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Ghost of Marcos' Martial Law seen under Duterte – rights groups

Sep 21, 2019 - 7:30 AM

(UPDATED) On the 47th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law, various groups urge Filipinos to take a stand amid human rights violations under President Rodrigo Duterte

Closure only once 'truth revealed' on Jonas Burgos abduction – family

Apr 27, 2019 - 4:33 PM

'So long as we, the families of the desaparecidos, have our breaths, no one can stop us in our fight to surface our disappeared loved ones,' says Mary Ann Burgos

Human Rights organizations and family members of the desaparecidos gather at the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) to remember the 12th year anniversary of the dissapearance of activist Jonas Burgos. Editha Burgos, mother of Jonas, remains hopeful that justice will still prevail and that she will still see her son again. While Jonas' wife, Mean Burgos, hopes that despite the court acquital of Army Major Harry Baliaga Jr. of arbitrary detention charges, justice will still prevail. April 26, 2019.

Families of desaparecidos slam PH plan to delist cases from U.N.

Feb 18, 2019 - 3:45 PM

(UPDATED) 'It is disrespectful, totally disregarding and dismissing the suffering of the families of all the missing,” the Free Jonas Burgos Movement says

Families of victims of enforced dissapearance remember their loved ones during a mass at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani on International Day of the Disappeared, August 30, 2018. The relatives displayed photos of their beloved desaparecidos while offering candles and flowers on the Wall of Remembrance. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Families of desaparecidos call for justice on All Souls' Day

Nov 03, 2018 - 8:35 AM

Families of victims of enforced disappearances light candles and offer flowers as they continue searching for their missing loved ones

“ Tell us where the deseparecidos, and we will be at peace” says the families of the victims of enforced dissappearance during a gathering in front of the Quiapo Church to remember those who have been missing as we observe All Souls day.  Families lit candles and offered flowers by the photos of those who have missing for years now. “ We have nowhere to offer candles and flowers, so we do it here for all the world to see”. The families and supporters seek justice and vow to continue the search for their loved ones. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Finding Sherlyn Cadapan

Sep 17, 2018 - 11:55 AM

Mother of disappeared UP student Sherlyn Cadapan speaks of her politicization in the 8 years since her daughter's disappearance. Even after Jovito Palparan's conviction, she hopes her daughter is alive.

'SHOW ME THE EXECUTIONER.' Linda Cadapan, mother of disappeared UP activist Sherlyn Cadapan, speaks at a rally before the NBI where Jovito Palparan is being held. Photo by Patricia Evangelista / Rappler

Jovito Palparan: The most wanted man in the country

Sep 17, 2018 - 11:22 AM

First published in 2013, we are republishing this story by Patricia Evangelista in light of Jovito Palparan's conviction on Sept 17. Based on interviews and sworn court statements.

BUTCHER. Jovito Palparan. Photo by Geloy Concepcion

Families seek full implementation of law for desaparecidos

Aug 30, 2018 - 3:00 PM

On International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, families say the Philippine government has failed 'to prevent abominable wrongdoing' for many years

Families of victims of enforced dissapearance remember their loved ones during a mass at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani on International Day of the Disappeared, August 30, 2018. The relatives displayed photos of their beloved desaparecidos while offering candles and flowers on the Wall of Remembrance. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Poor law implementation denies desaparecidos justice

Aug 30, 2018 - 1:30 PM

Hailed as comprehensive by advocates, the Anti-Enforced Or Involuntary Disappearance Act of 2012 still faces several challenges, including lack of funding and overall improper grasp of the concept of human rights

What you need to know about enforced disappearances in the Philippines

Aug 29, 2018 - 4:00 PM

According to latest data, there are at least 1,996 documented cases of enforced disappearance in the Philippines – 1,165 are missing while 244 were found dead

End enforced disappearances, drug war killings – rights groups

Jun 11, 2018 - 10:00 PM

The Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances says there are 1,993 documented cases of enforced disappearances in the Philippines under different administrations

MASKED PROTESTERS. Protesters wearing Jonas Burgos masks gather at the gate of Camp Aguinaldo to commemorate his disappearance. File photo from Desaparecidos

QC court acquits army major in Jonas Burgos case

Oct 12, 2017 - 10:25 AM

(5th UPDATE) The eyewitness account pointing to army major Harry Baliaga Jr is deemed hearsay by the court since Jeffrey Cabintoy could not be found to take the witness stand during trial

Swiss couple found on glacier after 75 years buried at last

Jul 22, 2017 - 11:29 PM

The funeral is held in the church where the couple had attended mass before setting out on their trek in the Swiss Alps

