MANILA, Philippines – Days after launching a national campaign on the right to adequate food, leaders of the newly-formed National Food Coalition (NFC) pitch five essential elements or components of a framework for a national program to achieve the country’s goal of rice self-sufficiency.
NFC conveners wrote a letter to Pres. Benigno S. Aquino III and made the pitch, which is “based upon our long experience in the countryside and the urban areas to ensure food on our tables and also backed up by close study and research.”
For the last two weeks, I’ve had sleepless nights. It was two weeks ago that I saw a front-page newspaper photo of the book launch of Senator Juan Ponce Enrile’s memoir. The picture showed President Aquino shaking hands with Senator Enrile, while Imelda Marcos looked on. A chill went down my spine. Just a couple of days before, I sat at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani memorial listening to President Aquino addressing the families of the Martial Law dead.
Geneva 15 – 16 October 2012. The United Nations Human Rights Committee concluded the examination of the fourth periodic report of the Philippines on the implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). This review took place on 15 and 16 October 2012 in Geneva and was attended by a dozen Civil Society Organisations (CSO) from the Philippines that submitted several reports.
The Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates salutes with joy and gratitude the members, staff and Board of Trustees of the Medical Action Group as it conducts its 20th General Assembly and celebrates its 30th Anniversary. PAHRA heartily congratulates each and everyone who contributed, great and small, for developing and carrying through what MAG is up to this Anniversary.