“I Will Not Interfere”

“Kayo lang po ang pag-asa ko (You are my only hope),” an emotional Mary Jane Veloso pleads to newly elected President Rodrigo Duterte. Under the Noynoy Aquino administration, Veloso received a temporary reprieve from execution last April 29, 2015 — the only one to be spared among drug convicts that included leaders of the Bali Nine, an infamous group…

The Ill-Gotten Health of the Philippines

President Noynoy Aquino left office and slapped nurses on his way out. He vetoed the Comprehensive Nursing Bill which would have provided for the raise in salary for entry level nurses working in both public and private sector, the appropriation of nurse to patient ratio, protection of nurses against illegal labor practices, unfair compensation and false…

What’s Next for Mary Jane Veloso?

Editor’s Note: We will continuously provide updates about the case of Mary Jane Veloso so that even though she fades away from the limelight of mainstream media, her quiet fight for justice will continue. She has been spared from execution. But she is still behind bars, far away from her family. The death sentence will still…

The PNP’s Chance at Redemption by Howie Severino

At no other time in recent memory has any group of policemen elicited as much public sympathy as the Fallen 44 SAF Commandos. In the midst of the horrific nightmare that triggered this outpouring of emotion is an opportunity. At any other time, many of us would regard the police as the least heroic, most…

Desaparecidos: The Effects of Their Mysterious Abductions

Desaparecidos are people who vanished without a trace and against their will. The term has roots in Latin America to describe a person who has been secretly imprisoned or killed during a government’s program of political suppression. These abductions happen in the Philippines too. The Philippine Constitution guarantees protection against enforced disappearances. Any arrest or detention needs…