A year of impunity in the murder of Edgar Amoro in Pagadian

first_img to go further No one has ever been arrested for the murder of journalist and teacher Edgar Amoro, which took place exactly one year ago today in Pagadian (on the southern island of Mindanao). Reporters Without Borders is outraged by this impunity, especially as the suspects move about openly in Pagadian. PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Organisation Filipina journalist still held although court dismissed case eleven days ago News On the first anniversary of journalist Edgar Amoro’s cowardly murder, Reporters Without Borders voiced outrage today at the flagrant impunity prevailing in his case, in which arrest warrants have been issued but the suspects have never been detained although they flaunt themselves in public in Pagadian (on the southern island of Mindanao).The press freedom organisation also reiterated its solidarity with Amoro’s family, which has been fighting for justice in the face of threats that have forced it to flee Pagadian.”We call on Gen. Arturo Lomibao, the national chief of police, to do everything possible to ensure that the suspects are arrested and that a proper investigation is carried out,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Gen. Lomibao’s declared desire to put a stop to violence against the press should be reflected in the immediate arrests of the perpetrators and instigators of Amoro’s murder.”A journalist and teacher, Amoro, 46, was gunned down outside a school in Pagadian on 2 February 2005 in a killing directly linked to the May 2002 murder of fellow journalist Edgar Damalerio.”By killing my husband, they eliminated a key witness in the Damalerio case and a courageous man who was continuing to denounce corruption and social injustice in Pagadian,” Elvira Amoro told Reporters Without Borders. “During his programme on radio DXKP five days before he died, he read out an open letter criticizing the absence of the rule of law in Pagadian,” she said.In its own investigation, Reporters Without Borders established that friends and police superiors of Guillermo Wapile, a policeman who was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2005 for Damalerio’s murder, were involved in the Amoro killing.The two killers were inside the school where Amoro taught English. They could only have entered with the complicity of the two guards posted at the entrance, who were employees of a security agency run by an associate of Pagadian’s former police chief, Asuri Hawani. Dozens of people witnessed the murder but none gave information to the investigators for fear of reprisals. Hawani associates are said to have directly threatened witnesses.Arrests warrants were issued for the two suspected killers, “Madix” Maulana and Norhan Ambol, but the police have never picked them up although they have been seen openly on the streets of Pagadian for several months, according to a local journalist.Meanwhile, the Pagadian police have identified and arrested a miliary intelligence agent who is a suspect in the murder of radio journalist Rolly Canete two weeks ago, on 20 January. The breakthrough in this recent case came just a few days after Gen. Lomibao, the national police chief, visited the city.At least five journalists have been killed in Pagadian in the past five years. “There has been no lasting improvement in security in the city, and those who had Damalerio and Amoro killed have been left in peace,” Reporters Without Borders was told by editor Hernan de la Cruz of the Zamboanga Scribe, a local newspaper. RSF_en PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Philippines: RSF and the #HoldTheLine Coalition welcome reprieve for Maria Ressa, demand all other charges and cases be dropped May 3, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Philippines Mass international solidarity campaign launched in support of Maria Ressa News June 1, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News Receive email alerts February 2, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 A year of impunity in the murder of Edgar Amoro in Pagadian News February 16, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Senate passing less resolutions

