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[Video] Scrap Terror Law! Defend our Spaces for Academic Freedom! Youth-led action | iDEFEND

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Scrap Terror Law! Defend our Spaces for Academic Freedom! Youth-led action

Youth-led action against the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020.
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[Statement] Stand for Our Rights! Defend Academic Freedom! -Youth Unity Statement

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Stand for our rights! Defend Academic Freedom!

Youth Unity Statement

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In many parts of the world, youth and students are in the midst of fighting for their people’s rights by upholding justice, democracy, equality and fairness. In Thailand, students are at the forefront of the struggle to end the military junta and bring back democracy. In Hong Kong young people are protesting against the encroachment of the Chinese government in the autonomous region. Many young people were at the heart of recent Black Lives Matter protests as well as the famous Climate Strike that highlighted a push back against fossil fuels in a bid to halt a global climate emergency.

Here in the Philippines, we have a long history of the youth’s involvement in anti-colonialism, nation building, and fighting for our rights. Our national heroes, like Jose Rizal, Gat Andres Bonifacio, Apolinario Mabini among others were at the prime of their youth during the Spanish
revolt.

During the Marcos dictatorship, the youth led the First Quarter Storm, a series of massive protest demonstrations from different universities all over the country. FQS protesters were calling for accountability for Marcos’s huge and unjust spending during the elections, growing debt from the IMF resulting in peso devaluation and severe inflation.

Decades passed, and our country still faces issues of repression and economic inequality. As we face the current crisis of this pandemic and the continuing tyrannical character of the Duterte administration, many have taken a stand including our sector. We have been vocal with our call for transparency and accountability in the government, a concrete response plan on the COVID-19 pandemic, opposition in the continuing attacks on academic freedom, and other societal concerns.

SAFE SPACES NOW!

The Filipino youth firmly believe that schools should remain a safe haven for the students and all members of the youth sector. Schools should serve as cradles to the young mind for excellence and heart for service of the students, not a venue for the police and the military to threaten, intimidate, and suppress the academic freedom of educational institutions in the country.

DEFEND ACADEMIC FREEDOM

Duterte’s authoritarian rule and repressive policies have no place in our schools!

We vehemently oppose all forms of curtailment of student’s rights and welfare such as the slew of red-tagging of students and other known critics, creating a list of red tagged schools, the unilateral abrogation of the UP-DND Accord,the threat to abrogate the PUP-DND Accord. All this serves to threaten and intimidate the youth for voicing out their legitimate concerns about the country and the well-being of its people. We likewise call all our school administrators to make a united stand and defend the grounds of our educational institutions to protect the rights and welfare of its students and to uphold the academic freedom of all schools, colleges, and universities in the country.

SCRAP TERROR LAW

On February 2, we will witness a significant event in our country with the oral arguments for the petition against the Anti Terror Law taking place after months of being delayed.

The Terror Law, which was hastily passed in the middle of a pandemic, only reflects the kind of priorities this government has — his authoritarian agenda above all else.

The Terror Law is not only a betrayal of our democracy; it is a betrayal of our history, a betrayal of our heroes and martyrs, and an insult to the legacy of the Katipunan. We are against anything or anyone that endangers the safety and well-being of the Filipino people.

Despite being composed of a majority appointed by the president, we place our faith in the wisdom of the Constitution and will hold the Justices of our Supreme Court accountable to act as impartial judges who will uphold and protect its integrity. We remind them that the people, especially the youth, are watching the proceeding closely.

Likewise, we call on our fellow young people and every concerned citizen to unite and support all efforts to junk the Terror Law at the Supreme Court. Let us remain vigilant and take care of each other during these trying times.

Hindi tayo titigil; may Pag-asa pa. #JunkTerrorLaw #UpholdTheConstitution

We The Future PH

Akbayan Youth

Youth for Nationalism and Democracy

Youth Resist

Student Council Alliance of the Philippines

Kaisa-Ka Youth

Teatrong Bayan

Laban PUP

UP Alyansa

UP Eduk SC

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[Event] yOUR TURN! National Youth Summit for Human Rights

yOUR TURN! National Youth Summit for #HumanRights

The Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) and In Defense of Human Rights and Dignity Movement (iDEFEND) together with youth partner organizations and networks shall be organizing a 2020 National Youth Summit to coincide with the 72nd year of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

This project aims to contribute to the strengthening of the people’s capacity for change, by supporting the enabling and catalyzing capacities of the youth.

Themed: yOUR-TURN (National youth Summit of Human Rights) participants shall ensure the next generation of human rights defenders who work for justice, peace and human rights, in their respective areas.

The National Youth Summit will be participated in by around 150 representatives from different youth led/oriented groups as well as like-minded individuals across the country. The Summit events include virtual as well as face-to-face sessions (with strict observance of existing health protocols) from November 28 to 30, 2020. Resource persons will come from highly reputable civil society and academic organizations, as well as human rights groups.

Here is the registration link https://bit.ly/3p0Tlq7, we hope to get a confirmation from you on or before November 15, 2020.

Should you have more questions and to confirm your participation/sponsorship/partnership kindly contact Jhay de Jesus at this email address: miko.dejesus@gmail.com, and mobile number +639561308334.

Background


The country is facing an unprecedented public health crisis punctuated with natural and man-made calamities that exacerbate the situation of the people already living in poverty, marginalization, and violence. The erosion of democratic spaces and persecution of critical voices under authoritarian rule drastically reduced the people’s ability to raise their demands, participate in concrete action, change their condition,
and remedy their suffering.

In confronting these growing difficulties, there is a need to strengthen the people’s capacity for creative thinking, organized action and relevant responses. There is a need to increase the people’s capacity to claim and defend rights. The country’s youth in particular has a historical role in effecting social upheavals that result in the liberation of their communities from various oppressive realities. They have the biggest stake in the vision of a safe and progressive future which they will inherit and should in turn, leave their children.

This project aims to contribute to the strengthening of the people’s capacity for change, by supporting the enabling and catalyzing capacities of the youth. Tayo Ang Bukas, Nasa Atin Ang Lakas, is the youth’s battle cry against today’s repressive dispensation and a collective pledge to act to end tyranny.

Process/Methodology
PAHRA/iDEFEND together with partner youth organizations will organize a youth summit to be participated by around 150 participants across the country to commemorate the 77th anniversary of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The Youth Summit shall consist of virtual as well as face-to-face sessions (with strict observance of existing health protocols) on November 28-30, 2020. During the summit, participants will be guided through an experiential learning process based on input and guidance of invited well-known resource persons, to further broaden their knowledge and acquire competences in the fields of leadership and empowerment within a human rights framework.

The Youth Summit will bring together 150 young people aged between from different youth led/oriented groups (and likeminded individuals) in the country.

Objectives

· Overall: To contribute in the cultivation and empowering a new generation of human rights defenders
o To develop awareness and basic competencies (knowledge, skills, and attitudes also appreciation of Human Rights value base that respect equality freedom of choice, of speech, association and assembly, the right to dissent, respecting other’s rights) of participants in Human Rights, Diversity and Pluralism, intercultural learning and dialogue, including a critical understanding of personal and collective identities and their role in different human rights situations;
o To enable participants to share personal experiences of prevailing Human Rights issues and develop strategies in a positive and safe atmosphere of living and learning together;
o To motivate and support participants in their role as multipliers and peer leaders in promoting and defending Human Rights;
o To promote and share existing youth work practices and experiences of young people working on the protection of Human Rights in the so-called new normal or under the current COVID 19 pandemic Situations;
o To strengthen the role of the youth network in its efforts towards strengthening youth work in the field of Human Rights, social cohesion, and intercultural dialogue.

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[Statement] No to Fake Youth Partylist: genuine Filipino youth rejects proclamation of Duterte Youth Partylist

#HumanRights #Youth No to Fake Youth Partylist: genuine Filipino youth rejects proclamation of Duterte Youth Partylist

We, the Filipino Youth, call out the House of Representatives and the Commission on Elections for allowing Ducielle Marie Cardema of Duterte Youth to be sworn into office during the first day of the Special Session of the 2nd Regular Session of the 18th Congress.

Despite being unregistered with unresolved violations, the Duterte Youth was proclaimed by the Lower House and the COMELEC. Like a thief in the night, the COMELEC issued a certificate of a proclamation to Duterte Youth. This is a betrayal of the Constitution and another brazen disrespect for the Rule of Law under Duterte.

The COMELEC’s confirmation of Duterte Youth and the recent leadership fiasco in the House of Representatives shows how our government institutions have become rubber stamps for Duterte.

We condemn in the strongest of terms the proclamation of Duterte Youth. The Duterte Youth is neither a genuine youth organization nor does it sincerely serve the interests of the Filipino Youth. By its name alone, Duterte Youth shows its loyalty lies in Duterte like the Hitler Youth of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany.

As young people, we refuse to be represented by a fake youth organization founded by Ronald Cardema who has a proven track record of lying to advance his political ambitions. What is at stake here is the integrity of our democracy, the integrity of our government institutions, and genuine youth representation in government.

We call on our fellow youth to stand together in calling out the COMELEC to yield to the Constitution, abide by its own regulations, and cancel the proclamation of the Duterte Youth. We also stand together with other genuine youth organizations, with every defender of democracy, and with other sectors in seeking remedy from the Supreme Court.

