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[From the web] A workers’ alternative for Hanjin -RAPPLER.com

The January 2019 collapse of the giant Hanjin shipbuilding facility in Subic, Zambales has precipitated a mad scramble for solutions to the crisis. The government frantically scours for new investors and 5 Philippine banks await to retrieve $412 million in unpaid loans.

Meanwhile, the plight of the 30,000 displaced Hanjin workers has been all but neglected. They have endured 13 years of precarious contractualized work, 40 work-related deaths and 15,000 injuries, unfair labor practices (including union-busting), poor health services and maltreatment at the hands of Korean superiors. On top of the massive job losses, the workers’ immediate demands for proper retrenchment benefits remain unfulfilled.

There is, however, an alternative solution that puts the workers at the forefront of the current impasse – that of workers’ control, also known as “workers’ recuperation.” Worker-recuperated firms are business enterprises that have failed or gone bankrupt “and put into operation once again by their workers under self-management.”

Workers’ control of abandoned companies has taken place since the start of the 20th century in different parts of the globe but waned in the 1970s with the ascendancy of the anti-labor neo-liberal policies of the Thatcher and Reagan administrations. However, in the wake of successive crises beginning with the Asian financial crunch of 1997-1998 and culminating in the global economic meltdown of 2007-2008, workers’ recuperation has seen a resurgence.

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[In the news] Arroyo defends Duterte response to Philippine boat sinking -RAPPLER.com

Former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo defended the response of President Rodrigo Duterte after a Chinese vessel sank a Philippine boat near Recto Bank (Reed Bank) in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

In an interview with ANC, Arroyo said Duterte and Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr have taken the “right approach.”

Arroyo – one of the Philippines’ most unpopular presidents, who is now speaker of the House of Representatives – said she has “full confidence” in how Duterte and Locsin view the issue.

“Take a calibrated response and be as civil as they have to be. I think that’s the right approach,” Arroyo said in the interview quoted by ABS-CBN News on Friday, June 14.

Stressing the need to boost ties with China, Arroyo added: “China is our big neighbor in the north. Shouldn’t we be friends with our big neighbor in the north?”

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[Off-the-shelf] If you’re arrested or detained, know these rights -RAPPLER.com

The 1987 Constitution guarantees that no Filipino shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law.

As long as a citizen abides by the law, he or she should not be in trouble.

But what if you’re apprehended by authorities for some reason – or in times of emergency, like the recent declaration of martial law in Mindanao – you’re picked up due to supposed security concerns?

Remember, the Constitution remains in effect – even during those times. Along with relevant laws and issuances, the Constitution makes sure citizen’s rights continue to be respected.

Article III, Section 12 of the 1987 Constitution (also known as the Bill of Rights) states that any person under investigation for the commission of a crime or offense “shall have the right to be informed of his right to remain silent and to have competent and independent counsel preferably of his own choice.”

If you can’t afford a lawyer, the state will provide you with one.

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[From the web] Someday they will understand why we hold each other’s hands -RAPPLER.com

I went on my very first date with a girl (who is now my girlfriend) 5 months ago. Seeing her for the first time after weeks of flirting online was amazing. As I made my way to her, my heart started to pound twice its normal speed and my hands shook while I was trying to think of the first words to say.

I immediately went in for a hug. We then decided to go for a walk, our arms intertwined, occasionally holding each other’s hands and kissing each other on the cheek.

But after a while, fear consumed me. I realized that what felt like the most natural thing for us was unnatural in the eyes of many around us. I’d never wanted to be the subject of scrutiny, and holding hands with a girl in public seemed like I was handing myself over for judgment. I was scared that strangers might come right up and tell us to fuck off for being too affectionate.

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[In the news] Allen Capuyan appointed indigenous peoples’ commission chairman -RAPPLER.com

Controversial retired colonel Allen Capuyan has a new role under the Duterte administration – chairperson of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP).

President Rodrigo Duterte signed his appointment on May 27. It was made public on Tuesday, June 4.

This is Capuyan’s 4th post under Duterte’s presidency. First, he was Manila International Airport Authority assistant general manager for security and emergency services.

After resigning amid allegations of his involvement in the smuggling of P6.4-billion worth of shabu in March 2018, he was appointed Presidential Adviser on Indigenous Peoples’ Concerns, with the rank of undersecretary, in April that year.

Then in March 2019, Duterte appointed Capuyan the executive director of the National Secretariat of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict.

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[In the news] Young voters value human rights, press freedom – Dakila -RAPPLER.com

Human rights, press freedom, and equal access to a fair justice system are some of the issues that young Filipino voters deeply care about, according to artist-activist group Dakila.

