Erratum on news published last Feb. 8, 2010

  • February 25, 2010

The last sentence of the last paragraph in our press release dated February 8 entitled “MAG condemns the illegal arrest and detetion of health workers” originally read: “…to release immediately the remaining 12 health rights defenders…” After verifying the information, there were no releases made by the military, thus, all the forty-three (43) arrested health workers are still in their custody. Our apologies.

Health workers under attack: AFP’s new targets

  • February 14, 2010

The Medical Action Group, Inc. (MAG) is in solidarity with other health organizations in denouncing  the direct assault, detention and torture of more than forty health professionals and health workers last February 6, 2010 at Morong, Rizal province and condemning a new wave of repression against health rights defenders.  “This is a blunt show of the AFPs disrespect to the people’s right to health. Their incapacity and failure to curb

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Health professionals laud the RH program of Sec. Cabral

  • February 14, 2010

The Medical Action Group (MAG)  supports the initiatives of Dr. Esperanza Cabral of the Department of Health (DOH) in her endeavour to fight the escalating incidence of HIV/AIDS in the country through condom distribution at Dangwa, Sampaloc last February 14.   MAG lauds the unflinching sincerity and steadfast commitment of Dr. Cabral and the entire agency,  in fighting the HIV/AIDS epidemic. With her efforts, the public health interest prevailed.

MAG condemns the illegal arrest and detention of health workers

  • February 7, 2010

The Medical Action Group (MAG)  expresses its concern and at the same time, strongly condemns the arbitrary arrest, detention and harassment of forty-three (43) physicans, nurses and health workers last Saturday, February 6, who were participating in a health training at a farmhouse in Morong, Rizal. According to the information received, the arresting team lead by Col. Aurelio Balalad of Rizal Philipipine National Police (PNP), together with hundreds of heavily

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Four torture victims acquitted after seven years of detention

  • January 29, 2010

MAG welcomes the acquittal and release of the four of five torture victims detained at Davao City Jail since 2003 after alleged charges of multiple murder and frustrated murder in connection with a bombing incident in Davao City. Esmael Mamalangkas, Ting Idar, Tohamie Ulong and Jimmy Balulao Silongan were already free men last January 29, 2010. The two latter, Tohamie and Jimmy were only minors, 16 and 15 respectively, at

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Annual Paskuhan sa Kampo 2009

Annual Paskuhan sa Kampo 2009

  • December 30, 2009

MAG, together with its partner organizations, political detainees and political prisoners and their relatives, celebrates the yuletide season during the Paskuhan sa Kampo (Christmas in Detention) last December 2009.

Medicines priced within the Filipinos reach

  • August 12, 2008

After years of waiting for the passage of the much-contended legislation, the debacle over the Cheaper Medicines Bill hounds the public even after its celebrated passage in June of 2008. More than a roller coaster ride To say that the campaign to pass the Cheaper Medicines Bill was difficult is a complete understatement. The legislation with its noble purpose to ensure affordable medicines to Filipinos had gone through various controversies

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Celebrating the Life of Mamita

  • October 24, 2007

Source: Inquirer.Net http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/metro/view/20071024-96546/%91Mamita%2C%92_doctor%2C_activist%2C_dies MANILA, Philippines — Former social welfare secretary Mita Pardo de Tavera passed away last Tuesday after a battle with leukemia. She was 87. Interment will be on Friday after a Mass at 1 p.m. at the Santuario de San Antonio in Forbes Park, Makati City. Born to the illustrious Pardo de Tavera clan, “Mamita,” as she was called by people close to her, devoted more than six

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GMA rejects price control in cheap medicine bill

  • October 1, 2007

PHILIPPINE NEWS SERVICE — President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has called on lawmakers to scrap the price control provision of the Cheaper Medicines Bill and avoid giving drug companies another excuse to delay the passage of the bill, which she has certified as urgent. The President also reminded Congress to buckle down to work on important legislative pieces instead of pursuing rehashed investigations. Mrs. Arroyo said an “acceptable minimum” must be

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Bukidnon Provincial Hospital Violates Patients’ Rights

  • August 22, 2007

In spite of the recent enactment of RA 9439 or the Hospital Detention Law, patients are still being detained in the Bukidnon Provincial Hospital in Maramag for failure to settle their Hospital bills. Resembling an unsanitized evacuation area, 18 patients lay in makeshift carton mats in the hospital’s abandoned out-patient department. A newly born baby who was previously diagnosed with Pneumonia, was again afflicted by the said disease due to

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