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February 22, 2017 4:20 PM AI blames Rody, Trump for rights pushback

MANILA, Philippines - Amnesty International says “toxic” fear-mongering by anti-establishment politicians, among them President Duterte, US President Donald Trump and leaders of Turkey and Hungary, is contributing to a global pushback against human rights. Releasing its 408-page annual report on rights abuses around the world in Paris yesterday, the watchdog 5

February 22, 2017 2:50 PM Amnesty International: Rights Slipping in Southeast Asia

Amnesty International says Southeast Asia faces ongoing human rights challenges with activists and civil society targeted by governments amid ongoing failures of accountability by security forces. In its latest annual report, covering 159 countries, Amnesty warns of a "shrinking civic space" across Asia and the Pacific, as authorities invoke a range 5

February 22, 2017 2:04 PM Amnesty blames Trump, other world leaders in global rollback of rights

Paris – Amnesty International says “toxic’’ fear-mongering by anti-establishment politicians, among them President Donald Trump and the leaders of Turkey, Hungary and the Philippines, is contributing to a global pushback against human rights. Releasing its 408-page annual report on rights abuses around the world Wednesday, the watchdog group described 5

February 22, 2017 10:46 AM Amnesty International Blames Trump, Others for Rights Rollback

PARIS — Amnesty International says President Donald Trump's "poisonous" rhetoric on his way to winning the White House led a global trend towards increasingly divisive politics in 2016 that had made the world a "darker" place. It alleged that "toxic" fear-mongering by anti-establishment politicians is contributing to a global pushback against human rights 5

February 21, 2017 4:23 PM Gina Lopez: Solons offered P50M to dump me

Environment Secretary Gina Lopez alleged on Tuesday that congressmen were offered P50 million to vote against her confirmation after she ordered the closure of 23 mines and the scrapping of 75 mining contracts affecting watershed areas. Lopez did not say who was specifically bribing which congressmen, or divulge the source of her information. But she said: “I know it might 4

February 20, 2017 4:10 PM Gatchalian to DOJ: Charge Lascañas with perjury

For lying under oath before the Senate Justice Committee investigating the alleged extra judicial killings in Davao City, Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian wants the Department of Justice to file perjury charges against SP03 Arthur Lascañas, a retired Davao City policeman. In his October 3, 2016 testimony, Lascañas wearing a police uniform denied the existence 7

February 20, 2017 10:16 AM Retired Philippine Policeman Says Duterte Ordered "Death Squad" Hits From the 1980s Onward

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte operated a "death squad" while mayor of Davao city, giving cash and orders for police and assassins to murder criminals, according to a former policeman who said he was involved in the clandestine killings. In remarks contradicting his earlier denial of the existence of such a "death squad", Arturo Lascanas said he was one of the ringleaders 6

February 19, 2017 5:15 PM Senators to hold caucus today on Leila arrest

MANILA, Philippines - Senators will go into a caucus today to discuss Sen. Leila de Lima’s expected arrest and the assistance the chamber may give her, Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III said yesterday. Pimentel, however, admitted there is almost nothing that the Senate could do for De Lima, citing the separation of powers and independence of the executive 6

February 19, 2017 2:11 AM Rody to PMA: Uphold discipline, civility

Fort del Pilar, Baguio City – President Duterte yesterday told members of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) community to continue upholding the values of the institution. According to Duterte, he is proud to be an adopted member of “Dimasupil” PMA Class 1967 because despite his flaws, the PMA – an institution which trains and develops graduates with character 4

February 18, 2017 11:43 PM Selfies at the Art Fair: How art has become sexy, and for everyone

There’s a lot to get your juices flowing at Art Fair Philippines 2017, which ends today, Sunday. It’s only Day 1 of the four-day annual event, and judging from the lines at the door and the throngs of people crowding two floors of exhibits by 46 galleries, all roads in the metro lead to The Link Carpark at Ayala Center, where the fair is taking place 5