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Raps filed vs Sagay massacre survivor’s father, police

The mother of the 14-year old survivor of Sagay Massacre last October filed charges against her ex-husband and police officers of Sagay Philippine National Police before the National Prosecution Services of the Department of Justice (DOJ) in Manila, December 4.

In her complaint affidavit, Flor, mother of survivor “Lester” filed psychological violence charges in violation of Section 5 of Republic Act 9262 or the Violence Against Women and Children Act against Vic Pedaso.

Atty. Katherine Panguban, Flor’s lawyer said that her client experienced continuous harassment from Pedaso and wanted to get the custody of their child.

Flor also filed charges versus Sagay City police Chief Insp. Robert Mansueto, SPO1 Julie Ann Diaz, and PO Christine Magpusaw for violating the RA 6710 or the Child abuse Law and violation of the Supreme Court rules on the handling of child witnesses.

Panguban explained that Lester was forcibly taken and interrogated by the police after the massacre when no one is allowed to talk to a child witness unless accompanied by someone he trusts.

The police also wanted Lester to be the primary witness against his fellow survivors.

Atty. Josalee Deinla, spokesperson of the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyer hopes that the prosecution will transmit the case to the Court.

Atty. Deinla also said that last November 27 the Sagay Prosecutions Office filed kidnapping and serious illegal detention charges against her client Atty. Panguban but have yet to receive a copy of the compalint. (Video and report by Joseph Cuevas/ Kodao)

Children’s group Salinlahi celebrates 32nd anniversary

Aktibong pagtalakay sa mga isyu kaugnay sa karapatan ng kabataan ang naging kaganapan sa ika-32 anibersaryong programa ng Salinlahi Alliance for Children’s Concerns.

Nagsama sama ang iba’t ibang sektor upang pangunahan ang usapin ukol sa kabataan na nararapat pagtuunan ng pansin ng kasalukuyang pamahalaan.

Kasama rin sa programa ang pangkulturang pagtatanghal ng ilang kabataan upang isulong ang panawagan sa pagsulong ng kanilang karapatan lalo na sa panahong ito na laganap ang pang aabuso.

Ipinakita sa kabuuan ng programa ang boses hindi lamang ng mga grupong lumalaban kundi pati ng mga mismong kabataan.

Gabriela leads International Women’s Day celebrations in Manila

Women’s group Gabriela led the celebrations of International Women’s Day in Manila last March 8.

The group called for the release of women political detainees, including genuine agrarian reform, jobs, social justice, social services, children’s rights, defense of the environment, self determination for indigenous peoples and just peace, among other demands. (Video by Divine C. Miranda) Read more