“There is a human rights crisis in the country. Regardless of the denials and legal acrobatics by the Duterte government, it has made its mark as a murderous regime that disregards people’s rights,”
“Our many meetings with communities from across the Philippines have left members of our delegation appalled by the continuing gross violations of human rights in the Philippines. The outright disregard for human life is unacceptable.”
The Aeta leader said that he supports the country’s national athletes because they are his countrymen. He said what he condemns is how easily the government dismissed their rights and the corruption and anomalies behind the SEA Games.
The RMP called on the Office of the Prosecutor to drop the case against Sr. Elenita Belardo so that “she can continue her advocacy of defending the people especially the marginalized sectors of our society.”
“We expect nothing less than a conviction especially those directly responsible and involved in the killings. Otherwise, the mockery of justice and the culture of impunity will continue to reign and worsen.”
Josef added that at the time where literature and history are being ignored and worse, being “bastardized” by colonial teachings, it is just fitting for Tanghalang Pilipino to focus in these types of production.
The peoples organizations and the NGOs are compelled to protect the environment because the government who should have been doing it is not really doing it.
It is downright absurd and offensive that the arrest happens during a day that commemorates and in fact stresses the need to continue the legacy of nationalist and revolutionary Andres Bonifacio.”
Workers and progressives held a series of protest actions today to commemorate the birth anniversary of Bonifacio, known in Philippine history as the “Great Plebian” for his humble beginnings from the working class and later led the armed revolution when he founded Katipunan.
Karapatan, in a protest action on Nov. 29, highlighted the cases human rights defenders Cora Agorvida and Honey Mae Suaza, as “both recent victims of state-perpetrated attacks against women defenders who assert people’s rights, including our communities’ rights to a safe and healthy environment.”
“We have to fight for our sake. We cannot just wait for them to implement land reform because they will never do it willingly.”