FINALLY FOUND. This handout picture distributed on July 18, 2017 shows the mummified remains of a Swiss Couple who went missing 75 years ago and who were found in a glacier in the Diablerets mountains, in southern Switzerland. Glacier 3000/AFP

Torture victims can now get psychological, financial aid from gov’t

Jul 20, 2017 - 6:34 PM

The Department of Social Welfare and Development leads 4 other agencies in the provision of services for torture victims

PSYCHOLOGICAL AID. Torture victims may avail of psychological services provided by the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

New photo suggests Amelia Earhart may have ended up in Marshall Islands

Jul 06, 2017 - 10:34 AM

The photo has been buried in the US National Archives for decades

NEW EVIDENCE? The photo recovered from the U.S National Archives shows a woman who could be vanished aviator Amelia Earhart. Photo from History Channel

The week in photos: June 17-23, 2017

Jun 24, 2017 - 7:18 AM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Afghan refugee women wait to scan their eyes at the UNHCR registration center in Peshawar, Pakistan on June 19, 2017 ahead of the World Refugee Day. Photo by Abdul Majeed/AFP

Vatican says Philippine killings 'deeply troubling'

May 09, 2017 - 7:50 PM

The Vatican also voices concern over enforced disappearances as well as human trafficking in the Philippines

Dela Rosa's defense of secret jail cell shows 'ignorance' of law

Apr 29, 2017 - 7:54 PM

Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon says the statement of PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa on the hidden detention cell encourages the climate of impunity that perpetuates wrongful action

 Manila Police Station 1 Commander Robert Domingo talks to the press before Commission on Human Rights finds out the hidden cell behind the bookshelf. Photo by Eloise Lopez

10 years later, search for Jonas Burgos continues

Apr 28, 2017 - 10:00 PM

Protesters decry the promotion of Armed Forces chief General Eduardo Año but he is adamant he never knew Jonas Burgos

MASKED PROTESTERS. Protesters wearing Jonas Burgos masks gather at the gate of Camp Aguinaldo to commemorate the 10th year of his disappearance. Photo by Desaparecidos

Secret cell in police station 'absolutely prohibited' – CHR

Apr 28, 2017 - 10:14 AM

UPDATED Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon reminds the police of their strict obligation to act only in accordance with law

Alvarez: Congress will suspend habeas corpus only if Duterte justifies it

Nov 14, 2016 - 2:28 PM

Kung talaga namang kinakailangan bakit hindi ilulusot? At kung hindi naman kailangan talagang hindi lulusot iyan As I’ve said before hindi naman tayo rubber stamp ng Malacañang says House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez

NOT INFLUENCED BY MALACAÑANG. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez maintains that Congress is 'not a rubber stamp' of the administration. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Suspending habeas corpus to harm PNP, drug war - Lacson

Nov 13, 2016 - 2:35 PM

Malacañang meanwhile says the suspension of the writ is just an idea so far

President Rodrigo Duterte in Kuala Lumpur on November 9, 2016. Ace Morandante/Presidential Photo

Duterte to suspend writ of habeas corpus if 'forced'

Nov 12, 2016 - 6:55 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says the law allows him to do this to protect the Republic of the Philippines

DUTERTE'S WARNING. President Rodrigo Duterte says he can suspend the writ of habeas corpus if lawlessness persists in the country. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Global group of judges, lawyers to Duterte: Probe drug-related killings

Jul 18, 2016 - 10:05 PM

The International Commission of Jurists expresses concern over President Rodrigo Duterte s statements that appear to be encouraging extrajudicial killings of those involved in drugs

Helicopter that crashed in Malaysia registered to PH firm

May 07, 2016 - 8:19 PM

Philippine civil aviation officials confirm that the chopper that crashed in Sarawak on May 5 was registered to GCA Skyline Aviation of Cebu The search for the missing occupants including the Filipino pilot is still ongoing

Missing Malaysia helicopter debris found – PM

May 05, 2016 - 11:53 PM

UPDATED A Filipino pilot is included among the missing people

A slowing China brings growing concerns

Apr 19, 2016 - 10:30 AM

Leaders should recognize that it is a transparently enforced rule of law – not looking the other way on enforced disappearances – that will be essential for business confidence and economic growth in the long run

epa05169711 A Chinese vegetable vendor hands a customers her goods at a market in Beijing, China, 19 February 2016. Chinese producer prices continued to drop in January while consumer prices edged up, according to official figures released 18 February. The producer price index, which measures the cost of goods at wholesale level, dropped 5.3 per cent year-on-year in January for the 47th straight month of decline while consumer price index, which measures retail inflation, grew 1.8 per cent in January from one year earlier, up slightly from December's 1.6-per-cent increase, the National Bureau of Statistics said. EPA/HOW HWEE YOUNG

Abuses persist in PH's 'climate of impunity' – Amnesty Int'l

Feb 27, 2016 - 5:31 PM

The lack of laws and structures to strengthen human rights contribute to the climate of impunity in the Philippines says Amnesty International

IMPUNITY. While they cite examples of laws and structures in the country to protect human rights, Amnesty International reports cases of abuse where perpetrators were not punished. Image courtesy of Alyssa Arizabal

Mexico finds 17 bodies dumped in ravine

Dec 16, 2015 - 1:24 PM

The identities of the victims and even their gender are unknown

Court rejects bail for Jovito Palparan

Dec 14, 2015 - 12:39 PM

Citing strong evidence against him a Malolos court denies the bail petition of retired Major General Jovito Palparan who is running for senator

ON TRIAL. Palparan at a DOJ hearing on 07 July 2011. Photo by Geloy Concepcion

Debris brings MH370 mystery 'closer' than ever to answers

Jul 31, 2015 - 8:49 PM

2nd UPDATE French officials say analysis of the wing part would begin on Wednesday August 5 along with an examination of parts of a suitcase discovered nearby

WRECKAGE. Johnny Begue, a member of a local shore cleaning association, poses with the remains of a luggage found off the coast of La Reunion. Photo by Linfo.re/Antenne Reunion/AFP

Ocean currents may trace origins of MH370 debris

Jul 30, 2015 - 11:08 PM

It should be possible through satellite images to retrace the journey of the debris and zoom in on the site of the Malaysia Airlines crash last March

Aquino's 'silence' on human rights adds 'insult to injury'

Jul 28, 2015 - 2:38 PM

Human rights problems have largely been ignored since President Aquino took office in 2010 says a Human Rights Watch dispatch

President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his 6th and last State of the Nation Address (SONA) during the Joint Session of the 16th Congress at the Session Hall of the House of Representatives Complex in Constitution Hills, Quezon City on Monday (July 27, 2015). (Photo by Gil Nartea / Malacañang Photo Bureau)

Parents of 43 missing Mexican students demand new search

Jul 27, 2015 - 1:30 PM

Lawyer: We demand the relaunching of the search and the reopening of the case which this corrupt government has refused to do

Pictures of missing students are posted on one of the tollbooths across the Chilpancingo-Acapulco highway, which were taken over by teachers and students during a protest on October 15, 2014 in Chilpancingo, Guerrero state, Mexico. Yuri Cortez/AFP

Palace urges co-equal branches to help improve PH HR record

Jun 27, 2015 - 6:06 PM

A United States report says that extrajudicial killngs remain the biggest challenge in the Philippines and while there have been gains concerns about impunity remain

‘WHEEL OF TORTURE.’ This wheel is reportedly used by Biñan, Laguna police to torture its inmates. Photo courtesy of CHR/AFP

In waiting, there is hope: Missing in Maguindanao

May 09, 2015 - 7:00 AM

A young boy and his father go missing while plowing farmlands Advocates fear they are victims of enforced disappearance

Mexico defends probe of 43 missing students

Feb 10, 2015 - 8:11 AM

The Mexican attorney general s office issued a statement rejecting the poorly defended arguments of the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team

SEEKING JUSTICE. Relatives of the 43 Mexican students missing in Ayotzinapa hold pictures during a press conference in Mexico City, Mexico, 09 February 2015. Mario Guzman/EPA

Foreign experts slam Mexico's 43 missing students probe

Feb 08, 2015 - 1:08 PM

Argentine led forensic experts insist the probe must remain open as they list a series of mishaps

In this file photo, forensic experts operate as they search for human remains at a dump site outside Cocula town, Guerrero State, Mexico, 28 October 2014. Rebecca Blackwell/Pool/EPA

Mexico gives evidence to UN over missing students

Feb 03, 2015 - 7:23 AM

Relatives of the victims meet with the committee behind closed doors and call on the Mexican government to continue the investigation into the disappearances

In this file photo, forensic experts operate as they search for human remains at a dump site outside Cocula town, Guerrero State, Mexico, 28 October 2014. Rebecca Blackwell/Pool/EPA

Mexico 'certain' that missing students dead – minister

Jan 28, 2015 - 7:44 AM

The investigation gives us the legal certainty that the student teachers were killed in the circumstances that have been described Justice Minister Jesus Murillo Karam says

In this file photo, forensic experts operate as they search for human remains at a dump site outside Cocula town, Guerrero State, Mexico, 28 October 2014. Rebecca Blackwell/Pool/EPA

