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[Event] Human rights groups, grassroots activists and civil society organizations launch protest marking the anniversary of the declaration of martial law

Human rights groups, grassroots activists and civil society organizations launch protest marking the anniversary of the declaration of martial law

Quezon City- Human rights groups, grassroots activists and civil society organizations launched in a press conference (September 18, 2020) a joint protest commemorating forty-eight years since the declaration of martial law by the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. The groups gathered at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani to hold memorial rites at the Wall of Remembrance and deliver public statements.

Participants also announced plans to hold a public program on Monday, the anniversary of Marcos’ signing of the declaration of martial law, which includes a mock tribunal against the Duterte government, cultural presentations and other creatives for public participation.

The protesters condemned the role that President Duterte actively plays in rehabilitating the reputation of the Marcos family. Recently the House of Representatives has approved a draft bill designating September 11, the late strongman’s birthday, as a non-working holiday in Ilocos Norte.

Participants also lamented that many of the current and proposed laws as well as Duterte’s executive issuances reflected some of the most oppressive martial law policies during Marcos’ dictatorship.

“Marcos outlawed legitimate organizations and persecuted their members who protested his dictatorship. This repressive measure has found its revival in Duterte’s government, which has enacted the Anti-terrorism law”, said Rose Trajano, Secretary of Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA).

“Ferdinand Marcos’ military tribunal meted out 150 death sentences against civilians during martial law. Many of them political opponents. Today Duterte is pushing for the revival of the death penalty for some heinous crimes but we believe that could easily include political activism,” said Fr. Angel Cortez, Co-Executive Secretary of the Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Philippines (AMRSP).

In a statement read by the In Defense of Human Rights and Dignity Movement (iDEFEND), the group protested the unrelenting extrajudicial killings, including those of political activists, land, environment and human rights defenders, as well as the “fast-tracked anti-people economic programs (that) fit the dictatorship blueprint for widespread poverty and oppression”.

The protesters clarified that NEVER AGAIN remains the Filipino’s people’s strongest battle cry against decades of repression, injustice and poverty.

A candle lighting ceremony near a martial law exhibit symbolized the groups’ commitment to freedom, democracy and human rights for all.

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[Video] SONAgKAISA’s July 17, 2020 Press Conference

 

“More than a hundred groups are set to stage protests on July 27, Rodrigo Duterte’s State of the Nation Address (SONA).

In an online press conference this morning, July 17, Sen. Francis Pangilinan said the groups will come together to protest the slow and inadequate response of the government to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, signing of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020, the non-renewal of ABS-CBN franchise, unemployment, attacks on press freedom, among others.

Dubbed as #SONAgkaisa, Pangilinan said that such broad united front last happened some 20 years ago, and Duterte’s Anti-Terrorism Act has made it possible again.”-Bulatlat

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[From the web] Hong Kong suspends controversial extradition bill after mass protests -CNN Philippines

(CNN) — Hong Kong will suspend a controversial China extradition bill, its leader said Saturday, in an apparent bid to quell further unrest and mass demonstrations throughout the semi-autonomous Chinese city.

Speaking after consultations with lawmakers, Chief Executive Carrie Lam said passage of the bill would be suspended and a second reading due to take place this month canceled. There is no timeline for discussions around the bill to resume, Lam said, and she indicated it likely will not pass this year.

“We have made many attempts to narrow differences and eliminate doubts,” Lam said. “In the last week, tens of thousands of people took part in protests and gatherings. Serious conflicts broke out … resulting in a number of police officers, media workers and other members of the public being injured. I am saddened by this.”

She added that in suspending the bill she hoped the government could “restore calmness” to society. Failure to do so would “deal another blow to the society,” Lam said.

The climbdown over the bill will raise questions over Lam’s future. Before she became Chief Executive in 2017, Lam said she would resign “if mainstream opinion makes me no longer able to continue the job.”

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[Event] Siklab Bayani Para Sa Katotohanan -CAMB-LNMB

Siklab Bayani Para Sa Katotohanan
Organized by the Coalition Against Marcos Burial in the Libingan ng Mga Bayani (CAMB- LNMB)

siklab-bayani-eventNov 30, 2016 (Wednesday, Bonifacio Day)
4pm to 12 midnight (puwedeng ma extend)
6pm (noise barrage; bring noise-makers) – Mag-ingay para sa hustisya!

Please wear BLACK.

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[Event] Sa araw ni Bonifacio, Manindigan para sa Tunay na Kabayanihan! -#BlockMarcos

SA ARAW NI BONIFACIO, MANINDIGAN PARA SA TUNAY NA KABAYANIHAN!

block-marcos-eventsThe #BlockMarcos movement is a group of individuals and organizations who have come together to hold President Duterte accountable for betraying the Filipino people by ordering the burial of the dictator at the LNMB; to demand the immediate exhumation of said dictator’s remains; to counter historical revisionism; to stop the Marcoses’ return to power; and to fight against authoritarianism.

We’d like to thank everyone who has supported the various mobilizations meant to show our rage at Marcos’ burial at the LNMB.

This November 29/30, as we celebrate the birthday of a real hero, Andres Bonifacio, we call on everyone to join us for the following actions coordinated together with student leaders and labor unions, and other organizations and social movements.

OCCUPY LNMB! Go back to the crime scene to demand the exhumation of the dictator’s remains. Bring tents, sleeping bags, harmless shovels, chairs, food, water, musical instruments, placards and signboards. Organize workshops and other educational activities. November 29, 6 PM onwards, LNMB.

MARCH WITH WORKERS TO MALACANANG! Join workers as they demand that President Duterte be held accountable for the burial of Marcos at the LNMB, and as they fight against “contractualization” and other anti-worker policies. November 30, 8 AM, Assembly: TBA but near Morayta Ave, Manila.

JOIN THE CARAVAN FOR JUSTICE! Invite more people to join us demand justice for workers, justice for Marcos’ victims, and justice for the Filipino people betrayed by Duterte by joining a motorcade conducting a moving “noise barrage” from Mendiola to the People Power Monument in EDSA. November 30, 12 NN, Assembly: TBA but somewhere near Mendiola, Manila.

RECLAIM ‘PEOPLE POWER.’ Join thousands of other Filipinos stand up against authoritarianism and fight for the kind of substantive democracy that we have yet to achieve. November 30, 3 PM, People Power Monument.

The dictator may have been interred but we shall not let him rest in peace until we get justice!

Bring your family, friends, colleagues, and everyone hurt and enraged by this act of betrayal. Unity without uniformity, diversity without fragmentation!

#Hukayin #PeopleRising

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[Statement] Grave Historical Injustice Says KILUSAN

Grave Historical Injustice Says KILUSAN
Statement on ‘Surprise’ Marcos Burial at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani

kpd logoThe Duterte administration will be equated with bringing on the greatest historical Injustice to the Filipino people springing forth from a ruling that exemplifies Duterte’s anti-democratic and autocratic ways.

By their actions, the family of former President Ferdinand Marcos acted like the plunderer and thieves they are as they underhandedly kept the Filipino people in the dark as they capitalized on the Supreme Court decision and the backing of President Duterte to bury the body of the dictator.

Clearly, the Marcos do not care nor do they feel any remorse for their outright betrayal of the people’s sovereign will which was actualized by their overthrow in 1986. They are mistaken if by burying the body of the dictator, they can bury the crimes along with him.

Yes, he was a soldier but according to a study conducted by the National Historical Commission, his record was ‘fraught with myths, factual inconsistencies, and lies’ such as his medals, his rank and dubious and controversial war record.

He was elected president but one who abused his powers to plunder the country’s coffers, subjected his people to countless rights abuses and to perpetuate him and his cronies into power until the people, exercising their sovereign power, relegated the Marcoses in the dust bins of history.

How can such a man be made ‘worthy of emulation for generations and generations to come’ as mandated under the RA 289, which mandates who can be qualified to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB) nor be qualified under the AFP Regulations 161-375 since his record reeks of ‘moral turpitude’.

This senseless and shameful burial repeats several times the shame that the Marcos regime brought the nation, dismantles all honors and praises the world has given to the Filipino people for ending the dictatorship and opens the scars and renews the pain and injuries that the people suffered during the dark years of tyranny of the Marcos dictatorship.

We, from Kilusan para sa Pambansang Demokrasya (KILUSAN) are indignant over this betrayal of the people’s sovereign will. This is a dark day for democracy.

We are one with the growing popular movement that asserts the historical fact that Marcos was a tyrant and do not deserve to be at the LNMB. We enjoin everyone to uphold democracy and freedom and oppose all threats and violations of democratic and sovereign rights of the people.

November 18, 2016
PRESS STATEMENT
Reference: Atty. Virgie Suarez, Secretary General of KILUSAN (Kilusan para sa Pambansang Demokrasya) 09088159923

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[Statement] KILUSAN Slams Marcos Burial at LNMB, Brands Decision Reversal of People’s Expressed Sovereign Will

KILUSAN Slams Marcos Burial at LNMB,
Brands Decision Reversal of People’s Expressed Sovereign Will

kpd logoThe decision by 9 Associate Justices of the Supreme Court favoring President Duterte’s order to inter the corpse of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, Sr. in Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB) is a revision of history and reversal of the sovereign will and act of the Filipino people that resisted and overthrew the dictator.

Yes, he was a soldier but according to a study conducted by the National Historical Commission, his record was ‘fraught with myths, factual inconsistencies, and lies’ such as his medals, his rank and dubious and controversial war record.

He was elected president but one who abused his powers to plunder the country’s coffers, subjected his people to countless rights abuses and to perpetuate him and his cronies into power until the people, exercising their sovereign power, relegated the Marcoses in the dust bins of history.

How can such a man be made ‘worthy of emulation for generations and generations to come’ as mandated under the RA 289, which mandates who can be qualified to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB) nor be qualified under the AFP Regulations 161-375 since his record reeks of ‘moral turpitude’.

The decision shows how much the nine justices are willing to compromise whatever sense of justice and history is left in them as well as reveal how much judicial independence has been compromised.

This senseless ruling repeats several times the shame that the Marcos regime brought the nation, dismantles all honors and praises the world has given to the Filipino people for ending the dictatorship and opens the scars and renews the pain and injuries that the people suffered during the dark years of tyranny of the Marcos dictatorship.

We, from Kilusan para sa Pambansang Demokrasya (KILUSAN) are indignant over this ruling that upholds Duterte’s anti-democratic and autocratic ways.

By rejecting the petitioners’ argument, through mere legal technicality and devoid of moral basis, the majority decision paves the way for Duterte to abuse further his authority, holding the country hostage to his campaign promise to the Marcos family in exchange for favors given.

As asserted by all the 5 dissenting principled justices, led by the Chief Justice Sereno, and echoed by many others, including declared ally of Duterte, Senate President Koko Pimentel, the majority’s ruling constitutes grave injustice to the people, especially the victims of human rights violations, and would prolong divisions among the people.

We are one with the growing popular movement that asserts the historical fact that Marcos was a tyrant and consistently opposes the burial of his carcass in LNMB.

We enjoin everyone to uphold democracy and freedom and oppose all threats and violations of democratic and sovereign rights of the people.

Kilusan para sa Pambansang Demokrasya
November 9, 2016

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[Event] Pray For Eight – A Prayer Concert – CAMB-LNMB

Pray For Eight – A Prayer Concert
Coalition Against the Marcos Burial In LNMB (CAMB-LNMB)

Image grabbed from Ruben Felipe FB

Image grabbed from Ruben Felipe FB

November 6, 2016
4:00 PM
Lapu-Lapu Monument, Rizal Park

Why should it be a close vote? The Supreme Court has a constitutional mandate to defend our anti-dictatorship Constitution adopted after the People Power Revolution where we overthrew the despot and tyrant Marcos. Is the SC really about to sanction the burial of a man whom they adjudged to be guilty of ill-gotten wealth (in 2 cases), a dictator (in 18 SC cases) and authoritarian (in 20 cases)?

“Informed sources at the SC said it is, thus far, a very close vote among the justices. A tie would be a go-signal for a state burial. Those opposing it will need 8 votes to block a Marcos burial at the Libingan.”
–Rappler

#PrayForEight #PitoTaloWaloPanalo #NoToMarcosBurialAtLNMB

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[Press Release] Envi protesters against mining arrested during barricade, 2 face raps -ATM

Envi protesters against mining arrested during barricade, 2 face raps

Photo extracted from Doc Ben Molino FB

Photo extracted from Doc Ben Molino FB

atm-logoEnvironmentalists from Sta. Cruz, Zambales including one minor who have been barricading the highway to prevent hauling trucks of a mining company to pass since two weeks ago were arrested by policemen February 6 and 7, Saturday and Sunday.

The hauling truck prevented passage by the citizens is owned by Zambales Diversified Metals Corporation (ZDMC) and were loaded by nickel ore from a mining site in Barangay Lucapon South.

Three (3) environmentalists arrested were Luisa Serrano, Christopher Marzan and one other who has been identified as a minor.

One of the arrested protesters who was proven to be a minor through a school certificate was released last Sunday, while the other two (2) Serrano and Marzan were brought to Fiscal Olivia Non-Finiones for inquest, Monday, February 8.

On February 9, Serrano and Marzan were brought to the Provincial Capital of Zambales and were formally filed a case in violation of Section 107 of Mining Act of 1995.

“Our fight against the mining companies who destroyed our homes, our properties and our livelihood intensifies as the local government continue to take the side of the perpetrators who abused our human rights and degraded our environment.” said Dr. Benito Molino, Chairman of Concerned Citizens of Sta. Cruz, Zambales (CCOS).

“This action by the government earned the distrust of the people of Sta. Cruz, Zambales and has prompted the citizens to take the matters into their own hands, and protect their lives and lands, the best way they know how.” Molino added.

Molino also said that the citizens’ peaceful barricade will continue despite the setback of having the LGU supporting the mining company.

“We will only become bigger and stronger until we get the justice we deserve. The mining companies and the government can continue to intimidate us,

“but we will never leave our grounds, and we will continue fighting against these environmental destroyers.” asserted the CCOS chairman.

Meanwhile, national environmental coalition, Ayansa Tigil Mina (ATM) expressed their support to CCOS and lambasted the police support the local government units provided to ZDMC.

“We are very disgusted with the actions taken by the local government units of Zambales regarding the incident where the arrest of three protesters and an alleged manhandling of one other took place last February 7.” said ATM National Coordinator Jaybee Garganera.

“The people of Zambales are only protecting their right to a healthy and sustainable environment and the aggression they received as response from the very government unit which was supposed to help uphold it, betrayed them through this action” Garganera added.

Garganera also said that the government should sort out their priorities and be one with people, and not take the side of the mining companies which has caused the environmental catastrophe that took the lives of seven (7) citizens during the Typhoon Lando.

He also demanded quick action from the national government, particularly the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) of the Dept. of Environment Natural Resources (DENR), stating that ultimately, the responsibility to regulate these mining operations is their responsibility.

“We at ATM, along with CCOS demand justice for the destruction the mining companies have brought Zambales and its people” Garganera concluded.

The people’s barricade started last January 19, 2016 and has been kept standing by the peoples of Bgy. Bayto and other barangays of Sta. Cruz, Zambales.

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Alyansa Tigil Mina is an alliance of mining-affected communities and their support groups of POs and and other civil society organizations who oppose the aggressive promotion of large-scale mining in the Philippines. The alliance is currently pushing for a moratorium on mining, revocation of EO 270-A, repeal of the Mining Act of 1995, and passage of the AMMB.

For more information:

Jaybee Garganera, ATM National Coordinator (0917) 549.82.18 <nc@alyansatigilmina.net>
Dr. Benito Molino, CCOS Chairperson, (0916) 372.71.84, <ben696molino@yahoo.com>
Jonal Javier, ATM Luzon Site of Struggle Officer, (0917)591.54.72 <atmsosluzon@alyansatigilmina.net>
Check Zabala, ATM Media and Communications Officer (0927) 623.50.66 <checkzab@gmail.com>

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[Press Release] Right to water advocates storm MWSS office -FDC

Right to water advocates storm MWSS office

Water consumers from urban poor communities and indigenous peoples leaders held a protest in front of the office of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System office today to denounce its role in water privatization and to call on government to turn its back on water privatization policies.

FDC

“It is because of privatization of water services which government implemented under the guidance and full financial technical backing of international financial institutions led by the World Bank that the Philippines now has the fifth highest water rates among major cities in the Asia-Pacific. It is also because our water is privatized that the water rate cuts of P1.46 per cubic meter for Maynilad and P7.24 per cubic meter for Manila Water which the MWSS Regulatory Office imposed last year remains unimplemented until now,” Samuel Gamboa, Secretary-General of the Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) said.

The protesters demanded the immediate implementation of the water rate reduction saying there is no legal impediment which prevents the MWSS-RO from doing so especially considering it will benefit millions of consumers.

“The failure of the MWSS to implement the Regulatory Office’s decision has deprived Metro Manila consumers of what would have been welcome relief from high water tariffs charged by Manila Water and Maynilad. It is shameful that the MWSS, instead of standing by their own decision which came after a thorough audit, has been parroting the water companies’ argument that the rate cuts cannot be imposed while arbitration is ongoing,”Gamboa added.

According to FDC, government’s is going full-steam with water sector privatization with PPP projects for bulk water supply in Bulacan worth P24.4 billion and the Kaliwa dam project under the New Centennial Water Source Supply Project woth P18.72 billion, and expansion of private sector investment outside of Metro Manila.

“The Kaliwa dam project which will be implemented under the PPP scheme further highlights the current administration’s emphasis on private sector investments in the water sector. In its eagerness to entice corporations to invest in the NCWSSP, the Aquino administration is running roughshod over indigenous peoples rights and environmental concerns. Why else would they invite investors to bid for the project when they know that the indigenous peoples in the area have not given their Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) as required under Republic Act 8371 or the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act,” Gamboa revealed.

Indigenous groups from the dam site travelled all the way from General Nakar in Quezon province to express their objection to the planned Kaliwa dam.

“We join people from other parts of the world who are taking part in an international week of action expose the truth behind World Bank marketing of key water privatization
successes.

Our own experience with water privatization has thoroughly exposed this lie. In the 17 years since Metro Manila’s water service was privatized, water rates for Manila’s East and West zones have skyrocketed by 800 percent and 1,000 percent respectively. We call on government to turn its back on privatization and focus on polices that will help in the realization of the human right to water,” Gamboa said.

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[Press Release] SANLAKAS ‘trick or treat rally’ at the US Embassy

SANLAKAS ‘trick or treat rally’ at the US Embassy

Just two days before Americans observe Halloween 2014, militant activists marched to the US Embassy in Manila today and held a ‘Trick or Treat Rally’. Close to 100 members of the Left coalition SANLAKAS conducted a Halloween-themed mass action outside the American mission earlier this morning. Wearing ghoulish face-masks and holding up placards while loudly chanting protest slogans, the progressive militant organization made its political resistance against the US Government’s interventionist presence in the Philippines very clear.

sanlakas-logo2

Moments after marching from Plaza Salamanca, located at Taft Avenue corner T.M. Kalaw Street in Manila, the SANLAKAS rally contingent was later on blocked by members of the Manila Police District’s (MPD) Civil Disturbance Management Unit nearby the US Embassy. Making sure that their message was clearly delivered, the mass activists held a brief program largely for the benefit of both the passing public and the mass media which covered the event.

One of the speakers during the rally was Rasti Delizo, the Political Affairs Coordinator of SANLAKAS. As one of the protest action’s main leaders, Delizo stated, “The Obama White House is also responsible in the recent killing of Jennifer Laude. And so, her death must not be solely blamed on a single American marine. Because, for as long as US military forces maintain a near-permanent presence in our country, then they will continue to rape, kill and violate Philippine sovereignty with impunity.”

Delizo clarified, “It is US imperialism that imposes its aggressive militarist stance in the Philippines in direct violation of our country’s constitution. And so, as the Commander-in-Chief of America’s military forces, Obama must also be held accountable under the principle of ‘command responsibility’, and not just US Marine Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton. Hence, SANLAKAS once again calls for the immediate abrogation of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA), the Mutual Logistics Support Agreement (MLSA), and of course, the ‘Mother War Treaty’ itself, the Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) of 1951.”

Flora Santos, the SANLAKAS National Treasurer who also spoke at the rally, also explained, “Since we cannot bring Obama to justice on Philippine soil, then we must now equate and link Jenny Laude’s justice with the urgent scrapping of these four war instruments which collectively kills Philippine sovereignty. Thus, any real justice for Jenny Laude today can only mean the instant termination of these four weapons of the US imperialist war camp now! Any real Philippine democracy and freedom can accept nothing less than this.”

Apart from the Halloween motif, the SANLAKAS placards had very clear messages: ‘Justice for Jennifer Laude now!’, ‘US Troops Out of PH now!’, and ‘Scrap VFA-EDCA-MDT now!’.

Before the rally ended, the activists saluted their organization as SANLAKAS also commemorated its 21st Anniversary today as a progressively principled people’s organization which continues to pursue militant mass struggles for genuine systemic change. The mass action concluded with an upbeat mood as the activists executed an organized withdrawal and chanted anti-US imperialist slogans while marching back towards Plaza Salamanca where they dispersed.