UpholdTheConstitution #BlockDuterteYouth #DefendDemocracy #CancelDuterteYouth

SIGNATORIES

We The Future PH
KAISA UP
HRYAN
START AIT: Student Action for Responsive Leadership in Tourism
Partido sang Mainuswagon nga Bumulutho
UP Visayas – University Student Council
Youth Strike 4 Climate Philippines
Millennials PH
Kabataang Tagapagtanggol ng Karapatan
Young Filipino Advocates of Critical Thinking
UP ALYANSA
Sikhay EDUK
Partido Manggagawa
Laban PUP
YouthResist
UPLB University Student Council
UP Cebu Lantugi
NNARA-Youth
NNARA-Youth UP Manila
NNARA-Youth UPLB
Kabataan Partylist – Katipunan – SHS
Tulong Kabataan – Katipunan
iUplift
UP Diliman University Student Council
Youth Claim- Cebu
STAND UP
National Union of Students of the Philippines – High School
The Geyser – People’s Publication
GoodGov PH
UP SIKAP
Nagkakaisang Kabataan ng Marikina
Liberal Youth
Alay Sining Fine Arts
SALiGAN sa CSSP
LEAD-CHE
UJP UP Diliman
UP College of Education Student Council
KALikha: Kasama Ka sa Paglikha ng Arte at Literatura Para sa Bayan
Akbayan Youth – UP Diliman
UP Association of Political Science Majors
STAND UP AIT
STAND UP CSWCD
Gabriela Youth – UP Manila
Girls For Peace
Union of Progressive Students
Akbayan Youth – Cebu
Kaya Natin Youth

Published on We The Future PH Facebook page: http://bit.ly/CancelDuterteYouth

We The Future PH is a nonpartisan national movement of the youth standing up for human rights and democracy. The movement is a network of around 800 youth leaders and 400 youth organizations nationwide established in 2019 that advocates for a rights-based governance agenda for democratic reforms.

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[Statement] Kinukundena ng KATAPAT ang pagpapasa ng panukalang batas na nagnanais ipagdiwang ang buhay ni dating pangulong Ferdinand Marcos

OPISYAL NA PAHAYAG NG KABATAANG TAGAPAGTANGGOL NG KARAPATAN (KATAPAT) HINGGIL SA PAG-APRUBA NG KAMARA SA PANUKALANG BATAS NA NAGNANAIS IPAGDIWANG ANG KAARAWAN NI DATING PANGULONG FERDINAND MARCOS BILANG ISANG NON-WORKING HOLIDAY SA ILOCOS NORTE

Mariing kinukundena ng Kabataang Tagapagtanggol ng Karapatan (KATAPAT) ang naging hakbang ng Kamara sa pagpapasa sa ikatlong pagdinig ng isang panukalang batas na nagnanais ipagdiwang ang buhay ni dating pangulong Ferdinand Marcos, isang pasista at diktador, tuwing ika-11 ng Setyembre sa Ilocos Norte.

Ito ay lantarang pagbastos sa dangal, buhay, at sakripisyo ng mga naging biktima ng Batas Militar, ng mga nagmartsa sa lansangan noong 1986 na nauwi sa pagpapatalsik kay Marcos, at ng mga tumindig para sa karapatang pantao at demokrasya sa Pilipinas. Nakakagalit isipin na ang mismong buwan ng paggunita sa buhay at pakikibaka ng ating mga martir ay magiging buwan na rin ng paggunita sa mismong tao na nagpalaganap ng mga pag-aresto at pagpaslang sa mga tagapagtanggol ng karapatan, sa mismong tao na nagmalabis sa kapangyarinhan, sa mismong tao na nagnanakaw sa kaban ng Bayan.

Huwag sanang kalimutan ng 197 na mambabatas na pumabor sa panukalang batas na ‘to na si Marcos mismo ang nagbuwag sa Kongreso upang palitan ito ng Batasang Pambansa na napasailalim sa kanyang kapangyarihan. Hindi bayani si Ferdinand Marcos sapagkat isa siyang taksil at pasista na nagpahirap sa mga mamamayang Pilipino sa loob ng labing-apat na taon.

Tayo ay patuloy na manindigan sa tuwid na naratibo ng ating kasaysayan.

#NotoHistoricalRevisionism
#MarcosIsNotAHero
#DefendDemocracy

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[Statement] Youth organizations held the first-ever State of the Environment and Youth Address (SEYA) 2020

Youth organizations held the first-ever
State of the Environment and Youth Address (SEYA) 2020

In response to the fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Rodrigo Duterte, environmental and climate youth-led organizations virtually came together to hold their own version of SONA—the State of the Environment and Youth Address (SEYA) 2020. Invited resource persons and participants hail from the three main islands in the country, allowing for better representation. Among the resource persons were from the youth sector, NGOs, and two government officials.

