Aquino’s silence on rights violations vs women hit

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III seemed to have deaf ears on calls to end killings and other rights violations against women human rights defenders, a group said Sunday.

Cristina Palabay, spokesperson of Tanggol Bayi, cited Aquino’s silence on the massacre of pregnant Juvy Capion, an anti-mining activist, and her two children in Tampakan, South Cotabato, which is an issue raised by several local and international groups. Read more

Palace sees signing of Kasambahay bill next week

MALACANANG is optimistic that the Kasambahay bill will be signed into law by President Benigno Aquino III next week.

“Hopefully, that will happen at that time. Because as we remember, Kasambahay Bill was mentioned by the President in his Sona (State of the Nation Address) and it is included in the priority measures given to both houses during the Ledac (Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council),” deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said. Read more