Posts by tag: Terrorism

11 years ago

Independent probe of House bombing urged

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Members of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) take to the streets of Davao the morning after the blast in Congress, urging vigilance among the people. They call on people to act and demand an investigation into the incident that killed three, wounded several others, including lawmakers. InPeace, the peace advocacy group, said in a statement that the bombing was a smokescreen for something more sinister. (davaotoday.com photo by Barry Ohaylan)

11 years ago

Davao’s Luz Ilagan survives Congress blast

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Rep. Luz Ilagan at a recent rally in Davao City(davaotoday.com photo by Barry Ohaylan)

Representative Luzviminda Ilagan survived the blast that rocked the House of Representatives shortly after the session adjourned Tuesday night. Ilagan was reportedly bleeding due to shrapnel injuries when brought to Malvar hospital. She was declared in stable condition a few hours later. Ilagan was hurt in her right thigh and legs; and part of her hair also got burned.

11 years ago

Child-rights groups warn vs HSA’s effect on kids

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By COLLETTE CUIZON | Davao Today

The Philippines’s anti-terrorism law could be misused by the military, the groups said, adding that there would be constant disruptions in the lives of children because of the HSA. “Even in places where there is no actual fighting, classrooms are oftentimes transformed into evacuation centers, disrupting school classes. Children bear the trauma when their parents are illegally arrested and detained, or, in worst cases, killed.”

11 years ago

Since 2000, more than 1,700 civilians killed, wounded in terror attacks, mostly in Mindanao

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Clarita Gragasin, 61, traveled to the Koronadal market on May 10, 2003. She was sitting in a rickshaw tricycle when a bomb detonated about five meters from her. Shrapnel from the bomb killed her instantly. 2006 John Sifton/Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch: Since January 2000, radical armed Islamist groups in the Philippines have carried out over 40 major bombings against civilians and civilian property, mostly in the south of the country. They have killed civilians indiscriminately — Christians and Muslims, men and women, parents and children — and left behind orphans, widows, and widowers. Hundreds of other victims have suffered severe wounds, burns, and lost limbs. In all, the bombings and other attacks have caused over 1,700 casualties in the last seven years, more than the number of people killed and injured in bombing attacks during the same period in neighboring Indonesia (including the 2002 Bali bombings), and considerably more than the number of those killed and injured in bombings in Morocco, Spain, Turkey, or Britain.

11 years ago

Protests mount vs anti-terrorism law

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Activists led by Bayan and its allied groups have been mounting protest actions against the Human Security Act, the Philippines’s anti-terrorism law that is set to take effect tomorrow, July 15. Critics said the law is the most repressive piece of legislation ever crafted by the Philippine congress. (Photo by Arkibong Bayan, www.arkibongbayan.org)

11 years ago

‘(In)Human Security Act to attack civil liberties’

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The Bagong Alyansang Makabayan together with progressive peoples’ organizations, civil libertarians and human rights group disputes the definition of terrorism in the HSA, saying it is prone to abuse by the authorities since it is too vague and broad. Who defines such terms as “widespread”, “extraordinary”, “panic”, “populace”, “unlawful” and so on? Even legitimate dissent can be interpreted as terrorism since under the HSA the definition is not limited to the Abu Sayyaf Group, Jemaah Islamiyah and Al Qaeda.

11 years ago

Terror law can be misused vs student councils, publications

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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)