[Statement] CHR spokesperson on the Philippine fishing boat rammed by a Chinese vessel and our right to self-determination

The Commission on Human Rights echoes the condemnation of the Department of National Defense, Department of Foreign Affairs, and other concerned Philippine officials and parties against the acts of a Chinese fishing vessel, which rammed and sank a Filipino fishing boat, then merely leaving 22 Filipino fishers as casualties in open water without help. We…

[Statement] FIND condemns the enforced disappearance of journalist and human rights defender Margarita Valle

The Families of Victims of Involuntary Disappearance (FIND) condemns in the strongest possible terms the enforced disappearance of journalist and human rights defender Margarita Valle. On 9 June 2019, her son Rius Valle posted the following on Facebook: “Margarita Valle, 61 years old, my mother, was illegally arrested today by members of PNP in Laguindingan…

[Statement] Statement of CHR Spokesperson, Atty. Jacqueline Ann de Guia, on the mistaken arrest of journalist Margarita Valle

Carrying out arrests must be done with the utmost due diligence. The slightest mistake impacts the fundamental rights of the arrested person. The Constitution clearly outlines the standards on how it should be carried out, which law enforcement authorities must always abide in the exercise of their duty. In particular, the right to call or…

[Statement] Peke ang SOT Bill ng administrasyon -BMP

Ngayong halos lahat ng labor group ay mayroon nang kritisismo laban sa pekeng Security of Tenure (SOT) Bill, na hindi naman nagbibigay ng seguridad sa trabaho sa mga manggagawa, laluna sa mga nakaempleyo sa tinaguriang trabahong “non-core”. Panahong nang likhain ang pinakamalawak na pagkakaisa ng manggagawa para ipaglaban ang repormang totoong pupuksa sa salot na…

[Statement] Groups criticize the decision of the Philippine government not to participate in international climate talks

June 6, 2019 We strongly criticize the arrogant, self-righteous, myopic and misplaced decision of the Philippine government not to participate in international climate talks. We have been diligently following and engaging in the climate negotiations for the last 12 years, as civil society organizations and peoples movements from developing countries. We are keenly aware and…

[Statement] TDC on DepEd’s Oplan Balik-Eskwela

In less than a week, classes will resume. And while the DepEd is preparing for everything from classrooms, books, facilities, school security and coordination with other agencies, it seems to forget the single most important factor in the learning process- the teachers. The DepEd should address the welfare concerns of our teachers as well- by…

[Statement] PNFSP criticize another attempt to discredit Lumad schools

Philippine Network of Food Security Programmes, Inc. (PNFSP) vehemently condemn another desperate attempt by the military to discredit and close down the Lumad schools, Alternative Learning Center for Agricultural and Livelihood Development (ALCADEV) and Tribal Filipino Programs for Surigao del Sur (TRIFFPSS) on the pretext of legislative inquiry orchestrated by the Office of the Presidential…

[Statement] WE WILL NOT BE SILENCED -PAHRA

PAHRA Statement of Philippine News Agency article on SEC Revocation and Red Tagging WE WILL NOT BE SILENCED We will not be silenced by the disinformation being orchestrated by the Duterte government to stifle dissent. The recent report made by Philippine News Agency (PNA), citing the revocation of the registration of the six non-government organizations…

[Statement] Stop the Attacks against Human Rights Defenders, and Protect Civic Space in the Philippines

(8 May 2019) – We, the undersigned organizations, strongly denounce the recent death threats addressed to Karapatan Secretary General, Cristina Palabay in the Philippines. These threats and the wider attacks against human rights defenders, journalists, and civil society representatives signify the further constricting of civic space and the silencing of dissent in the country. We…

[Statement] Today is World Press Freedom Day -NUJP

As we mark this day, we note that more than any administration since the unlamented Marcos dictatorship, never have freedom of the press and of expression been under siege as during the presidency of Rodrigo Duterte. Never has any president, Marcos included, openly spearheaded the attacks and vilification of media. We have also seen how…