SANLAKAS Press Release
29 October 2014
Contact Person: Rasti Delizo (Political Affairs Coordinator, SANLAKAS)
Cellphone# 09998092461

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[Press Release] CSOs reject diluted World Bank safeguards

CSOs reject diluted World Bank safeguards

Photo by ATM

Photo by ATM

Frustrated and angered by the lack of right-upholding provisions – this was the general disposition of non-government organizations (NGO) and civil society organizations (CSO) to the World Bank (WB) draft safeguard as they walked out from the World Bank consultation and staged a protest outside Astoria Plaza in Ortigas.

The consultation that was attended by more than a hundred CSOs, World Bank Manila representatives and World Bank East Asia representatives was the first of 36 consultations to be held in different parts of the world.

It aims to consolidate CSO reactions on the new draft of safeguards that was launched in Washington, DC last October 8-11.

(http://alyansatigilmina.net/2014/10/13/world-bank-profile-relevancy-the-key-as-bank-waits-for-kims-reforms-to-kick-in/)

Jaybee Garganera from the Alyansa Tigil Mina read the rejection statement of CSOs while other participants raised placards bearing calls “People over Profit”, “Planet over profit” and “Communities over Corporations” before the group walked out of the consultation and joined the protest outside.

In the unified statement presented in the consultation, the Philippine CSOs formally and publicly rejected the draft of WB safeguards and demanded for the policies to be strengthened as “to ensure real protections for people and the planet.”

“We demand protection not dilution.” said Garganera, “The new draft of safeguards does not uphold and protect our rights but sell us out to capitalists instead.” he added.

According to the Philippine CSOs, the WB draft safeguard failed to secure right-based development by diluting the safeguards or the provisions setting social and environmental responsibilities and accountabilities to companies aiming to secure financial assistance from World Bank.

In addition, the CSOs are contesting the new provision of the World Bank’s draft safeguards wherein the banking institution will be free from any responsibility to oversee the execution of these safeguards once a transaction has been approved.

“Safeguards are collaterals of people, communities, environment and even governments to ensure that no abuse of whatsoever kind will be inflicted by a company’s entry to an area, society or country.” said Rodne Galicha of Bayay Sibuyanon.

“If World Bank will set a lenient safeguard, this may endanger the welfare of many sectors and may spur corporate abuses and neglect of social responsibilities.” Galicha added.

Provisions that the groups claimed to have been diluted were from the sections of Environment, Climate Change, Crisis, Labor, Land Rights and Involuntary Resettlement, Indigenous Peoples, Gender and Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE), Children and Persons with Disabilities.

“The draft safeguards of World Bank disempower the people and communities by leaving sectors under the mercy of transnational corporations.” said Rayyan Hassan of NGO forum on ADB.

“We fear that the low standard set by World Bank could set a trend to all global banking institutions which will cause a monumental dive to human rights in every part of the world.” Hassan added.

Aside from economic and environmental provisions, the CSOs also lambasted the weak conditions on Gender and Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE).

Jonas Bagas, of The Library Foundation Share (TLF Share) said that “the exclusion of individuals from the development process because of their sexual orientation or gender identity has a cost: it leaves behind communities that are already vulnerable, rendering development incomplete and impaired.”

Bagas reiterated that “ Lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders should also reap the benefits of economic growth and development.”

In the event of passage, the safeguards will automatically apply to upcoming investors and companies funded by World Bank. This will affect millions of workers ranging from the government to private sectors.

According to Edsil Bacalso, coordinator of NAGKAISA, an unclear and weak set of safeguards is a threat to labor forces, which as it is, are already facing difficulties with the current system.

“Instead of creating safeguards that favor corporations, what we actually need are provisions that will empower and strengthen the bodies that make up the labor forces. We don’t see that in draft that is being circulated right now.” said Bacalso.

Another sector that raised their concern with the draft safeguard is the Indigenous Peoples community.

Artiso Mandawa, Municipal councillor of Brooke’s Point Palawan and one of the tribe leaders of Palaw’an who attended the consultation expressed his disappointment with the diluted safeguards.

“The provision that proposes to give a government a right to exclude policy requirements intended to protect indigenous peoples is a huge problem for cultural communities. This will leave us vulnerable and helpless not just only to corporate abuses but state violations as well.” said Mandawa.

Among the demands of the CSOs from different sectors are as follows:

-Broadening of environmental and social impact assessment frameworks and adoption of climate change impact assessments;

-Immediate removal of the proposal that governments can simply ‘opt-out’ of applying the policy requirements intended to protect indigenous peoples;

-Clear obligations from World Bank regarding the rights of workers with disabilities, sexual minorities and high risk and vulnerable populations;

-Non-discriminatory and affirmative inclusiveness of women, girls, and sexual minorities in a manner that emphasizes equality;

– World Bank not weaken, impede or restrict tenure rights to land, housing or natural resources in any manner that violates human rights, including the right to adequate housing, the right to food, the right to non-discrimination and the right to equal protection of the law;

-Borrower be required to systematically and regularly assess the impacts World Bank projects may have on children, including serious consequences for children, such as the impact on their physical and mental health, and the loss of their childhood;

-Any funding, irrespective of borrower capacity, must take into account the climate impacts and their mitigation measures, including requirements to develop responses for the multiple impacts of extreme events, hydro-meteorological disasters caused by climate change;

-and for World Bank to incorporate the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. As such, the policy must guarantee full inclusion, which means non-discrimination and the end of the invisibility of PWD.

Protesting organizations also demanded for a new round of consultations that according to them must include the full and effective participation of vulnerable groups.

“We are demanding a more ambitious and progressive safeguards from World Bank. We demand for World Bank to produce a set of safeguards that will genuinely promote and protect our environment and the people so that we may all attain a sustainable future.” asserted Garganera.
Additional Information:

The World Bank’s environmental and social safeguard policies are a cornerstone of its support to sustainable poverty reduction. The objective of these policies is to prevent and mitigate undue harm to people and their environment in the development process. These policies provide guidelines for bank and borrower staffs in the identification, preparation, and implementation of programs and projects. (Source: http://www.worldbank.org/safeguards)

For more information please contact:

Jaybee Garganera, ATM National Coordinator (0927) 761.76.02 nc@alyansatigilmina.net
Check Zabala, ATM Media and Communications Officer (0927) 623.50.66 media.comms@alyansatigilmina.net

Press Release
October 23, 2014

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[Press Release] Mendiola March to pressure Malacanang against mining -ATM

Mendiola March to pressure Malacanang against mining

Photo by ATM

Photo by ATM

Environmental groups spearheaded by Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM) finished off their week-long anti-mining solidarity activity on Thursday, September 18 with an estimate of 1000 advocates marching from Plaza Miranda to Mendiola.

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The groups emphasized their message to Malacanang that mining is a destructive industry and recalled their messages during the “Run For Life No TO Mining” run and “Parada ng Mga Sakuna”. AMMB was also once again highlighted as the advocates screamed for the passage of the bill in Congress.

“Our numbers are not just mere numbers” said Jaybee Garganera, ATM National Coordinator.

“The sea of environmental advocates, human rights defenders, political organizations, civil society organizations and peoples organizations represent our unwavering spirit to protect our environment against the destructive impacts of the mining industry.” He added.

Among the organizations that supported ATM over the past week were AKBAYAN partylist, Aniban ng Manggagawang sa Agirkultura (AMA), Philippine Misereor Partnership, Inc. (PMPI), Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ), SANLAKAS, Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP), SOS-Yamang Bayan, Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) and KPML.

