“How can you be a president when you do not have an objective way of looking at the reality? It is always in relation to himself, what he likes and does not like.”
Month: July 2020
Journalists urge public to defend press freedom
“Never since the late unlamented Marcos dictatorship has a president ever deigned to shut down the independent media and stifle criticism and dissent.”
Could’ve been an e-mail
By DEE AYROSO
Dismantling the oligarchy
An oligarchy is governed by a few families and individuals. While wealth is indeed among its members’ more obvious attributes, wealth alone does not make an oligarch. The capacity to influence or control government and governance does. An oligarch is therefore someone who, by virtue of birth, wealth, religious affiliation, or control over the coercive…
Anti-terror law alarms a wide range of groups
As of last Thursday, at least 16 petitions had already been filed before the Supreme Court, asking it to strike down the new Anti-Terrorism Act (RA 11479) – either in its entirety or several of its provisions assailed for their “vagueness” and “overbreadth/over-reach” – for violating the Constitution. The law, passage of which was railroaded…
8K defy government’s warning against joining protests
“We are outraged because the government ignores the plight of the workers and the people in this pandemic. It is more interested in suppressing freedom of speech, freedom of the press and freedom of assembly. It is more concerned with concentrating power through the Anti-Terror Law, and if Duterte wishes so, a charter change.”
With P606B budget for COVID-19 response, aid largely unfelt
“The government have the funds but why not utilize it for aid? They have the machinery but the process has been slow. They (government) prioritized the Anti-Terror Law and term extension than the people’s stomach.” By ANNE MARXE D. UMIL Bulatlat.com MANILA – In almost five months, Filipinos have been confronting not only the deadly…
Balik-Tanaw | Pentecost: The Parables of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl
As Christians, who do God’s work, we are being called to be like treasure hunters–to prioritize the Kingdom of heaven and work for the common good of all persons. God teaches us to focus on the treasures of heaven and earth and what matters most – the dignity of life.
Cops arrest Kadamay member, seize copies of news magazine
The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines said that the raid is just ‘a preview’ of future abuses that can be done under the Anti-Terrorism Law of 2020.
Pandemic ushers in heightened rural repression in PH, Colombia
In particular, two countries, Colombia and the Philippines, continue to top PANAP’s list of deadliest places for land rights defenders.
‘Worst outcomes of pandemic result of poor gov’t response’ – think-tank
“The Duterte administration’s plans for economic recovery revolve around continuing infrastructure projects as the main source of economic stimulus, which actually stalled economic recovery.”