July 18, 2018: ***DA Sec. Manny Pinol with Gov. Edgar Chatto, Vice Gov. Dionisio Balite, DA-7 RD Atty. Salvador Diputado and Talibon Mayor Restituto Auxtero led the launching of the 7th National Rice Technology Forum in Talibon town today. The forum highlights farming technology that allows farmers to be at the field to evaluate, assess and appreciate existing technology during the farming season with the aim to increase production and lower cost. ***DA Sec. Manny Pinol reiterated commitment to address high fish price by introducing more fish to Bohol market in the short term financing for fisherfolk, fish farming and cold storage facilities. ***DA Sec. Manny Pinol is guest at today's blessing and turnover of 55 fiberglass reinforced plastic pump boats with accessories in Loon town. The 55 boats will be distributed to beneficiaries in 31 coastal barangays of Loon which is part of the P2-M prize of the LGU for being among first 10 to register under Fish Registration (FishR) program of BFAR. ***Gov. Edgar Chatto and DA Sec. Manny Piñol led the ribbon cutting rites to open the Agri-Fair 2018 at the Bohol APC Grounds. The fair will run until July 21, 2018.

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Monday, December 13, 2010

“No waivers” for violations of human rights, says CHR
THERE is no such thing as a waiver of a constitutional right, said a leading human rights advocate in Central Visayas.
Asked on how to treat human rights violations in hazing where the victims were earlier signing waivers, Commission on Human Rights 7 Regional Director Atty. Alejandro Alonso said these kinds of waivers are void ad initio.
In legal parlance, void ab initio ruling is basically a non-binding document as it was null and void from the very start.
By citing article 6 of the constitution, www.batasnatin.com said rights may be waived, unless the waiver is contrary to law, public order, public policy, morals, or good customs, or prejudicial to a third person with a right to be recognized by law.
Atty. Alonso explained that hazing is already in itself criminalized in RA 8049 and that a waiver to diffuse criminal liability for the torturer is from the very beginning, void.
The question was raised during the recent Kapihan sa PIA where the forum on the air was devoted to the national celebration of the human rights week December 2-10.
Fraternities, gangs and some social groups practice a kind of torture by paddling or simply hazing to test and demand loyalty from their neophytes, pledges or rushees.
Commission of Human Rights said these practices are most often some forms of human rights violations.
However, many believe that since some fraternities and groups have shown they can be violent, people just shun away from pressing for their rights to be protected from torture for fear of reprisals.
In some instances, waivers are also made involving minors, meaning aside from the party lacking the legal capacity to enter into such waivers, this alone makes it null all the more.
On this, the CHR in the Visayas calls parents and guardians of students who have been, or are being victimized by this violation to get their complaints to the local human rights office.
CHR Bohol is at the second floor of the OPSWD building along Tamblot Street, this city. (racPIABohol)

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