“Our calls for environmental protection and human rights assertion will never falter.” Said Fr, Oli Castor of PMPI.

“Though we had the misfortune of losing brothers and sisters in this battle against corporate greed and impunity, the memory of Juvy Capion, her two sons, and many other environmental advocates who were killed, will always serve as a reminder on why we will keep on fighting.” Added Fr. Castor.

A local organization opposing mining in Cagayan province joined the protest, echoing ATM’s demands. Alliance for Buguey Committed for Development Association (ALBUCODA) headed by Rosbin Martin has led a campaign that led to the suspension of black-sand mining in the town of Buguey, Cagayan.

Martin was joined by leaders of two other peoples organizations – Aparrianos Movement for the Conservation and Environmental Protection (AMCEP) and Concerned Laloeno Against Illegal Mining (CLAIM) – both also from Cagayan, have lodged complaints at the Mines and Geosciences Bureau against black-sand mining.

“We are one with ATM in this vision of putting those who have wronged our environment with their viscous and destructive mining operations to be put to a stop once and for all.

“As someone who has experienced the first-hand adverse effects of mining, it has been a personal vow to ensure that our children and our children’s children will still be able to enjoy a safe and bountiful earth.” said Martin.

Other mining-affected areas from Nueva Viscaya, Romblon, Leyte, Cagayan, Cantilan and Zambales also joined the solidarity protest of the environmental groups by performing local solidarity actions in their respective areas.

In a closing message, Garganera reiterated that “there is no future in mining for the Filipinos if the Mining Act of 1995 and current practices will prevail.” He also called on the government to “Stop the plunder, Scrap the Philippine Mining of 1995, enact the Alternative Minerals Management Bill, and uphold human rights.”

“For those who think that our advocacies end here today, I am afraid that they are sadly mistaken. ATM will continue to help, uphold and defend mining-affected areas until the plunder, the abuse and the violations have stopped.” concluded Garganera.

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Alyansa Tigil Mina is an alliance of mining-affected communities and their support groups of NGOs/POs and other civil society organizations who oppose the aggressive promotion of large-scale mining in the Philippines. The alliance is currently pushing for a moratorium on mining, revocation of EO 270-A, repeal of the Mining Act of 1995, and passage of the AMMB.

For more information:
Jaybee Garganera, ATM National Coordinator (0927) 761.76.02 nc@alyansatigilmina.net
Check Zabala, ATM Media and Communications Officer (0927) 623.50.66 media.comms@alyansatigilmina.net
Primo Morillo, PMPI, Advocacy Staff, (0922) 850. 18. 74 <primo.pmpi@gmail.com>
Rosbin Martin, ALBUCODA Head, (0917) 859.14.20

Press Release
September 18, 2014

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[Event] MILLION PEOPLE MARCH TO LUNETA AUGUST 26: SA ARAW NG MGA BAYANI. PROTESTA ng BAYAN!!!

MILLION PEOPLE MARCH TO LUNETA AUGUST 26: SA ARAW NG MGA BAYANI. PROTESTA ng BAYAN!!!

Aug 25 peoples Initiative Against Pork Barrel

On the first anniversary of the MILLION PEOPLE MARCH (MPM), on August 25 (Araw ng mga Bayani), 6am-1pm, let us gather at Luneta once more and continue our fight against ALL FORMS of PORK BARREL and CORRUPTION! Bring along family and friends to this FUN event of GENUINE PEOPLE EMPOWERMENT! Stand up, Sign up for our FUTURE! Stand Up, Sign UP Against ALL PORK! Pls invite and share! HASHTAG: #SignUpVsPork

“All measures our citizens take, provided these are moral, peaceful and lawful, aimed at curbing corruption and the irresponsible use of public funds have our full support,” – Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines president and Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas endorsing P.I. vs Pork http://www.cbcpnews.com/cbcpnews/?p=39527

Schedule

6am – Takbo Na w/ F Robert Reyes vs ALL PORK and start of SIGNATURE GATHERING for People’s Petition proposing to enact a national legislation entitled AN ACT ABOLISHING PORK BARREL
9am to 1pm – Program proper (performers and speakers soon!)

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Pls read the LATEST DRAFT of the petition at http://www.scribd.com/doc/236600451/The-draft-People-sGreen Releaf Initiative

Salient points of the Proposed Act:

SUMMARY: The Act Abolishing Pork Barrel abolishes the presidential and congressional pork barrel, mandates line item budgeting, prohibits and criminalizes allocation and use of lump sum discretionary funds, penalizes violators with six years and one day to ten years imprisonment and disqualification from holding public office.

Defines Pork Barrel, Lump Sum Appropriations, Impoundment, and Savings

SECTION 4.
(a) All proposed budgets submitted to the Philippines Congress shall contain only itemized or line-item appropriations, except 1)appropriations for the purpose of disaster response, 2)contingency fund of not more than 5% of the budget for a specific item, and 3)for the intelligence/confidential funds of the National Security Council (NSC), the Department of National Defense (DND) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

SECTION 5. Appropriation of special funds.
Within the fiscal year following the approval of this Act, a report on the financial status of every account including but not limited to the Malampaya fund, the Motor Vehicles Users Charges and other off-budget items covered by a special law authorizing the continuous disbursement of funds for a special purpose shall be submitted to Congress. Every fiscal year thereafter, the President shall submit to Congress a proposed budget for the disbursemen

SECTION 6. Abolition of the Presidential Social Fund.

SECTION 7. Special Offenses
The penalty of imprisonment of six years and one day to ten years and perpetual disqualification from public office shall be imposed…

Other links:
http://www.journal.com.ph/editorial/desk/people-s-initiative
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/374086/news/nation/cbcp-president-supports-people-s-initiative-vs-pork-barrel
http://www.rappler.com/nation/65579-cbcp-backs-people-initiative-pork-barrel

Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/406846762761075/568801773232239/?notif_t=plan_mall_activity

[Statement] Isulong ang Karapatang Pantao, Bagong Pulitika, Bagong Ekonomiya, Bagong Sistema -FDC/PAHRA/KonTRAPOrk

Pahayag sa Okasyon ng 2014 State of the Nation Address (SONA) ni Presidente Benigno Aquin0 III.

Isulong ang Karapatang Pantao, Bagong Pulitika, Bagong Ekonomiya, Bagong Sistema
Bulok at Huwad ang “Tuwid na Daan”

SONA 2014. Photo by FDC

SONA 2014. Photo by FDC

Muling nagigising ang buong bayan samapanlinlang na panunungkulan ng gobyernong Aquino. Bulok at huwad ang “Tuwid na Daan.”Bigo ang masang Pilipinong makaahon mula sa gutom at kahirapan.Mula kay Cory na nangako ng tunay na demokrasya pagkabagsak ng diktadura,walang natupad sa mga pangako ng lahat ng mga administrasyong umupo sa Malacañang.Nananatiling pangarap ang pagtatamo ng kaginhawaan at katarungang panlipunan na nagtutulak sa mamamayan upang paigtingin ang pakikibaka para sa tunay na pagbabago sa pulitika, ekonomiya at sistemang panlipunan.

