Opinion & Analysis

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Military operations in Lianga, Surigao del Sur displace Lumad community

Less than a year after returning home Dear friends, Military elements in full combat gear conducted operations in nine (9) communities in the mountain areas of Lianga, San Miguel and San Agustin in Surigao del Sur since July 2, 2017. These communities have recently just returned home in September 2016, after spending a year in 

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Freedom of the press and Balita’s woes

Press freedom and the limits of free speech By Ted Alcuitas The saga of Toronto’s ‘Balita’ newspaper and its publisher Teresita ‘Tess’ Cusipag, is a sober reminder that there are limits to free speech. Cusipag has just been released from jail (June 25, 2017) after serving 13 days of a 21-day sentence for criminal contempt 

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STATEMENT: On Marawi, Martial Law and internet freedom

Joint statement by CPU, TXTPOWER and AGHAM After Camp Aguinaldo spokesman Colonel Edward Arevalo warned that the military would exercise an alleged “right to censure”, DICT Head Rodolfo Salalima has announced arrests for “cyber sedition”. It must be clear by now: Whether you’re in Marawi, Mindanao or Manila, we’re all unsafe from martial law’s effects 

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Women human rights defenders from Asia Pacific in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Solidarity Statement with the People of the Philippines

We, women human rights defenders from various countries of Asia and the Pacific, gather to show our solidarity with the people most affected by the rise of growing state authoritarianism and militarism, religious fundamentalisms and the underlying exploitative economic systems designed to enrich a tiny minority at the expense of our communities. Given the current 

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LGBT students face bullying, abuse

Discrimination and Lack of Support Undermine Right to Education MANILA–Students across the Philippines experience bullying and discrimination in school because of their sexual orientation and gender identity, Human Rights Watch said in a report released June 22. While Philippine law provides protections against discrimination and exclusion in schools, lawmakers and school administrators need to take 

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Tax reform should be pro-poor, progressive

Research institution IBON said that government should be willing to forge a genuinely progressive tax system instead of adopting one that remains pro-rich. The group said this upon recent Congressional approval of the first part of the Department of Finance’s (DOF) Comprehensive Tax Reform Package (CTRP).  Forging a truly progressive tax package is an important 

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The on and off peace talks

After an optimistic end to the fourth round of peace talks between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), things appeared to have soured once again. Even if the GRP-NDFP peace talks have got nothing to do with the intensified battle that erupted between 

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NEVER AGAIN: It’s time to show that we are also serious

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective People were half expecting it, and we have always shouted “Never Again!” in response to these threats. And now, President Duterte has made good his threat of declaring martial law in Mindanao and hinted that he is willing to declare it nationwide. Since August 2016, or a little more than 

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After martial law declaration: Rights violations intensify in Mindanao

A few days after the declaration of martial law in Mindanao, a Moro resident of Brgy. Salat, President Roxas, North Cotabato was killed due to military aerial bombings, and at least two farmers were illegally arrested in Maragusan, Compostela Valley, in the course of the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ continuing implementation of counter-insurgency operations 

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Martial Law declaration to intensify civilian casualties in Marawi crisis – groups

 newly-elected chairperson of Suara Bangsamoro, said that the martial law declaration will not resolve the incursion of the Maute group in Marawi City but will only intensify civilian casualties and will only worsen the heightening peace instability in the province. Suara Bangsamoro today reported that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) gave civilians in 

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