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AN OVERVIEW: WORK FOR THE PHILIPPINE RATIFICATION OF THE ROME STATUTE: 1998 – 2006 September 6, 2006

Posted by s511 in foreign affairs, Human Rights, sovereignty, Speeches.
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Good morning: Senator Franklin Drilon, Senator Alain Destexhe, Judge Akua Kuenyehia, fellow members of Parliament, my colleagues from the Philippine Congress, members of the diplomatic corps, kindred spirits from the NGO community, distinguished guests, friends.

I have been requested to stand before you in this lovely rainy day for three reasons:  1] to share with you a Philippine work over the past eight years in seeking the ratification of the Rome Statute; 2] to remind ourselves how and why we are all gathered here this morning, an idea we had put together while meeting in the third PGA Consultative Assembly against the chilly winds of Wellington last December 2004; and 3] to suggest what we hope to accomplish within these two days of work.

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Downgrade of case vs. Subic rape servicemen is sellout of justice and sovereignty April 21, 2006

Posted by s511 in Akbayan Issues, foreign affairs, Press Statements, sovereignty.
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The DOJ decision to downgrade the case against three of the accused in the Subic rape case is a sad development in the pursuit of justice towards a resolution of the situation.

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