[In the news] Agri, fishery groups cheer, jeer poll results -INQUIRER.net

The result of the country’s national elections, which could spell a stronger administration push for federalism and other controversial policies, drew mixed reactions from agriculture and mining groups. Promining organizations chose to tiptoe around the poll results, while activist groups expressed dismay over the dominance of “convicted plunderers” and “political lackeys” in the winning circle…

[Statement] Stop the Attacks against Human Rights Defenders, and Protect Civic Space in the Philippines

(8 May 2019) – We, the undersigned organizations, strongly denounce the recent death threats addressed to Karapatan Secretary General, Cristina Palabay in the Philippines. These threats and the wider attacks against human rights defenders, journalists, and civil society representatives signify the further constricting of civic space and the silencing of dissent in the country. We…

[Press Release] “Endgame”- human rights, environment groups’ final push for 2019 electoral agenda -PAHRA

Manila, Philippines—Human rights defenders, environmentalists, and grassroots communities held on Wednesday a series of activities in a final push for what they called “rights-centered” electoral agenda in the upcoming May 2019 elections. Using hashtags #SampuSigurado, #IsyuHindiKandidato and #SagotMoBaAko, the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA), Greenpeace SEA-Philippines, Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM), Bantayog Initiative, In…

[Event] WTF PH! Rak to the Future – DAKILA

Friday at 7:30 PM – 12 AM 2 days from now pin Tomato Kick Scout Mandriñan Street Corner Tomas Morato Avenue Third Floor, POS Building, 1103 Quezon City, Philippines Only one week to go before the elections! Join us in pushing for the future we want in WTF PH! Rak to the Future on May…

[Event] #KarapatDapat FB live Series sa May 6, 2019, 6PM -PAHRA

#KarapatDapat FB live Series sa May 6, 2019, 6PM. SAMA-SAMA nating PAG–USAPAN ang mga isyu ng mamamayan dahil #KarapatDapat na pinag-uusapan ngayong halalan ay ang #IsyuHindiKandidato. Ano nga ba ang mga isyung nakakaapekto sa atin, naitanong mo naba sa mga kumakandidato kung #SagotMoBaAko? Pls share. Gamitin ang hastags na #KarapatDapat, #IsyuHindiKandidato at #SagotMoBaAko. Panoorin ang…

[Video] Lakbay ng Taumbayan! -KALIPUNAN

Alamin ang kuwento ng pagpupunyagi, pag-asa at paghamon ng mga manlalakbay mula Marawi at Baguio hanggang Manila, kung bakit kinakailangang isulong ang adyenda ng taumbayan, labanan ang Chacha at Pederalismo, at magkaisa ang mga batayang sektor tungo sa lipunang para sa lahat, hindi sa iilan. Ito ang mga kwento ng #LakbayNatin ——— Support #KarapatDapat na…

[Event] Miting de Avance ng Taumbayan, May 10

Makiisa sa Miting de Avance ng Taumbayan! Tatlong araw bago ang national midterm elections, dinggin ang #AgendaNatin para sa isang malayang senado laban sa chacha at diktadura. Kita-kits sa May 10 sa People Power Monument! Simula ng programa: 4:30 pm. 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM Panalangin ng Taumbayan para sa Malayang Sanado 5:30 PM –…

[From the web] Why we should not dance to Duterte and Arroyo’s Cha-Cha: Unpacking the neoliberal and authoritarian agenda behind federalism -Focus on the Global South

Since his presidential campaign in 2016, Rodrigo Duterte has promised to change the country’s form of government to federalism. Now, more than two years after he was elected President, the following proposals that seek to revise the constitution have been filed in Congress: (1) Resolution of Both Houses (RBH) No. 8; (2) PDP-Laban Federalism Institute’s…

[Press Release] EcoWaste Coalition Urges COMELEC-Authorized Agencies to Step Up Removal of Illegal Election Campaign Materials -EcoWaste Coalition

5 May 2019, Quezon City. The zero waste advocacy group EcoWaste Coalition urged all agencies duly deputized by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) to intensify the ongoing drive against illegal election campaign materials. “As the campaign for the midterm polls enters the final stretch, we can expect more candidates and parties to step up their…

[Tula] Ulan-Dagitab -ni Rene Boy Abiva

Ulan-Dagitab ni Rene Boy Abiva Halos araw-araw kung tipunin ng dibdib ng langit ang sumisilakbong alyenasyon ng bakal na mundo; halos gabi-gabi’y nais niyang pakawalan ang mga pumailanlang na tibok ng puso at hininga na mula sa bunganga ng mga dukha sa lupit-bangis-lalim ng dilim na animo’y lalamunan ng nilulumot-inaamag na balon; at walang sandali…

[Press Release] Groups Welcome Canada’s Offer to Take Back Trash, Calls for Transparency to Ensure Nation’s Interest is Served Well -EcoWaste Coalition

3 May 2019, Quezon City. Environmental health and justice groups have welcomed Canada’s offer to get their garbage in the Philippines re-exported to its origin. As reported yesterday by the Canadian media, the government of Canada has sent “a formal offer” to the government of the Philippines to have the illegal garbage shipments that arrived…

[Statement] Today is World Press Freedom Day -NUJP

As we mark this day, we note that more than any administration since the unlamented Marcos dictatorship, never have freedom of the press and of expression been under siege as during the presidency of Rodrigo Duterte. Never has any president, Marcos included, openly spearheaded the attacks and vilification of media. We have also seen how…