March 29, 2015     Philippines
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"We are disgusted at the lengths that the military would go to impede us from seeking and asserting our rights."

“We are not after those promises anymore. We do not want them to pay us royalty taxes. We want them to stop their operations.”

“The commencement exercise and her welcome speech then became not merely traditional school-officiated exercises but alternative avenues to speak for justice.”

The widows said that losing their husbands and the fathers of their children “weighed more than the thousands of bullets and armaments used in this continuing operations.”

“The powerful parties would also use this anti-people ruling to get more of the majority seats in Congress and make their railroading even faster.”

Even as 969 evacuees return to their villages in San Luis town, more than a hundred others remain in Bunawan town.

Violations of human rights and international humanitarian law continue, a month into the government’s “all-out offensive” in Maguindanao against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, says a Moro group.


    by Tilde Acuna





  • Sing-along with the BS

    March 28, 2015
    Sing-along with the BS


  • President Aquino’s appeal for “understanding” could only anger the people more, progressives say.

  • “We just want peace. We do not want others to go through the kind of pain we are experiencing.” — Julie Cayang-o, one of the widows of the SAF 44

  • “It is not enough to say ‘I am sorry.’ Someone should be held accountable.” – Bishop Broderick Pabillo

  • In Women’s month, mothers, daughters and wives – all environmental defenders – continue to march against the monsters that threaten their homes and communities.

  • The P16,000 national minimum wages represent only a 17-percent cut in profit, and it would not necessarily cause inflation if the establishments bore the dip in profit instead of passing it on to prices of their products or services. – Ibon Foundation

  • Security guards in a disputed land in Bukidnon fired at Lumads, killing one and wounding two others.

  • “Gone are the days of forbearance. The people do not want Aquino’s apology, the people want him to step down.”

  • Today, March 22, is the eighth year of disappearance of Abner Hizarsa, a four-time political detainee and former spokesperson of NDF-Bataan.

  • Extending CARPER?

    March 20, 2015
    Extending CARPER?

    The Catholic Bishops has been pushing for another extension of the CARPER because of the prevailing landlessness among the country’s peasant majority. The Aquino government has supposedly acquiesced and instructed its allies in Congress to extend CARPER.

    Progressive farmers’ groups, on the other hand, are pushing not for another extension of CARPER but its version of agrarian reform, the Genuine Agrarian Reform Bill.

    And the debate is on.

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  • Progressive groups pressed for President Benigno Aquino’s resignation at a rally in Manila last Friday. Marching from various points in Metro Manila, they converged at the historic Mendiola bridge where they sounded like they were, for the nth time, simply haranguing the chief executive for hours on end. Cynics said the event was nothing new […]

  • They do not smile as often as other children. They tell their visitors about the two-day trek from their forest communities under direct sun and drenching rain last January. They say they have never walked as far before. There were hardly roads in the 14 sitios (sub-villages) where they came from. A thousand of them […]

  • On International Women’s Day, women rights advocates and members of progressive groups called for the resignation of President Benigno S. Aquino III’s resignation.

  • Nanay Mameng, isang dula

    February 21, 2015
    Nanay Mameng, isang dula

    Nanay Mameng, isang dula by Slidely Slideshow A new play that depicts the life and struggle of Carmen “Nanay Mameng” Deunida, a celebrated urban poor activist in the Philippines. Photos by JANESS ANN J. ELLAO

  • In this video, Justine Villeno, son of disappeared labor activist Ben Villeno, belies President Aquino’s promise of “daang matuwid” (straight path), saying that the government will not act in the interest of the kin and victims of human rights violations. Video and editing by Janess Ann J. Ellao

  • SONA ng Bayan did not only serve as a venue for various sectors to air their grievances toward the Aquino administration but also an opportunity for artists to showcase their talents for a cause.

  • In this video, Andrea Rosal demands justice for the death of her baby Diona Andrea. “I hope that you would join me in my fight. I hope children would no longer be victimized. I hope my baby would be the last to suffer this injustice.”

  • United States President Barack Obama’s two-day state visit to the Philippines was met with protest actions by progressive groups. On April 29, protesters expressed outrage at the signing of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) and marched toward the US Embassy in Manila. Police dispersed the protesters using truncheons and water cannon.


(Photo taken in Camigiun province)

“The moon is a friend, for the lonesome, to talk to.” – Carl Sandburg (Photo taken in Camigiun province)



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