Impeaching Arroyo
Volume 20 Number 2
Thursday, 29 June 2006 00:00

Carlo V. Cleofe[1]

It started with the tape, not the kind that spurs sex scandals but the kind that could topple a presidency. The “tape” refers to the recorded conversation of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and Comelec Commissioner Virgilio Garcillano or the “hello Garci” tape.
When the tape was made public it inevitably sparked nationwide protests demanding Arroyo’s accountability and resignation from the presidency. Many saw the “Garci” tape along with charges that the first family were involved with jueteng and graft as a basis to impeach Arroyo. The opposition led by House Minority Leader Francis Escudero were then planning to ready an impeachment complaint against Arroyo, but before the opposition could push through with their plans, Atty. Oliver Lozano filed an impeachment complaint at the House of Representatives accusing Arroyo of betrayal of public trust for allegedly rigging the results of the last presidential elections.

On Charter Change
Volume 20 Number 2
Thursday, 29 June 2006 00:00
Position Paper on Charter Change
Task Force Detainees of the Philippines
Amidst the continuing political crisis and the worsening human rights situation in the Philippines, the government of Mrs. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo remains steadfast in its efforts to push for charter change. Mrs. Arroyo is hell bent in trying to sway the people to the tune of Cha-Cha.
History repeats itself
Charter change is not something new to the Philippines. During the time of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, through the anomalous Constitutional Convention (ConCon), Marcos changed the 1935 Constitution to give reason and legitimacy to his dictatorship.
Media Repression
Volume 20 Number 2
Thursday, 29 June 2006 00:00
Freedom of the press is one sacred right enshrined in the international human rights instruments. It is one of the pillars of democracy. Why then should a government, which professes adherence to principles of democracy, attack the media?
The present administration had been heavily laden with controversies from leftist, rightist, and centrist forces since the highly publicized Hello Garci tape. Unable to contain the growing unrest of the peoples, the President suddenly found a potent defense to silence all oppositions and ensure her survival – Proclamation 1017.
On Salvaging
Volume 20 Number 2
Thursday, 29 June 2006 00:00

Nathan Ela[1]

I encountered the first cases of salvaging even before lunch on my first day as a volunteer at Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP). And I must admit, I didn’t quite know what to make of it. At base, of course, the photos that I saw in the Museum of Courage and Resistance, which portrayed corpses of activists scattered along a road, were simple enough to understand. They hit me in the gut: anger, disgust, sadness.

But it was the captions, the labels that confused me. “Salvagings?” I asked. Like most non-Filipinos, I’d never heard of a human rights violation called salvaging.

“Yes,” Carlo explained, “that’s how many people here talk about summary execution and extrajudicial killings, especially those during martial law.”

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