Mexico -- On 8-11 November 2010 the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) will meet for the fourth time, in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, following meetings in Brussels, Belgium (2007), Manila, Philippines (2008) and Athens, Greece (2009).
The GFMD is an inter-governmental consultative process open to all UN Member States. The process is state-led, voluntary, non-binding and informal. The GFMD is the only inter-governmental forum that exists at the international level to discuss migration policies and practices.
PAHRA supports the position of DLSU-College of Law on the issue
Our job as legal educators is to shape lawyers, not fixers. That is why we take plagiarism and other forms of cheating very seriously. We do not want intellectually dishonest lawyers because we know how easily they can succumb to graver forms of corruption. But all our efforts will be in vain if the highest court tolerates the practice.
International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)
Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocate (PAHRA)
Paris-Bangkok, 29 October, 2010 - The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and its member organization, the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocate (PAHRA), have been closely monitoring the progress of a crucial case on the enforced disappearance of six contractual workers of the Paper Industries Corporation of the Philippines (PICOP) in October 2000. More than a decade later, a pre-trial hearing was scheduled today but was postponed due to an official function called by the regional prosecutor’s office. A key former soldier witness, former Sgt.Esequias Duyogan, was due to testify against soldiers from his military unit that he identified in2007 as the main perpetrators in the kidnapping and killing of the six workers in Trento, Agusandel Sur province.
On October 14, 2000, six friends, Romualdo Orcullo, Jovencio Legare, Arnold Dangquiasan, Joseph Belar, Diosdado Oliver, and Artemio Ayala, were at a barangay fiesta – a village street party – when Army Cpl. Rodrigo Billones of the 62nd Infantry Battalion arrested them as suspected members of the New People’s Army (NPA) and took them to the nearby military camp. The six men were contractual workers of the Paper Industry Corporation of the Philippines (PICOP). Their families have not seen them since.
(New York, October 28, 2010) – The Aquino administration should act on its pledges of justice and human rights by taking all necessary measures to protect a whistle-blowing soldier and the families of the victims, Human Rights Watch said today. Former Sgt. Esequias Duyogan is scheduled to testify in a pretrial hearing on October 29, 2010, implicating soldiers in the 2000 murder of six young men in Trento, Agusan del Sur province, on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao.