[From the web] Defending the Philippines -Global Witness

Environmental activists at the mercy of business at all costs Duterte’s broken promises are leaving activists at the mercy of business at all costs in the Philippines, the country with the most killings of land and environmental defenders in 2018. In 2018, 30 land and environmental defenders were killed in the Philippines, making it the…

[From the web] People’s resistance to RCEP intensifies, amplifying #NotoRCEP call! -Focus on the Global South

As governments scramble to save the proposed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement , peoples from Southeast Asia have consolidated their strong opposition to this ambitious and unjust trade and investment agreement Meeting at the ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ ASEAN Peoples Forum held recently in Thailand under the Convergence Space on Trade, Investment and Corporate…

[Statement] on OGPI FTAA renewal -ATM

We are greatly disappointed with this development. ATM believes that OceanaGold Philippines, Inc. (OGPI) had failed to substantially comply with the requirements of a renewal for FTAA. It did not inform the local governments about its application and has not secured the free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) of the affected indigenous peoples. This interim…

[Press Release] Active Vista Human Rights Film Festival challenges Acts of Erasures on Victims of Martial Law and the Drug War

Quezon City, Philippines – Premiering on the eve of the 47th anniversary of the Martial Law declaration, the 7th edition of Active Vista International Human Rights Film Festival presented last Sept 20, 2019 to around 1,000 invited audiences at the Cine Adarna of the University of the Philippines Film Center the much-awaited screening of the…

[From the web] Human rights, Religious and Democracy groups commemorate martial law with cultural performance

Quezon City- Members and networks of the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA), Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Philippines (AMRSP), Peoples’ Coalition for Authentic Democracy (PCAD) and In Defense of Human Rights and Dignity Movement (iDEFEND) held last Saturday, September 21 a joint program commemorating 47 years since martial law was declared…

[From the web] Kayabangan at kasakiman, bunga ng kawalan ng pakialam sa kapwa at kalikasan -Veritas

Pinasinayaan ng Kanyang Kabunyian Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle ang Solar Power Facility ng Holy Apostles Senior Seminary sa Guadalupe Makati, ika-17 ng Septyembre. Ayon kay Cardinal Tagle, isang magandang hakbang ito lalo na ngayong buwan na ipinagdiriwang din ang Season of Creation. Binigyang diin ng Arsobispo ng Maynila na ang paggamit sa natural…

[Press Release] Workers commence Martial Law protests against intensifying state violence and repression -BMP

Workers initiated the series of protests today commemorating the anniversary of the declaration of martial law at the DOLE, denouncing intensified repression and violence by both capitalists and the government. Led by the socialist political center, Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP), workers from Cosmic Enterprises Inc., Zagu Foods, Megacem, Pacific Plaza Towers, and Bestank raised…

[Statement] There is no future in mining -ATM

ATM Statement on the Opening of Mining Philippines 2019 September 10, 2019 Quezon City –“Responsible mining” is a myth, and even the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines (COMP) has stopped pretending it exists. The concept didn’t find any space in the theme nor in the program for the annual international mining confab that opens…

[Statement] We Won’t Be Silenced! – Lilak Statement on the Arrest and Detention of Young Women Environmental Activists

Lilak strongly condemns the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines’ (CoMP), Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila’s, and the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) violent response to what was meant to be a peaceful and non-disruptive protest action. On September 10, Tuesday, a silent protest amid the Mining Philippines International Conference and Exhibit by young women from the…

[Statement] Teachers deserve a salary with dignity -TDC

Statement of the Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) for the Senate Hearing on Salary Increase Proposals  September 10, 2019 We are present here today to ask for the collective wisdom of the Senate as regards to our request for compensation and benefits for public school teachers and DepEd employees on top of the generic Salary Standardization…