SEYA revolved on sociopolitical issues surrounding environmental and climate advocacies. Two resource persons, Chad Booc and Deign Soriano, shared their experiences of being tagged as terrorists for their advocacies. Chad also talked about how greed impacts communities. “Maraming mga foreign mining companies, logging companies, at plantations ang gustong pumasok sa Mindanao kaya naman malala ang pag-atake sa Lumad schools and communities.” said Chad as he later urged the youth to take action and collaborate with communities to walk the talk instead of just talking and talking in forums.

On another note, Deign emphasized that the environment, and climate justice are interconnected, saying that “[t]hese allow advocates to reach out to communities especially those who are more susceptible to the detrimental effects of climate change and environmental degradation.” Among the communities are the underprivileged who have less resources in adapting and responding to these issues.

Consumers, especially those from the underprivileged sector who rely on ‘sachet culture’, are often blamed for the plastic pollution, but Marian Ledesma from Greenpeace disagrees and said that companies are at fault. “Malaki ang kinikita nila sa pag-benta ng sachet sa sistemang “tingi-tingi” ngunit hindi nila sinasagot ang responsibilidad sa pagsugpo nito. “ She also added that production of plastic requires fossil fuel, making plastic pollution also a public health crisis. Khevin Yu, another Greenpeace resource person, supported this claim. He stated that burning coal and other fossil fuel generates air pollution. He also noted that new studies correlated higher COVID deaths with areas with air pollution.

Youth’s role in planetary, environmental, and human health was emphasized in the Youth Agenda and Demands discussions. John Algo opened this segment of the program by discussing the country’s commitments to lower greenhouse gas emissions, and by promoting stakeholder representation and active participation. He stressed the youth’s capability in making a difference on planetary and human health. “We have seen it. We have heard it. We know it happens. We know it’s possible.” he said before calling for the ‘right kind of change coming against Climate Change’.

Furthermore, Population and Development Commissioner Dexter Galban raised the need to strike a balance between taking care of the environment and taking care of our health. “Kaya ako ay nananawagan bilang bahagi ng mga kabataan, bilang bahagi ng sektor pangkalusugan, at bilang bahagi ng pamahalaan, sana po ay makaisip tayo ng mga paraan, produkto, at aktibong pamamaraan upang bigyan ng tamang responsable at pagbibigay-alaga sa ating bayan, klima, at kalusugan.” he concluded, ending the Youth Agenda and Demands discussion.

Kabataan Partylist Representative Sarah Jane Elago reiterated the Youth Agenda and Demands and with the experiences and sentiments expressed by the esteemed resource persons as she shared the action points and policy recommendations. She called on the hastened convening of oversight committees to ensure that laws serve the public’s interests and encouraged the youth to demand a better normal and brighter future from the elected and mandated. “Manawagan ang panangutan mula sa aking kinauukulan sa pagtawag sa kanilang mandato na pagsilbihan ang interes ng publiko at ang kinabukasan na ating hinahangad ay inuuna ang interes ng tao, ng ating planeta, at ating kalikasan. Yan ang kinabukasan na nais nating pandayin.” she said while also calling for youth empowerment and participation, and collaboration leading to stronger coalitions and movements.

The virtual SEYA was held on 3 August 2020, one week after the 5th SONA, from 4:00 p.m. onwards through a Zoom meeting with 110+ participants from 40+ organizations. This is initiated by the Association of Young Environmental Journalists, Greenergy, Greenpeace Philippines, STEP Philippines, UP ALYANSA, We The Future PH, Youth for Climate Hope, Youth for our Planet Asia Pacific, and Youth Strike 4 Climate Philippines.

For more information: https://tinyurl.com/SEYA2020FBLive
Contact person: Patrick Ryan Bello (Secretariat)
+63 995 142 1869 / youthstrike4climateph@gmail.com

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[Press Release] As frontliners of the resistance, artist and youth groups condemn passage of terror bill – #WeTheFuturePH

As frontliners of the resistance, artist and youth groups condemn passage of terror bill

Artists and youth groups in the country expressed their indignation and dissent over the swift passage of the Anti-Terror Bill, also infamously called the Terror Bill. Congress approved the bill on the night of June 3, two days after President Rodrigo Duterte certified it as urgent.

#WeTheFuturePH, a non-partisan national movement of Filipino youth standing up for rights, freedom, and democracy, stood against the bill and demanded its immediate repeal.

“The historic battle cry for Freedom — Kalayaan — has been frontlined by the youth since the days of the Philippine Revolution until today,” said #WeTheFuturePH spokesperson Madelene de Borja in a statement. “Hence, the Terror Bill is a betrayal, not only of democratic principles but also of our historical struggle for Freedom and Independence.”

