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Journalists covering humanitarian situations in the Philippines are invited to submit entries for the Red Cross Award for Humanitarian Reporting 2013.
Organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross, in partnership with the Philippine Red Cross and four other organizations, the award aims to recognize stories and images that provide excellent insight into and responsibly depict the consequences of armed conflict and armed violence on civilians.
Professional or freelance journalists or photojournalists working for print, online, radio and television outfits may send published or aired materials: news reports, features, documentaries or photographs.
Entries must highlight the humanitarian consequences of armed conflicts or other large-scale situations of violence for affected populations and how respect for humanitarian law is promoted.
Entries must be published or aired between May 1, 2012 and May 1, 2013. The deadline for submission of entries is on May 31, 2013.
Awardees will be given plaques, trophies, trainings on conflict reporting and news safety, gadgets and other freebies. Winners will be announced on International Humanitarian Law Day, August 12, 2013.
Contest partners include the International News Safety Institute (Asia-Pacific office), The Peace and Conflict Journalism Network, the Philippine Center for Photojournalism, and the Rotary Club of Manila.
For more information, please contact ICRC communication officer Allison Lopez at (02) 892-8901 to 04, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit http://goo.gl/FxqTF.
“The Office of the Solicitor General and its present priorities”Gert A. Gust President Benjamin Santos Immediate Past President Benjamin Diokno Vice-President Eusebio Tan Director-in-Charge, Program Committee Directors Executive Officers Members and Friends Let me first offer my sincerest thanks to the members of the Rotary Club of Manila for inviting me to speak before you today. Benevolence, Unity, Integrity, Leadership, Development, Service Above Self – I am sure that in the many years you have convened in these luncheons, you have been used to hearing these values echoed time and again, as a reminder of the cause this organization stands for. Today, I’ve been given the opportunity to share with you matters relating to the Office of the Solicitor General and its present priorities. It is my hope that as this speech unfolds, you will begin to become familiar with the OSG and understand its natural affinity towards the Rotary Club of Manila. The OSG’s mandate as the law firm of the Republic of the Philippines is primarily to represent the Filipino people and the Philippine Government in any litigation. Thus, the OSG is called “The People’s Tribune”. We appear before the Supreme Court to defend the interests of the state in high-profile cases. As you may all well know too, in the past few days, the case against Major General Garcia has put the OSG in the limelight. We have been called upon by our President to intervene at what is considered an unjust and malicious agreement that ensured the release of a man accused of stealing state funds for his own benefit. The present administration strongly reiterates its position that no man should ever be immune from the law. Whether he’s a former Major General, or a common fisherman, the rule of law must always prevail. We stand by our argument that the plea bargaining agreement between Garcia and the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) should be nullified for being illegal and disadvantageous to the state. First, the consent of the offended party which is the AFP was not obtained when the plea bargaining agreement was approved. Second, the existence of guilt is strong. This is why the Sandiganbayan denied the first Petition for bail of Garcia on January 07, 2010. Finally, the crime of direct bribery to which Garcia pleaded to is not necessarily included in the crime of plunder. We have argued the same before the Sandiganbayan a few weeks ago and we stand by our defense in the firm belief that justice is on our side.
Together for Mankind: Our Common Journey To A Fulfilled Vision
By UrbanoCaasi Jr., cuap, csp
Changemaker President, RY 2011- 2012
Rotary Club of ManilaThank you for your kind introduction, Past District Governor Frankie Roman. And, thank you, again, for having nominated me for this most challenging, and honorable position of President of this Rotary Club, the first in Asia. Our Guest of Honor and Inducting Officer, The Honorable Reynato S. Puno, Chief Justice (Retired) of the Supreme Court of the Philippines, and to all Masons, the Most Worshipful Past Grand Master of Free and Accepted Masons in the Grand Jurisdiction of the Philippines; The Honorable Jejomar Binay, Vice President of the Philippines and the best Mayor of the City of Makati; The Honorable Alfredo Lim, Mayor of the City of Manila, a dedicated member and benefactor of this Club; Past Rotary International Director Rafael Hechanova, a pillar of Rotary; District Governor Ernie Choa and his lovely Lady, the officers of Rotary International District 3810, and my fellow Changemaker Presidents - and not the least, my loving wife, Ting. I wish you all a pleasant evening! To this special occasion, our Club’s 92nd Induction and Inaugural Night, I welcome all of you, our friends and guests from other civic or service associations, from the business and government sectors, my fellow Rotarians, my colleagues, acquaintances and specially the rest of my family who are seated around that there table. Let me first introduce my daughter Betty Ann C. Martinez and her three siblings – Luigi, Bea and Nicholo, and Leny Feliciano the then constant companion of my son Bernie, who was Past President of the RC of Santa Mesa Manila. Again, to one and all, welcome! The Manila Rotary Club has been around for almost a century and is known to be the oldest and then the largest in Asia. That explains why those who served in its high offices before me were among the most esteemed civic and business leaders in the country up until today. Considering their professional expertise and long years of immersion in civic leadership their track record is definitely a tough act to follow. That is true in the case of my immediate predecessor, brother Rotarian Gert Gust, who has spent the best years of his life leading us in a journey to the fulfillment of our common vision. May I therefore, express my deep appreciation and thanks to him for his leadership and all his brilliant contributions to our common pursuits. Unfortunately, he cannot be here tonight due to a lingering illness. He is now at home after being confined at the Makati Medical Center, and my hope is that he will recover speedily and be up and about the soonest time possible.
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