PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Court acquits former policeman of masterminding of Ely Binoya’s murder Follow the news on Philippines to go further News Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders today condemned the acquittal on 6 March of former police officer and village chief Ephraim Englis on charges of masterminding the murder of journalist Ely Binoya on 17 June 2004.A regional court in the southern city of General Santos found there was insufficient evidence against Englis but it rejected a request for the acquittal of a second suspect, Alfonso Toquero, who is accused of shooting Binoya.“This trial is absolutely unacceptable,” Reporters Without Borders said. “No witness was questioned by the court, and the family, which was not there when the verdict was issued, took three days to get a copy of the court’s decision. How could it issue such a verdict when the evidence of Englis’s guilt was confirmed by several testimonies and video footage filmed shortly after the murder by the TV station ABS-CBN?”The victim’s widow, Grace Binoya, told the Center for Media Freedom and Responsability (CMFR): “We are all very saddened by this decision. Please help us.” She added that she intended to turn to the justice department and the supreme court for help.————————————————————————-26.08.2004Ely Binoya case: two suspects turn themselves inEphraim “Toto” Englis and Alfonso Toquero, who were wanted for the murder of journalist Ely Binoya, surrendered to the police on 23 August but are insisting on their innocence. Englis, a former policeman and village chief, is alleged by police to have masterminded the murder.In conclusions issued on 12 July, the prosecutor in charge of the case accused Englis, Toquero and two other persons of participating in the murder. A warrant for their arrest was issued a month later.Binoya had accused Englis and other local leaders of corruption and Binoya’s wife remains convinced of Englis’ guilt.__________________________________________________________________________________18.06.2004Murder of radio journalist who criticised local politiciansReporters Without Borders today voiced dismay at the murder yesterday in the southern Philippines of Eliseo “Ely” Binoya, a radio journalist known for outspoken political commentary on local Radyo Natin in Malongon, and urged the authorities to do everything possible to ensure that those responsible receive an exemplary punishment.Binoya, 49, who was also the radio station’s manager, was returning to Malongon from the nearby city of General Santos by moped when he was gunned down by two persons on another moped. He died instantly after being shot him three times in the back. “Some hit-men have been arrested for previous murders of journalists but the instigators have never been brought to justice,” Reporters Without Borders complained in a letter to interior minister José Lima. “As a result, the Filipino judicial authorities allow the instigators to continue silencing their press critics with complete impunity.”The organisation urged the minister to ensure that the police and judicial authorities not only investigate Binoya’s murder thoroughly but also continue carrying out thorough investigations into all the previous murders of journalists.Binoya had just brought a complaint against three associates of Malongon mayor Teodorico Padernilla, who had often been the target of corruption allegations by Binoya. He said in the complaint that the three men – Kolot Padernilla (the mayor’s nephew), Bobot Toreta and man know as “Balong” – had attacked him physically on 7 June. He also said he had received death threats on several occasions.General Santos police chief Willie Dangane said the three men were suspects in Binoya’s murder and were wanted by the police.Binoya is the second journalist to have been killed this year in the Philippines because of his work. Rowell Endrinal of radio DZRC was gunned down by two hit-men on a motor-cycle on 11 February in the central city of Legaspi.A record number of seven journalists were killed in the Philippines in 2003, the highest total since democracy was established in 1986. May 3, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Philippines: RSF and the #HoldTheLine Coalition welcome reprieve for Maria Ressa, demand all other charges and cases be dropped Receive email alerts June 1, 2021 Find out more Mass international solidarity campaign launched in support of Maria Ressa Organisation News February 16, 2021 Find out more PhilippinesAsia – Pacific News Filipina journalist still held although court dismissed case eleven days ago March 13, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 News
Investors are being discouraged from considering environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) factors by a misunderstanding of what ESG means, according to the chief investment officer of one of the UK’s largest auto-enrolment pension schemes.Some of those involved in the debate were focusing on ethics rather than investment when discussing ESG issues, creating a barrier to adoption, said Nico Aspinall, chief investment officer at the People’s Pension.“A lot of people discussing ESG are still talking about ethics, not investment,” Aspinall said in an interview for a Pensions Policy Institute (PPI) report. Jargon was abundant, which was confusing those trying to get to grips with the issues, he added. “There are two worlds between institutional investment and [the] green lobby, and they risk speaking different languages,” the CIO said. “This is getting better, but there needs to be more bridge builders who can bring both groups together.”The institute’s report – written by its head of policy research Daniela Silcock – noted that there was confusion among trustees, independent governance committees, advisers and investment managers as to the purpose and definition of ESG.“Proponents generally agree that ESG is a confusing shorthand and does not necessarily reflect the philosophy behind the practice,” the report said.Another barrier to the consideration of ESG factors, according to the report, was the low level of involvement that pension scheme providers had with investment decisions.Almost all schemes invested in pooled funds or used third-party investment managers to make day-to-day investment decisions, but the extent to which ESG factors were taken into account varied between fund managers and it was difficult for trustees to distinguish between approaches, the report said.Many fund managers offered “ethical funds” to defined contribution (DC) scheme members, it added, but these would require people to make an active choice, generally at a higher cost than the default option.The importance of controlThe People’s Pension – a £5bn (€5.6bn) master trust scheme run by a not-for-profit organisation, B&CE – was moving towards taking more control of how it approached ESG, Aspinall said.Under its current approach, he said, the master trust did not have direct control of how investment managers voted and engaged on behalf of the pension scheme, “which means we compromise with other investors on issues and what actions to take”.“We want to do more here,” said the CIO.In another interview for the PPI report, Faith Ward, chief responsible investment officer at £30bn Brunel Pension Partnership, one of the UK’s new local government pension scheme asset pools, said advisers and managers were often “not fully informed about ESG, and they misadvise clients”.“Trustees and advisers need to be fully equipped to understand the relevance of potential ESG issues,” added Ward.The PPI report was sponsored by Redington. According to Lydia Fearn, head of DC and financial wellbeing at the investment consultancy, it did so because “it can sometimes feel that there are more questions than answers when it comes to ESG”.The PPI report can be found here.