The group called the bill “a political tool criminalizing dissent, activism, and being a member of the political opposition, all of which are indispensable and essential in a free, independent, and democratic country.”

“Dissent and protests are corrective tools of the people against different forms of injustice, especially those committed by the government,” De Borja said. “They serve to communicate and realize our aspirations for a better nation.”

“We need safe spaces, online and on-ground, where we can freely express ourselves and exchange ideas without fear. The Terror Bill will deprive us of these safe spaces by providing a blanket authority to state agents and government-allied online trolls to harass, intimidate, and threaten critical voices of dissent,” she added.

#WeTheFuturePH was part of online protests organized by various grassroots, labor, and human rights movements calling to junk the bill this morning.

“The Filipino youth deserves better. We demand better: better leadership, better governance, better public services, better policy solutions, and better leaders that uphold our rights, freedoms, and dignity, and protect our country’s democracy — this is our vision for the New Normal,” De Borja emphasized.

“Our demand is a better Philippines. In 2022, we shall fulfill this vision through the power of the vote to elect legislators who will prioritize us and elect a president who does not kill us.”

The artist collective DAKILA also took a stand against the Terror Bill in a statement, pointing out that the critical citizenry is not the enemy.

“While we stand against any real threat to the public, the anti-terror bill is built on dangerous provisions that only indicate its true targets: valid criticisms and legitimate acts of dissent — both important to a functioning democracy,” said DAKILA spokesperson Leni Velasco.

For DAKILA, the bill both justifies and intensifies the state of surveillance, red-tagging, and human rights violations in the country.

“The vagueness of the bill also makes every Filipino a potential target. By simply expressing an opinion on the government, anyone can be arrested without any warrant and may be imprisoned,” Velasco expounded.

DAKILA showed support for the protest against the Terror Bill through an email campaign to legislators demanding for them to scrap the bill. They also joined forces with members of the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), such as Balaod Mindanaw, Karapatan, LILAK (Purple Action for Indigenous Women’s Rights), Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA), and Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) in a statement to condemn the bill and marched with the Concerned Artists of the Philippines (CAP) at the rally held today at UP Diliman.

“As the bill creates more terror than it solves, we call on to everyone to join us in expressing our strong rejection of the terror bill and to focus on the real urgency now — the curbing of the pandemic,” Velasco said.

Walang pipikit. DAKILA called on all Filipinos to be watchful and to speak against any threats to undermine human rights as enshrined in the Constitution. DAKILA and #WeTheFuturePH pledged to uphold the historical role of artists and youth as frontliners of the resistance — to pursue eternal vigilance to protect the freedom of the nation.
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DAKILA: 09155833364 | mabuhay@dakila.org.ph

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[Campaign] Nakakaranas ka ba ng red-tagging, surveillance, o death threats dahil sa mga adbokasiya mo?-KATAPAT

Nakakaranas ka ba ng red-tagging, surveillance, o death threats dahil sa mga adbokasiya mo?

Ireklamo ‘yan! Mag-message lang sa aming hotline at mga social media accounts:

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[From the web] Under Quarantine Yet Active: Rising to the Challenge of Covid-19 -YND

It has been 24 days since President Duterte put the entire Luzon under enhanced community quarantine, part of the government’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

COVID-19 was declared as an “outbreak that threatens national security which requires a whole-of-government response” by virtue of Presidential Proclamation 922 (March 8, 2020). Fifty-seven million people from eight regions, including around three million students, were advised to wash their hands, stay at home, and maintain physical distancing.

An inter-agency task force on infectious disease (IATF-EID) was put in charge to lead government health responses to the pandemic. Two weeks ago, Bayanihan to Heal as One (BAHO) Act was passed granting the president emergency powers with a budget of Php 275 billion to hasten government processes on procurement, disbursement and reallocation of funds.

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Watch Now! iDEFEND and PAHRA Live Stream “SAKA NA? SUKO NA? O KASA NA?”

SAKA NA? SUKO NA? O KASA NA? Boses ng kabataan at mahalagang papel nila sa panahon ng COVID19.
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[Campaign] #AmbaganTayo! Saan aabot ang etneb mo? -Y4R PUP

Saan aabot ang etneb mo?

Let’s raise funds to purchase food and hygiene kits for the homeless who are at higher risk of COVID-19

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[In the news] Youth groups raise 7 demands to gov’t to address COVID-19 crisis -Manila Bulletin

Seven national youth groups on Monday have raised seven-point demands in a bid to control the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic that has caused worldwide fears and panic.

These groups are Anakbayan, Panday Sining, League of Filipino Students (LFS), National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP), College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP), Student Christian Movement of the Philippines (SCMP), and the Kabataan Party-list.

