Category Archives: chr

Patikul update:  Exhumation of slain 7 done; rights bodies await military response

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 07 October) — A forensics team from the Commission on Human Rights on Saturday exhumed the bodies of seven persons slain in Patikul, Sulu on September 14, in the presence of their families, to determine the cause and manner of death. The military had earlier said the seven were Abu Sayyaf […]

Military seeks more time to answer allegations re 7 slain in Patikul, Sulu

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 05 Oct) — Citing “ongoing military operations and other programmed command / unit activities,” three military officials in Sulu on Monday asked the Regional Human Rights Commission (RHRC) of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao for an extension until October 15 to answer claims of the families and witnesses that the […]

Patikul update: RHRC asks 3 military officials in Sulu to answer claims 7 killed were not Abu Sayyaf members

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 Sept) — The Regional Human Rights Commission (RHRC) of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao has asked three military officials in Sulu to answer allegations in the affidavits of families and witnesses that the seven persons slain in Patikul town on September 14 were civilians harvesting fruits and not Abu […]

Patikul update: awarding (wrong) medals amid probes on alleged massacre

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 September) — President Rodrigo Duterte’s awarding of medals to 14 of 17 soldiers wounded in Patikul, Sulu drew criticisms as it happened amid ongoing investigations  on the alleged massacre of seven persons the military claimed were Abu Sayyaf members killed in an encounter on September 14 but whose families said […]

Patikul update: families of 7 slain Tausugs OK exhumation

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 24 Sept) — The families of the seven Tausugs allegedly massacred in Patikul, Sulu on September 14 but the military claimed were Abu Sayyaf members killed in an encounter, have given their consent for an exhumation of the bodies to determine cause of death and how they were killed. Lawyer Jacqueline […]

Most Davao folk oppose abolition of CHR

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/18 July) – Sixty-five percent of Dabawenyos still see the importance of the Commission on Human Rights despite the attacks against it by President Rodrigo Duterte, a survey conducted by the University of Mindanao’s Institute of Popular Opinion (IPO) said. “As noted, more people would not support the abolition of the CHR, perhaps […]

CHR-12 starts probe on ‘encounter’ that killed 9 Lumads in South Cotabato

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 14 March) — The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) in Region 12 has started its investigation into the alleged encounter between government troops and suspected New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato last December that left nine tribal residents dead. Lawyer Erlan Deluvio, CHR Region 12 director, said […]

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The Mayor as President (3): Duterte: “we were able to improve law and order in this country”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 January) — Supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte cite so many accomplishments in his first 18 months in office, particularly for the marginalized sector, such as free medicines, free college tuition, free irrigation, a raise in the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) and social security pension, higher pay for soldiers and […]

DUTERTE TRANSCRIPTS: Media Interview. Taguig. 12 Sept. 2017

(Note from MindaNews: This is the official transcript of President Rodrigo Duterte’s media interview, released by the Presidential News Desk of the Presidential Communications Office) Presidential Communications Office Presidential News Desk MEDIA INTERVIEW WITH PRESIDENT RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE FOLLOWING HIS VISIT TO THE WAKE OF CAPT. ROMMEL SANDOVAL  [Libingan ng mga Bayani Mortuary, Fort Bonifacio, […]

Nene Pimentel on 1,000 peso budget for CHR:  Congress can’t abolish CHR

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 13 Sept) — “The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) is a Constitutional body that Congress has no power to abolish,” former Senate President Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel said in reaction to the House of Representatives’ 119 – 32 vote Tuesday to give only 1,000 pesos budget to the rights body in 2018. […]

De Lima’s failure, Aguirre’s conflict: Fits, starts, new hope for DDS probe?

By Malou Mangahas Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism SWORN STATEMENTS of key informants, the transcripts of stenographic notes, and official records and documents from the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), as well as reports of other state bodies and rights groups into the so-called Davao Death Squad (DDS) over the last eight years should have […]

COMMMENTARY: On reorganizing Government

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 18 Dec) — One function the Constitution performs is to organize government. Hence, I am certain there are now robust debates between parliamentary or presidential, bicameral or unicameral, federal or unitary, and all the possible permutations in between. There are serious concerns that need to be threshed out in these debates. […]

KOMENTARYO: Paano ba mag-move on isang araw pagkatapos ng libing?

(Paki-abot po ito kina Imee, Bongbong at Irene at sa Commission of Human Rights at Pangulong Duterte na rin.) Top Three Priorities for Moving-on Dear Imee, Bong-bong and Irene, Isang araw pagkatapos ng libing ng dating Pangulong Ferdinand E. Marcos, saan pwedeng magsimula ang “moving-on”? Mahirap ang tanong na ito dahil napakaraming bagay ang dapat […]

TURNING POINT: Misconception and Misapprehension

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / 27 August) — Crimes committed by civilians against other civilians like theft, rape, murder and the like, are the concern and responsibility of the government law enforcing agencies like the Philippine Naitonal Police (PNP), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), etc… a task to pursue in coordination with the judiciary. In […]

Duterte threatens to leave UN

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 Aug) —  President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to leave the United Nations (UN) amid its criticisms on the current administration’s campaign against illegal drugs that allegedly shot up the cases of extrajudicial killings. He told an early morning press conference at the Malacañang of the South at the Department of Public Works and […]