 this year, his killers took his life.

His brother Carlos Peera said he learned from the neighbors that men aboard an L200 vehicle had been asking about Dr. Peera a few days before he was killed.

Dr. Jean Lindo, a member of the doctors group Rx for Peace, said that amidst the continuing migration of doctors out of the country, Peeras death was a big loss. Read on.

11 years ago

Davao media group calls Nograles a bully

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Members of militant groups throwing tomatoes outside the office of House Speaker Nograles on June 10 to show their disgust at the Congress moves for Charter change.(davaotoday.com photo by Barry Ohaylan)

DAVAO CITY–Davao journalists called House Speaker Prospero Nograles a bully when he threatened one local TV station of libel after the network reported that militant groups threw tomatoes in front of his office.

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines-Davao (NUJP-Davao) said Nograles is making an excuse to pass the Right of Reply Bill which media groups consider dangerous to press freedom.

Speaker Prospero Nograles has unmasked himself as a bully, said Jeffrey Tupas, secretary-general of NUJP-Davao. He had no qualms about brandishing the power of his high office to threaten journalists. Read on.

11 years ago

Opposition against Charter change kicks off in Davao

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NO TO CHA-CHA. Gabriela Representative Luz Ilagan crosses the images of President Gloria Arroyo, House Speaker Prospero Nograles and the names of the 174 congressmen who supported the Cha-cha. Joining her are Davao City councilors Pilar Braga, Danny Dayanghirang and Angela Librado and members of progressive and religious groups.(davaotoday.com photo by Barry Ohaylan)

DAVAO CITY Groups opposed to Charter change urged the people of Davao to join the series of protests to express their outrage against the moves of Congress to change the Constitution.

No one wants to talk about charter change at this time of hunger and landlessness, said Representative Luzviminda Ilagan of the Gabriela Womens Partylist, one of the convenors of Peoples March.

Ilagan said the passage of House Resolution 1109 is intended only for the political survival of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Read on.

11 years ago

Who is Danilo Santiago?

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DAVAO CITY—The name Danilo Santiago first appeared in the media on June 14 last year, a day after a man by that name was killed in Tagum, Davao del Norte. When the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) conducted a public inquiry on the killing of Kumander Paragos daughter Rebelyn Pitao in April this year, the name Danilo Santiago again cropped up.

But who was Danilo Santiago? How was his death related to the death of Rebelyn Pitao?

Commissioner Leila De Lima had asked Helvin Bitang, a Military Intelligence Bureau (MIB) personnel, if he knew the man. Read on.

11 years ago

Is the police helpless in the face of abductions?

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Given the fact that reports on the abduction of her daughter reached first the police station of Talomo before it reached her, Evangeline Pitao, Rebelyns mother, asked if the police could have done any better? Could the police have blocked all the possible exit routes of the van and rescued Rebelyn that night?

We cannot guard all the exits, said police Supt. Querubin Manalang, Jr., the regional spokesperson of the Philippine National Police. Imagine how many passageways and roads there are in Davao city compared to the number of police personnel we have. That is not the only job of the police, he said. Read on

12 years ago

Martial Law survivors say the past is still in their midst

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He could hear the sound of his footsteps as he ran to escape his captors. His heart beat very fast. He went to their underground house, where they used to hold secret meetings against the Marcos government, to warn other activists to abandon the place. But men in uniforms captured him instead. “It was just like in the movies,” recalls Bienvenido Lumbera, the National Artist for Literature, who was once a Martial Law survivor.

12 years ago

Lumad leader fears for his life

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Lumad leader Kerlan Fanagel is surprised to see his picture on a poster of the wanted list of Communist rebels displayed in public areas in Compostela town, Compostela Valley Province. Fanagel figured in the fight against the militarization of Lumad communities in Compostela. His Lumad group Pasaka points to the 28th IB of the Philippine Army as the people behind those posters, an accusation that the Philippine Army denies. (davaotoday.com photo by Jonald Mahinay)