MANILA – Former senator Antonio Trillanes IV answered on Sunday allegations of unpaid billing and ties to Peter Joemel “Bikoy” Advincula lodged against him by the lawyer who filed a communication with the International Criminal Court against President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In an open letter due to be published Monday, an advance copy of which was furnished to select media, Trillanes denied any involvement with Advincula and clarified he never had any lawyer-client relationship with lawyer Jude Sabio. He, nevertheless, struck a reconciliatory tone with the once-trusted ally. Sabio had earlier expressed willingness to testify against Trillanes in the sedition complaint the former senator is facing. He is one of 3 witnesses the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) wanted to introduce in the sedition probe, but which the Department of Justice (DOJ) panel of … [Read more...] about Trillanes answers Sabio’s allegations in open letter
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A total of 186 children were among over 330 dead after security forces stormed the school in Beslan BESLAN (RUSSIA) - Relatives of victims of the Beslan massacre on Sunday said they were still waiting for answers, 15 years after the tragedy that left over 330 dead including 186 children.Sunday marks the anniversary of the school siege in the town of Beslan in the Russian Caucasus when Chechen militants stormed the school, herding over 1,100 people into a gymnasium and rigging the building with explosives.Security forces stormed the building three days later following fruitless negotiations resulting in mass casualties. The European Court of Human Rights ruled in 2017 that Russia's handling of the siege had "serious failings" in terms of its failure to prevent the attack and its use of excessive lethal force and called on Moscow to take measures to establish the truth."Unfortunately, not a single point from the decision of the European court is being followed, and this is … [Read more...] about 15 years on, relatives of Beslan massacre victims demand answers
Three years ago, Maida de los Santos (not her real name) got the shock of her life. The hog-raiser was told she could no longer afford to get feeds on credit. This was because her debt had already ballooned to more than a million pesos, a huge sum for someone trying to keep body and soul together in Majayjay, a small town in Laguna three hours away from Manila. All that debt was from unpaid hog feeds alone, according to her supplier, who, curiously enough, got her started in the business in the first place. The offer from the supplier – and de los Santos’s future debtor – of a possible income source had come at a time when de los Santos was wracking her brains for ways to make money so she could send her children to school in Manila. With nothing more than an empty backyard and a can-do attitude, she agreed to raise piglets for her supplier, who guaranteed to buy them once they were fully grown. “It’s just like paying a … [Read more...] about Pa-iwi system spreads
Press freedom — Buhay pa ba yan? Like a bereaved family refusing to accept the reality of a member having died, we the so-called Fourth Estate gathered ourselves and our thoughts last Friday under a bold headline declaring that freedom of the press is an inalienable right, is crucial to democracy, and must flourish. The occasion on May 3 was World Press Freedom Day as proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in December 1993. That day, we the surviving members paused to remember and honor our colleagues who have been “killed in action,” and proceeded to chronicle the ongoing attacks of the present regime on that fundamental freedom enshrined in the Constitution. Many of us have been provoked by the blast of a top official asking his minions: “Buhay pa ba yan?” (Why is he/she still alive?) It is a dire hint of what might happen to the target, knowing that in the uniformed service, a superior’s mere … [Read more...] about Press freedom — Buhay pa ba yan?
GEORGE TOWN: The sole PAS assemblyman in Penang has called on the state government to formulate a new legislation to prevent the spread of non-Muslim religions to Muslims. Mohd Yusni Mat Piah (pix) (PAS-Penaga) said the proposed enactment is necessary as there were several such incidents at a school in Bukit Mertajam when Muslims were the target of distribution of biblical leaflets, at a park in Penaga and early this year, there was the issue involving the developer of a residence in Jelutong which displayed lighting in the form of a cross at night. According to him, Article 3 of the Federal Constitution provides for Islam as the religion of the Federation but other religions may be practised in peace and harmony. “I want to propose to the state government to create an enactment in line with Article 11 (4) of the Federal Constitution which empowers the state government or federal government to formulate laws to control and curb non-Muslim religions from spreading their teachings … [Read more...] about Prevent preaching of non-Muslim religions to Muslims, says Penang PAS assemblyman