Int’l pressure leads to decline in killings--Karapatan

MANILA, Philippines -- There has been a huge drop in extrajudicial killings this year but a militant human rights group says this is because of international pressure and the continued clamor for justice by people.

In its yearend report presented to media Monday, Karapatan (Alliance for the Advance of People’s Rights) said there had been 68 extrajudicial killings this year compared to last year’s 209.

This year’s killings brought the total of lives lost, mostly of leftist activists, to 887 since President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo came to power in 2001, Karapatan said.

Alston report: AFP behind killings

MANILA, Philippines--“STRIKINGLY UNCONVINCING” IS HOW A United Nations special rapporteur has dismissed the claim of Philippine authorities that the extrajudicial killings of leftist activists were a result of internal purges in the communist ranks.

Philip Alston, an Australian academic assigned by the UN Human Rights Council to look into the executions that have drawn international outrage, said in his final report released on Monday that the Armed Forces of the Philippines had killed leftist activists as part of a campaign against communist insurgents.

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By Patricia Evangelista
REBEL WITHOUT A CLUE, Inquirer
Last updated 01:32am (Mla time) 11/18/2007

Writ of Amparo gives hope to search for justice

MANILA, Philippines -- After urban poor leader Lourdes Rubrico was abducted, detained and forced to agree to become a military asset, she lost her belief in the rule of law.

But when she got from the Supreme Court yesterday a response to her plea for a writ of amparo, Rubrico said there was still hope in the country’s justice system.

“I am grateful to the Supreme Court for responding to my problem. There is still good laws in our country,” Rubrico, who chairs the Ugnayan ng Maralita para sa Gawa at Adhikain Federation, said in a phone interview.

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PALACE REPLIES TO US SOLON

MANILA, Philippines -- Reacting swiftly to a letter form a US congresswoman asking President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to stop extrajudicial killings, Malaca

Bishop warns: Anti-terror law may be used to silence critics

Posted date: July 04, 2007

MANILA, Philippines -- The anti-terror law, when applied to critics of the government, the opposition and dissidents, would lead to greater conflict in Philippine society, a Roman Catholic prelate warned on Wednesday.

"I think the anti-terror law will lead to greater tumult, especially when it is used to deal with those who do not agree with government's thinking," Caloocan Bishop Deogracias Yniguez said in an interview over the Catholic-owned Radio Veritas.

UN: Counter-insurgency strategy explains extrajudicial killings in Philippines

MANILA, Oct. 14 (Xinhua) -- A United Nations official has blamed the Philippine government's counter-insurgency strategy against leftist rebels as the reason for a large number of extrajudicial killings to have taken place in the country, according to a UN report published here on Sunday.

Philip Alston, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial killings in the Philippines, recently submitted a 21-page interim report to the 62nd UN General Assembly, which is entitled "Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions".