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Anti-mining Lumad leader killed in Davao Oriental

Apr 30, 2009

Ludenio Monson, a Mandaya farmer and leader of Nagkahiusang Mag-uuma sa Boston (United Farmers of Boston), was shot at around 4:30 in the afternoon on Wednesday, a volunteer from the Solidarity Action Group for Indigenous Peoples (Sagip) told Davao Today in a text message.Monson was with a companion at the time of the incident.

He told colleagues last month that he (Monson) was already a marked man in his area. He said he got information that his name was in the militarys Order of Battle list and that he could be taken anytime. He was among those strongly opposed to mining. Read on.

Will Parago appear in a CHR hearing?

Apr 05, 2009

Commission on Human Rights Chair Leila De Lima in an inquiry on extrajudicial killings in Davao city. ( photo by Jonald Mahinay)

DAVAO CITY—The Commission on Human Rights is thinking of inviting New Peoples Army (NPA) leader Kumander Parago in a public inquiry to help shed light on the abduction and killing of his daughter Rebelyn Pitao.
But will Parago appear in a public hearing?
We considered calling him (Parago), Leila De Lima, CHR chair, told reporters at the end of the hearing on the Rebelyn case on the third day of the inquiry on extrajudicial killings. We were already trying to make that a reality, kaya lang ang kausap ko, nag-back-out sa (but the one I talked to had backed out at the) last minute, said De Lima. She vowed to take stronger actions against the three personnel of the military intelligence group (MIG) who failed to show up in the inquiry. Read on.

Jobless figures can easily reach 4.3 million, higher than gov’t estimates

Mar 29, 2009

Ibon calls the 2.9 million jobless figures in the latest labor force survey an “underestimation.” It did not include the number of discouraged jobseekers, or those who are willing to take up work from the labor force. Ibon’s higher estimates aims to correct the unwarranted change in the official unemployment definition in April 2005, which conveniently removes discouraged jobseekers and those willing/not available to immediately take up work from the labor force and hence does not count them as officially unemployed even if they do not have jobs.

Ibon estimates that some 2.5 % of the working age population 15 years and over should still be considered part of the labor force, which implies an additional 1.5 million jobless on top of the 2.9 million officially reported– for a total of roughly 4.3 million jobless.

The additional 2.5% is based on the estimated discrepancy in official and actual labor force participation rates in 2008. The number of jobless could be even much higher if, as is likely, labor force participation rates this year become bloated by even greater numbers of discouraged job-seekers.Read on

Body of Kumander Parago’s daughter found

Mar 06, 2009

By GRACE S. UDDIN | Davao Today

Rebelyn Pitao(contributed photo)

Her mother, Evangeline Pitao, blamed the Armed Forces of the Philippines for the killing. “If they’re running after my husband, why do they have to take my daughter?” she asked, when she first learned about her daughter’s abduction. She turned hysterical after learning of her daughter’s death.

Rebelyn was abducted on her way home at around 6:30 pm Wednesday while boarding a tricycle in Talomo. She has been teaching at the St. Peter’s College. The village where her body was found was about 50 kilometers away from where she was abducted.

Raffy Agres, a farmer, saw her body near the NIA irrigation system in Purok 5 in San Isidro village of Davao del Norte’s Carmen town.Read on.

NPAs release Manero on humanitarian grounds

Aug 26, 2008

Davao City — The Communist New People’s Army released former army sergeant Jose Manero, a former Ilaga leader and brother of released priest killer Norberto Manero, after three months in captivity. Rigoberto F. Sanchez, the regional spokesperson of the NPA in Southern Mindanao, said the NPA granted conditional amnesty to Manero because of his admission of guilt and issuance of a public apology for the “crimes” and “serious violations of human rights committed against the people.

RMN General Santos City broadcaster dies

Aug 10, 2008

Dennis Cuesta

Dennis Cuesta used to anchor the hard hitting primetime radio program “Straight to the Point” over DXMD – General Santos. Apart from tackling corruption on air, he also heard out complaints from residents. Among the latest issues he tackled were complaints of maltreatment against a car company, where he was asked to testify for the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG).

Cuesta fought for his life at the intensive care unit of the St. Elizabeth Hospital in General Santos City for almost five days after he was shot at around 4:30 p.m. near the Gaisano mall of General Santos city on Monday.

Rep. Crispin Beltran dies after bad fall

May 20, 2008

Rep. Crispin Beltran, 1933-2008

Rep. Crispin Beltran of the AnakPawis party-list group died this morning after falling off the roof of his house in Bulacan. Relatives said he was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced “brain dead” due to severe head injuries. He died at 11:48 this morning, doctors said. Beltran was checking the roof for leaks when the accident happened, one of his daughters said.