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Relatives of several desaparecidos, among them the mother of one missing activist from Laguna, have petitioned the United Nations to reject the Philippine government’s attempt to delist 625 victims of enforced disappearances from 1975 to 2012.
Considered one of the wealthiest provinces in the Philippines, Laguna owes its economic prowess to its agricultural lands, industrial zones, and its proximity to the capital.
The absence of the two top candidates for governor at such an important event has not been adequately explained, although Laguna Now learned that Ejercito decided not to attend the event after learning that Hernandez had declined the invitation by the organizers.
Human rights lawyer Jose Manuel “Chel” Diokno was out on a mission: To introduce himself and to listen to the people of Laguna.
Berlene Alberto is not a newcomer to Laguna politics. In 2013, he ran as an independent candidate for mayor of San Pedro City against Lourdes Cataquiz, who is currently on her second term as city mayor, and Norvic Solidum.
Mateo Gurango-San Sebastian is running for vice-governor of Laguna, up against a popular incumbent, Karen Agapay. He doesn’t mind being the underdog; he has been in this position before.
The 58-year-old Pila native, who holds degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Accountancy, has no prior experience in public office, but he is running, he says, “para wakasan na ang korapsyon sa Laguna.”
A complaint of illegal possession of firearms and explosives, and violation of the election gun ban were filed against Frank Fernandez, his wife, and a companion. NDFP leaders say Fernandez is ill and was reportedly in Laguna to seek treatment.
Duterte’s “narco list” included three incumbent Laguna mayors: San Pablo City mayor Loreto “Amben” Amante, Los Baños mayor Ceasar Perez, and Bay mayor Bruno Ramos. Perez called the allegation “foolish,” Ramos described its effects as “parusa,” while Amante’s camp said it’s “nothing new.”
Regardless of what the President might think, probable cause is the bedrock of due process and civil liberties in the Philippines. It says so right in the Constitution’s Bill of Rights.