Ang Pangulong Noynoy (PNoy) na mismo ang sumira sa kanyang “Social Contract” sa taumbayan. Nabugok ang pangakong mabilis na pagpapatupad ng hustisya, trabaho para sa lahat at mga serbisyong panlipunan na magpapalaya sa madla mula sa kahirapan at inekwalidad. Umaalingasaw ngayon ang gobyerno sa iskandalo ng pangungulimbat at pandarambong sa pera ng bayan at pang-aabuso sa kapangyarihan. Nitong huli, sa deklarasyon nitong ilegal ang Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) ni Aquino at Abad, ang Korte Suprema na ang naglantad sa tunay na anyo ng administrasyong Aquino bilang bulok, abusado, elitista at trapo.

Walang makabuluhang reporma at kaginhawaang natamo ang sambayanan sa ilalim ng gobyernong Aquino. Pinapasasaan ng iilan ang ekonomiya, bagsak ang mga sektor ng agrikultura at industriya, kakaunti ang mapagkukunan ng trabaho at kabuhayan, palpak ang reporma sa agraryo, laganap ang kagutuman at kahirapan, matindi ang inekwalidad, tumitingkad ang imperyalistang panghihimasok sa bansa, patuloy ang karahasan at paglabag sa karapatangpantao, lumalala ang pagkasira ng kalikasanat krisis sa klima. Ang epekto ng lahat ng ito ay lalong pinabigat ng malawakan at iskandalosong pandarambong sa pera ng bayan dulot ng grabeng katiwalian sa lahat ng antas ng pamahalaan.

Itinuloy ang Mapang-aping Neoliberal naKalakaran, Ekonomiya’yPinapakinabangan ng Iilan,
Karapatang Pantao ay Tinatamaan

Patuloy naibinukas ng administrasyong Aquino ang ekonomiya ng bansa sa kontrol ng mga dambuhalang korporasyon na ang pangunahing layunin ay pagkakitaan ng husto ang pagbebenta ng mga produkto at serbisyo sa mamamayan. Limampu’t pito (57) pang proyekto ang nakasalang sa programang Public-Private Partnership at kasama rito ang sektor ng serbisyo sa tubig, kuryente at transportasyon. Kaya, lumalago raw ang ekonomiyapero abot-langitang presyo ng mga pangunahing bilihin at serbisyo sa tubig, kuryente, kalusugan, edukasyon at pampublikong transportasyon. Samantala, sagad-lupa ang sweldo at laganap ang kontraktwalisasyon at kawalan ng trabaho.At dahil nakaasa sa mga malalaking pribadong korporasyon, hanggang ngayon ay hindi naglalaan si PNoy ng sapat na pondo para sa mga pinsala sa buhay at kabuhayan ng mamamayang biktima ng mga kalamidad na tulad ng superbagyong Yolanda.

Sa halip na paunlarin ang sektor ng industriya at agrikultura na pangunahing nagpapa-usbong ng bago o dagdag na yaman at trabaho, tila umaasa na lang ang administrasyong Aquino sa pagdagsa ng mga call centers, sa bilyun-bilyong dolyar na padala ng mga Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) at sa paulit-ulit na pangungutang upangtakpan ang kakapusan nito sa pera para sa taunang pambansang budget.Kaya, mula 2010 hanggang 2013, lumobo ng 20.41 porsyento at umabot sa P7.5 trilyon ang utang ng Pilipinas. Ang perang inutang, kasama ang buwis ng mamamayan, bukod sa ipinambayad sa mga dating utang na hindi napakinabangan ng bayan, ay ginamit pang pangsuhol at ninakaw ng mga tiwaling opisyaltulad ng nangyari sa pamamagitan ng DAP at ni Napoles.Kakarampot at tira-tirang pondo ang napupunta para sa mga serbisyong panlipunan at pang-ekonomiya. Nitong huli, sa halip na manindigan ang administrasyong Aquino na kanselahin ang napakabigat na utang ng Pilipinas para sana ibuhos ang pampublikong pondo para sa rehabilitasyon ng mga sinalanta ni Yolanda, nangutang itong muli ng halos US$ 2 bilyon para sa mga proyektong hanggang ngayon ay hindi pa nakikita ng mga biktima ng superbagyo.

Sinasalamin ng mga opisyal na datos ang mapait na katotohanang hinaharap ng mga mamamayan:

• Lugmok ang sektor ng agrikultura dahil sa kawalan ng suporta mula sa gobyerno. Ang kalagayang ito ay lalong pinalalala ng ampaw na pagpapatupad ng repormang agraryo at kawalan ng prayoridad sa pagpapatupad ng mga proyektong pang-adaptasyon sa tumitinding epekto ng pagbabago ng klima (climate change). Nitong 2013, tinamo ng sektor ng agrikultura ang tinatayang 74 porsyento ng kabuoang pinsalang idinulot ng mga kalamidad. Mahigit 600,000 ektaryang sakahan ang nasirasapananalasa lang ng bagyong Yolanda. Hindi langkabuhayan ng mga magsasaka ang nawawasak, nanganganib din ang seguridad sa pagkain ng mamamayan.

• Tinatayang dalawa (2) sa bawat sampung mag-anak o 30 milyong katao ang mahirap batay sa sukatan ng gobyerno na kinakailangan ng P16,841 taunang sahod para matustusan ng pamilya ang mga pangangailangan nito (poverty threshold). Napakababa na ng sukatang ito. Iginigiit ng Partido ng Manggagawa na kailangan ngayon ang P1,200 arawang sweldo para mabuhay ng sapat at may dignidad ang bawat pamilyang Pilipino. Samantala, walang trabaho ang apat (4) sa bawat 10 Pilipinong kabilang sa lakas-paggawa at mahigit pitong (7) milyon ang underemployed. Umabot na sa 2.2 milyon noong 2012 ang nakipagsapalaran sa labas ng bansa, na nadagdagan pa ng 157,681 OFW mula Enero hanggang Marso nitong taon.

• Papatindi ang inekwalidad sa ating lipunan. Napunta ang 60 porsyentong paglago sa ekonomiya noong 2013 sa iilang pamilyang bumubuo ng 15 porsyento ng buong populasyon ng Pilipinas. Kumikita ang mayayamang pamilyang ito ng mahigit sa 10 beses ng halaga ng poverty threshold.

• Nananatiling lubhang mababa sa itinakdangpandaigdigang pamantayan ang pondong inilalaan para sa edukasyon at serbisyong pangkalusugan (6 porsyento ng GNP dapat para sa edukasyon at 5 porsyento ng GDP para sa kalusugan).Kaya,nanatiling 60 porsyento lamang ng kababayan natin ang nakakatapos sa mataas na paaralan at mahigit 50 porsyento ng gastos sa serbisyong pangkalusugan ay nanggagaling sa bulsa ng mamamayan.

• Itinuloy at pinalawak pa ni PNoy ang Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino (4Ps o CCT) ni Arroyo upang diumano’y makatapos sa mataas na paaralan ang mga batang kasama sa programang ito. Maliban sainutang ang pondo para rito, nagtipid na naman ang gobyerno sa halip na magtakda ng porsyento mula sa GDP na sasapat para palakasin ang kapasidad ng mamamayan na makaahon sa kahirapan. Wala rin garantiyang makakahanap ng trabaho at matatag nakabuhayan ang mga pamilyang umaasa rito.

