[Urgent Appeal] (PHILIPPINES) Torture of Indigenous People -TFDP

URGENT APPEAL July 9, 2018 (PHILIPPINES) Torture of Indigenous People ISSUES: Assertion of right to life; freedom from torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment ______________________________________________________ Dear friends, The Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) is forwarding to you an appeal regarding the torture of four indigenous people in Upi, Maguindanao.…

[Statement] Madugo’t mapula, basta NutriAsia -Y4HRD

Madugo’t mapula, basta NutriAsia YOUTH FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND DEMOCRACY Youth for Human Rights and Democracy (Y4HRD) stands with the contractual workers of NutriAsia who were violently dispersed during a picket held in Marilao, Bulacan last week. NutriAsia has continuously failed to provide its workers with equitable salaries, additional overtime fees and benefits, protective gears…

[Statement] Against arbitrary arrest of minors under “Oplan Tambay”

STATEMENT AGAINST ARBITRARY ARREST OF MINORS UNDER “OPLAN TAMBAY” We, the organisations named below, make this statement to express our serious alarm about the widespread arbitrary arrests of children taking place throughout the Philippines under the ‘Oplan Tambay’ project of the Philippine government. We note that President Duterte issued a directive that children found loitering…

[Statement] No One is safe from Torture -MAG

No One is safe from Torture MAG Statement on the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture Genesis Argoncillo alias “Tisoy” was just waiting for the cellphone load he bought from the store next to their house in Novaliches, Quezon City when the policemen arrested him for not wearing a shirt. He was brought…

[Statement] Justice for Tisoy and All Victims of Torture -Balay

Justice for Tisoy and All Victims of Torture Today, Balay marks the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture with deep sadness and anger. We join those who mourn and denounce the death of Genesis Argoncillo, 22, and call on authorities to hold accountable those who allowed his death to happen. Policemen arrested Argoncillo,…

[Event] Basta! Run Against Torture (BRAT XII) -UATC

Basta! Run Against Torture (BRAT XII) -UATC Torture is abhorrent. Torture is illegal. Yet torture is inflicted on men, women and children in the Philippines and well over half the countries around the world. Despite the universal condemnation of torture, it is still being used openly and secretly using national and international security from acts…

[Tula] Zaragosa ni Rene Boy Abiva

Zaragosa ni Rene Boy Abiva Lumuha ng dugo ang Birheng Niebe at Batang Kristo nang mabuwal sa kanilang harapan ang alay na kordero. Umagos at dumayukdok ang mga butil ng dugo sa paanan ng kulay puti at gintong pulpito, mula sa tatlong butas ng punglong idinuldol sa kanyang bungo. Nagapas ang kanyang hininga ‘di dahil…

[Press Release] Balay urged parties in conflict to ensure protection of civilians in the on-going military- BIFF clashes

Balay urged parties in conflict to ensure protection of civilians in the on-going military- BIFF clashes Balay has called on concerned local government units and the military authorities to uphold humanitarian protection and to take steps to ensure civilian safety and welfare following the reported deaths of a pregnant woman and a 14-year old boy…

[Tula] Nutri-Asia -ni Rene Boy E. Abiva

Nutri-Asia ni Rene Boy E. Abiva Panay ang pang-eenganyo ng mga imahe sa ‘sang dambuhalang billboard sa kahabaan ng Edsa at North Luzon Expressway bitbit nila ang paulit-ulit mong islogan mula 1996 hanggang ngayon: “ masarap, masaya ang lutuin kung hahaluan ng Datu Puti, Silver Swan, UFC, Mang Tomas, PAPA, Golden Fiesta at Locally.” Habang…

[Statement] Power for People calls for the immediate suspension and permanent removal of erring ERC commissioners -Power for People Coalition

Power for People calls for the immediate suspension and permanent removal of erring ERC commissioners The decision of the Ombudsman suspending the 4 ERC commissioners for allowing Meralco’s mishandling of the bill deposit accounts once again confirms that the ERC commissioners have colluded with and continually favored the Meralco to the detriment of the consumers…

[Statement] We condemn in the strongest sense all forms of killings being perpetrated under this government, its disregard for the rule law and due process and lack of respect to life -PMPI

PMPI Statement on the unabated killings under Duterte government News on the death of another priest Fr Richmond V. Nilo, the Parish Priest of St. Vincent Ferrer Parish in Zaragoza, Nueva Ecija enraged us. He was reportedly shot by two unidentified gun men through the church’s window while preparing for the Sunday mass. Fr. Nilo…

[From the web] Rebalancing privatization: Keeping public services public -by Rene Ofreneo

Rebalancing privatization: Keeping public services public by Rene Ofreneo The approval by the House of Representatives of House Bill 7437 prohibiting the privatization of government hospitals is a welcome development. As explained by the bill’s principal author, Angelina Tan, public health institutions “should remain public and should continue to serve the poor.” There are more…

[Tula] Fire Tree -ni Rene Boy Abiva

Fire Tree ni Rene Boy Abiva Patapos na ang taglagas at tag-init at pasibol na ang sunod na siklo’t kabanata ng mundo nang ako’y ‘yong batiin ‘sang masalimuot na hapon sa Kalye Dungon gamit ang mapula’ t manipis mong talulot na ‘alang pag-aatubiling pinitas ng hanging mula Zaragosa sa dikta ng magkasiping n’yong katwiran at…

[From the web] The Coal Death March: Limay, Bataan’s Case for Climate Justice -by Beatrice Tulagan, ClimateStories.ph

The Coal Death March: Limay, Bataan’s Case for Climate Justice by Beatrice Tulagan, ClimateStories.ph Once upon a time, there was a fifty-seven-year-old grandmother with kind eyes. She was loved dearly in her community for leading the charge against a coal stockpile in her neighborhood. In her spare time, she manned her family’s karaoke bar and…