Joseph Canlas is a peasant leader and community organizer based in Central Luzon, where he led various campaigns and struggles against landgrabbing and land-use conversion in many farming communities in the region.
#DuterteResign trended on the Philippines’ social media platforms, after the country’s capital and its neighboring provinces were put yet again on a stricter lockdown.
“To match the standards of World Health Organization’s positivity rate on a daily basis, We should be testing at least 130,000 individuals per day, at least 90,000 in NCR, at the current rate that we are going.”
“Duterte failed. Duque failed. They should be held accountable.”
While government officials and personalities have breached protocols and got away with it, nearly 600,000 Filipinos, mostly poor, have been warned, ticketed, fined, and charged over quarantine violations.
Exactly a week since the “Bloody Sunday,” our Southern Tagalog correspondent Justin Umali sits down for a huntahan to discuss the context behind the series of police operations that killed nine, and arrested three.
“Nimfa thinks nothing of her own sicknesses like hypertension, anemia and rhinitis just so she can be of help whenever she is needed even if it means walking for kilometers to visit political prisoners. When did it become a crime to help people in need?”
“We all have our own sphere of influence: our friends, families, colleagues. No one else can connect with those people in such an intimate way we can.”
The College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP) denounced the attack, describing the threats as “an utter insanity and a cheap action to silence campus journalists.”
“Now more than ever, we must not only forget: we must assert our right to fight back — to defy and resist this unbridled and worsening assault on human rights and democracy.”
“With the law, the Chinese Coast guard are being ordered by Chinese government to shoot at vessels, even small fishing boat, in territories being claimed by China.”