[In the news] Church leaders express fear over alleged Red-tagging of NCCP -Manila Bulletin

Interfaith organization Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform (PEPP) expressed overwhelming fear over the list of alleged “front organizations of local Communist terrorist groups (CTG)” as presented by the Department of National Defense (DND). The list included the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP). The list was presented on November 5 by Major General Reuben…

[Statement] No to disaster profiteering, Yes to people-centered solutions: On the sixth-year anniversary of the Yolanda typhoon -SPARK

Six years ago, typhoon Yolanda made landfall in the country and devastated regions in Southern Luzon and the whole Visayas. Nearly a million shelters were destroyed, displacing more than 4 million families, and severely affecting more than 13 million people. About 6,000 individuals lost their lives, and up to a thousand are still missing. Despite…

[Statement] We demand Trade Justice, Reject RCEP and Corporate Trade Deals! -Trade Justice Pilipinas

Workers, farmers, fishers, indigenous peoples, rural women, and health and trade justice advocates have all come out on the streets over the last few weeks to lead various protest actions across the region against the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement or RCEP—touted as the biggest regional free trade and investment deal. The negotiations are now…

[Press Release] Labor demands tripartite investigation over raids and mass arrests in Bacolod -NAGKAISA Coalition

The country’s biggest labor coalition, Nagkaisa!, is demanding a tripartite investigation over the simultaneous raids and mass arrests conducted by security forces Thursday night against members of militant labor and women groups in Bacolod City to protect workers’ right to self-organization. “We won’t let this assault on freedom pass without demanding accountability from authorities who…

[Statement] Civil society groups convey concern about human rights to ASEAN leaders -Forum-Asia

(Bangkok, 2 November 2019) – Today, for the first time in five years, a formal inter-face meeting took place between ASEAN Foreign Ministers and representatives of ASEAN civil society groups. The civil society organizations came as representatives of the ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ASEAN People’s Forum (ACSC/APF), which was held in Bangkok in September 2019. The…

[Statement] Out of sight, out of mind. What you don’t know won’t hurt you. Time heals all wounds. -FIND

Whoever came up with these clichés must not have known a desaparecido. The vivid narratives about their lives, heroism, and martyrdom endlessly told and retold by their families interweave truthful memories of those forced out of sight but can never be forced out of mind. The families’ vacillation between the hope of finding the disappeared…

[Tula] Hustisya sa mga desaparesidos -ni Greg Bituin Jr.

wala kaming puntod na titirikan ng kandila hanggang ngayon, sa mahal namin ay nangungulila sila’y aktibistang nagsikilos upang lumaya mula sa pagsasamantala ang bayan at dukha inorganisa ang kababaihan, manggagawa magsasaka, kabataang estudyante, ang madla ang guro, manininda, abugado, mangingisda subalit sila’y dinukot, sinaktan, iwinala hinanap ng pamilya ang kanilang katauhan nagtungo sa mga ospital,…

[In the news] Bayan Muna, Gabriela offices in Bacolod raided by military, police — Zarate -INQUIRER.net

Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Carlos Zarate said on Thursday evening that combined forces of the police and military have raided the regional offices of Bayan Muna, Gabriela, and the National Federation of Sugar Workers (NFSW) in Bacolod, Negros Occidental. According to information from Zarate, elements from the Philippine Army wrongly alleged that 57 persons, including…

[Urgent Alert] Offices of three people’s organizations in Bacolod, home of 2 activists in Metro Manila raided -KARAPATAN

Karapatan strongly condemns the raid of the offices of Gabriela, Bayan Muna and the National Federation of Sugar Workers (NFSW) in Bacolod City on the evening of October 31, 2019. Police operatives used a search warrant issued by Executive Judge Cecilyn Burgos-Villavert of Branch 89 of the Regional Trial Court in Quezon City to target…

[Press Release] Labor group calls for re-nationalization of public utilities amid manifold crisis -PM

A labor group, Partido Manggagawa (PM), on Wednesday called on the government to consider re-nationalizing public utilities involved in the delivery of essential services in the face of deteriorating condition particularly in water and power services. The call was in response to President Duterte’s pronouncement that he may utilize his emergency powers, which include taking…

[From the web] OPINION: Killings of 7 youths spark tensions in new Muslim autonomous region -ABS-CBNnews

Officials of the new regional autonomous government in Muslim Mindanao are conducting a separate probe into reports that seven youths, including several minors, were massacred by government troops on October 23 amid an outpouring of anger on social media in southern Philippines provinces, towns and villages. Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) Spokesperson and…

[In the news] IRR for ‘Bawal Bastos’ law signed -INQUIRER.net

The implementing rules and regulations (IRR) for a new law that penalizes catcalling, wolf-whistling, sexist and homophobic slurs, unwanted sexual advances and other forms of sexual harassment in public spaces, workplaces, schools, and online were signed on Monday. Members of the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) and the Technical Drafting Committee (TDC) led the signing…