[Statement] Urging President Duterte to Veto the “SIM Card and Social Media Registration Act”

Statement Urging President Duterte to Veto the “SIM Card and Social Media Registration Act”

We urge President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to veto the bill entitled “An Act Eradicating Mobile Phone, Internet or Electronic Communication-Aided Criminal Activities, Mandating For This Purpose Ownership Registration of All Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) Cards For Electronic Devices and Social Media Accounts”, also known as the “Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) Card Registration Act” recently ratified by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Philippines.

The intent and purpose of trying to eliminate illegal activities enabled by mobile phones, the Internet, or other electronic communication-aided crimes are noble. However, the bill is deeply flawed. It contains provisions that are overly vague, violate constitutional guarantees of freedom of expression, freedom of association, personal privacy, and endangers the safety of Filipino citizens and children.

While the benefits of SIM card registration are still under debate, of utmost concern are the provisions on social media registration.

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[Off-the-shelf] Digital Rights in Southeast Asia 2021/2022 | DigitalReach

Digital Rights in Southeast Asia 2021/2022

DigitalReach’s annual report on digital rights in Southeast Asia reviews the digital rights situation in Southeast Asia over a calendar year. The latest report seeks to understand the influence of technology on the development of human rights between January and December 2021. It serves as a guide for DigitalReach and our partners on digital rights-related work in the region.

The highlight of this year’s report is digital authoritarianism in Myanmar, which focuses on the tactics used by the Myanmar military. This is followed by a discussion of developments that fall under the organization’s three core areas of work: freedom of expression and access to information, the right to privacy, and digital security.

Click the link to read more: digitalreach.asia

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[Right-Up] Teachers as Believers of Marcos Lies | by Norman Novio

Teachers as Believers of Marcos Lies

I cannot imagine as I truly lament teachers being Marcos apologists. They are the kind of human beings who first taught us the evils of cheating, lying, and any form of academic, behavioral, and disciplinary misconduct, but continue to defend a cheater and a liar joining the Philippine presidential race.

The biggest “scholastic dishonesty” that Marcos Jr. and his minions of teachers-apologist is when he lied about his educational achievements. I was surrounded by teachers at home and relatives and friends beyond it, both real and virtual. I cannot remember any of them lying about their educational status. Much more they are condoning those who lie about it or any other lies related to the pursuit of education, teaching in particular.

But some mentors are fighting nail and tooth for the truth about the evils of the Marcos dictatorship just like the teachers from all over the world condemning Hitler’s Nazi regime.

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[Statement] on the arrest of health worker Dr. Natividad ‘Naty’ Castro | CHR

Statement of the Commission on Human Rights on the arrest of health worker Dr. Natividad ‘Naty’ Castro

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) expresses grave concern over the manner of arrest of health worker Dr. Natividad ‘Naty’ Castro early Friday, 18 February 2022 in San Juan City.

Dra. Naty had been red-tagged for her work as a human rights and development worker. Before the pandemic hit the country in 2020, Castro initiated several health programs in Mindanao. She also brought members of the Lumad community before the United Nations in Geneva to seek help against harassment in their areas. She also once served as secretary-general of rights group Karapatan in the Caraga region.

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[Video] Indigenous Peoples’ Electoral Agenda | Lilak

Indigenous Peoples’ Electoral Agenda

Watch here: https://fb.watch/bgJQ3xPect/

Kilalanin ang lupaing ninuno. Itigil ang kriminalisasyon sa IPs – Ilan lamang ito sa mahahalagang itinutulak ng mga katutubo ngayong #Halalan2022.

Panoorin ngayong February 17, Thursday, 4:00 to 6:00 PM, ang buong INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ ELECTORAL AGENDA. LIVE sa Facebook Pages ng In Defense of Human Rights and Dignity Movement, LILAK (Purple Action for Indigenous Women’s Rights), at Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center.

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[Video] Woke D Talk 2022 | Episode 2 | PUSO, KANDIDATO, AGENDA NG TAO | TFDP and Y4R

Woke D Talk 2022 | Episode 2 | PUSO, KANDIDATO, AGENDA NG TAO

PUSO, KANDIDATO, AGENDA NG TAO
buma-valentines 😍😍
Pag-usapan natin mga ka-WOKE! Kasama si ka-woke na Jayjay ng Most Holy Trinity Parish

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[Event] WAR on DRUGS: BALA ang BATAS, WALANG NALUTAS | PAHRA

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Makibahagi sa ating UNA sa INTER-ACTIVE FORUM SERIES!
Makikipagtalakayan para sa MAS EPEKTIBO, MAKATAO at KOMPREHENSIBO na #KarapatDAPAT na PROGRAMA.
“WAR on DRUGS: BALA ang BATAS, WALANG NALUTAS”

February 11 (Biyernes) | 10am | Via Zoom and Streamed-LIVE sa FB Page ng PAHRA.

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[Video] Environment and Human Rights | iDEFEND

Together with In Defense of Human Rights and Dignity Movement, LILAK (Purple Action for Indigenous Women’s Rights), Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center, and Convergence of Initiatives for Environmental Justices (CIEJ), Alyansa Tigil Mina invites you to watch the iDEFEND’S Human Rights Electoral Agenda 2022 Livestream Discussion “Environment and Human Rights”
Streamed-live last February 11, 2022, Friday at 4PM.

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[From the web] On the arrest & detention of Doctor Ma. Natividad Castro | FLAG

STATEMENT OF THE FREE LEGAL ASSISTANCE GROUP (FLAG) ON THE ARREST, DETENTION, AND WHEREABOUTS OF DOCTOR MA. NATIVIDAD CASTRO:

FLAG is gravely concerned as to the whereabouts of Dr. Ma. Natividad Castro.

On February 18, 2022, police officers took Dr. Castro from her home in San Juan, pursuant to an alleged Warrant of Arrest issued by RTC Branch 7 of Bayugan City.

FLAG was retained as counsel by Dr. Castro’s relatives when she was taken from her home. FLAG immediately sought access to Dr. Castro at the Intelligence Group, Camp Crame where she was reportedly brought and detained. Before this, Dr. Castro’s sister, who was also at Crame, was also not allowed access, as was another lawyer, who was a friend of the family.

Upon inquiry, police officers from the Intelligence Group informed FLAG that Dr. Castro was no longer at Camp Crame as she was supposedly “brought to the airport” to be “delivered to the court” in Butuan City. Family members proceeded to the airport but were not able to see her there. The scheduled flight to Butuan took off without any confirmation of Dr. Castro being on board. Requests for copies of the warrant of arrest, reports and documents relative to Dr. Castro’s arrests and transportation likewise went unheeded.

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[Press Release] PAHRA launches Human Rights Electoral Agenda for 2022

PAHRA launches Human Rights Electoral Agenda for 2022

The Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) launched on Saturday, Feb. 5, its comprehensive human rights electoral agenda called #KarapatDapat. More than 70 representatives from human rights organizations, civil society and grassroots organizations, party-list groups, and religious organizations joined the launch via Zoom and Facebook Live.

Secretary-General Ellecer “Budit” Carlos discussed how crucial it is for pro-democracy forces and citizens to stand their ground and emphasize that human rights is indispensable in good governance and that it should be the primary framework for public service and expressed in political platforms as the nation prepares for the national and local elections in 2022. He said that while there are candidates who are promising to promote, protect, and integrate human rights in their own electoral platform of governance, there are also notorious candidates who pose a threat to human rights and human rights defenders. The Karapatdapat Campaign also enables support for surfacing pro-human rights candidates and prevents candidates who will surely be tyrants and despots from winning the elections.

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[Featured Site] KASAMA Riders FB page

Kalipunan ng mga Riders para sa Makabayang Adbokasiya (KASAMA Riders) was established on January 2022 as an umbrella political organization and amalgamation of riders’ clubs all over the National Capital Region. Upon establishment, it already consists of around 500 members from 5 different riders clubs as member organizations.

Among its advocacies include the general welfare of all riders, road safety, and protection, protecting basic human rights of the riding community, and defending kasama riders from labor disputes.

https://web.facebook.com/KASAMARiders/

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[From the web] ATM, green groups back Baguilat, Hontiveros, Diokno, and de Lima senatorial bid

ATM, green groups back Baguilat, Hontiveros, Diokno, and de Lima senatorial bid

Alyansa Tigil Mina and allied environmental groups threw their support behind the senatorial bid of four green champions in an online green sortie where the groups publicly declared their endorsement of Cong. Teddy Baguilat, Sen. Risa Hontiveros, Atty. Chel Diokno, and Senator Leila de Lima.

Jaybee Garganera, ATM National Coordinator, said the four senators are the first senatoriables ATM is endorsing, as they have been known champions of green bills, particularly the Alternative Minerals Management Bill.

As incumbent legislators, Cong. Baguilat, Sen. Hontiveros, and Sen. De Lima have proposed the legislation of the AMMB, which aims to rationalize mining towards national development while protecting the rights and interests of communities.

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[From the web] J&T umatake na sa panggigipit sa mga rider | Kasama Riders

J&T umatake na sa panggigipit sa mga rider

J & T umatake na ng panggigipit sa mga rider nito sa buong pilipinas.
Nagbaba ng kautusan (Memo) ang J&T management na nagbabawas sa Salary, incentives sa bawat parcel at gas allowance.

Kagaya ng ibang kumpanya unti-unti na nilang mas pinapahirapan ang kanilang mga delivery rider na silang nagpapakapagod para maideliver sa tamang oras (on time) ang bawat parcel na pinapadala ng mga costumer nito.

