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September 21, 2017 11:28 AM Sereno slams killings in imaginary dialogue with ‘Ka Pepe’ Diokno

If he were alive today, human-rights lawyer Jose Diokno would narrate to her the importance of due process and criticize how shortcuts have come at the cost of lives, according to Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. In her thinly-veiled speech attacking the government’s so-called war on drugs, Sereno imagined a dialogue with Diokno where he would stress 4

September 20, 2017 2:20 PM CHR thanks House for 'open minds, hearts' after budget restored

'We are grateful to those who stood firm in championing human rights inside and out the halls of Congress,' says Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon MANILA, Philippines – He has been the subject of criticism a hundred times over by members of the House of Representatives. Still, Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Chairperson Chito Gascon 6

September 20, 2017 12:00 PM House restores CHR, ERC, NCIP budgets

The House of Representatives has restored the budgets of the agencies Commission on Human Rights (CHR), Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) and the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), which were earlier defunded with a P1,000 budget. In a statement on Wednesday, appropriations committee chairperson Davao City Rep. Karlo Nograles said CHR chair 7

September 20, 2017 10:42 AM Inside the brotherhood: Thoughts on fraternity violence

While we call for justice and that punishments must be exacted on individuals who inflicted such horror and suffering, we could just lament why our educational system systematically produces young promising men, only to reduce them to such a barbaric state. I once had the misfortune of being entangled in the issue of fraternity violence. And I suffered 5

September 19, 2017 10:15 PM 2 MILF men killed in clash with armed group

COTABATO CITY — Two Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels were killed while four others were wounded in a clash with Islamic State-inspired armed group in Datu Salibo town in Maguindanao province on Sunday, police said. Senior Supt. Agustin Tello, Maguindanao police chief, said the fighting between members of MILF Task Force Ittihad (Unity) and the outlawed 3

September 16, 2017 2:02 PM Duterte accuses Gascon of politicizing CHR

'Why are you fond of teenagers? Now I wonder: are you gay, or a pedophile?' President Rodrigo Duterte says of CHR Chair Chito Gascon DAVAO CITY, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte accused Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Chair Jose Luis Martin "Chito" Gascon of politicizing the agency instead of engaging in important issues besetting the country 6

September 16, 2017 1:55 PM Duterte: House can set aside CHR budget to buy body cameras for police

President Rodrigo Duterte gives a speech at the Matina Enclaves in Davao City on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017/ (Photo from an RTVM video) President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday suggested that the P600 million that the House of Representative slashed from the Commission on Human Rights’ budget be used to buy body cameras for the police. Duterte made the proposal 6

September 15, 2017 11:15 PM House may increase CHR budget, Malacañang hopes for restoration

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 15) — The House of Representatives may push for the increase of the slashed 2018 budget of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), on one condition. House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said the lawmakers want the CHR to also investigate rights abuses committed by non-state individuals and entities. "Gawin nila yung trabaho 6

September 14, 2017 4:24 PM House softens stand on CHR budget cut

MANILA, Philippines — Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said yesterday he and his colleagues are open to giving the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) a bigger budget for 2018, just three days after the House of Representatives reduced its proposed P678-million funding to just P1,000. Some senators, including Panfilo Lacson who heads the finance subcommittee 11

September 12, 2017 10:18 AM House gives CHR a P1,000 budget

MANILA, Philippines — The House of Representatives on Tuesday voted to give the Commission on Human Rights a budget of only P1,000 following its stringent criticisms of President Rodrigo Duterte's brutal campaign against illegal drugs. The decision came after 119 representatives voted in favor of the move to slash the budget of the CHR while 32 went against 7