[Statement] Amnesty International Philippines on Ph govt’s move to shut down ABSCBN

Amnesty Statement on Ph govt’s move to shut down ABSCBN: Amnesty International condemns the Philippine government’s latest efforts to clamp down on the media, including the Solicitor General’s ongoing attempts to shut down ABS-CBN, one of the country’s largest TV networks. Amnesty International calls on the government to immediately end any moves to shut down…

[From the web] EU body flags grave concern over human rights, ‘shrinking’ media freedom in PH -CNN Philippines

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 12) — The European Commission flagged “grave” concerns over drug war deaths, attacks on human rights defenders, and shrinking media freedom in the Philippines. The body, which evaluates the grant of duty-free exports for Philippine companies sending their goods to the European Union, pointed out pressing issues in the country.…

[People] Overcoming poverty -by Fr. Shay Cullen

There is extreme poverty in the world, 1% of rich people have more money and wealth than the combined wealth of 4.6 billion people who have almost nothing. Worldwide there are about 735 million people in extreme poverty. In the Philippine, there are an estimated 6 million people in extreme poverty. Why is there so…

[Featured site] DAHAS: Violence, Human Rights, and Democracy in the Philippines

The Third World Studies Center of the University of the Philippines Diliman and the Department of Conflict and Development Studies of Ghent University started in January 2018 the research and advocacy project “Violence, Human Rights, and Democracy in the Philippines.” This project brings together representatives from the academic community, civil society, and the media into…

[Statement] HRW reaction to petition by Solicitor General Calida asking the Philippine Supreme Court to issue a gag order on ABS-CBN case

HRW reaction to the petition by Solicitor General Calida asking the Philippine Supreme Court to issue a gag order on ABS-CBN case: “This is ridiculous, a clear case of adding insult to injury. First, the government petitions to end the ABS-CBN franchise and now it is proposing to silence all critics with an absurd gag…

[Announcement] Focus on the Global South is hiring! Regional Program Coordinator & Content Creator and Outreach Coordinator

Focus on the Global South is a non-governmental organization with offices in Thailand, Cambodia, the Philippines, and India. Focus combines policy research, advocacy, activism, and grassroots capacity building in order to generate critical analysis and debates among social movements, civil society organizations, elected officials, government functionaries, and the general public on national and international policies…

[From the web] Environmental groups oppose the renewal of the mining contract of Ocean Gold Philippines, Inc. -ATM

Various environmental groups led by local organizations in Nueva Vizcaya, expressed their strong opposition against the renewal of the mining contract of Ocean Gold Philippines, Inc. (OGPI). Green group Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM) supported the call of Didipio Earth Savers Multisectoral Alliance (DESAMA) and demanded the immediate cancellation of Financial and Technical Assistance Agreement No.…

[From the web] Duterte Seeks to Shut Network, Case Against ABS-CBN Attacks Media Freedom -HRW

The Philippine Congress should reject President Rodrigo Duterte’s apparent misuse of regulatory powers against the country’s largest broadcast network, Human Rights Watch said today. On February 10, 2020, the Office of the Solicitor General filed a petition before the Supreme Court seeking to nullify the franchise of ABS-CBN, which has long faced Duterte’s ire for…

[Statement] HRW reaction to quo warranto case filed by the Philippine government against ABS-CBN

The quo warranto case filed by the Solicitor General today against ABS-CBN, the country’s largest and most influential network, has all the indications of political harassment. This is clearly an attempt by the Duterte government to intimidate or control ABS-CBN, which has aired and published critical reporting on the government, including its deadly “war on…

[From the web] Voting 227-0-0, the House of Representatives approved on 3rd reading House Bill (HB) No. 5869 on Tuesday, February 4

The measure would expand the coverage of Republic Act (RA) No. 9262 or the Anti-Violence Against Women and Children Act and define electronic violence or information and communications technology (ICT)-related violence as any act that involves the “use or exploitation of data or any form of information and communications technology which causes or is likely…

[Off-the-shelf] The Killing State: 2019 Philippine Human Rights Situationer -PhilRights

Halfway through the Duterte regime, the human rights situation in the Philippines continued its descent to violence, fear, and impunity. In 2019, three years into President Rodrigo Duterte’s rule, the strongman’s impulse for violence manifested itself through even more harmful and lethal means. The continuation of the so-called war on drugs, the escalation of attacks…

[Press Release] Report: Worsened human rights crisis in 2019; Duterte’s real legacy is full-scale assault on people’s rights -PhilRights

PhilRights’ report The Killing State: 2019 Philippine Human Rights Situationer describes a worsening human rights situation creating a hostile environment for ordinary Filipinos. QUEZON CITY – President Duterte’s real legacy is the full-scale assault on people’s basic rights and the dismantling of democratic guarantees of Filipinos, the Philippine Human Rights Information Center (PhilRights) asserted. “If…

[Statement] Rights group expresses concern over reported anomalous DICT disbursements -FMA

The Foundation for Media Alternatives expresses grave concerns over the alleged misuse of confidential funds by the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) for the purpose of conducting surveillance activities. On Monday, February 3, former DICT Undersecretary Eliseo Rio, Jr. confirmed his resignation from the agency, citing the lack of transparency in the disbursement…

[From the web] Creation of JIPCO: Institutionalizing the Massive Workers’ Rights Violations and Re-Affirming the State’s Policy of Cutting Militant Unionism -CTUHR

Labor rights NGO, Center for Trade Union and Human Rights (CTUHR) condemns the creation of the Joint Industrial Peace and Concern Office (JIPCO) in various economic and freeport zones in Central Luzon. “JIPCO is institutionalizing the massive workers’ rights violations in the economic zones. It is also a re-affirmation of the state’s policy of crushing…