Civil societies sound alarm over gov’t use of terror financing charges to paralyze their services

Being falsely accused of terrorism financing, the operations of the civil societies are being paralyzed by the government, denying poor communities of much needed assistance and bringing them farther from the grasp of genuine development.

Filipino fisherfolk assert rights on West PH Sea over China’s ‘detention orders’

Marabe also said that the Chinese forces should be arrested and held accountable, instead of the Filipino fisherfolk, for aggressive penetration of the Philippine territory without permission. He also said that the forces of China are conducting illegal fishing, reclamation, and building of military structures.

For kin and advocates, justice remains elusive for children’s rights defender Sally Ujano

Just last year, the United Nations (UN) Women – Philippines also recognized the contribution of Ujano in championing human rights. She received a distinction as a Feminist Champion against Gender-Based Violence, along with other long-time women’s rights defenders Aida Santos, former executive director of Women’s Educational, Development, Productivity, & Research Org (WeDpro) and Princess Nemenzo, former executive director of WomanHealth.

Search for missing labor activist expands in 1st month of disappearance

It has been more than a month since his disappearance but Lariosa remains missing. The effect of his abduction rippled down to other organizers in the Southern Mindanao region. The United Nations (UN) has identified that enforced disappearance is a frequently used strategy to spread terror, not only to the close relatives of the disappeared but also to their communities.

Fishers, advocates fear destruction of marine ecosystem in the name of Verde Island ‘preservation’

“The Philippines is home to the highest concentration of marine shore fish species in the world, sheltered in a marine corridor known as the Verde Island Passage (VIP). The richness of biodiversity in the VIP makes it comparable to the Amazon. This biodiversity hotspot is being imperiled by fossil gas projects of SMC.”