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by Jared Enriquez

[Week of April 7] The Human Rights Online Philippines brings you the important news and information you need to know about everything that matters. Stay well-informed about the Philippines concise summaries of news articles about human rights, digital, environment, labor, arts, and politics:


Coca Cola Philippines is taking heat after labor rights group slam the soft drink company of its gross disrespect of worker’s rights and violations of the Philippine labor laws after refusing to regularize its more than 600 contractual employees who are working for them for decades.

On 21 March 2018, Liga na Pinalakas ng Manggagawa sa Coca-Cola FEMSA Philippines – Liga ng Manggagawa para sa Regular na Hanapbuhay (LPMCCFP – LIGA) staged protest action after the Coca-Cola FEMSA Philippines Inc., (CCFPI) management refused to implement the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Region IV-A’s decision to regularize its 675 employees.

This incident manifests that the President Rodrigo Duterte failed to fulfill his promise. Remember that during the 2016 presidential campaign, phasing out of contractualization is one of his major promises and he also threatened to cancel the business permits of those who will not abide.

Human Rights Online Philippines supports labor groups’ collective actions as we appeal to the public to support their campaign on ending contractualization in the country.


Human rights groups and human rights defenders condemn the arrest of Kadamay member and urban poor rights defender Ruby Lacadman at her residence in Brgy. Cacutud, Pampanga after being arrested by virtue of a warrant of arrest for murder for a person named “Ruby Palabrica Y Quitason” last March 29.

The warrant which was issued by Regional Trial Court (RTC) 6th Judicial Regional Branch 60 in Cadiz City, Negros Occidental also states that Quitason is included in the proscription petition filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) seeking to formally identify more than 600 individuals as “terrorists” who were linked to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the New People’s Army (NPA).

Karapatan Secretary General Christina Palabay also demanded the immediate release of Ruby Lacadman.

“We demand the immediate release of Ruby Lacadman, and the immediate junking of Duterte’s fake terror list. Duterte, once a state prosecutor, is now the top state persecutor. Not only has he ignored the legitimate demands raised by activists and progressive groups, he proudly treads the path towards dictatorship. We are all put at risk by Duterte’s maneuvers. With the arrest of Lacadman, the Duterte regime is once again showing its seriousness in facilitating acts of reprisal, veiled under malicious tagging, against those who have actively tried to engage his government and call him out on the numerous rights violations committed under his directive, complicity, and tolerance,” said Palabay in a statement published on Karapatan’s website.


After the recent exposure of Cambridge Analytica’s (CA) scandal, a British political consulting firm, Facebook is now drawing flak after the social media giant admitted to improperly sharing the data of 1,175,870 Filipinos with CA.

The goal is to use these data to analyze the behavior of voters and segment them depending on their personalities and interests, allowing the company to profile users and micro target them with their political campaigns.

“If you know the personality of the people you’re targeting, you can nuance your messaging to resonate more effectively with those key groups,” Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix said in a 2016 speech.

Facebook’s Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer, on the other hand, said that it’s already taking precautionary measures to prevent this kind of incident to happen again in the future.

“Two weeks ago we announced important changes to Facebook Login. Starting today, Facebook will need to approve all apps that request access to information such as check-ins, likes, photos, posts, videos, events and groups. We started approving these permissions in 2014, but now we’re tightening our review process — requiring these apps to agree to strict requirements before they can access this data. We will also no longer allow apps to ask for access to personal information such as religious or political views, relationship status and details, custom friends lists, education and work history, fitness activity, book reading activity, music listening activity, news reading, video watch activity, and games activity. In the next week, we will remove a developer’s ability to request data people shared with them if it appears they have not used the app in the last 3 months,” Schroepfer said in a statement.

Reports have shown that Cambridge Analytica helped U.S President Donald Trump to execute its successful digital campaigns and win the US elections. It is also said that the firm had a hand in the Philippine presidential race in 2016.

*Jared Enriquez, former Editor-In-Chief of The Adamson Chronicle, now shares his passion in writing and digital security as intern of the Human Rights Online Philippines.

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