President-elect Senator Benigno 'Noynoy' Aquino III has excited hopes of reform and political integrity in the Philippines, says Fr Shay Cullen. But internationally-sanctioned legal action is still to stamp out repression, human rights abuses and assassinations in the country.
The World Council of Churches has urged President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo "to ensure the immediate release" of Dr Alexis Montes and other 42 health workers detained by military and police forces on 6 February.
A Filipino Mennonite pastor, concerned at how coffee processing corporations had long short-changed indigenous people in the southern Philippines island of Mindanao, has launched a Fair Trade initiative.
The formal democracy of the Philippines disguises a welter of corruption, human rights abuse and extrajudicial killings, says Shay Cullen. The world needs to recognise and respond to what is happening.