“The 7-point demands are immediate, concrete, actionable points that the Duterte administration should immediately take to ensure that COVID-19’s danger to Filipinos’ health and livelihoods are mitigated,” Anakbayan Spokesperson Alex Danday said.

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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] PNP monitors school orgs amid alleged leftist recruitment -GMAnews

PNP monitors school orgs amid alleged leftist recruitment

The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday said it is monitoring some school organizations amid the alleged recruitment of the communist rebels among the students in some state colleges and universities.

In Mariz Umali’s report on State of the Nation with Jessica Soho, a former rebel who surrendered to the government said that young people from some state universities were being persuaded by leftist groups to join the armed struggle.

“Ang mga estudyante po na sinasabi ng mga nag-aaral sa UP, parang nakikipamuhay rin po sila sa amin. Nagtatanong kung maginhawa po ba yung aming ginagawa o mahirap. Pagkatapos nun, bumababa na rin po sila (mula sa bundok) kinabukasan,” said the rebel whose face was covered when he was presented by the police at a press conference.

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[Event] Heroes Hub Youth Empowerment Summit -Dakila

CALLING ALL YOUNG HEROES!
APPLICATION IS NOW OPEN.

Heroes Hub Youth Empowerment Summit
December 1, 2018, Saturday
Submit your application on or before November 21, 2018, Wednesday, using this link: http://bit.ly/2018HeroesHubYouthSummit

Your hero’s journey starts here.

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[Statement] Stop the electioneering and use of political propaganda in the 12th National Youth Parliament -Y4HRD

Stop the electioneering and use of political propaganda in the 12th National Youth Parliament

The Youth for Human Rights and Democracy seeks accountability from the National Youth Commission (NYC) and its organizing committees for allowing electioneering and use of political propaganda in the 12th National Youth Parliament (NYP).

According to reports from delegates, certain politicians were invited by the NYC to host some sessions in the program. On October 22, 2018, Special Assistant to the President Bong Go, who is running for Senator, was introduced in the event. Go also used the event to discuss his plans for the country should he win a Senate seat, including access to health services and the fight against illegal drugs, obviously campaigning for himself. Delegates complained about the campaign jingles and the freebies that were distributed during the event.

Photos of delegates being asked to pose with the Duterte Youth Party-list banner also circulated online. The elected officials of the NYP12 also posed for a picture while doing the Duterte sign of a closed fist. On October 23, 2018, Senator JV Ejercito, who is a reelectionist, discussed his transport agenda. A talk that was described by some delegates as too ‘out of place’. Valuable time could have been used for more productive purposes were wasted because of the sudden inclusion of guests in the program.

The NYP is a biennial congress of youth leaders representing a cross section of the Filipino youth population. There is no denying that the NYP12 was used to advance a political agenda.

We remind the NYC that the funds used for the NYP is from taxpayers’ money. We want the NYC to explain why it allowed political personalities, who are vying for positions of power in the national government, to appear in the said event.

Uphold the NYP tradition. Respect and protect the integrity of the Parliament.

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[Event] Start There: You(th) Can Shape Tomorrow -by NoBox Transitions Foundation, Inc.

Start There: You(th) Can Shape Tomorrow
by NoBox Transitions Foundation, Inc.

Nowadays, when we watch the news, scroll though our timelines, or read tweets, we are left with a sense of “ugh, this again!”

Is there anything left we can do??

People from different fields will share their stories about how they, in their own way, were able to help shape a kinder future for Philippine society. And at the end of the day, leaving you with ideas and tools you can use to make a difference.

Whoever you are, wherever you go, you can #StartThere.

Join us on October 26, 4-7pm at the College of Engineering Theater, Melchor Hall, UP Diliman

This NoBox Ed event is made possible in partnership with the Youth for Mental Health Coalition (Y4MH), UP Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (UPCWGS), and the UP Diliman University Student Council (UPD USC).

Register for #StartThere at nobox.ph/startthere! Registration for the event is free of charge.

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[Statement] DUTERTE: Kaaway ng Manggagawa’t Kabataang Pilipino -SPARK

DUTERTE: Kaaway ng Manggagawa’t Kabataang Pilipino

Bubuhos ang libo-libong masa sa lansangan, isisigaw ang mga panawagang naghahangad ng pagbabago. Kasabay ng mga talumpati ng mga lider ng iba’t ibang grupo maririnig ang ingay ng mga sasakyang bumubusina. Ang mga kalsada na kadalasang larawan ng trapik ay magmimistulang naglalagablab na damdaming palaban ng masang patuloy na naghahanap ng kasagutan sa kanyang abang kalagayan. Ito ang matutunghayan sa Pandaigdigang Araw ng Paggawa.

