President Rodrigo Duterte will deliver his fifth State of the Nation Address on Monday, July 27. Bulatlat examines Duterte’s policies on the economy and foreign policy, his COVID-19 response and track record on human rights and the attacks on press freedom and expression since the lockdown.
By DEE AYROSO
Undocumented Filipino migrants among the hardest hit amid pandemic
Filipino migrant leaders in the United Kingdom, Canada, and US revealed that undocumented workers in those countries are the hardest hit with the lack of social protection amid the dreaded pandemic.
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‘Fact-checking Duterte absolutely necessary at this time’
“Just because he is the president does not mean you don’t need to fact-check his claims.”
UN expert alarmed at reports of police violence amid pandemic
A United Nations special rapporteur reminded states that “excessive use of force by the police is unlawful under international law, including during states of emergency.”
Bayan Muna debunks Duterte’s ‘lack of budget for COVID-19’ rhetoric
“There are billions in the budget that are yet untapped which were actually contained in his Report but President Duterte is very slow and inefficient in tapping these funds.”
‘Compassion and respect for human dignity should go with relief packs’
Even during a calamity or health emergency, Bishop Reuel Marigza, general secretary of the National Council of Churches in the Philippines, said that compassion and human dignity should be at the heart of government officials carrying out relief operations.
Cops attempt to foil urban poor efforts to feed hungry amid COVID-19
“They threatened to stop our community kitchen if we will continue with the protests and placards. Will these police officers feed us?”
By DEE AYROSO