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Aquino is accountable for failure of justice in Ampatuan massacre case, lawyers group says

The Union of Peoples’ Lawyers in Mindanao (UPLM) today criticized President Benigno Aquino III for “dismally failing in his electoral campaign promise of giving justice to the Ampatuan massacre victims.”

The statement was in response to the reported amicable settlement for P50 million pesos between representatives of the victims’ families and an emissary of the Ampatuan clan, whose members have been tagged as the masterminds of the gruesome carnage in Ampatuan town, Maguindanao  on November 23, 2009.

“President Aquino owes his presidency to a sacred promise of curbing impunity by, among others,  seeing through the successful prosecution of the accused Ampatuan patriarch and scions,” lawyer Emiliano Deleverio, UPLM chairperson said.

“He owes a debt of justice to the Maguindanao massacre victims,” Deleverio added.

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Mindanao peace group calls on public to be vigilant, critical on ‘mystery bombings’ and scare

The Initiatives for Peace in Mindanao condemns the series of mysterious bombings and bomb threats in certain parts of the country particularly in Mindanao cities and towns.

Bombings targeted at civilian populations in urban centers have largely been anonymous. This is in contrast to military-targeted bombings like command-detonated explosives which are usually officially claimed by armed revolutionary movements.

These ‘mystery bombings’ have gone unsolved through the years and the state’s inability to pinpoint culprits and bring them to justice has contributed to the state of impunity against human rights in the country. We note that the state has failed to get to the roots of the bombings on the San Pedro Cathedral, the Davao airport and wharf bombings, and now the Cagayan de Oro-Limketkai, Cotabato City, and North Cotabato bombings.

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No to US Drone Warfare in Mindanao and Elsewhere! US Troops Out Now!

We welcome the pronouncement of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte of not allowing Davao City to be used as a launching pad for US military unmanned aerial vehicles or drones nor for the basing of so-called ‘permanently rotational’ military troops.

UAVs, commonly called drones, are the latest military equipment-robots boasted by the US for giving it superior advantage in warfare over its enemies. This has given rise to ‘drone warfare’ as a US component in its ‘war on terror.’ Read more...

 

Veranza Mall’s stores unveiled June 29th

I finally got an invitation to the opening and blessing of Veranza Mall, KCC Property Holdings, Inc. a much-vaunted GREEN MALL, the first of its kind in Southern Mindanao. From what I gathered, Veranza Mall is set to be open to the public at 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 29, 2013, immediately after a mass [...]
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