[Statement] Instead of investing in a life of dignity for the poor, the government pursues the path of killing and retribution -iDEFEND

Instead of investing in a life of dignity for the poor, the government pursues the path of killing and retribution Human rights advocates led by In Defense of Human Rights and Dignity Movement (iDEFEND) Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) and Freedom From Debt Coalition (FDC) gathered as early as 10:30 Monday morning near…

[In the news] Bayan secretary general Renato Reyes thanked Duterte for being the force who untied groups in protest of his administration -PhilStar.com

Bayan secretary general Renato Reyes thanked Duterte for being the force who untied groups in protest of his administration. “He has united workers and labor groups in protest against his administration. He has united workers and labor groups against contractualization. He has united women’s groups against misogyny,” Reyes said. He added: “He has united religious…

[From the web] SONAY -State of Nanays Address -Oriang

SONAY -State of Nanays Address Sama-sama po ang mga Nanay mula sa batayang sektor ang magpapahayag ng tunay nilang karanasan sa dalawang taon na pamumuno ni Duterte. Sa panahon na mataas ang bilihin dahil sa TRAIN Law, sa panahon na hindi sustenable ang produksyon ng pagkain ng bansa dahil walang pa rin sapat na ayuda…

[Statement] Duterte, just like his predecessors, has only used the SONA to promote himself, preserve the status quo and advance the interests of the economic elite -BMP

The Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP) explained that Philippine society is divided into ‘two nations’. On one hand, a nation of rent-seeking property-owners and another nation of paupers who are forced to sell their labor-power and have always been at the losing end of state policies. “Year in, year out the toiling masses have yearned…

[Tula] Swapang -ni Rene Boy Abiva

Swapang ni Rene Boy Abiva Anong manhid at lupit sumuso ng pamahalaan sa barker ng dyip na si Bobong at sa gasoline boy na si Buting: mula sa pandesal na tres pesos ang isa na s’yang agahan sa gaya nilang maralita, na madalas parisan ng kapeng tingi-tingi sa tindahan ni Aling Lita na malabnaw sa…

[From the web] Non-Moro IP Provisions in Senate Bill 1717 and House Bill 6475: Compliant to FAB-CAB and the 1987 Philippine Constitution -By Alim M. Bandara

Non-Moro IP Provisions in Senate Bill 1717 and House Bill 6475: Compliant to FAB-CAB and the 1987 Philippine Constitution By Alim M. Bandara[1] The two versions of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) –Senate Bill 1717 and House Bill 6475 have been met with diverse reactions from different stakeholders in the Bangsamoro core areas and outside…

[From the web] End Police Abuses -HRW

Philippines: End Police Abuses New Police Chief Should Reject ‘Drug War,’ Ensure Independent Investigations The new head of the Philippine National Police (PNP) should urgently address police involvement in “drug war” killings and other abuses, Human Rights Watch said in a June 11, 2018 letter to Director General Oscar Albayalde. The police chief, who assumed…

[Event] Not Going Metal: The #PassAMMB Green Fair -SOS YB

Not Going Metal: The #PassAMMB Green Fair July 14, 2018 Sagul Malingap Foodpark 43 Malingap Street, Teacher’s Village East, 1101 Quezon City, Join us for a day of poetry, exhibits, and talks about the environment, and learn more about the Alternative Minerals Management Bill (AMMB)! The AMMB is a new mining bill that puts the…

[Urgent Appeal] (PHILIPPINES) Torture of Indigenous People -TFDP

URGENT APPEAL July 9, 2018 (PHILIPPINES) Torture of Indigenous People ISSUES: Assertion of right to life; freedom from torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment ______________________________________________________ Dear friends, The Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) is forwarding to you an appeal regarding the torture of four indigenous people in Upi, Maguindanao.…

[Statement] Madugo’t mapula, basta NutriAsia -Y4HRD

Madugo’t mapula, basta NutriAsia YOUTH FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND DEMOCRACY Youth for Human Rights and Democracy (Y4HRD) stands with the contractual workers of NutriAsia who were violently dispersed during a picket held in Marilao, Bulacan last week. NutriAsia has continuously failed to provide its workers with equitable salaries, additional overtime fees and benefits, protective gears…

[Statement] Against arbitrary arrest of minors under “Oplan Tambay”

STATEMENT AGAINST ARBITRARY ARREST OF MINORS UNDER “OPLAN TAMBAY” We, the organisations named below, make this statement to express our serious alarm about the widespread arbitrary arrests of children taking place throughout the Philippines under the ‘Oplan Tambay’ project of the Philippine government. We note that President Duterte issued a directive that children found loitering…

[Statement] No One is safe from Torture -MAG

No One is safe from Torture MAG Statement on the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture Genesis Argoncillo alias “Tisoy” was just waiting for the cellphone load he bought from the store next to their house in Novaliches, Quezon City when the policemen arrested him for not wearing a shirt. He was brought…

[Statement] Justice for Tisoy and All Victims of Torture -Balay

Justice for Tisoy and All Victims of Torture Today, Balay marks the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture with deep sadness and anger. We join those who mourn and denounce the death of Genesis Argoncillo, 22, and call on authorities to hold accountable those who allowed his death to happen. Policemen arrested Argoncillo,…

[Event] Basta! Run Against Torture (BRAT XII) -UATC

Basta! Run Against Torture (BRAT XII) -UATC Torture is abhorrent. Torture is illegal. Yet torture is inflicted on men, women and children in the Philippines and well over half the countries around the world. Despite the universal condemnation of torture, it is still being used openly and secretly using national and international security from acts…

[Tula] Zaragosa ni Rene Boy Abiva

Zaragosa ni Rene Boy Abiva Lumuha ng dugo ang Birheng Niebe at Batang Kristo nang mabuwal sa kanilang harapan ang alay na kordero. Umagos at dumayukdok ang mga butil ng dugo sa paanan ng kulay puti at gintong pulpito, mula sa tatlong butas ng punglong idinuldol sa kanyang bungo. Nagapas ang kanyang hininga ‘di dahil…