[Press Release] Put Network Back on Air, Duterte Should Rescind ABS-CBN Shutdown; Congress Should Renew License

Philippines: Put Network Back on Air Duterte Should Rescind ABS-CBN Shutdown; Congress Should Renew License (Manila, May 7, 2020) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte should rescind an order to shut down ABS-CBN, the country’s largest broadcast television and radio network, Human Rights Watch said today. The House of Representatives, whose inaction on bills to renew…

[Press Release] Philippine Government Misusing Covid-19 Law Against Critics -HRW

Philippine Government Misusing Covid-19 Law Against Critics Activists Charged with Sedition, ‘Fake News’ By Carlos H. Conde Philippine authorities are increasingly using the Covid-19 pandemic and new public health restrictions as an excuse to charge political opponents and activists with criminal offenses. The latest targets were seven activists trying to distribute food aid last week…

[Press release] EcoWaste Coalition Backs BOC’s Unyielding Action to Re-Export South Korean Garbage despite the COVID-19 Outbreak -EcoWaste Coalition

EcoWaste Coalition Backs BOC’s Unyielding Action to Re-Export South Korean Garbage despite the COVID-19 Outbreak 23 April 2020, Quezon City. The environmental health group EcoWaste Coalition lauded the Bureau of Customs (BOC) for its assurance to complete the re-export of the illegal plastic waste shipments from South Korea that entered the country in 2018. Citing…

[Press Release] Human rights groups lament the weaknesses in the government response to COVID19 one month after the ECQ -iDEFEND

Human rights groups lament the weaknesses in the government response to COVID19 one month after the ECQ Quezon City- Human rights groups lamented the weaknesses in the government program to address COVID19 one month after the enforcement of the enhanced community quarantine, particularly the lack of mass testing. In an online press conference assessing the…

[Press Release] Local Government Executives Urged to Heed Health Experts’ Advice against Misting or Spraying of COVID-19 Disinfectants -EcoWaste Coalition

Local Government Executives Urged to Heed Health Experts’ Advice against Misting or Spraying of COVID-19 Disinfectants 12 April 2020, Quezon City. A non-profit environmental health organization has urged local government units (LGUs) to heed the advice by health experts against the spraying of individuals and surfaces or the misting of large areas with disinfectants in…

[Press Release] Political prisoners, assisted by Philippine human rights advocates, seek their release due to COVID-19 pandemic -NUPL

Twenty-two political prisoners, who are 60 years old and above, sickly and among the most vulnerable to the COVID-19, filed a petition before the Supreme Court seeking their temporary release. The petition was filed on April 8, 2020, with the assistance of human rights groups KAPATID and KARAPATAN, together with lawyers from the Public Interest…

[Press Release] Philippines: Reduce Crowded Jails to Stop COVID-19 -HRW

Philippines: Reduce Crowded Jails to Stop COVID-19 Release Low-Level Offenders; Prioritize Older and Ill Prisoners (Manila, April 7, 2020) – Philippine authorities, to stem the COVID-19 outbreak, should release from the country’s overcrowded jails and prison inmates who have been detained or convicted for low-level and non-violent offenses, Human Rights Watch said today. They should…

[Press Release] Hazard Pay for Frontline Environmental Workers Urged for the Duration of the COVID-19 Lockdown -EcoWaste Coalition

(EcoWaste Coalition, together with labor groups, backs hazard pay for garbage collectors) 7 April 2020, Quezon City. The EcoWaste Coalition, an environmental health organization, has proposed to the government the provision of appropriate hazard pay for garbage collectors during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) to stem the spread of the dreaded novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).…

[Press Release] Universalisation ang sagot sa kaguluhan sa anti-covid social amelioration program -PM

Hindi pili (targeted) kundi panglahatan o yaong tinatawag na universal system ang dapat ipatupad bilang solusyon sa malawak na diskontento at kaguluhang nagaganap ngayon sa mga barangay kaugnay ng social amelioration program for COVID-19 . Ito ang binigyang diin ni Ka Rene Magtubo, Tagapangulo ng Partido Manggagawa (PM) sa harap ng kalituhan at kaguluhang nagaganap…