Ignite Awards Distinguished Judges

Seasons One and Two

2017 – 2020

Atty. Jose Manuel Diokno,

Atty. Diokno is the founding dean of the De La Salle University (DLSU) College of Law, and the Chairperson of the Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG), the oldest and largest association of Filipino human rights lawyers. He was the General Counsel of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee in the 12th Congress, and is one of the Philippines’ foremost human rights lawyers. 

Aurora Parong, M.D.

Dr. Parong served as a board member of the Human Rights Victims Claims Board. She served as board member of the Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board, a quasi-judicial body which recognized and provided reparation to victims of human rights violations during martial law under the Marcos regime. 

She was formerly the Section Director of Amnesty International Philippines and Executive Director of the Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) and the Medical Action Group (MAG). As a medical doctor, she helped many individuals during martial law in the 70s. She was later detained and became a political prisoner. She is a staunch advocate of human rights.

Khoo Ying Hooi, PhD.

Dr. Khoo Ying Hooi is Deputy Head and Senior Lecturer at the Department of International and Strategic Studies, University of Malaya. Currently a columnist in a local Chinese newspaper, Sin Chew Jit Poh, Ying Hooi is the Editor-in-Chief of Malaysian Journal of International Relations (MJIR), and she sits in the Board of Editors with the Indonesian Law Review (ILREV). Ying Hooi is Malaysia’s national focal point for the thematic study on the right to education under the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human

Rights (AICHR). She holds several other positions including, Assistant Secretary-General in the Society for the Promotion of Human Rights (PROHAM), Vice Chair in the Courage Fund Cambodia, Advisory Panel in the World Alliance for Citizen Participation (CIVICUS) Monitor. Prior to her academic career, Ying Hooi worked at several corporate sectors and the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM) as the Head of International Issues and Cooperation. 

Bayang Barrios

Bayang Barrios is a musician and singer who hails from Bunawan, Agusan del Sur and is known for her use of indigenous instruments and styles. She is multi-awarded and has written songs on women’s rights and the indigenous peoples struggle. She is also a stage actor, a peace advocate, environmental activist and a social worker.

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