“What we have here in UP are critical minds much sharper or deadly than guns, and it seemed that that was the AFP [Armed Forces of the Philippines] and PNP [Philippine National Police] were afraid of.”
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“If Sanchez is freed this year he would have served merely 25 years of the 360 years sentence meted to him.”
Rights defenders from Southern Tagalog file cases of rights abuses, decry state of ‘de facto’ martial law
“No peace can come out of violence against innocent lives.”
The living conditions in the Negros island have been – time and again – a glaring example of government’s failure to implement genuine agrarian reform.
“Gina remains as the sole proof that meaningful change can be done through unabashed political will at the helm of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. We may never see someone who can unite the entire country in a rallying cry to save the environment the way Gina did ever again.”
“This culture in which sexual violence against women is normalized and excused should not be tolerated.”
“The problem is that the framework of this task force [to end communist insurgency] provides no distinction between combatants and non-combatants, or activists belonging to organizations categorized as legal fronts [of the Communist Party of the Philippines].”
“The united students of PUP will always be against any form of attacks and oppression and we will never falter against Duterte administration’s move to criminalize us–the students and the whole university.”
“For 25 years, Oceanagold was like a never-ending storm that has lashed at us.”
“They are demonizing and discrediting youth for their activism. But the truth is that they are standing for education, and rights of farmers and workers.”
According to the report, Lacay, with his companion Renard Burgos, was riding a motorcycle on their way to the public market when two uniformed soldiers hailed them and asked for a ride. That was when the soldiers allegedly fired at the victim.