June 4-5, 2015, Lohas Hotel, Clark , Pampanga
The Pampanga Monitoring Mechanism (PMM) conducted a 2-day consultation to determine the priority cases of extra judicial killings, enforced disappearance and torture that will be jointly worked on and monitored by the mechanism.
Two cases for each violation were selected by the PMM’s Investigation and Prosecution Committee and follow-up case consultations will be pursued on June 25-26 to thoroughly discuss and build-up cases for further investigation, case filing and court monitoring . The PMM is composed of the Commission on Human Rights- Reg.3, concerned government agencies including the PNP-Pampanga and Office of the Provincial Prosecutors and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs).
Workshop groupings of other Committees of the PMM such as on Promotions and Advocacy, Capabiity Building and Support and Rehabilitation also reported on detailed activities for the PMM.
The PMM is localization of the National Monitoring Mechanism started in 2012 convened by the CHR and complementing the Inter-Agency Committee on EJK, Enforced Disappearance and Torture and other gross human rights violations created under Administrative Order 35 in October 2012.
The PMM co-convened by the CHR-Reg. 3 and PAHRA is supported by the European-Philippine Justice Support Program(EP-JUST 2).
31 May 2015
Mr. Al Pedorche
Pilipino Star Ngayon
Dear Sir Al;
Magandang araw po sa inyo.
Naglakas loob po ako na sumulat sa inyo at iparating sa inyong lathalain ang korupsyon na nangyayari sa aming ahensya.
Ako po ay isang miyembro at opisyal ng Kawanihan ng Piitan at Penolohiya (BJMP) na nakatalaga sa Panglunsod na Piitan ng Valenzuela- Male Dormitory sa National Capital Region mula pa po noong Mar 2014.
Prior to my assignment sa Valenzuela City Jail ako po ay nagging Deputy Warden concurrent Chief, Admin, IWD and CRS ng Malabon City Jail-Male Dormitory mula August 2012 hanggang March 2014. Mula 2006 hanggang 2012 naging Warden din po ako ng Olongapo District Female Jail sa Olngapo City, Sta Maria Mpl Jail, Malolos City Jail at Meycauayan City Jail sa lalawigan ng Bulakan. Maliban sa pagiging Warden nagging Chief, Plans and Program, CRS din po ako ng BJMP Region 3, at Chief, Logistics ng BJMP Region 4B.
Dalawamput isang taon, dalwang buwan at dalwamput apat na araw na akong nagseserbisyo sa aming ahensya. Sa huling pagwarden kop o sa Meycauayan City Jail na kulang kulang sa dalwang taon madami po ako innovations at accomplishment na nagawa na nakaincorporate sa accomplishment report na sinusumite sa BJMP National Headquarters ng BJMP Region 3 sa pamamagitan ng Quarterly Program, Review Analysis. Dahil sa kahgustuhan kong makakulekta ng souvenir photos at accomplishment ko binitbit ko po ang nasabing kopya ng mga Reports na nakapatong lamng sa mga lamesa sa Regional Office ng BJMP R3.BJMP Corruption LTE J/Ins Bautista
27 May 2015
President Benigno S. Aquino III
Presidential Communications Operations Office
Dear Mr. President,
Re: Civil Society’s Concerns on Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines (CHRP) Must Be Adequately Addressed
The Asian NGO Network on National Human Rights Institutions (ANNI) writes to you to convey several deep-seated concerns ahead of the appointment of the 5th Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines (CHRP).
Firstly, the ANNI is alarmed at the legitimacy crisis that has plagued the CHRP over the last two years (2013-2015), which has negatively impacted the public standing and confidence in the institution as well as demoralized the staff members of the CHRP.
According to credible monitoring reports received from Philippine human rights organizations, the “crisis” most recently culminated in hasty appointment of Executive Director Atty. Marc Titus B. Cebreros, which was in clear violation of established rules of procedures pertaining to hiring/promotion, including the CHRP’s own pertinent processes. This follows the dismissal of Commissioner Cecilia Rachel V. Quisumbing after being found guilty of administrative charges in 2014, and on-going investigations by the Ombudsman into alleged misconduct of another Commissioner.ANNI letter re CHR.
The 2nd Trainors' Training on Human Rights was conducted for CSOs, CHR, AFP and PNP from Regions 2, 4 and 5 ws conducted last My 11-15, 2015 in Antipolo City.
TRAINING OF TRAINORS ON HUMAN RIGHTS
The Alternative Law Groups (ALG), is one of the implementing partners (and the coordinator) of the project, Community-Based Dialogue Sessions on Human Rights Between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police, and Civil Society Organizations and Local Communities. The project, which was launched in October 2008, is a partnership among the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines (CHR), the Ninoy and Cory Aquino Foundation (NCAF), the Philippine National Police (through the Human Rights Affairs Office), the Armed Forces of the Philippines (through the Human Rights Office), the Alternative Law Groups (ALG), and the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA). The project is supported by the Hanns Seidel Foundation of Germany.
The project involves the conduct of a series of dialogue sessions in different areas nationwide. It focuses on the over-all goal of contributing to the improvement of the Human Rights situation in the Philippines primarily through the enhancement of the relationship between the AFP and PNP, on one hand, and local communities and civil society organizations, on the other hand, in the common effort to promote and protect human rights. By the end of 2011, after three years of implementation, the project had covered all administrative regions in the country through the conduct of regional-level dialogue sessions. TOT on HR
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
April 25, 2015
The arising of more than 100 personnel to register their strong protest against an appointment to the institution’s adjudged as done in “indecent haste” augers well for a renewal of good governance in our Commission on Human Rights (CHR). It is indeed a welcome refreshing wind of unprecedented change to demand from the CHR Commissioners its rights-based obligations as duty bearers in governance, i.e., participation, transparency and accountability. It vindicates quiet deep sensitivity for fairness of the many hard-working and faithful personnel in the CHR.
The first-of-its-kind petition forged and signed by CHR Directors, Officers-in-Charge (OICs) and rank-and-file employees from the national and regional offices disputes the eligibility and procedures assented to and conducted by Chairperson Etta Rosales, Commissioners Ma.Victoria Cardona and Norberto dela Cruz to appoint Atty. Marc Titus B. Cebreros as CHR Executive Director (ED). Commissioner Jose Manuel Mamauag dissented and preferred to leave the appointing of the ED, out of delicadeza, to the next Commission. The petition has been submitted to the currently sitting en banc Commission.
The Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) strongly decry this “midnight” appointment last April 13, 2015 while the Commission term ends on May 5, 2015. It deliberately sets aside the rules of promotion stated in the provisions of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) and in the CHR’s own all-personnel-approved Merit Selection Plan (MSP). After studying judiciously the data and documents related to the said appointment, PAHRA stands in solidarity with the findings and protest petition of the CHR personnel.LTE on CHR Personnel Arising.