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[Event] HR Pinduteros and Pinduteras have spoken, 2nd Human Rights Pinduteros Choice are…

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Children’s Legal Rights and Development Center (CLRDC) won the readers’ choice award by HR online Philippines, dubbed: “2nd Pinduteros Choice Award” for its press releases opposing the amendment to the juvenile justice and welfare act of 2006.

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2nd HR Pinduteros Choice Awards is an event that aims to contribute in promotion of human rights online while we give recognition to efforts of HR pinduteros.

Human Rights Online Philippines or started last March of 2011 and was officially launched in December 1, 2011 at Crystal Ship Café in Quezon City. The launch was highlighted by recognizing individuals and networks that contributed to the’s initial success as an online community and resource on the country’s human rights condition through the 1st HR Pinduteros Awards.

More than a year after, as of December 2012 has reached 283,598 hits or views. Last October 2, 2012 (During Black Tuesday) and October 27, 2012 were its busiest days with 1,541 and 2,294 visitors respectively according to our statistics provided by, giving us an estimated average of 600 hits a day since its conception last year.

We are consistently ranking in the top 10 of the site under the category politics, government and more. In fact as of December 9, 2012, we are ranked 3rd among other blogs. We have also reached 573 followers in facebook and 196 in twitter. We are also being visited by thousands of readers from other countries like the US, United Kingdom, Austria, our neighboring countries and more.

We may not be the best blog in the Philippines, but we are one of the most promising Human Rights online community of pinduteros right now!

2nd HR Pinduteros Choice Awards

In our fight against the present state of the Cybercrime prevention law, we will not be stopped in using the internet in informing, inspiring and mobilizing the netizens to our cause. We will defend internet freedom! Let our voices be heard.

In celebration of 2012 Human Rights Day and as a way to give thanks to HR Defenders who continued their support by patronizing and contributing online articles, photos, statement, press releases and other resources, is awarding its 2nd HR Pinduteros Choice Awards.

The HR Pinduteros Choice Awards is an online event that aims to give recognition to human rights defenders’ online activities (Individuals and groups) that informed, inspired and mobilized the online readers to our common cause that is to promote, defend and assert human rights utilizing the internet as a tool.

Online polling and popularization of the event also hopes to contribute in increasing awareness and build up for the international HR day celebration every December 10, through encouraging the netizens to visit and learn more about human rights issues, campaigns and etc. posted and featured in different HR sites.

Human Rights Pinduteros is a name we coined during Dakila’s Digital Activism Training or DIGIBAK in 2011 referring to HR community of internet users, HR advocates and activists (as a network) that promote and defend HR and believe in’s call to inform, inspire and mobilize our readers to our cause.

“2nd HR Pinduteros Choice Awards” aims to:

Encourage active HR promotions and posting
Recognize online efforts for human rights
Promote HR activities online and offline
Encourage more readers and patronage for HR sites and causes
Give a glimpse on measures of effectivity and popularity of HR posts, campaigns, advocacies etc.

Recognitions/Categories for HRonlinePH pinduteros’ (readers’) choice 2012



Nominees were chosen from the top items per category posted in based on the hits generated (site statistics) from the period of October 2011 to September 20, 2012.

Scores for winning posts were based on statistics combined with an online voting/polling that was held from the period of October 2012 and ended in November 20, 2012 at the FB page.

The Categories and winners


This recognition goes to our networks of human rights defenders, NGOs, institutions and campaign centers that have their Press Releases, statements and articles submitted to for posting and generated the most number of readers.