Dakila’s head of partnership engagement Aly Suico made the comment in a chat with Rappler CEO Maria Ressa on Monday, May 13, as people headed to their polling precincts to vote. (LIVE UPDATES: Philippine elections 2019)

Suico, who with Dakila has conducted creative and advocacy workshops in universities nationwide, believes that the youth – aged 18 to 30 years old – know exactly what changes they want to see in their communities. (READ: Youth and elections: Is there such a thing as a ‘youth vote’?)

“They’re a bit more decided on what they know is wrong, what they know is right, what they want, basically,” she said.

For example, she said, students in the Visayas are more interested in environmental sustainability and those in Luzon are focused on safety and security.

However, regardless of their area, their sentiments share a common theme: “Something they all want is for human rights education to be institutionalized in their educational system…and usually at the top of what they want is all Filipinos to have equal access to a fair…and efficient justice system. A lot of them are very affected by disinformation. Again, press freedom is a very big thing with them [and] campus repression in their schools.”

She recalled how, in their workshops, students would share that they’re feeling tired or hopeless as the people they’re trying to reach in their advocacies in turn try to disempower them.

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[In the news] How ‘green’ is your Senate bet? Group tracks candidates’ records -RAPPLER.com

With over a week before the May 13 polls, an environmental group ranked 24 senatorial candidates according to their track records in protecting the environment to help voters make an informed choice on election day.

In a statement on Friday, May 3, the Ecological Challenge for Change Coalition (Eco-Challenge) said it ranked former Bayan Muna congressman Neri Colmenares as the candidate with the best environmental track record, and former presidential aide Bong Go with the worst track record.

Eco-Challenge assessed the 24 candidates based on their “track records in policymaking or enforcement, policy pronouncements, direct or family interests in environmentally critical projects or programs, and campaign money trails.”

The group checked the candidates’ connections and positions on the following issues:

  • Big mining
  • Reclamation
  • Dams
  • Plantations
  • Dirty energy and climate
  • Environmental defenders rights
  • Charter change

“Voters have faced these issues of displacement, loss of livelihood and basic needs, and chronic poverty stemming from the worsening degradation of our environment and natural resources. They are highly motivated to deliver a ‘green vote,’” Eco-Challenge said.

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[In the news] Lawyers score SC victories vs army harassment, West PH Sea neglect -RAPPLER.com

The Supreme Court (SC) gave back-to-back victories to human rights groups on Friday, May 3, after it issued writs of amparo and kalikasan against military harassment and environmental neglect in the West Philippine Sea.

Both petitions sued the Duterte administration.

The SC announced on Friday that after its special en banc session, the justices decided to grant the petitions of the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL) which complained of harassment from the military and Malacañang; and the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) with senatorial bet Chel Diokno which complained of neglect in enforcing environmental laws in the West Philippine Sea.

“It also sends a strong and clear signal to the military and government officials alike, as well as their proxies or agents, that there are certain well-defined rules of evidence not incompatible with basic fairness, decency, common sense and logic that must be observed,” NUPL president Edre Olalia said in a statement on Friday.

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[In the news] Rappler’s Ressa: ‘Oust-Duterte plot’ is admin’s way to manipulate public -INQUIRER.net

“It’s bad when the government lies through its paid PR to manipulate its people.”

Rappler’s Chief Executive Officer Maria Ressa said this after Malacañang affirmed the matrix that linked journalists and media organizations to a destabilization plot against Presidente Rodrigo Duterte and his administration.

Earlier, Malacañang revealed that the “Oust-Duterte” matrix published in the Manila Times was the same information that the Palace was supposed to reveal on Monday.

Ressa, however, denied the allegation, saying it has been years since she exchanged e-mails with Ellen Tordesillas of Vera Files, who was also tagged in the alleged ouster plot.

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[In the news] ‘False, garbage’ – Maria Ressa, Ellen Tordesillas, PCIJ on Duterte ‘ouster plot’ -RAPPLER.com

News heads Maria Ressa of Rappler and Ellen Tordesillas of Vera Files on Monday, April 22, slammed the government over a matrix linking them and other journalists to an alleged plot to oust President Rodrigo Duterte.

Aside from Rappler and Vera Files, the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) was also implicated in the matrix.

Malacañang had revealed that the “Oust-Duterte” matrix published in The Manila Times was based on the same questionable intelligence report received by Duterte and the same information that the Palace was supposed to reveal on Monday.

Rappler CEO Ressa called the report, which contained a web-like matrix implicating journalists and lawyers, “garbage” and said it is “another Palace ploy to harass journalists.”

“It’s embarrassing for supposed ‘intelligence’ using i2 analyst notebook software to make fantasies look plausible. Go back to the drawing board. I’ve worked with many good folks in PH intelligence. Sad to see them reduced to garbage. Yet another Palace ploy to harass journalists,” Ressa tweeted.

Ressa denied receiving an e-mail from Vera Files’ Tordesillas, as claimed by the report.

“It’s bad when the government lies through its paid PR to manipulate its people. They should also get it through their heads that I do not run day-to-day editorial. It’s been years since Ellen and I have even emailed each other. Good God,” Ressa said.

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[In the news] Choose candidates with environmental agenda – youth leaders -RAPPLER.com

In a unity declaration protest held on Saturday, April 13, in Bacolod City, youth leaders urged the public to be on the lookout for national and local candidates’ environmental platforms.

They stressed that the youth must choose candidates who are for the protection of the environment – by opposing the use of coal energy and other environmentally destructive development projects, and pushing for a ban on the use and production of single-use plastic, among others.

These candidates can also show their dedication to saving the environment by holding accountable those companies that extract resources, use huge amounts of energy, and pose harm to surrounding communities.

“If they want the youth on their side, they must be on ours. And if they stand for the rapers of our environment, then they do not have our support,” Rara Ada of the Philippine Movement for Climate Justice said.

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[In the news] Initial tokhang documents show lack of genuine probe into killings – lawyers -RAPPLER.com

The Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) said on Thursday, April 4, that initial drug war documents showed a lack of effort to investigate the killings committed under the mantle of Oplan Tokhang.

“Investigation leaves much to be desired. While all cases indicate that investigations are ongoing, it appears that not much effort has been placed into identifying and arresting the assailants, based on the length of time devoted to investigating the case,” said FLAG’s Ted Te in a news conference on Thursday with FLAG chairman and opposition senatorial candidate Chel Diokno.

FLAG and the Center for International Law (CenterLaw) earlier filed petitions asking the Supreme Court (SC) to declare the war on drugs unconstitutional.

The SC ruled last Tuesday, April 2, to release to the two petitioners documents related to 20,322 killings by both vigilantes and police in the war on drugs.

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[From the web] Press Freedom Part 1 | Threats -RAPPLER.com

Press Freedom Part 1 | Threats

 

In this short video, journalists Ezra Acayan, Ed Lingao, JC Gotinga, Pia Ranada, Jason Gutierrez and Inday Espina-Varona speak of the attack against the free press, and what will stop them from reporting. #DefendPressFreedom

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[statement] Resist the Silence: Stand with Rappler and the independent Philippine press -NUJP

[On Maria Ressa’s arrest] Resist the Silence: Stand with Rappler and the independent Philippine press
March 29, 2019

Rappler has clearly become the whipping boy of the Duterte administration as it seeks to silence or intimidate the independent and critical press.

Apparently not content with the barrage of lawsuits already filed against the news outfit, its CEO Maria Ressa, and other officers and staff, one of the original cases, the still-contested revocation of license by the Securities and Exchange Commission, has actually given birth to new charges of allegedly violating the anti-dummy law. This brings the number of cases filed against Rappler to 11.

With all these, it is hard to shake the suspicion that the filing of this latest case was timed to make sure Maria would be welcomed home by an arresting team as soon as she stepped off her flight from abroad.

But this intolerant and vindictive government’s ham-fisted efforts to humiliate Rappler and its officers and personnel have succeeded only in humiliating itself in the eyes of the world and everyone who values freedom and democracy.

Let us all stand by Rappler and the community of independent Filipino journalists in resisting this administration’s attempts to muzzle us and, in doing so, silence our people’s voices and deprive them of the information they need to decide on their personal and collective futures.

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[In the news] Manila court imposes P500,000 travel bond for Rappler’s Maria Ressa -RAPPLER.com

Manila court imposes P500,000 travel bond for Rappler’s Maria Ressa

The Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) initially imposed a P500,000 ($9,480) travel bond on Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa over her cyber libel charge before the court.

Branch 46 Judge Rainelda Estacio-Montesa on Thursday morning, March 14, granted Ressa’s motion to travel overseas in March and April but subject to a half a million bond. (READ: Timeline: Rappler’s cyber libel case)

After an urgent motion filed Thursday afternoon asking to reduce the bond for being excessive, Branch 46 brought it down to P100,000 per travel or P300,000 overall (about $6,000).

“The bond has been reduced to 100k per travel. We’re just waiting now for the receipt and the order to 100k per travel,” said Ressa’s counsel, human rights lawyer Ted Te.

Te had asked the bond to be reduced to an amount between P50,000 to P100,000.

Travel bonds are discretionary upon the court.