Mangingibabaw ang daing ng sambayanang naniniwalang ang lipunang may ganap na panlipunang hustisya, walang pagsasamantala at masagana, ay hindi imposible sa pinagsama-samang pwersa ng pagkakaisa ng mga aping uri.

Ngunit sa kabila ng mga ingay ng okasyon na ito ay may katahimikang mas madalas, mas malawak at mas maraming bilang kumpara sa dami, ng taunang paggunita ng Araw ng Paggawa.

Ito marahil ang mga buntong-hininga ng masang tila ba namanhid na sa hirap ng pang-araw-araw na buhay, mga Pilipinong tinanggap na lamang ang kalupitan ng sistemang umiiral.

Magta-tatlong taon na mula ng mapwesto ang administrasyong Duterte sa Palasyo subalit hindi maitatanggi na hindi kailanman naging para sa mahihirap ang kanyang pamamahala. Bagkus, puro pretensyon lamang ang laman ng kanyang mga pahayag. Noong panahon ng kampanya, todo yabang niyang sinabi na wawakasan niya ito sa araw na maupo sya sa pwesto. Ang mga pangako ng hambog na Duterte ay nauwi sa pagpapaasa at lantarang pagtra-traydor sa masang manggagawa.

Business as usual pa rin ang kaliwa’t kanang abuso’t kawalanghiyaan ng mga hayok sa tubo gaya ni Henry Sy at Lucio Tan. Nagpapatunay lamang na hindi talaga para sa mahihirap si Duterte kundi isang tuta ng mga kapitalistang nagpapasarap sa pawis at sakripisyo ng mayorya.

Dagdag pa sa mga atraso ni Duterte ay nang sinadlak niya ang milyong mala-manggagawa o yung mga walang pirmis na kita sa panibagong salot, ang TRAIN Law. Ito ang nagbunsod sa papatinding pagtaas ng presyo ng mga batayang pangangailangan ng pamilyang Pilipino.

Habang binaba nito ang buwis ng mga mayayaman, ipinasa naman nito sa pinakamahihirap na seksyon ang obligasyong tustusan ang kanyang programang Build, Build, Build gayung ‘di naman ito direktang papakinabangan ng mga maralita.

Sa hanay naman nating kabataan, patuloy pa rin ang paghabi ni Duterte sa kasinungalingang matatamasa na ng lahat ng kabataan ang kanilang karapatan sa edukasyon sa papasok na semestre.

Pawang panloloko ito dahil sa dami ng restriksyon ng RA 10931 at mga ‘di kwalipikadong lokal na kolehiyo ay mapagkakaitan pa lalo ang mga kabataang maralita na may katamtamang IQ ng kanilang karapatan umahon sa kahirapan.

Habang ang daan-libong bagong gradweyt nitong Marso ay nabibilang na sa estatistika ng walang hanapbuhay na susugal hanapin ang kanilang kapalaran sa ibayong-dagat.

Ganito pinapaikot ng kapitalistang gobyerno ni Duterte ang buhay ng pamilya ng manggagawa. Hindi tao ang turing, kundi mga instrumento lamang para lumikha ng kanilang tubo at tagatustos ng mga pribilehiyo ng mga pulitiko’t mga nasa burukrasya ng walang kwentang gobyerno .

Nananatiling nakalubog sa kumunoy ng kahirapan ang Pilipinas. Hindi umangat kahit isang pulgada ang buhay ng mga mahihirap. Ito ang lipunang mamanahin nating mga kabataan. Pinalalabas nilang wala tayong ibang mapagpipilian kundi magpa-alipin sa sistemang kapitalismo at manatiling mga maamong tupa na maari nilang lokohin, abusuhin at pagsamantalahan.

Bilang tagapagmana ng bagsik ng kapitalismo, ngayon pa lamang ay basagin na natin ang nakabibinging katahimikan ng pighati at kawalan ng paki-alam sa lipunang ating ginagalawan. Magsilbing boses, mitsa at simbolo ng pag-asa sa sambayanang nagnanais ng tunay na pagbabago. Kailangan nating paglagablabin ang ating ideyalismo para hawanin ang landas tungo sa radikal na pagbabago ng lipunan, tungo sa pagpapabagsak ng lipunang pinaghaharian ng iilan.

Sa makasaysayang Pandaigdigang Araw ng Paggawa, sama-sama nating itakwil at ideklara na si Duterte ay kaaway ng manggagawa’t kabataang Pilipino.

Laban ng Manggagawa, Laban ng Kabataan!

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[Press Release] Youth demand DOLE to disclose results of their investigation of SM -SPARK

Youth demand DOLE to disclose results of their investigation of SM

SPARK KabataanMore than a month after a mandatory conference was held between the management of SM Supermalls and the labor department to investigate allegations of labor-only contracting, a youth group demanded from the agency to disclose its findings on the extent of contractual employment being exercised in the retail giant’s operations.