HR Pinduteros and Pinduteras have spoken. The HR PINDUTEROS CHOICE FOR HR NETWORK’S POST is a Press Release about a protest against the proposed bill that recommends lowering the age of accountability for juvenile delinquents…

“House Bill 6052 Threatens Children’s Human Rights”

by Children Legal Rights and Development Center (CLRD)

House Bill 6052 Threatens Children’s Human Rights

Repost:  CLRDC Press Release at

“With the proposed amendment on the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006, specifically on the age of criminal responsibility, children above 12 are more prone to abuses and their human rights are threatened.“ This is the position of Children’s Legal Rights and Development Center (CLRDC) Inc., an NGO that monitors, documents and provides direct services such as awareness-raising and free legal assistance to children victim of violence. Rowena Legaspi, CLRDC Executive Director stressed that “lowering the age of criminal responsibility constitutes a grave breach on the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) which the Philippines has ratified and acceded to.“

Rule 4 of the Beijing Rules recommends that the beginning of minimum age of criminal responsibility shall not be fixed at too low an age level, bearing in mind the facts of emotional, mental and intellectual maturity. The committee also encourage States to increase its minimum age to a higher level (CRC Committee, General Comment No. 10: children’s rights in juvenile justice, UN document CRC/C/GC/10, 2007, paragraph 32).

Especially, the German delegation made the recommendation last week during the 2nd Cycle of Universal Periodic Review of the Philippines not to lower the age of criminal responsibility. Alicia Bala, Undersecretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, said prosecuting children as young as 12 would also signify that the authorities had given up on the children. Bala said it was too early to judge the Juvenile Justice Law because it had yet to be implemented properly. She said children in conflict with the law should not be treated by the state as hardened criminals but as victims of circumstances beyond their control.

If the age of criminal responsibility is set to low, HB 6052 suggests, the notion of responsibility becomes meaningless. To avoid that, there should be made a close relationship between criminal liability and other social rights such as civil majority (Commentary, Rule 4 of “The Beijing Rules”).

Edith Mychalewicz, a PhD student in International law who is currently a Legal Research intern at CLRDC added that “there has yet been no study that lowering the age of criminal responsibility has a positive effect on the rate of children´s so called anti-social behaviour. Only sensible rehabilitation programs and respectful behaviour towards the young member of our society, can have a positive effect on lowering the number of cases of children in conflict with law.”

“Under no circumstances that House Bill 6052 is fair to our children! Consequences such as higher numbers of child prisoners will be a step backward on our common goal towards the full enjoyment of human rights by everyone,” Mychalewicz further stressed. CLRDC and its nationwide networks of children’s organizations support the recommendations of Germany and Norway and pronounced that Juvenile Justice Law must be effectively implemented as amendment is not the solution for the State implementers’ failure to fulfil and discharge its human rights obligations to the children.”

Children’s Legal Rights and Development Center, Inc.
401-B, CRM Building, No. 106 Kamias Road, Quezon City
Tel. No. 4333199

CLRDC conducted orientation workshop on Anti-VAWC Law for Barangay Women’s and children’s Department (BWCD), Bagong Silang

On November 27, 2012, The Children’s Legal Rights and Development Center (CLRDC), Inc. conducted an orientation workshop on Anti-Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC) Law for the members and officers of Barangay Women and Children Department (BCWD) of Barangay 176, Bagong Silang, Caloocan City, the biggest barangay in the whole Metro Manila.

The said activity was conducted upon the request of the office of Barangay Kagawad Ruth Fradejas, Head of the BCWD of Barangay 176, made to CLRDC through the latter’s Children’s Action Resource Education (CARE) Project at Bagong Silang.

The  participants were attended by fourty (40) personnel from BCWD, all of whom directly handle and investigate cases of VAWC in Bagangay 176.

Since 2010, throught its CARE project, CLRDC has been providing awareness-raising activities and legal education to the communities at barangay 176 on children’s rights and the laws, with the objective of helping the local government prevent or reduce cases of violence against women and children, particularly child sexual abuse. CARE project also provides direct legal intervention to some cases referred by the community.

In  2011, CLRDC has received an Awared of Recognition from the office of Hon. Apolinario Trinida, Barangay Captain of Barangay 176 “for CLRDC’s time, knowledge and support extended to the Barangay Council for the Protection of Children in combatting violence against children through awareness-raising and capacity building activties.”

To better attain the objective of CARE project, CLRDC is also sharing its extended desk office with the office of the Barangay Human Rights Action Center (BHRAC) of Barangay 176.  CLRDC is a member of BHRAC.