Detained church workers and rights activists were released on bail after their arrest on the evening of July 4 in General Santos City while holding an organizational consultation on peasant and tribal issues.
Contrary to the claim of the Philippine National Police, human rights group Karapatan said, on Friday, that the case of the strip-search that took place in Makati City was not an isolated case as similar incidents happened involving state forces and agents in various parts of the country.
Davao Today accompanied the Save our Schools Network when it conducted a national fact-finding mission comprised of various rights groups on July 27 to 30 at Barangay Basak, Lebak to investigate the incidents of harassment, and encampment of Lumad schools and communities by government troops in the province.
Amidst reports from human rights group that authorities are responsible for the spate of forced surrender of peasant and indigenous people, the Armed Forces of the Philippines in Southern Mindanao claimed thousands of individuals are undergoing “re-orientation” under its counter-insurgency campaign.
Mounting cases of harassments and cases of violence against women and other forms of human rights violations were among the issues raised during the recently-concluded National Fact-Finding Mission conducted by various groups, including the Gabriela Women’s Party in Sultan Kudarat province.
A children’s rights organization here has asked the city government to establish the Special Office for Children’s Concerns (SOCC), which has long been stipulated in the children’s code but remained unimplemented.
Despite the city’s winning streak as the most child-friendly city, the ordinance promoting children’s welfare was “inefficiently implemented” and largely ignored.
Progressive lawmakers from the House Makabayan bloc have filed resolutions seeking a probe into the Philippine National Police (PNP)’s “illegal” crackdown against “tambays” (loiterers) and the death of a 22-year-old detainee due to alleged police brutality.
It has been 12 years now since two students from the University of the Philippines disappeared.
Gabriela Women’s Party on Monday filed House Resolution No. 1970 seeking for a congressional inquiry on the arrest and detention of its volunteer worker in Butuan City.