Vast natural resources and fertile soils have long attracted foreign investment to the Philippines, yet widespread corruption and a culture of impunity for unscrupulous companies has seen the profits disappear into the pockets of a tiny elite. – Global Witness
Month: July 2019
End of killings urged as PH turns deadliest for environmental defenders
“The ecological agriculture that landless farm workers have painstakingly carved out of the vast monoculture plantations of Negros sugar barons have been irrigated with blood and bullets.”
Rights groups ask SC to overturn CA’s denial of plea for protection
“We maintain that our petition is urgent amid the spate of intensified red-tagging, illegal arrests, and killings perpetrated against us by this government.”
Magpapatuloy ang ganitong malalang kalagayan kung hindi makikilala na maiuugat sa suliranin ng droga sa kalagayan ng kahirapan, ang pagkamal ng higanteng tubo ng ilan kapalit ng pagkasalaula ng buhay ng mga nagiging adik nito, at kawalang kakanyahan ng lipunang tumugon sa pangangailangan ng mga tao para sa higit na maayos na kalagayan ng buhay.
‘Women workers betrayed by Duterte’s Endo bill veto’
Apart from the “endo,” Brosas also lamented various issues affecting women, such as gender-based violence and economic issues such as the lifting of tariffs on imported rice and the water supply crisis.
Court junks rights lawyers’ plea for protection
“How many more lawyers and human rights defenders need to be killed, vilified, harassed, threatened and labelled before the dots are connected?”
The Parliament of Singapore passed a law against uploading and spreading false information last May. It requires online media platforms that any government ministry accuses of carrying “fake news” to correct or remove the offending material, and penalizes those responsible with 10-year prison terms and fines of up to S$1 million (about $740,000). The bad…
Spotlight once more on extrajudicial killings
In his fourth state-of-the-nation address President Duterte didn’t say a word about the extrajudicial killings in the Philippines that have shocked many all over the world. Just the week before, his government had been embroiled in a ruckus over the approval of a resolution at the United Nations Human Rights Council, urging the UN High…
Workers not surprised with Duterte’s veto of security of tenure bill
“Workers can only rely on unity.”
Negros killings, ‘a war against unarmed civilians’ — groups
“We call on all freedom-loving individuals and organizations to unite in holding the Duterte government accountable for turning Negros island into a killing field.”
CPP calls Duterte, forces ‘coward for retaliating against civilians’
The CPP and NPA demanded the Duterte regime to abide by the Geneva Conventions and other international protocols and called on all of Duterte’s forces to stop targeting and killing civilians.