Ngayon ay inaalis o binabawasan ang mga dati ng natatanggap ng mga sariling rider nila na kapalit ng kanila pawis at pagod.

Dahil ba mga rider lang? at walang kakayanang ipagtanggol ang kanila karapatan ay gagawin na lamang ng J&T management ang lahat ng panggigipit kahit magresulta pa ito ng pag liit ng kita at pagkagutom ng pamilya ng mga manggagawang rider?

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[From the web] We need genuine universal quality education, not your paltry charity! | SPARK

We need genuine universal quality education, not your paltry charity!

Last week, Senator Kiko Pangilinan filed Senate Bill 2495, or the “Bawat Pamilya May College Gradweyt Act.” The bill is meant as an amendment to the previous R.A. 10931, commonly known as the Free Tuition Law. Pangilinan recognized the economic barriers preventing the aforementioned law from universal application, with how low-income families have more difficulty attaining education. Pangilinan’s bill seeks to expand the free tuition law by ensuring at least 1 college graduate for every family, as well as other subsidies. Pangilinan’s bill however includes specific parameters that will decide which students are eligible for the program – making the effort an exclusive one, and not an affirmation of the universal right to education.

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[Press Release] EILER supports legislative efforts ensuring workers’ right to health and their well-being

Labor NGO supports legislative efforts ensuring workers’ right to health and their well-being

Labor NGO Ecumenical Institute of Labor Education and Research (EILER supports legislative efforts to ensure workers’ right to health and their well-being. This is in light of proposals for a Workers’ Rest Law’ (HB 10717 and SB 2475) that prohibits employers from contacting or giving additional work for employees beyond working hours.

Under the pandemic, workers have further been subjected to labor flexibilization and difficult work set-up such as working from home or working on-site without the guarantee of ayuda and quarantine leaves if they contracted Covid-19. Many employees, especially those under work from home set-up, have complained about being forced to attend work-related activities beyond work hours without additional pay. This negatively impacts workers’ physical and mental health. Aside from this, workers also face repressive and discriminatory policies such as the “no vaccine, no work” policy being imposed on various workplaces.

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[Statement] Ipaglaban ang substansyal na dagdag sahod sa panahon ng krisis sa kalusugan at kabuhayan | BMP

Ipaglaban ang substansyal na dagdag sahod sa panahon ng krisis sa kalusugan at kabuhayan

Ang Bukluran ay nananawagan sa lahat ng mga samahan ng manggagawa na igiit ang substansyal na pagtataas sa minimum na sahod. Ito ay kagyat na kahilingang hindi na makakapaghintay pa sa pagpapalit ng rehimen matapos ang halalan sa Mayo.

Napako ang minimum na sweldo habang patuloy ang pagtaas sa mga batayang pangangailangan ng mga pamilya ng maggagawa. May mga regional wage boards na ang huling kautusan ay noon pang 2018 (see table).

Ang minimum na sahod ay nananatiling malayo sa Konstitusyunal na garantiya para sa living wage. Ito ay kahit pa ang “demand for a living wage” ang numero uno sa dapat na sampung batayan ng wage board sa pagtatakda ng minimum wage, ayon sa RA6727 o Wage Rationalization Act.

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[Statement] On the possible political interference in the disqualification case against Marcos Jr. | PAHRA

PAHRA’S STATEMENT ON THE POSSIBLE POLITICAL INTERFERENCE IN THE DISQUALIFICATION CASE AGAINST MARCOS JR.

The member organizations of the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates are all concerned about the revelation of COMELEC Commissioner Guanzon regarding possible political interference in the ongoing disqualification case against Bongbong Marcos. It is clear that for the past nearly six years of the Duterte regime, big political players aligned with the current regime have been influencing the dispositions of those who represent Philippine institutions which are mandated to provide balance in government.

These deliberate and purposeful intrusions have crippled our democratic institutions and eroded their independence. Through this expose, we bear witness to the emasculation of non-partisan Constitutional Commission officials.

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[Press Release] #FactsFirstPH to Filipinos: The battle for facts needs you | HRW

The battle for facts needs you.

This is what more than 100 organizations from the media, coalitions, civil society, business, academe, law, and the Church said as they launched a first-of-its-kind initiative on Wednesday, January 26, 2022, called “#FactsFirstPH.”

#FactsFirstPH brings together various sectors that are committed to promoting truth in the public space and exacting accountability on those who harm it with lies.

#FactsFirstPH will collectively push for truth-telling and debunking lies through four steps: fact-checking by news organizations; networking by civil society and grassroots groups; research and analysis by academic institutions; and seeking accountability by lawyers groups.

“The attack on facts is personal: if you defend the facts, you’re hammered down, intimidated to stay silent or join the mob. Those aren’t our only options. There is strength in standing up together. Because now more than ever, we need facts,” Rappler CEO and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Maria Ressa said.

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