first_imgThe Undergraduate Student Government has passed a lower number of resolutions and amendments in Senate meetings than in past years at this point in the semester.Student government resolutions are meant to represent the student body’s opinion on a particular issue,  and amendments to the constitution are meant to help the Senate run more efficiently. By Oct. 25, 2011, USG had passed two resolutions and two amendments to its constitution. This year, by comparison, the USG Senate has passed one amendment and one resolution.But USG President Mikey Geragos, a senior majoring in public policy, management and planning, said he believes that the lower number of legislation passed is not an indication of a lack of resolve in this year’s senate.“We’re not trying to push quantity this year,” Geragos said. “We’re trying to push quality, and I think we’ve done that very successfully.”Some priorities for USG this year include bringing a greater amount of sustainability on campus and gauging students’ interests in new hospitality services, such as Trojan Grounds and the renovated dining halls.USG Vice President Vinnie Prasad, a senior majoring in psychology and economics, said the lower number of resolutions reinforces this administration’s redirected efforts to have its senators complete thorough research before they present resolutions because it would impact and benefit the student body more.“We really encourage the senators to come up with some really interesting data that tells a coherent story and has a logical argument that would eventually lead to some exciting resolutions for the student body to benefit from,” Prasad said. “We never want to waste energy on something that students do not want.”In previous years, the Senate has also used forums to solicit student opinions. Last October, USG hosted forums about a possible smoking ban on campus and one about implementing the “We Are Considerate” campaign, which aims to help regulate bikes on campus and which resulted in the new bike lanes at the beginning of this semester. This year no such meetings have been held, although forums on the university’s new health center and information technology services are scheduled for November.Geragos attributes the later dates of the student forums to the additional research senators have done to adequately prepare.“Resolutions are keeping pace and are exceeding what they have in the past years in regard to research,” Geragos said. “We are really trying to maintain integrity in our resolutions, so that may require looking into what other schools are doing, reaching out to more students — and all of that takes time.”USG Speaker Pro Tempore Matthew Arkfeld, a junior majoring in East Asian area studies, said he believes the delayed legislation represents the increased efforts of the student government’s senators. Currently, he’s working with other Greek senators to raise awareness of sustainability on campus, such as by encouraging the recycling of Solo cups at tailgates and on The Row.“We’re doing a good job with getting the ball rolling,” Arkfeld said. “A senator’s role is basically to go see what is working, internally and externally. We have to stay well informed and take all of that information and transmit it so everyone is on the same page. Right now there are a lot of balls rolling and soon more resolutions will come from the many steps we’re taking.”Arkfeld said the Senate will pass more resolutions toward the end of this semester and in the spring semester.“It’s hard because there’s a lot that’s built up,” Arkfeld said. “We have a lot on our plate right now and writing a resolution and starting events takes a while.”This year’s administration has also placed a greater emphasis on internal efficiency among the senators, according to Geragos.“The relationships and cooperation that are happening are light-years beyond what have happened in the past [administrations],” Geragos said. “That is just a sign of the amazing people we have in the office.”Though he admits to some slow movement during the first few weeks of school, Geragos insists he is confident in the Senate’s ability to provide the best resources to the student body.“The senators have done a lot more work than anyone expected or anyone foresaw them doing compared to last year,” Geragos said.last_img read more

Morocco vindicated and Caf shamed over Afcon 2015 decisions – Kofi Amoah

first_imgThe decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) to overturn CAF’s ban of Morocco for the Afcon 2017 and 2019 vindicates and uphold’s Morocco’s wise call for a postponement of the 2015 tournament in the face of the then raging deadly ebola pandemicAfrica got lucky that the tournament escaped ebola infection but it must be emphasized strongly that CAF’s decision to put football and the interest of her sponsors ahead of the safety of the continent was a monumental and irresponsible act that must not go unnoticed!Ebola has no cure, some nations were contemplating banning flights from the affected region or quarantining arriving passengers, the speed with which the disease was spreading and killing thousands of people in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.In the face of these well-known facts, Africa (the poorest continent with the weakest health care systems) decides to hold a football tournament that will bring competitors and hundreds of spectators from across the continent, including nations from the affected region. Goodness!Yes, we love and embrace football but I believe most Africans would prefer safety and sanity over a tournament that has the potential to spread an epidemic with no known cure! Let’s not bask in the luck of Equatorial Guinea for an ebola-free incident and make future decisions in similar circumstances with reckless abandon.Morocco’s call for postponement was right then and will be right today and tomorrow…Kudos to CAS. Congrats to Morocco. Shame on CAF!Long Live Africa, power to responsible football tournaments.Dr Kofi AmoahChairmanCAN 2008 LOClast_img read more