Hindi lang karapatan sa buhay na may dignidad ang nilalabag ng administrasyong Aquino, laganap pa rin ang pagyurak sa karapatang sibil at pulitikal.

• Tatlong taong pinaghirapan ng mga organisasyong nagtataguyod ng karapatang pantao ang National Human Rights Action Plan ngunit ibinasura ito ng pamahalaanat hindi sinuportahan ng Commission on Human Rights.
• Naipasa ang batas naAnti-Enforced or Involuntary Disappearance noong 2012 ngunit umaabot na sa 27 ang desaparecidos sa panahon ni PNoy.
• Naipasa angAnti-Torture Law noong 2010 ngunit patuloy ang mga insidente nito. Sa kalahatian pa lamang ng taong 2014 , 40 na ang torure cases sa Region IV pa lamang kasama ang 26 na biktima ng “Wheel of Torture” sa Laguna
• Mayroong batas para sa kumpensasyon ng mga biktima ng Martial Law ni Marcos ngunit ang itinalaga sa pamunuan ng Compensation Board ay isang heneral mula sa kapulisan at wala ring suporta ang gobyerno para sa pag-aasikaso ng mga kaso at dokumentasyon ng mga biktima.
• Hindibababa sa 10 ang mga Human Rights Defenders na nagtataguyod sa yaman ng kalikasan kasama na ang lumalaban sa malawakan at mapanirang pagmimina ang pinatay, kasama dito ang mga katutubo at mga misyonaryo ng simbahan

Mga Proyekto at Planong Itinago sa Publiko

Una, palihim na pumasok sa negosasyon at pinirmahan ang Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) na nagbigay ng legal na permiso para sa itayo sa buong Pilipinasang base militar ng mga Amerikano. Ito ay taliwas sa nakasaad sa Saligang Batas/Konstitusyon na nagbabawal sa pananatili sa bansa ng mga banyagang tropang militar at sa pagdadala at paggamit dito ng kanilang mga armas o sandatang pangdigma at nukleyar.

Ikalawa, walang kamalay-malay ang publiko at maging ang Kongreso sa Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) na naglipat ng budgetng bayan mula sa dapat nitong alokasyon papunta sa ibang proyektong piniling pondohan ni PNoy, kasama na ang sinasabing isinuhol sa mga Kongresista para patalsikin ang dating punong mahistrado ng Korte Suprema.

Sa parehong pagkakataon, walang naganap na konsultasyon sa publiko kahit ang mga isyung ito ay may kinalaman sa pangkalahatang interes ng mamamayan. Maliwanag angpanloloko at pang-aabuso sa kapangyarihan.Ano pa kaya ang mabahong bombang itinatago ng administrasyong Aquino na bigla na lamang sasambulat sa kaawa-kaawang masang Pilipino?

Tama na, Sobra na ang Apat na Taong Huwad na “Tuwid na Daan”

Gumigising na ang mamamayan mula sa mahabang panahong panloloko ng mga ilusyong ibinenta ng mahusay na propaganda ni PNoy. Bistado na ang mga kasinungalingan at buladas. Sapat na ang apat na taong pagtitimpi, paninimbang at pag-asa sa mapagkunwaring ginintuang itlog ng “pagbabago.” Penoy pala, bugok at huwad.

Tuluyan nang iwaksi ang mga ilusyon. Panahon na ng pagbangon, pagkilos at pakikipagtuos. Walang maasahang manunubos kundi ang sama-samang pagkilos ng mamamayan upang muling angkinin angkatarungan, kalayaan at kaginhawaan para sa lahat.

Isulong ang bagong pulitika, bagong ekonomiya, bagong sistema!
Itakwil ang elitista, tiwali at trapong Gobyernong Aquino!
28 Hulyo 2014

Para sa Ugnayan: Don Pangan, Media Liaison Coordinator, +63932 872 6168

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[Press Release] ECPAT Philippines challenge rulings in the Bosio case and show support for victims of child exploitation

ECPAT Philippines picket for support
Picket to challenge rulings in the Bosio case and show support for victims of child exploitation

ECPAT Philippines together with our partners protest the unjust ruling in the case of People of the Philippines vs Daniele Bosio y Ostillio. We have doubts regarding Judge Teodoro N. Solis’ decision to grant bail to the accused, Daniele Bosio y Ostillio, without an arraignment.

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Former Italian diplomat, Daniele Bosio y Ostillio, is accused of violation of RA 7610 (3 counts) and Qualified Trafficking in Persons (3 counts). Bosio was able to post bail immediately after Judge Solis’ ruling. While a Hold Departure Order was only issued after the accused has posted bail, Bosio’s whereabouts are currently unknown.

We fear Judge Teodoro N. Solis is not fit to handle the delicate nature of this case as he had already stated in open court that accused is not an ordinary person and allowed hospital confinement without medical basis. We are deeply concerned about the proceedings and we hope this show of support increases the likelihood for justice. We are expecting a favorable resolution that provides justice for the victims and their families.

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[Statement] UNITY STATEMENT OF THE 6.12.14 Protest Coalition

UNITY STATEMENT OF THE 6.12.14 Protest Coalition

061214 Ouch PiNoy

“The Philippines is a democratic and republican state. Sovereignty resides in the people and all government authority emanates from them.” – Article II, Section 1, The Philippine Constitution.
The painfully slow progress in the investigation and prosecution of the pork scandals involving Janet Lim-Napoles’ network, among others, robs the nation blind in the realms of justice and transparency, and steals energy that could otherwise be focused on development tasks.

The expanse and breadth of the corruption linked to pork shakes the very foundation of Filipino society. The delays and theatrics, whether by the current crop of suspects or the incumbent administration, make a mockery of the basic tenets of Philippine democracy.

The Filipino people have been given the run-around. Several reports and lists — from the Commission on Audit, to those collated by Benhur Luy and other whistleblowers, to the various Napoles lists — show a vast number of legislators and executive department officials involved in pork-related corruption.

All these sectors seemingly use and discard lists or delete names according to their interests. Until now, we have yet to see a hint of resolution of this controversy. From the camps of those already named in plunder cases, all the way to President Aquino, what we see are efforts to tar enemies but coddle allies.

TAMA NA! The Filipino people demand full transparency and accountability from all branches of the government.

From now on, ZERO TOLERANCE for any aspect of the culture of corruption. We demand that the government probe, prosecute and JAIL ALL found guilty of stealing and misusing the people’s money and abusing the people’s trust. No one must be spared.

We call on each and every Filipino to come out and join this UNIFIED EXPRESSION OF OUTRAGE AND DISGUST. TOGETHER, LET US ALL DEMAND OUR FREEDOM FROM CORRUPTION – 6.12.14

There is nothing hard to understand about “ALL.” If you refuse to even start an investigation, then you are coddling the corrupt. We address this to you, President Aquino: Start acting like the President of the nation, not just of your friends. Let the wheels of justice turn and give much-needed closure to this travesty.

We are counting on you, Mr. President. Are you with us? Or against us?

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[Event/Campaign] Ouch PiNoy, Sumagot, Managot … Kung hindi… Lagot!

061214 Ouch PiNoy

On Independence Day, we call upon all Filipinos to take a stand and take back what is rightfully ours. Let us break free from the crippling hold of corruption, perpetrated by individuals at the very heart of government.

