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Extrajudicial killings’ martyred children

No words can describe our anger as we commemorate the death anniversary of Roque Antivo, the 8-year-old boy who succumbed to death at the very hands of elements of the Armed Forces of the Philippines in Compostela Valley. Our anguish is fueled all the more by the indifference of the Aquino administration, which remains deaf to the cry for justice. Read more »

Children Right's Advocates: Aquino, no longer fit to be the President

A week before the State of the Nation Address of Pres. BS Aquino the Children’s Rehabilitation Center (CRC-SMR) held a “street gallery” today entitled “The real state of the children” that calls for Aquino’s immediate resignation.
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Callous to kids’ plight

This refers to the front-page photo, titled “Children of War,” in the Sept. 20 issue of the Inquirer.

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Groups, UNICEF to report child rights violations to National Security Council


DAVAO CITY(MindaNews/ 18 August)—With the help of the United Nations Children’s Fund, child rights advocates here have vowed Wednesday to submit a report to the National Security Council (NSC) cases of alleged violations by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

Rius Valle, Children’s Rehabilitation Center (CRC) advocacy officer, said their report will focus on two incidents of using children from villages in Magpet, Noth Cotabato as guides by the military to track camps of the New People’s Army (NPA) rebels. Read more »

Group says Aquino 'noynoying' on child rights abuse


Child rights advocates on Saturday incorporate "noynoying" in their protest to express concern over the increasing number of children victims of human rights violation under the Aquino administration.  Read more »

Children not spared by military operations vs rebels, rights group says


MANILA, Philippines—Child welfare advocates voiced alarm Saturday over the growing number of children who are killed or suffer in various other ways in operations by security forces against insurgents, and urged the Aquino administration to take measures to stop the alleged atrocities especially in rural communities. Read more »

Deprived of innocence

This is a reaction to Inquirer’s September 22 editorial titled “Lost innocence” which cited recent crimes involving children to justify proposed amendments on the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Law of 2006.

Almost half of the estimated 94 million Filipinos are children. It is a fact that some 65 million Filipinos or some 70  percent of the population try to live off on P104, or even as little as P20-P40, a day. This situation is rooted in chronic problems—lack of job opportunities, unjust wages, landlessness and the like. For most Filipino families, food for daily survival comes first before any other needs like schooling and health care, especially now that the government has opted to cut back on the budget for basic social services. The endless price hikes in basic commodities aggravate the situation, and the band-aid solutions of the government cannot ease their sufferings.

READ MORE ON: http://opinion.inquirer.net/12897/deprived-of-innocence

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Gobyerno giawhag, katungod sa mga batan-on di yatakan

ANG Children's Rehabilitation Center (CRC) uban sa mga militanteng pundok nanawagan sa gobyerno nga ihunong na ang paglapas sa katungod sa kabataan sa Pilipinas.

More Children Become Casualties of Philippine Military’s ‘Dirty War’

As the Philippine military continues to wage Oplan Bantay Laya, its so-called “dirty war” against communists as well as activists, peasants and workers, more and more children are not only being caught in the crossfire but have become targets as well of human-rights violations.
MARYA SALAMAT, www.bulatlat.com

Study exposes new forms of human rights violations vs children

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has committed "new forms" of human rights violations against children by labeling them "child soldiers," a report by a child welfare group said Friday.


Philippine Star