The Samahan ng Progresibong Kabataan (SPARK) in a statement said that, “A month is more than enough to ascertain the extent and gravity of the 5-5-5 employment scheme in SM and make it public. The DOLE is duty-bound to disclose the results of its investigation since the perverse practice of contractualization has been going on at SM for the past three decades and is only now that anomalies are being unraveled”.

Before the said conference, the Bureau of Working Conditions, an agency under the labor department asked SM Supermalls to submit its organizational chart to address the issue of regularization and labor standards after officials estimated that SM has violated labor standards.

The group fears that a prolonged release of the report may result in a whitewash, utilizing legal loopholes in order for SM to maintain its high profitability and confidence of its investors.

“It is no secret that SM pioneered the circumvention of labor rights to the point that contractualization has become the common employment practice in the retail industry and has been replicated by thousands of other companies in other industrial lines”, says SPARK spokesperson Jade Lyndon Mata, a three-time five month sales utility clerk at different branches of SM Supermalls.

Mata likewise rebuked the SM management for insisting that it is compliant with all labor regulations even if Secretary Bebot Bello of the labor department himself revealed that the retail giant has violated labor standards.

The group alleges that many former SM employees complain that besides undermining their right to security of tenure despite performing ‘usually necessary and desirable‘ in the daily operation of its malls its employees receive only half of their supposed overtime pay and that many of the manpower agencies that SM engages with fail to reimburse employee cash bonds that were deducted from their measly wages.

“The continued attempts by the top honchos of SM to gloss over their anomalous yet surreptitious employment schemes manifest their business-as-usual attitude despite persistent calls to abolish all forms of contractual employment and heavy-worded pronouncements by no less than President (Rodrigo) Duterte.”

SPARK vowed to rigorously campaign for the abolition of contractualization and demand indemnification for decades of exploitation inflicted on its workers.#

PRESS RELEASE
12 November 2016
Contact person: Jade Lyndon Mata 0935-1449575

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[Press Release] Youth group fires back after QC Vice Mayor defend curfew ordinance -SPARK

Youth group fires back after QC Vice Mayor defend curfew ordinance

SPARK KabataanAN ANTI-CURFEW youth organization criticized Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte after she claimed in a live interview that the curfew ordinance in Quezon City has been “very successful” in reducing the crime rate.

Samahan ng Progresibong Kabataan (SPARK) spokesperson, Joanne Lim responded by saying that, “In as much that we would prefer that the Mayors-respondents to reply to our petition before the Supreme Court instead of issuing public statements, we will have to disagree with Vice Mayor Belmonte’s assessment. Her assessment is just as vague as her ordinance”.

The group filed a petition before the Supreme Court last Friday, July 22 asking the high court to issue a temporary restraining order on the curfew ordinances of the cities of Manila, Quezon and Navotas for vagueness. overbreadth and runs contrary to a national law, Republic Act no. 9344 or the Juvenile Justice Act.

The three-term Vice Mayor expressed her approval for the continuity of the curfew. She asserted that the success was reflected upon the restored discipline and order at Quezon City, as the youth “were not loitering outside the streets at wee hours in the morning”. Apart from that, the parents were also “reminded … again of their responsibility over their children.”

Lim reiterated that “the ordinance violates the parents’ natural and primary right in the rearing of their children. The parents know best for their children and for them to be penalized with detention for allowing their children to go out during this period either ‘knowingly or by insufficient control’ is unjust”.

Lim wondered what was the basis or means of measurement for Belmonte to claim that the curfew was “very successful”.

“Belmonte is mistaken into believing her own propaganda that the much vaunted peace and order in Quezon City is brought about by their curfew. This can be easily debunked by the twenty-two extra-judicial killings in her city from July 1 to 21 alone,” Lim said.

“Empty streets does not translate that crimes are not happening. Belmonte must first prove that the curfew has a direct correlation to the decline of crime and if there was any decline, it must be because of the heavy-worded pronouncements of President Rody Duterte and Police chief Bato dela Rosa. To think that the Quezon City ordinance was enacted more than two years ago,” Lim maintained.

SPARK reminded the public that the youth engage in many other activities that are vital in their development, instead of assuming that a minor out on the streets late at night is engaged in criminal activities.

Lim stressed that while the curfew ordinances bear the promises of peace and order, in recent experience and actual implementation, the curfew does otherwise.

“It harbors fear among the youth. They know that they are not doing anything wrong, but they also know that the simple act of staying out late entails the label of criminals, and also the subsequent possibility of being detained and punished”.

PRESS RELEASE
JULY 25, 2016

Joanne Lim 0906-4045023
Member, National Secretariat

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