We declare 6.12.14, Freedom from Corruption Day, and say, “TAMA NA!”

2pm, Kartilya ng Katipunan Shrine (beside Manila City Hall)

Feel free to start a parallel event in your province or abroad. If you want to coordinate with us, send us a message at scrappork@gmail.com

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[Press Release] Labor groups demand clamp down on manpower coops -NAGKAISA

Labor groups demand clamp down on manpower coops

Photo by Nagkaisa

Photo by Nagkaisa

After mounting a successful resistance against the outsourcing program at Philippine Airlines (PAL), labor groups under the Nagkaisa coalition now turn their ire against the operations of manpower cooperatives that purposely serve outsourcing needs of many companies.

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Few days before the celebration of Labor Day, Nagkaisa called on the government to clamp down on manpower cooperatives particularly those that were actively involved in labor-only-contracting and non-compliance to labor standards.

In a protest rally held Friday at the offices of the Asiapro Cooperative in Pasig City, Nagkaisa members lambasted the manpower agency for hiding under the cloak of cooperativism to satisfy corporations’ callous demand for contractual labor. They also accused Asiapro of active involvement in anti-union activities.

Joining the action were members of Partido ng Manggagawa (PM), Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP), SENTRO, Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP), and the Philippine Airlines Employees Association (PALEA).

Asiapro prides itself to be the first and biggest manpower cooperative in the country, with 34,000 of its members, deployed to several dozen companies nationwide.

“Cooperativism is akin to unionism hence we cannot, in principle, go against the concept of cooperativism. However, the relationship is becoming adversarial when a cooperative transforms itself into a conscious instrument for undermining labor rights,” said Wilson Fortaleza, Partido ng Manggagawa spokesperson and Nagkaisa convenor.

The case of Asiapro, he said, reveals the kind of anti-labor practices many manpower cooperatives are involved — principally as suppliers of contractual workers and consequently as in-house violator of labor rights of its member/employees such as non-payment of wages and other mandatory benefits such as SSS.

Asiapro usually invokes its cooperative nature to evade compliance to labor laws.  Its executives made this admission during the public hearings conducted by the Provincial Board of Bukidnon in 2010 and in its many pleadings before the courts.  Asiapro is Bukidnon’s biggest contractual labor supplier, with 5,000 of its workers deployed in the province’s banana and pineapple plantations.

The Supreme Court, however, ruled in G.R. No. 172101, the existence of employer-employee relationship between Asiapro and its associate members therefore it must comply with core labor standards and other labor-related laws.

But Asiapro seems undeterred by this ruling, perhaps because of a strong backing from former labor secretary Benny Laguesma.   Last March, Asiapro was able to stop, through a TRO, a union certification election in Galeo Equipment and Mining Company, a contractor that hauls mine waste from the open pit mining site at the Carmen Copper mine in Toledo City.

A total of 285 Galeo workers had already voted by the time balloting was stopped. Another 275 Galeo workers were unable to cast ballots and were disenfranchised due to the TRO.

The election dispute arose from an attempt by the Asiapro manpower cooperative to prevent the unionization efforts at Galeo.  Asiapro is claiming that the Galeo workers are their members and thus exempt from unionization. Galeo workers did not even know that they were members of Asiapro.

Nagkaisa had been pushing for the passage of the security of tenure bill in Congress to deter the plague of contractualization in the country.  President Aquino, however, did not certify the bill as urgent.

NAGKAISA
PRESS RELEASE
25 April 2014
Reference:
Wilson Fortaleza
Partido ng Manggagawa
09178233956; 09225261138

 

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[Press Release] Large mining corporations in the Philippines acting with impunity -ATM

Large mining corporations in the Philippines acting with impunity

Photo by ATM

Photo by ATM

Groups and supporters from Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM) gathered yesterday to denounce mining corporations’ impunity outside of the offices of mining corporations like Philex, Nickel Asia, Sagittarius Mines and Barrick Gold.

Photo by ATM

Photo by ATM

ATM, a coalition of more than one hundred organizations, and part of the TAO MUNA, HINDI MINA campaign, said we are critical with these mining companies based on experiences of many mining affected communities supported by many studies have found that they are plundering the country’s mineral reserves without any consideration for the communities or the environment.

“Marcopper, Philex, Nickel Asia, Sagittarius Mines and Barrick Gold mining corporations are linked to and responsible for tragedies, repression and violence in the areas where they operates. For 19 years under the Mining Act of 1995, we have witnessed outbreaks of violent attacks in mining affected communities in many mining-affected communities in Marinduque, Benguet, South Cotabato and Eastern Samar,” Jaybee Garganera, ATM National Coordinator said.

“The government has done little to investigate and prosecute those responsible. Not only did these mining companies damage the environment but they also violate people’s human rights. Community leaders have been threatened. Trumped up criminal charges (‘criminalization of human rights defenders’) have been laid against a number of community leaders,” Garganera added.

Photo by ATM

Photo by ATM

“In the case of Marcopper, Marinduqueños are convinced the case we filed against Placer Dome Inc. (now Barrick Gold) in US on October 4, 2005 is probably the last major chance to seek justice. For 30 years, they have operated in the island with seeming impunity, as to have damaged the Calancan Bay with mine tailings.” Beth Manggol, Marinduque Council for Environmental Concerns (MaCEC).

In August 2012, Philex’s Padcal tailings pond spill of 20-million metric tons of mine waste. Rehabilitation was concluded this month but did not clean up the Balog and Agno River; while most adversely affected communities are not compensated. The Php 1 billion fine that was paid by Philex did not include compensation for downstream communities of NAPOCOR.

Garganera further said “Sagittarius Mines’ mining investment in South Cotabato continue to cause injustice in indigenous peoples communities. Due to the Tampakan Copper-Gold Project, community leaders and their families have been murdered and more of them are threatened by the militarization in the area.”

Tampakan and nearby communities are militarized allegedly to protect the mining investments there. On October 18, 2012, tribal Blaan mother, Juvy Capion and her two sons John and Jordan were killed in what the Philippine Army’s 27th Infantry Battalion considered as “operational lapses”.

The killing of Capion is linked to the Blaan tribe’s defense of their ancestral land in Tampakan against the mining company Sagittarius Mines Inc-Xstrata-Glencore that operates in the boundaries of Tampakan, South Cotabato and Davao del Sur.

While, Nickel Asia owns several mining companies. Their investments and operations in Eastern Visayas, Southern Palawan, and the CARAGA Region cause irreversible damages to the environment, ATM cited.

Nickel Asia was selected as private sector development partner for the post-Yolanda rehabilitation efforts in Eastern Samar, a policy that was openly opposed by ATM.

“While these mining companies make a big profit from the country’s resources, majority of Filipinos continue to live in poverty with no schools, no hospitals and other entitlements. This situation cannot be allowed to continue,” said Garganera.

This week–dubbed “Mining Hell Week” –as a time of reckoning of the tragedies and the irreversible damage mining activities have continuously inflicted on communities since the enactment of Mining Act of 1995. ATM led various actions including a caravan to different government agencies and the House of Representatives calling for the repeal of the Mining Act of 1995 and enactment of the Alternative Minerals Management Bill (AMMB).

Press Release
March 12, 2014

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