Beyond Reforms: Overhauling the Judiciary

Letter to the Editor
20 April, 2018

Like other basic necessities under the current dispensation, justice is escaping the reach of victims of state abuses.

It is not just that access to the courts remains expensively prohibitive. It is more because of the diminution of the tattered integrity of the reactionary justice system to mere tokenism woven to fit the elitist caprices of whoever gets hold of the reins of power.

The current intramural within the halls of the so-called court of last resort demonstrate this fact. The infighting between magistrates of factions of the ruling class reveals the sickening depths of horse-trading and political accommodation that have infected to the core this primary “pillar of justice.” Continue reading

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Congressional Inquiry on Human Rights

Statement on the On-site Hearing of the Committee on Human Rights of the House of Representatives 11 October, 2012, Provincial Capitol, Cebu City

Just as the commemoration of the 40th year of declaration of Martial Law was winding down, the people of Central Visayas were slapped with the resounding reality that all is not well in this benighted parts of the land. Continue reading

Congress probes Rights abuses in Visayas

The premier human rights alliance KARAPATAN-Central Visayas welcomes the congressional inquiry set to be held this week in Cebu City to investigate cases of human rights violations committed in major provinces of the Visayas. Continue reading