[In the news] Zagu workers go on strike to protest ‘union busting, contractualization’ -INQUIRER.net

The workers of famous pearl shake chain Zagu went on strike Thursday to protest alleged “union busting and illegal contractualization.” “The Union filed a Notice of Strike last January to address these issues, but discussions collapsed earlier this week,” the Organization of Zagu Workers – Solidarity Unions in the Philippines for Empowerment and Reforms (Organiza-Super)…

[In the news] Allen Capuyan appointed indigenous peoples’ commission chairman -RAPPLER.com

Controversial retired colonel Allen Capuyan has a new role under the Duterte administration – chairperson of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP). President Rodrigo Duterte signed his appointment on May 27. It was made public on Tuesday, June 4. This is Capuyan’s 4th post under Duterte’s presidency. First, he was Manila International Airport Authority…

[In the news] House OKs bill defining rights, guaranteeing fundamental freedoms of rights defenders -GMAnews

The House of Representatives on Monday approved on third and final reading the measure seeking to define the rights and guarantee the fundamental freedoms of human rights defenders. Voting 183-0, the chamber approved House Bill 9199, principally authored by the seven members of the progressive Makabayan bloc and Albay Representative Edcel Lagman. The measure aims…

[In the news] Duterte delegates distribution of diplomas; Palace says President ‘struggled to be awake’ -GMAnews

President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday deviated from the traditional practice of personally handing out diplomas to graduates of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA). Duterte, the commander-in-chief of the country’s armed forces, delegated this function for the first time to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, who distributed the diplomas to most of the 261 members of the…