Maguindanao Massacre Verdict Shows Working PH Justice System

Maguindanao Massacre Verdict Shows Working PH Justice System

Spotlight

Phoenix Introduces New FamilyMart Retail Format Through Cebu Stores

FamilyMart opens three new compact stores in Cebu, offering a unique customer experience in response to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Globe Introduces Mobile Health Solution With GoHealth

For just P20, you can now enjoy up to P,1000 health insurance from Pacific Cross!

SM Wins 15 Awards From HK’s CG Asia Magazine

SM Investments Corporation continues to be recognized abroad as it recently bagged 15 awards in the 10th Asian Excellence Awards 2020 of Hong Kong magazine Corporate Governance Asia.

GSIS Offers Computer Loan For Members

GSIS, ilulunsad ang Computer Loan Program upang matulungan ang mga miyembro nito at kanilang pamilya sa pagbili ng computer o laptop na gagamitin para sa kanilang mga trabaho o virtual classes ng kanilang mga anak.

The guilty verdict against key suspects in the Maguindanao massacre case handed down on Thursday showed that the justice system in the Philippines is working, an official of the Presidential Human Rights Committee Secretariat (PHRCS) said.

“The judicial process may have taken quite some time, but justice has triumphed, with our government, under the Duterte administration, remaining true to its obligation to fulfill the human rights of those concerned,” Undersecretary Severo Catura, PHRCS executive director, said in a statement sent to the Philippine News Agency (PNA).

“The mechanisms have effectively worked in the victims’ favor, and this is what human rights is all about,” he added.

Catura said the Maguindanao massacre case has defined the human rights situation in the Philippines and even allowed detractors to accuse the government as a purveyor of impunity.

“That is farthest from the truth. The dictum that every person who is charged with a crime is deemed innocent until proven guilty remains an anchor of the Philippine justice system. And we’re talking of more than a hundred people indicted in this gruesome incident,” he said.

”What seems to be disregarded is the fact that the government has upheld everyone’s right to a fair and public hearing,” he added.

Catura said the conviction of 43 personalities can be considered “a milestone in human rights history in the Philippines”.

“Some 28, including members of the powerful Ampatuan family, were declared guilty beyond reasonable doubt and sentenced to life imprisonment. On the other hand, 15 were sentenced to six to 10 years and eight months in prison as accessories to the crime,” he said.

“Not since the post-world war Nuremberg trials of 1945-49, which saw the conviction of 18 war criminals, has the world seen this large number of persons convicted by a single court. Even the much-vaunted International Criminal Court, in all its 17 years in existence and after having spent more than a billion dollars, has only convicted four personalities,” he added.

Catura also lauded Quezon City Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes who took on the case. (PNA)

SoCot Gears Up For Measles-Rubella Vaccination Drive

Health workers in South Cotabato province are gearing up for the upcoming month-long vaccination campaign for measles and rubella, which seeks to cover around 149,000 children in the area.

Dar: Agri Modernization Key To Surviving Pandemic

Agriculture Secretary William Dar leads the harvesting of the different varieties of hybrid rice inside the 100-hectare demonstration farm of the Department of Agriculture in Caraga in Barangay Lemon.

San Carlos City Bans Non-Essential Travel

Negros Occidental indefinitely prohibits non-essential travel among its residents due to the rising cases of COVID-19.

BDO Regains Momentum In 3Q 2020

BDO reports positive results in its income despite the pandemic.

106-Year-Old Baguio Resident Recovers From COVID-19

Good news! One of the oldest persons in the country, who was diagnosed with COVID-19, was discharged on Tuesday!

‘Pepito’ To Bring Rains Over Luzon

Brace yourself! There is more Pepito storm to come!

BSWM Seeks Fund To Boost Rainwater Harvesting For Farmers

The Bureau of Soils and Water Management of the Department of Agriculture is awaiting the release of fresh funds for more rainwater harvesting-related projects nationwide this year.

SM Wins 15 Awards From HK’s CG Asia Magazine

SM Investments Corporation continues to be recognized abroad as it recently bagged 15 awards in the 10th Asian Excellence Awards 2020 of Hong Kong magazine Corporate Governance Asia.

Churchgoers Thankful As Manila Raises Seating Capacity To 30%

Churchgoers from different religions express gratitude after seating capacity inside churches, mosques, and chapels in the city of Manila was raised to 30 percent from the previous 10 percent.

Netizens Raise PHP1.1M For Unemployed Tamaraw Rangers

Filipinos come together for an online fundraising event dedicated to help the tamaraw rangers and forest wardens affected by the pandemic.