Search for Earhart plane on remote Marshalls atoll

Jan 25, 2015 - 4:00 PM

The search for Amelia Earhart s plane continues after almost 80 years since the mysterious disappearance of the world s first woman to fly across the Atlantic solo

AMELIA EARHART. Earhart was a first woman to fly across the Atlantic solo. She disappeared in 1937 with navigator Fred Noonan when attempting to circumnavigate the world in a twin-engine Lockheed Electra aircraft. Photo courtesy of Underwood & Underwood

Parents of missing Mexico students want military probe

Jan 14, 2015 - 12:51 PM

Parents of dozens of missing students call on Mexican authorities to investigate the military while prosecutors say no soldiers were involved in the case that has shocked the nation

GONE BOYS. Pictures of missing students are posted on one of the tollbooths across the Chilpancingo-Acapulco highway, which were taken over by teachers and students during a protest on October 15, 2014 in Chilpancingo, Guerrero state, Mexico. Yuri Cortez/AFP

Ex-mayor's wife ordered held for organized crime in Mexico missing case

Jan 06, 2015 - 9:33 AM

The wife of the ex mayor of Iguala the Mexican city where 43 college students went missing in September is ordered jailed indefinitely for organized crime

In this file photo, parents and relatives of the 43 students that disappeared 26 December 2014 protest for the last time in the year 2014 asking for justice in Mexico City, Mexico, late 31 December 2014. Sashenka Gutierez/EPA

Families of 43 missing Mexicans promise protests over holidays

Dec 22, 2014 - 3:29 PM

There is no vacation no Christmas or New Years these days are for struggling

GONE BOYS. Pictures of missing students are posted on one of the tollbooths across the Chilpancingo-Acapulco highway, which were taken over by teachers and students during a protest on October 15, 2014 in Chilpancingo, Guerrero state, Mexico. Yuri Cortez/AFP

Family demands justice after Mexican student's body identified

Dec 08, 2014 - 8:00 AM

If all 43 students are confirmed dead it would rank among the worst mass murders in a drug war that has killed more than 80 000 people and left 22 000 others missing since 2006

SEARCH CONTINUES. In this file photo, forensic experts operate as they search for human remains at a dump site outside Cocula town, Guerrero State, Mexico, 28 October 2014. Rebecca Blackwell/Pool/EPA

One of 43 missing Mexican students identified

Dec 07, 2014 - 7:13 AM

UPDATED The 43 students disappeared in September after gang linked police attacked their buses in the city of Iguala allegedly under orders from the mayor and his wife

Mexican police officers and members of the civil protection remain in the site where a mass grave was found in Pueblo Viejo, in the outskirts of Iguala, Guerrero state, Mexico, on October 5, 2014. Pedro Pardo/AFP

Mexicans occupy prosecutor's office in missing students' case

Nov 25, 2014 - 7:07 AM

Some 300 people some wearing masks enter the Guerrero state building in the regional capital Chilpancingo prompting nearly all staff to leave

Mexico's president condemns violence at protests over missing students

Nov 16, 2014 - 2:51 PM

Enrique Peña Nieto also defends himself against suggestions he should not have traveled abroad amid the fury and shock over the case

OUT OF TOWN. A handout photo released by G20 Australia shows Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto (L) and First Lady Angelica Rivera Hurtado arrive at the G20 Terminal of the airport in Brisbane, Australia, 14 November 2014. Patrick Hamilton/EPA

Protesters burn state congress over Mexico 'massacre'

Nov 13, 2014 - 10:20 AM

Some 500 masked students and radical teachers break into the empty Guerrero state legislature igniting fires in the library and the chamber where local lawmakers hold sessions

View of the main hall of the state congress set on fire by protesters in Chilpancingo, Guerrero State, Mexico on November 12, 2014. Pedro Pardo/AFP

Fury over Mexico student 'massacre' boils over

Nov 12, 2014 - 10:22 AM

Violent protests have erupted in Mexico since authorities said Friday November 7 that gang hitmen confessed to murdering the students and incinerating their bodies

A teacher throws a stone towards policemen during clashes between teachers and the state Police after the teachers burned the headquarters of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) in Chilpancingo, Guerrero, Mexico, 11 November 2014. Jose Luis de la Cruz/EPA

Parents of 43 Mexican students reject massacre claims

Nov 10, 2014 - 9:45 AM

What we heard hurt us a lot: That our sons were dissolved that they burned them and finally dumped them But all we want is proof not words

Students of several Mexican universities and a group of the Normal Rural of Ayotzinapa participate in a protest in front of the Mexican General Attorney headquarters demanding for information about 43 missing students, in Mexico City, Mexico, 15 October 2014. Sashenka Gutierrez/EPA