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Achievers 2016

Achievers 2016

Yes, more than newsmakers, they are the achievers of 2016. It’s true they were seen and heard on television and radio and read in newspapers (broadsheets and tabloids), but they also boasts of solid accomplishments in their fields.

The Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights has belied the existence of the infamous Davao Death Squad and allegations of State-sponsored extrajudicial killings.

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Sen. Loren Legarda protests violent dispersal of Lumads

IKINALUNGKOT ni Senator Loren Legarda ang nangyaring marahas na dispersal ng mga pulis sa mga nag-rally sa harap ng US Embassy noong Oktubre 19. Kabilang sa mga nag-rally ang mga Lumad o indigenous peoples (IPs). Ilan sa kanila ang nasaktan sa dispersal tapos ay hinuli pa ang iba.

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The Philippines had a key role in the Paris conference that ended with the adoption of the Climate Change agreement in December, 2015. The country led a Climate Vulnerable Forum campaign to limit the rise in global temperature to less than 1.5 degrees Celsius, not just 2 degrees as was ultimately decided in the conference. As the Philippines had been hit by the strongest typhoon ever to hit land – Yolanda in November, 2013 – its suffering was seen as a warning to the rest of the world.

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With the Duterte administration mired in its controversial anti-illegal drug campaign, a Senate sub-committee pushed yesterday for the purchase of one or two brand new European-made helicopters for the war against the multi-billion-peso billion illegal drug trade.

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Sen. Joseph Victor “JV’’ Ejercito disclosed yesterday that the frequent flight diversions at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) is caused by a damaged runway Instrument Landing System (ILS) since July, 2016.

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