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[In the news] More priests bare death threats under Duterte’s watch -RAPPLER.com

More priests bare death threats under Duterte’s watch

More Catholic priests came out on Monday, March 11, to expose death threats against them under the watch of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Fathers Flavie Villanueva, Robert Reyes, and Albert Alejo appeared in a press conference at the Saint Vincent School of Theology in Tandang Sora, Quezon City, to report death threats they have recently received.

In the press conference, the priests showed copies of text messages they have received, cursing at them, Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, and Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David.

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[In the news] 2019 polls choice between ‘better lives or doomed souls’ – rights group -RAPPLER.com

2019 polls choice between ‘better lives or doomed souls’ – rights group

The upcoming elections would give Filipinos an “exceptional opportunity” to address the human rights crisis and culture of impunity under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, human rights advocates said on Thursday, March 7.

“The 2019 elections is a defining moment for the aggrieved Filipino masses. Whether we move forward as a nation hoping for better lives or as doomed souls is literally in the hands of every voter inside the polling booths come May 13,” said the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA).

“At this juncture, we simply cannot afford a business-as-usual approach to this political exercise,” it added.

To help the public in the discernment process, PAHRA launched a 10-point human rights agenda which can help solve the problems on the ground, particularly those affecting the poorest communities.

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[In the news] Neri Colmenares, Leody de Guzman want Mining Act repealed -RAPPLER.com

Neri Colmenares, Leody de Guzman want Mining Act repealed

Two senatorial candidates said they would support the repealing of the Philippine Mining Act of 1995, saying it protects mining companies more than it does Philippine communities.

Leftist leader Neri Colmenares and labor leader Leody de Guzman took this stance in response to a question on how they would reconcile the government’s mining policies and the impacts of climate change to local communities which are aggravated by destructive and irresponsible mining.

They were asked this on Monday, March 4, during the #TheLeaderIWant senatorial forum organized by Rappler and Ateneo School of Government.

“My first law would probably be the repeal of the Mining Act because the Mining Act has led to the onslaught of big mining corporations against the environment, against the indigenous peoples, against the country in general,” he said.

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[In the news] Families of desaparecidos slam PH plan to delist cases from U.N. -RAPPLER.com

Families of desaparecidos slam PH plan to delist cases from U.N.

Families of victims “strongly object” to the move of the Philippine government to have official records of enforced disappearances deleted from the United Nations (UN).

In a statement, the Free Jonas Burgos Movement called the plan “insulting” to many families who are striving to seek justice for their missing loved ones.

“It is disrespectful, totally disregarding and dismissing the suffering of the families of all the missing,” the group said on Monday, February 18. “It is an attack against all of us who continue to be uncertain about the fate and whereabouts of our relatives.”

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[Statement] BALAOD Statement on the Arrest of Rappler CEO, Maria Ressa

BALAOD Statement on the Arrest of Rappler CEO, Maria Ressa

BALAOD Mindanaw, Inc. denounces the unjust arrest of Maria Ressa, Chief Executive Officer of Rappler, by the National Bureau of Investigation at its headquarters last 13th of February 2019 pursuant to the alleged violation of Sec. 4(C)(4) of Republic Act No. 10175 otherwise known as the Cybercrime Prevention Act.

Section 22, Article III of the 1987 Philippine Constitution provides that no ex post facto law shall be enacted. One definition of an ex post facto law refers to such law making an action done before the passing of the law and which was innocent when done criminal, and punishes such action. Nullum crimen nulla poena sine lege. It is a well-founded principle in criminal law that there can be no crime when there is no law that defines and punishes it. Furthermore, lex prospicit, non respicit. The law looks forward not backward.

The arrest was founded on charges filed by the Department of Justice last May 2012 over a published article pertaining to the alleged illegal drugs and human trafficking cases of a certain businessman Wilfredo Keng. However, the specific act complained of was clearly done prior to the passage of the Cybercrime Prevention Act in September 2012. Therefore, there can be no crime committed at the time because there was no law prohibiting the act.

Lastly, Section 7, Article III of the 1987 Philippine Constitution recognizes the right of the people to information on matters of public concern. Consequently, this right includes the recognition of press freedom as an important and vital factor in a democratic country. The issuance of the warrant of arrest is a pronounced wonder as to how the court acquired jurisdiction over the matter when there was no violation of the law in the first place. However, the insistence of Ressa’s arrest created doubt as to whether or not the arrest was motivated for political reasons considering that the issue stemmed from the publication of the media conveying to the public certain information relating to graft and corrupt practices in the country.

We, BALAOD Mindanaw, call on the public to #DefendPressFreedom!

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