Environment Secretary Gina Lopez has directed all protected area (PA) managers in the country to ensure that local communities are involved in the all aspects of management of conservation areas known for their natural, ecological and cultural values.
Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said that the Duterte administration welcomes the United Nations Rapporteur on Human Rights to probe the killings in the country.
THE PINK BLOTTER of the Women and Children Desk that should exist in every police station tells not only the story of children in conflict with the law, but also of the women, lesbians, and bisexuals linked to alleged violations of the law.
A group opposing the burial of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr. at the Libingan ng mga Bayani has called on the government to pursue a genuine and lasting peace based on justice.
Grace Mahinay, an activist during the Martial Law said: “The arresting Sergeant was even proud that I was the first woman they tortured.”
The chairman of the National Democratic Front’s Peace Panel said despite his contradictions, President Rodrigo Duterte showed strength, particularly in pursuing the peace negotiations.
IN THE PHILIPPINES, the end of Ferdinand Marcos’s 20-year dictatorship in 1986 was a tumultuous time. The new government of Corazon Aquino was being challenged on all fronts: from the Right, by ambitious military factions plotting coups; from the Left, by peasant guerrillas and angry protesters demanding radical reforms.
The Army said firearm and ammunition were recovered from an environmental activist who was caught while putting posters of a peace forum in a village in Pantukan town, Compostela Valley.
Filipino professor Vicente Rafael of the University of Washington said the war on drugs of the administration has created new openings and business opportunities for vigilantes and paid killers.
Bro. Karl Gaspar, CSsR said: “You wish him well, you really wish finally, there will be some radical changes in Philippine society. But, on the other hand, [I’m] really haunted by the memory of Martial Law. How can you not remember 14 years of horrific experiences.”