Month: January 2020

From fishing villages to Lumad sanctuaries, a war against nature continues to be waged

As with the Haran standoff and the tensions in Taliptip, state security forces were linked to at least 57 percent of the victims we recorded. It must be thus questioned why the military and other state security forces are zeroing in on these areas, with crosshairs trained at defenders. Are these really peace and order operations, or deadly investment guarantees?

‘No subtantial salary increase for teachers, gov’t workers’

“Even after the full implementation of the Salary Standardization Law V in 2023, the front-liners in education will still be no better off than the police and soldiers in uniform whose salaries were swiftly increased by 50% to 100% by the Duterte administration.”

ABS-CBN workers join candle lighting to call for franchise renewal

MANILA — Rank and file employees of television giant ABS-CBN joined the second Black Friday protest calling for their franchise renewal. The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) organized the said nationwide silent protest and candle lighting on Jan. 24. Dressed in black and holding a tarpaulin bearing the call, #YEStoABSCBNFranchiseRenewal, members of…

Paramilitary forcibly enters Church Lumad sanctuary

Last week, the Regional Peace and Order Council – 11 issued a resolution demanding the closure of the church compound. By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO MANILA — Days after a regional peace body ordered its closure, some suspected members of the paramilitary broke into the United Church of Christ in Philippines (UCCP) – Haran…