Archive for the ‘Human Rights’ Category

By Davinci S. Maru HUNDREDS of mourners marched on Wednesday afternoon from Manila’s Sampaloc district to Mendiola in Malacañang to bid goodbye to loved one. The bereaved, clad in traditional black shirts, walked in paces behind a simple brown...

By Titon Mitra Country Director in the Philippines United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) THERE IS AN ENDURING ADAGE that "the whole is only the sum of its parts". Recent Press and commentary on the statement of Professor (Chaloka) Beyani,...

UNDERNOURISHED children, overnourished adults -- that is “the double burden of malnutrition” that afflicts the Philippines. A paradox, indeed, in a highly agricultural economy, which should be producing food in abundance. To this day, however, many...

THE WORLD’S POPULATION is projected to reach 8.5 billion by 2030, 9.7 billion by 2050, and exceed 11 billion in 2100, according to a new United Nations report. The report, 2015 Revision of World Population Prospects, the 24th round of official UN...

FIVE YEARS AGO as president-elect, Benigno S. Aquino III promised to endorse, support, and push the passage of the Freedom of Information Act. Five years hence as President, he has spurned his promise. For over two hours, he delivered his...

“ANG IPINANGAKO ko talaga is, during the 16th Congress. Bitayin ninyo ako kung matapos ito at hindi pa nakakapasa.” [What I have promised was, during the 16th Congress (it will pass). When it ends and this does no pass, you can hang me."] Thus...

COURTING THE IRE of presidents and prime ministers might be par for the course for journalists when they ask sharp, testy questions. Sometimes, too, instead of responding to the questions, the former sometimes fire back at the latter with verbal assault....