Perfecto Caparas

An award-winning investigative journalist and licensed attorney, Perfecto Caparas took his oath as a member of the newly-formed National Union of Journalists of the Philippines’ North America Chapter.

Leila M. de Lima: Unsilenced

Former Senator Leila M. de Lima discusses with Pressenza journalist Perfecto Caparas how she fulfilled her senatorial duties—for over 5 years out of her 6-year term—in prison. “… my being alive and in detention sent a stronger message against the…

Ex-senator Leila M. de Lima extols women human rights defenders

Detained former senator Leila M. de Lima shares with Pressenza journalist Perfecto Caparas her views and insights on international human rights law in light of her own experiences as a political prisoner.  “We were able to show that in the…

Political prisoner Leila M. de Lima: “Promote critical thinking”

Political prisoner Leila de Lima—former senator, justice secretary, and chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights—analyzes the Filipinos’ political culture during her interview with Pressenza journalist Perfecto Caparas. She ended up behind bars after earning the ire of former president Rodrigo…

Leila M. de Lima: “drug war’s” prisoner of conscience

Here’s the next part of Pressenza’s two-part interview with political prisoner Leila M. de Lima – former senator, justice secretary, and chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights – conducted by journalist Perfecto Caparas. De Lima discusses challenges to the rule of law…

Leila M. de Lima – “drug war’s” prisoner of conscience

Pressenza journalist Perfecto Caparas interviewed political prisoner Leila M. de Lima, former senator, justice secretary, and chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights. On October 9, 2022, de Lima was taken hostage by a fellow prisoner inside her cell where former president Rodrigo Duterte’s…

Leila M. de Lima – “drug war’s” prisoner of conscience

Pressenza journalist Perfecto Caparas interviewed political prisoner Leila M. de Lima, former senator, justice secretary, and chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights. On October 9, 2022, de Lima was taken hostage by a fellow prisoner inside her cell where former president Rodrigo Duterte’s…

Hope grows amid Burma’s crushing military coup – NGO graduates 25 “agents of change”

by Perfecto Caparas INDIANAPOLIS – Showcasing their resilience and undying hope despite the covid-19 pandemic and military junta’s atrocities, 25 students graduated recently from the National University of the Union of Myanmar (NUUM). During their commencement ceremonies on August 27,…

Journalists wage campaign against “culture of impunity”

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines assailed the lack of accountability on the part of human rights violators that spurs a “culture of impunity” in the country. “Lack of accountability over harassment and attacks makes further threats more…

“Broaden and make safe civic spaces” – Former Commissioner Karen S. Gomez Dumpit, Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines

In this second part of her interview with Pressenza, former commissioner Karen S. Gomez Dumpit of the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines stresses the need for government to refrain from red-tagging political dissenters. She urges the administration of…

“Even the dead cannot rest” – Karen Gomez Dumpit, Former Commissioner, Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines

In her 2-part interview with Pressenza journalist Perfecto Caparas, former commissioner of the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines (CHRP) Karen S. Gomez Dumpit narrates how former president Rodrigo Duterte’s government stymied CHR, an independent constitutional commission. This, amid the…