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Human rights groups have welcomed the conviction of a police officer  implicated in the torture of  a detainee in the verdict made by the Municipal Trial Court in Angeles City, Pampanga  on March 29, 2016.  In his decision, Judge Ireneo  Panganiban Jr.,  has found guilty Police Officer 2  Jerick Jimenez of subjecting  Jerryme Corre to severe pain and suffering to make him admit to a crime in violation of Republic Act 9745 or the Anti-Torture Act.

The court decision is  the first of its kind since the Anti-Torture Law was enacted in 2009.  The judge had ordered PO2 Jimenez to be jailed for a maximum period of two years and four months. He also directed the convicted police officer to pay the victim P100,000.00 in moral damages.


Balay Rehabilitation Center held a Seminar on Torture Prevention, Monitoring, Documentation and Reporting for Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) Wardens and Health Officer Torture in Cebu last March 30, 2016. The speakers include former Commission on Human Rights Regional Director Atty. Alejandro Alonso Jr., officials from the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology National Headquarters and representatives from Balay Rehabilitation Center. Participants composed of 55 BJMP Wardens and Jail Officers from different jails in the Visayas.


Professionals  from different government agencies participated in a study session on torture prevention and rehabilitation organized by Balay Rehabilitation Center  in  Albay in Bicol province on February 23-24, 2016. The 2-day activity gathered 36 participants which included   healthcare providers, lawyers, and social workers from the regional offices of the Department of Health, Department of Social Welfare and Development, the Public Attorney’s Office. Members of the Philippine National Police, the Department of Justice, and civil society organizations  in Albay province and Naga City  also joined the event.


Primer on Internal Displacement in the Philipines (UNGPID)

pidpPrepared by the Balay Advocacy Program

The purpose of this primer is to draw attention to the IDP’s in the country not as a “collateral damage” in an armed conflict that is being waged in their name but as people endowed with human dignity, rights and capacities. This primer also intends a responsibility to the national authorities and other key actors to promote and protect the rights of the Internally Displaced Persons.

The Primer has translations in Cebuano, Filipino, Maguindanaon, Maranao, Sama and Tausug versions.
First Edition (English) 2003.
Revised Edition (Filipino, Cebuano, Maguindanaon, Tausug, Sama, Maranao) 2006.
5.5 x 8.50 inches (The number of pages vary depending on the translation).

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