Tags: At Ground Level

Deeper look into the slay of 14 farmers in Negros

Definitely justified are the strong public outrage and calls for impartial investigation into the killing last March 30 of 14 farmers, by police and military forces in joint day-long operations in Canlaon City and the towns of Manjuyod and Sta. Catalina in Negros Oriental. The Philippine National Police has justified the killings, as the operations…

Distracting issue may mar the BARMM inauguration

The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, created under the Bangsamoro Organic Law, was inaugurated in Cotabato City yesterday. In the morning, the Bangsa-moro Transition Authority, the region’s interim government until the election of the Bangsamoro Parliament in 2022, convened, adopted its rules and elected its officers. Supposedly, in the afternoon the BARMM was to…

Duterte yields GRP-NDFP peace talks to the military

Back-to-back with the controversial withdrawal of the Philippines from the International Criminal Court (ICC) that took effect on March 17, the following day President Duterte dismissed the government panel negotiating peace with the National Democratic Front and, the day after, even said it was a “permanent” termination. These moves by the president raise big questions…

Gender equality: Big gains under law but not enough

Ten years ago, no country in the world gave women and men equal legal rights. Today (or since June 2017) six out of 187 nations have enshrined gender equality in their laws, specifically those affecting employment and entrepreneurship, according to a decade-long study made public by the World Bank, ahead of the observance of International…

Government ramps up red-tagging, gets broad-range ripostes

Putting to work its National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict, the Duterte government since last month has ramped up its red-tagging campaign against human rights defenders, militant people’s organizations and alliances, and left-leaning candidates in the May 13 elections. Instantly the ripostes were vigorous – denials, condemnations – from a broad range…

Rehabilitate Manila Bay sans reclamation projects

There is probably no question that the Duterte government‘s 2017-2022 plan to clean up and rehabilitate the gravely polluted Manila Bay, at the cost of P43 billion, is a most welcome, although much-delayed, development. Much-delayed because it was in 2008 that the Supreme Court granted the petition for a writ of continuing mandamus filed —…