'Framing their work as interference without concrete basis may discourage foreign nationals from doing important missionary and humanitarian work in our country,” the Commission on Human Rights says
This is meant to give the Commission on Human Rights more fiscal autonomy and strengthen its investigative powers in the constitution that will be proposed to President Rodrigo Duterte
'For human rights advocates and for those who believe that we should be a member of the International Criminal Court, there is a certain risk in bringing it to the SC given the political atmosphere where it is operating now,” CHR Commissioner Roberto Cadiz says
On Thursday, April 5, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug speaks to CHR Commissioner Roberto Cadiz on the possible impact of the withdrawal from the ICC on their work and the fight to end the culture of impunity in the country
In response to Malacañang, the Commission on Human Rights says making allegations without proof opens human rights advocates to attacks
Proponents of state surveillance argue that monitoring individuals is necessary in the interest of 'national security'. But who defines what 'national security' is? To what extent is state surveillance legal?
‘Whether we like it or not, this will proceed and the only smart thing is for the government now is to heed the warning of the court,’ says Commission on Human Rights Commissioner Roberto Cadiz
Human Rights Watch and Karapatan also slam President Rodrigo Duterte's move, saying that his administration must be held accountable for 'all rights violations'
In February 2017, neophyte Senator Manny Pacquiao blocked the resolution that would have created the Senate's legal position that its concurrence is needed in all treaty withdrawals
'Rather than attacking human rights bodies and human rights defenders, we urge the government to display sincere commitment to transparency and the rule of law by allowing unhampered investigations to take place,' the Commission on Human Rights says
The administration of President Rodrigo Duterte purchased communications surveillance equipment from the UK. What should citizens know about state monitoring?
Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno rallies support for the constitutional bodies facing threats of either abolition or dilution under Cha-Cha proposals
Requests for documents related to the government's anti-drug campaign by various local bodies were mostly rejected and the reasons cited – if their letters were even given a reply at all – all point towards protecting national security
(UPDATED) Seeking the President's nod before sharing drug war documents is not new in the PNP under Director General Ronald dela Rosa
The Commission on Human Rights says the Philippines is a signatory to various international treaties that require the country to be open to investigations in relation to alleged human rights abuses
The Commission on Human Rights and Gabriela Women's Party say President Rodrigo Duterte's latest lewd remark 'openly encourages violence against women'
The Commission on Human Rights cites the crafting of tight guidelines for the drug war, but says it is still 'premature' to commend the campaign as 'less bloody'
Activist youth group Anakbayan warns President Rodrigo Duterte to be careful what he wishes for because 'dictators are overthrown'
The Commission on Human Rights says it is ready to assist in the process, and hopes that the police and justice department would fully cooperate as well
The Commission on Human Rights reminds the government that any development plans on ancestral domains, including opening them to investors, should take into consideration the rights of indigenous peoples as enshrined in the law
'The fact that it is done in a foreign context makes it even more appalling because it objectifies Filipino women in the larger international arena,' the Commission on Human Rights says
'A free, democratic society depends on the free exchange of ideas and speaking truth to power and fighting for one’s convictions are both anchored on our ability to exercise this freedom,' the Commission on Human Rights says
The CHR says "protecting press freedom means protecting the interest of the people"
The Commission on Human Rights still believes that there is no need for martial law to address threats of terrorism and lawless violence
Greenpeace Southeast Asia praises the Commission on Human Rights' planned public hearings on a petition filed against the world's largest investor-owned fossil fuel and cement producer
'No other case has been filed anywhere in the world trying to establish a nexus between human rights and climate change,' says Commissioner Roberto Cadiz
The CSO-CHR Consultative Caucus for Human Rights (C4HR) aims to raise awareness of human rights as well as coordinate action among stakeholders to promote and defend these rights
‘Alab ng Puso,’ organized by Dakila, features Sandwich, Noel Cabangon, BLKD, Aia de Leon, Tanya Markova, Hilera, Cooky Chua, Bayang Barrios and Naliyagan Band, Gary Granada, Flying Ipis, Brass Pas Pas Pas Pas, IV of Spades, Oh! Flamingo, Ourselves the Elves, and spoken word artists Alfonso Manalastas, Louise Meets, Abby Orbeta, and Juan Miguel Severo
'We are hopeful that they will follow the lead of the PDEA, that previous operations in the past months have resulted to more apprehensions rather than alleged cases of extrajudicial killings,' says Commission on Human Rights Spokesperson Jackie de Guia
‘If I, as a lawyer and commissioner of an independent constitutional body, should be cited for expressing an opinion…what kind of precedent would that set for people who question the government every day?’
(2ND UPDATE) Dr Ricardo Rotoras is the president of the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines in Cagayan de Oro and the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges
The former colleagues on the bench tease each other, but they also send a strong message
Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon reiterates that constitutional bodies are not part of a destabilization plot against the government – an accusation the administration and supporters have thrown in the past year
In Defense of Human Rights and Dignity Movement (iDEFEND) says the involvement of IBP with its current 60,000-membership now 'sends forth a ripple of hope in this troubling and violent crimes besetting our country'
Regardless of who is at the helm of the government's drug war, Commission on Human Rights chief Chito Gascon assures the public that they will continue to monitor and investigate human rights violations but asks law enforcers to cooperate
'A justice sector does not function if the investigative and the prosecutorial services are not doing their jobs,' says Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno
'This is particularly important to remember when words are spoken by those who are supposed to be our leaders,' says Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon, after another tirade by President Rodrigo Duterte
Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque says he will go to Marawi City to gather information on cases that can be filed against Maute group members for violation of international humanitarian law
The Germany-based Progressive Alliance cites ex-CHR chairperson Etta Rosales for her contribution to human rights in the Philippines
Heads of constitutional bodies and commissions are hounded by impeachment complaints and threats under the Duterte administration
As the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency handles the war on drugs, the Commission on Human Rights also calls on the Philippine National Police to shift its focus to extrajudicial killings
'We call on everyone in the community to defend our democratic institutions,' says Ateneo de Manila president Father Jose Ramon Villarin
'Kapag may problema pinag-uusapan sa loob ng pamilya, hindi kinakalat sa chismosong kapit-bahay,' says a former CA justice
The Senate submits for plenary approval the Commission on Human Rights' budget for next year amounting to P693.5 million
The PNP's definition is based on Administrative Order 35, but the CHR says this limiting definition would discount killings perpetrated by state agents
Worried by the growing opposition, Duterte may, in fact, miscalculate and declare martial law, which may temporarily slow his regime’s descent into crisis but actually accelerate it in the medium-term
Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon says the Aquino administration was competent and had achievements yet there was a 'sense that the government was distant from the people'
This comes as President Duterte blasts the commission for supposedly meddling in his anti-drug campaign, and as his allies at the House of Representatives practically want the human rights body abolished
The Commission on Human Rights' budget is restored from the measly P1,000, but opposition lawmaker Edcel Lagman points out it's still not the full amount that was proposed