[in the news] Cops arrest homeless Lola who shouted at tanods warning about curfew -RAPPLER.com

MANILA, Philippines – Manila Police arrested Monday night, March 16, a 69-year-old homeless woman after she supposedly shouted expletives at barangay officials who were roving in the area to disseminate information about the looming curfew in Manila. Dorothy Espejo, jobless and who lives on the streets in Leveriza, Malate, faces 3 charges including violation of…

[In the news] Youth groups raise 7 demands to gov’t to address COVID-19 crisis -Manila Bulletin

Seven national youth groups on Monday have raised seven-point demands in a bid to control the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic that has caused worldwide fears and panic. These groups are Anakbayan, Panday Sining, League of Filipino Students (LFS), National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP), College Editors Guild of the Philippines…

[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…

[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…

[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…

[In the news] CHR concerned over alleged ‘faked’ approval, consultation from IPs to push Kaliwa Dam project -GMAnews

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) expressed concern over alleged faked consultation and approval from affected indigenous communities to push through the construction of Kaliwa Dam in Quezon CHR spokesperson Jacqueline Ann de Guia said the free prior and informed consent (FPIC) is necessary to activities that affect indigenous peoples’ (IPs) ancestral lands, territories and…

[In the news] UP Visayas community condemns threats against students after viral cheer routine -GMA news

The University of the Philippines Visayas’ Student Council and other student organizations over the weekend said they “strongly condemn” the harassment received by UPV organization the Skimmers after their cheer critical of the Duterte administration’s policies went viral. “With the increased instances of red-tagging by this oppressive state whenever the University raises awareness and action…