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Recipe of the week 06.25.14

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UN sets probe on PHL killings

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MANILA - The United Nations will send a delegation of special rapporteurs to the Philippines to conduct independent probes on extrajudicial killings, escalating human rights violations, government neglect, forced evictions and extreme poverty.
The special rapporteurs will also look specifically into the government’s slow response to issues raised by survivors of super typhoon Yolanda, seven months after the killer typhoon flattened Eastern Visayas, according to Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay.
Palabay was one of those who represented the Philippine human rights delegation belonging to the Ecumenical Voice for Peace and Human Rights (EcuVoice) in the 26th United Nations Human Rights Council sessions in Geneva, Switzerland.
“In the first quarter of 2014 , human rights group Karapatan recorded 21 victims of extrajudicial killings and 23 victims of frustrated killings under the... Aquino administration,” Palabay told the UN council, which included Philip Alston, newly appointed UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights.
Alston expressed keen interest in looking into the new allegations after he learned that the Aquino administration had done nothing to implement his recommendations, several years after he came out with an official report, Palabay said.
In 2007, Alston, who was then the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, came to the Philippines to investigate the cases of extrajudicial killings under the Arroyo administration.

Wave of senseless killings

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There is a spate of killings all over Metro Manila and other parts of the Philippines and the people are bothered why it is happening even in broad daylight and in the presence of many people. What is more bothersome is the seemingly slow response of the police authorities in going after the killers, many of them riding in tandem on motorcycles, and solving these senseless murders, tinting the image of President Benigno S. Aquino III and his subalterns, Interior Secretary Manuel "Mar" Roxas II and Gen. Alan Purisima, the President's handpick chief of the Philippine National Police.
 
The latest in this series of senseless killings were recorded on June 12, the Philippine Independence Day. The victims were noted race-car driver Enzo Pastor who was gunned down by a motorcycle-riding tandem while driving in Quezon City; hotel chain owner Richard King who was gunned down right in his hotel office in Davao City and businessman Jason Chua who was shot and killed at the busy corner of F.B. Harrison and Pablo Ocampo (formerly Vito Cruz) in Malate, Manila.
 
Previous to these June 12 killings, Mayor Ernesto Balolong Jr. of Urbiztondo, Pangasinan, was murdered on the eve of his wedding anniversary and the wedding of his son while inspecting a municipal building in his town on June 7. On May 13, Laurette Tollosa was found dead in her Ford Explorer in Quiapo, Manila, apparently a victim of foul play. On May 11, two days earlier, gunmen on a motorcycle went on a seemingly random killing spree in Quezon City, resulting in five people dead, almost all unconnected with each other. Earlier on May 4, broadcast journalist Richard Nadjib was killed in Tawi-Tawi and on April 7,

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