During the commemoration of the 35th year of declaration of martial law on Sept. 21, different lawyers’ organizations in Davao City came together at the Centennial Park not only to light candles for judges, lawyers, and paralegals who were victims of the abusive law. They were also there to denounce the Human Security Act, which they called “illegal.” The lawyers describe the present state of the country as even worse than during martial law. They see more human-rights abuses under the law. On the same occasion, the lawyers launched HOTLINE 296-0070; people who are faced with HSA-related violations can call and ask for help. (davaotoday.com photo by Cheryll D. Fiel)
Mayor Rodrigo Duterte hands a package of food to Muslim leaders at a mosque in Ecoland last week. Giving out food to Moro communities in Davao City during the Ramadan has been a yearly practice of the mayor. (davaotoday.com photo by Barry Ohaylan)
The highlight of the Kadayawan Festival in Davao City this month was the street performances, such as the one above. Most of the performers used cultural themes derived from Mindanao’s Lumads. Click here for Kadayawan slideshow. (Photos by Barry Ohaylan, Cheryll D. Fiel and Germelina A. Lacorte)
In this Kadayawan season, fruits such as these mangosteen being sold in the streets, are abundant, not to mention cheap, in Davao City. These are sold at 35 pesos per kilo when on regular days, they cost a hundred a kilo. (Davao Today photo by Cheryll D. Fiel) Click for a slideshow of the Kadayawan opening ceremonies.
Activists in Davao City burn the effigy of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo during her State of the Nation Address on July 23. According to the activists, Arroyo’s promises mean nothing as they protest rampant human-rights violations and the implementation of the Human Security Act, which, they said, will worsen political repression in the Philippines. (Davao Today photos by Cheryll Fiel and Jon Mahinay) MORE ANTI-SONA PHOTOS HERE.
Davao residents join a signature drive calling for the release of kidnapped Italian priest Fr. Giancarlo Bossi at the NCCC mall in Davao City. The 57-year-old missionary from Milan, Italy, was kidnapped by gunmen on June 10 in Zamboanga Sibugay province. Rome-based artist Tomas Concepcion returned to the Philippines on Thursday with his latest masterpiece meant for a unique cause: to bring together Muslims and Christians toward the common call for the release of Bossi. Along with the signature campaign is the exhibit of Concepcion’s paintings at the ground of the mall. (Photo by Keith Bacongco)
Following the Supreme Court decision this week junking with finality the rebellion charge against him and five other colleagues, Anakpawis Rep. Crispin Beltran walks out of the hospital where he had been imprisoned for 16 months. Beltran’s arrest and incarceration has drawn widespread condemnation here and abroad. (Photo by Arkibong Bayan, www.arkibongbayan.org)
Students staged a rally in front of the University of Mindanao campus on Bolton Street to protest the implementation of the Human Security Act, which, they said, would impinge on democratic rights. The law, which will take effect on July 15, allows the formation of an “inter-school coordinating body” that, according to the students, would suppress student councils and student publications. (davaotoday.com photo by Tyrone A. Velez)
Employees of Davao City Water District during a prayer rally on July 5 to oppose the proposed privatization of the government utility company. (Photo by Keith Bacongco)
Veronica Duterte looks at her father, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, deliver a speech during the oath-taking ceremony on June 30 at the City Hall grounds. Duterte said that the youth remains his inspiration and that they must have access to education. Another daughter, Sara, also took her oath of office that same day as vice mayor. (davaotoday.com photo by Marilou M. Aguirre)