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2012-08-05 "Solons want bullying of poor, oppressed people criminalized" by Charlie V. Manalo from "The Daily Tribune"
Bullying marginalized, oppressed and powerless (MOP) people may soon be declared as a criminal act punishable with imprisonment and a fine.
AKO Bicol party-list Reps. Christopher Co, Rodel Batocabe and Alfredo Garbin Jr. filed House Bill 6386 seeking to stop such offensive and discriminatory acts against children, women and indigenous people.
“This bill will strengthen the constitutional provision that the State values the dignity of every human person and guarantees full respect for human rights,” Co said.
Co added the people who belong to the MOPs like children, women, religious minorities, the indigenous peoples, among others, are still subject of the physical and verbal abuses of those “who are close-minded and discriminatory against them.”
“No one has yet been prosecuted for these constitutionally offensive acts,” Co said.
Under the bill, violators face a jail term of 30 days to six months and a fine of not more than P100,000.
MOP-bullying shall refer to any severe or repeated use by one or more persons of a written, verbal or electronic expression, or a physical act or gesture, or any combination thereof, directed at another person because of his race, ethnic origin, religion, or religious affiliation or beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity, social status, age, looks, or political beliefs.
The bill provides that when the offender is a corporation or association, the officer or employee responsible for the violation shall suffer the penalty imposed in its maximum period.
Also, the maximum penalty is imposed when the perpetrator is an ascendant, parent, guardian, stepparent or collateral relative within the second degree of consanguinity or affinity of the victim, or is the manager or owner of an establishment which has no license to operate or whose license has expired or has been previously revoked.
The Commission on Human Rights, in coordination with concerned agencies and organizations, shall have the duty to prevent or deter the commission of acts of MOP-bullying and to provide the procedures for the resolution, settlement or prosecution of acts that violate the provisions of the proposed statute.
The bill also provides for administrative proceedings and sanctions for violations committed by public officers. The measure also provides for reparation for victims, including restitution, compensation and rehabilitation.
2012-08-05 "Philippine school bans Muslim hijab" from "AFP" newswire:
A Catholic-run school in the southern Philippines has caused controversy by banning Muslim students from wearing the hijab headscarf.
Mehol Sadain, who heads the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos, said Sunday he had written to Pilar College in the mixed Muslim-Christian port city of Zamboanga to demand it reverse its policy.
While the school was right to claim it could exercise academic freedom, Sadain said it should do so with "justice and fair play".
"Pilar College should realise that while educational institutions can formulate their own policies, the same should not run counter to existing laws and state policies," Sadain said.
The complaint has reached the local city council, which asked the school to reply to the allegations.
The school is believed to be the first in the Philippines to enforce an outright ban on wearing the hijab.
Sadain noted that an education department policy states that Muslim girls should be allowed to wear their head coverings in school and be exempted from non-Muslim religious rites.
But the school, run by the Congregation of the Religious of the Virgin Mary, said in its letter to the council that it could not "deviate" from its Catholic leanings.
It said students from other religions were welcome to enrol but must strictly follow its non-hijab policy.
"Rules and regulations are explained to them, particularly the non-wearing of the hijab or veil," the school said.
"This is part of academic freedom in connection with which the school has the right to choose whom to teach," it said.
It was not clear what percentage of students were Muslim but it is fairly common that children from different denominations or religions mix at school in the mainly Catholic but largely tolerant Philippines.
Education department officials in Manila were not available for comment Sunday.
More than 80 percent of the Philippines' nearly 100 million population are Catholic, while Muslims form a large minority in the south of the country.
2012-08-07 "Rebels with chainsaws attack 11 Maguindanao towns; 3 dead" by Mario J. Mallari, Fernan J. Angeles from "Daily Tribune", with information from "AFP" newswire, [http://tribune.net.ph/index.php/headlines/item/2606-rebels-with-chainsaws-attack-11-maguindanao-towns-3-dead]:
Members of a breakaway faction of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), led by Ameril Umbra Kato, used chainsaws to launch simultaneous attacks across 11 towns in Maguindanao province yesterday, leaving at least three dead, officials said.
A civilian died in a crossfire, while the Army said the bodies of two Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) had been recovered hours after the attacks, police and the military said.
The rebels used chainsaws to bring down electricity pylons before dawn, plunging several towns into darkness, and then opened fire on Army detachments, they added.
“Sporadic heavy fighting continued in the morning, but we have set up roadblocks while the military went after the rebels,” Maguindanao police director Senior Supt. Marcelo Pintac said.
He added that as well as cutting off electricity, the rebels were also believed to have planted improvised bombs along Cotabato-Tacurong Highway that runs through the strife-torn province of Maguindanao, where the fighting erupted.
Col. Mayoralgo de la Cruz, 1st Mechanized Brigade commander, for his part, said the attacks started around 11:30 p.m. that sparked sporadic clashes between the government troops and the BIFF fighters.
As of press time, De la Cruz said government forces were still combing the highway to clear it from the BIFF.
“They (BIFF) really planned to challenge us…it (fighting) is still continuing,” he added.
De la Cruz is not discounting the possibility that the attacks were meant to derail the ongoing peace negotiations between the government and the MILF. “Maybe they (BIFF) want attention,” he said.
Maguindanao Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu said “hundreds” of villagers were believed to have fled their homes as government forces repelled the rebels with helicopter gunships.
“They sabotaged power lines and attacked 11 towns. We are now largely in control except for a section of the highway that remains closed,” he added.
“We are trying to reach out to them so we can have a truce, but in the meantime, commuters are advised to stay put and avoid traveling to the area.”
The government’s chief presidential adviser on the peace process, Teresita Deles, said the attack was apparently meant to derail negotiations with the larger, more mainstream MILF, which has dropped its bid for full independence and is negotiating for an autonomous region.
The government has said it hopes to sign a peace deal with the MILF by the end of the year, but has asked the MILF leadership to help contain Umbra Kato’s forces. BIFF opposes peace talks with the government.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) leadership maintained that the attacks will not affect the ongoing peace negotiations between the MILF and the government.
AFP spokesman Col. Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos Jr. said: “ “It is our hope that the incident will subside and further armed skirmishes be prevented for the betterment of the people of Maguindanao and the whole country,” he added.
Abu Misri, a spokesman for Umbra Kato, however, told Agence France Presse by phone that the attack was launched to avenge the alleged unprovoked killing of a BIFF member by troops in June.