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KMU and brethren do not own monopoly on outrage and grief January 24, 2007

Posted by s511 in Human Rights, left killings, The Left.
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January 23, 2007

It is saddening that out of nowhere, the Kilusang Mayo Uno has now come out with a malicious release attacking Akbayan and its officers over the issue of extra-judicial killings.

They complain that Akbayan is using the issue for its own purpose. As if issues this grave could be owned by one group alone.

This sectarian behavior is unworthy and disturbing. We wonder whether it ever occurred to KMU for even one edifying moment that these killings include quite a number of Akbayan peasant leaders, mass movement members and local governmnet officials? The KMU seems to be saying that they and they alone have the right to protest gross human rights violations.

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SC nomination should not be used as trap for judicial independence January 23, 2007

Posted by s511 in Political Crisis, The Judiciary.
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January 23, 2007

Akbayan Rep. Etta Rosales today expressed fears that the Supreme Court vacancy could be used to sway suppossedly independent judicial courts such as the Sandiganbayan towards decisions favorable to cronies or for political concessions.

“The presence of Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice Teresita Leonardo de Castro and Court of Appeals justices is otherwise acceptable,” said Rosales, “but in the context of the times when courts like the Sandiganbayan is deciding on so many controversial cases such as the coco levy case, Eraps’ plunder case, etc., we hope that such nominations do not undermine the independence of these bodies.”

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