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ABANTE BATS FOR RIGHT TO ADEQUATE FOOD

The House Committee on Human Rights chaired by Manila 6th District Representative Benny Abante Jr. held its annual Human Rights Week celebration with a multi-stakeholders’ forum on human rights issues and concrete legislative action entitled: Human Rights Week 2022 “Rights and Dignity Legislative Forum Series”. This year’s theme focuses on the “Right to Adequate Food and […]

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ABANTE LAUDS HR-BASED ANTI-DRUG CAMPAIGN

House Committee on Human Rights Chairperson Benny Abante Jr. on Tuesday welcomed the launch of a government war on drugs that emphasizes a respect for human rights, and said that the new campaign signals a positive shift that will save more lives. The government last weekend launched a revamped anti-illegal drugs campaign called Buhay Ay […]

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STRENGTHEN CHR VS ‘CULTURE OF IMPUNITY’ — ABANTE

Measures to prevent tragedies like the Ampatuan Massacre and other human rights abuses in the country are among the top priorities of the House Committee on Human Rights. This was stressed on Friday by House Committee on Human Rights Chairperson Benny Abante, Jr. as he emphasized the need to adopt measures that would help combat […]

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HOUSE PANEL TACKLES ANTI-DISCRIMINATION BILLS

The House Committee on Human Rights chaired by Manila Representative Benny Abante Jr. held initial deliberations on the proposed Comprehensive Anti-Discrimination Act. These are House Bills 188 authored by Abante; 224 by Bataan Representative Geraldine Roman; 1480 by Laguna Representative Ma. Rene Ann Lourdes Matibag; and 2128 by Negros Occidental Representative Jose Francisco Benitez. These […]

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HOUSE HR PANEL AGENDA TO ADDRESS RIGHTS VIOLATIONS

The House Committee on Human Rights has begun work on a legislative agenda that Committee Chairperson and Manila 6th District Rep. Benny Abante, Jr. said would reflect a rights-based approach to legislation that seeks to address issues such as extra judicial killings, the red-tagging of human rights advocates, disinformation campaigns, and many other forms of […]

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BBM URGED: PRIORITIZE SPECIAL GERIATRIC HOSPITALS

Following the release of the 2018 Longitudinal Study of Aging and Health in the Philippines (LSAHP) that shows an upward trend in the number and percentage of senior citizens in the country, Manila 6th District Rep. Benny Abante, Jr. on Friday urged President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. to include House Bill Number 191 or the […]

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DEATH PENALTY TO END PRISON CORRUPTION – ABANTE

Manila City 6th District Representative Benny Abante said bringing back the death penalty will surely help address corruption in the county’s vulnerable penal system, which he said has been exploited by powerful and moneyed criminals who have used bribery and coercion to turn penitentiaries like the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) into their “personal resorts.” Abante […]

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ABANTE: HEED CLAMOR OF BIZ GROUPS TO JUNK POGOS

Following calls from the country’s top business groups to phase out Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs), Manila 6th District Rep. Benny Abante, Jr. on Wednesday urged fellow legislators and the Executive Department to heed “the growing clamor from the business sector, our economic managers, and citizens to ban POGOs due to the adverse effects their […]

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DEATH PENALTY RETURN AMID ‘JAIL CONSPIRACY’ URGED

“If a prison cell cannot stop a criminal from plotting and ordering the murder of another person, then the death penalty may be the only way to prevent the murder of innocent citizens and journalists like Percy Lapid.” This was stressed on Wednesday by Manila 6th District Rep. Benny Abante Jr., who called for the […]

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IMMIGRATION, TAX CASES JUSTIFY POGO BAN — ABANTE

Manila 6th District Rep. Benny Abante on Wednesday stressed that reports of overstaying Philippines offshore gaming operator (POGO) workers and POGOs failing to remit the proper taxes to the government are “red flags” that the industry cannot be regulated and should be shut down. “The irregularities that have been reported and revealed in legislative inquiries regarding […]