[From the web] On the first anniversary of the unresolved T’boli massacre Group hits Duterte plan to extend martial law in Mindanao -sanlakasfamily.blogspot.com

On the first anniversary of the unresolved T’boli massacre Group hits Duterte plan to extend martial law in Mindanao Quezon City, Philippines – Progressive groups Sanlakas and Partido Lakas ng Masa Partylist staged protest actions at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Armed Forces of the Philippines, Camp Aguinaldo as they commemorate…

[From the web] Labor Rights Group Releases “Bananas and Bullets: A Special Report on the Struggle of Banana Workers in Sumifru in Compostela” -CTUHR

Labor Rights Group Releases “Bananas and Bullets: A Special Report on the Struggle of Banana Workers in Sumifru in Compostela” On October 1, 2018, workers of Sumifru Philippines Corporation, a Japanese-owned multinational company, launched a strike over the company’s various labor rights violations. As the workers resisted and protested against the exploitative measure of the…

[From the web] Another Rights Lawyer Murdered in the Philippines Killing Highlights Land Conflict in Negros -by Carlos H. Conde

Another Rights Lawyer Murdered in the Philippines Killing Highlights Land Conflict in Negros By Carlos H. Conde Researcher, Asia Division Human Rights Watch @condeHRW By most accounts, Benjamin Ramos died doing exactly what he had always done as a human rights lawyer: helping his clients free of charge. On the evening of November 6, Ramos…

[From the web] AFAD Expresses Concern over the Election of India, Philippines and Bangladesh in the United Nations Human Rights Council

AFAD Expresses Concern over the Election of India, Philippines and Bangladesh in the United Nations Human Rights Council The Asian Federation Against Enforced Disappearances (AFAD) expresses serious concern over the election of some of the 18 new member states into the United Nations Human Rights Council. Among the elected states of the Asia Pacific region,…

[From the web] Labor Rights Group Condemns Brutal Dispersal of Banana Plantation Workers’ Strike; Demands Accountability of Sumifru and Its Cohorts in Duterte Government -CTUHR

Labor Rights Group Condemns Brutal Dispersal of Banana Plantation Workers’ Strike; Demands Accountability of Sumifru and Its Cohorts in Duterte Government Labor rights group, Center for Trade Union and Human Rights (CTUHR) strongly denounces the violent dispersal of the workers’ strike at Sumifru Philippines Corporation in Compostela Valley. On October 11, 2018, 11th day of…

[From the web] UN: Philippines, Eritrea Don’t Belong on Rights Council Competition-Free Slates Undermine Body’s Credibility, Effectiveness -HRW

UN: Philippines, Eritrea Don’t Belong on Rights Council Competition-Free Slates Undermine Body’s Credibility, Effectiveness (New York, October 11, 2018) – United Nations member countries should oppose the candidacies of the Philippines and Eritrea for the Human Rights Council because of their egregious human rights records, Human Rights Watch said today. Serious rights violations in Bahrain…

[From the web] Artist group organizing film screenings in schools slams ‘red-tagging’ -DAKILA

Artist group organizing film screenings in schools slams ‘red-tagging’ DAKILA, the artist-activist group behind the Active Vista Human Rights Film Festival, condemns the ‘red-tagging’ of the Duterte administration of schools, youth, artists and groups organizing Martial Law-themed film screenings. DAKILA, a group known to organize film screenings complemented with discussions on social messages of the…

[Statement] On AFP & Malacanang’s Statement Implicating Trade Unions in “Red October”: Ridiculous, Irresponsible and Sinister -CTUHR

On AFP & Malacanang’s Statement Implicating Trade Unions in “Red October”: Ridiculous, Irresponsible and Sinister The Center for Trade Union and Human Right (CTUHR) slammed the statements made by AFP Chief Galvez and AFP Chief of Staff for Operations Brig. Gen. Antonio Parlade with Ms. Tina Monzon-Palma on September 21,2018, alleging that the issue of…

[From the web] SONAY -State of Nanays Address -Oriang

SONAY -State of Nanays Address Sama-sama po ang mga Nanay mula sa batayang sektor ang magpapahayag ng tunay nilang karanasan sa dalawang taon na pamumuno ni Duterte. Sa panahon na mataas ang bilihin dahil sa TRAIN Law, sa panahon na hindi sustenable ang produksyon ng pagkain ng bansa dahil walang pa rin sapat na ayuda…

[From the web] Non-Moro IP Provisions in Senate Bill 1717 and House Bill 6475: Compliant to FAB-CAB and the 1987 Philippine Constitution -By Alim M. Bandara

Non-Moro IP Provisions in Senate Bill 1717 and House Bill 6475: Compliant to FAB-CAB and the 1987 Philippine Constitution By Alim M. Bandara[1] The two versions of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) –Senate Bill 1717 and House Bill 6475 have been met with diverse reactions from different stakeholders in the Bangsamoro core areas and outside…

[From the web] End Police Abuses -HRW

Philippines: End Police Abuses New Police Chief Should Reject ‘Drug War,’ Ensure Independent Investigations The new head of the Philippine National Police (PNP) should urgently address police involvement in “drug war” killings and other abuses, Human Rights Watch said in a June 11, 2018 letter to Director General Oscar Albayalde. The police chief, who assumed…

[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…

[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…