UMU Graduates 659

first_imgThe United Methodist University (UMU) yesterday graduated 659 students, who completed courses prescribed by the institution in various disciplines.The graduates represented the Colleges of Management and Administration, Theology, Health Sciences, Liberal Arts, Education, Agriculture, Science and Technology.They obtained diplomas, associate degrees, and bachelor’s degrees respectively. UMU President Johnson N. Gwaikolo said the 2015/2016 school year was “successful and rewarding,” especially for the students who endured in order to graduate.He said there was no incident at any of the school’s campuses in Nimba, Bong and Sinoe Counties. According to Mr. Gwaikolo, 388 of the 659 graduates are female.He said for the first time in the country’s history, some of the graduates obtained the Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology. Statistics show that Lofa County produced the highest number of graduates, followed by Sinoe County.Over 5,000 students enrolled at the school during the 2015/2016 school year, but Mr. Gwaikolo said inadequate space to accommodate student enrolment remains a challenge to the UMU administration.Gwaikolo explained that preparations are underway to relocate UMU to a new site along the Robertsfield highway in Margibi County.He touted the school’s qualified faculty, including 16 doctorate degree holders.He told the audience that the Norwegian United Methodist Church and their Sierra Leone sister church in collaboration with the UMU will soon establish a research center in Liberia. The UMU’s 13th Commencement Convocation Speaker, former Foreign Affairs Minister Monie R. Captan, called on Liberians to be mindful not to destroy their relationships and lose their sense of humanity, as they pursue the path to national development. He challenged Liberians to continue to care for each other, adding, “We must continue to be our brothers’ keepers, and to care for the elderly in our families and communities. As we say in Liberia, ‘we must come together.’”Mr. Captan paid tribute to the graduates for their academic achievements and wished them well.He prayed that the Almighty would endow each of them with wisdom to think in a new way about their future and the future of the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Houston Endowment Donates 12 Million to Support Rices Jones School Programs

first_imgShare CONTACT: Mike Cinelli PHONE: (713)831-4794E-MAIL: [email protected] HOUSTON ENDOWMENT DONATES $12 MILLION TO SUPPORT RICE’SJONES SCHOOL PROGRAMS Houston Endowment Inc. continued itslong-standing support of Rice’s Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Managementthis summer with a $12 million gift to the business school.The gift will be given to Rice incrementally during the nextsix years. The first $2 million will endow the Mary Gibbs Jones Professorship inManagement, while the remaining $10 million will support enhancements to theJones School.“Our plans are to elevate the Jones School to the next level ofachievement, so the support of the Houston Endowment is particularly importantto us,” said Rice President Malcolm Gillis. “Like Jesse Jones himself, theHouston Endowment recognizes the value to our community of a top-flight businessschool within a premier research university.“In this, the centennial of Jesse Jones’ arrival in Houston,all at Rice share in the appreciation of Mr. Jones’ immense contributions towardbuilding a metropolis of international dimensions. This new, generous gift willfurther strengthen Rice’s capacities to play a leading role in Houston’s growthand success for the next 100 years.”Gilbert Whitaker, dean of the Jones School, said: “This is aleadership gift that moves us forward rapidly with our program to make the JonesSchool a top-tier business school. Houston Endowment’s strong vote of confidencein the Jones School and its future tells others that we are serious in ouraspirations and that we will succeed.”Whitaker, a Rice alumnus, was named dean of the Jones School in1997. During the past year he has initiated a retooling of the business school’sprograms. Major initiatives include a new building, expanding the student base,enlarging the faculty, revamping the school’s curriculum, and adding anexecutive MBA program which starts classes this semester.Houston Endowment was instrumental in the creation of the JonesSchool: the foundation provided a $5 million gift to establish the graduateschool in 1974. During the past 24 years, the Endowment has provided more than$21 million–in addition to the founding grant and the current announcedgift–to support the school’s programs and facilities.“This $12 million gift to the Jones School demonstrates ourcommitment to working with Rice to provide the highest quality graduate businessschool program possible,” said Houston Endowment President H. Joe Nelson III.“Plus, we want to be supportive of the energy and excitement that Dean Whitakerand his team have created at the school.” The Houston Endowment gift is one of a number of majorcontributions made recently to Rice by foundations, alumni and friends of theuniversity as part of a fund-raising effort to support implementation of Rice’sstrategic plan, “Rice: The Next Century.”The “Next Century” is a blueprint for the university’s successin the decades to come, as developed by a committee of Rice faculty, staff,students, alumni and friends and approved by the university’s trustees inDecember 1997. The “Next Century” comprises 34 strategic initiatives to beundertaken over the next 10 years, building upon the high standards establishedin Rice’s first 100 years and enhancing selected areas in which Rice can achievethe greatest impact during the 21st century.Rice University is a leading American researchuniversity–small, private, and highly selective–distinguished by its superiorteaching, commitment to undergraduate education, outstanding graduate andprofessional programs, residential college system, collaborative andinterdisciplinary culture, and global perspective.### FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more