Migrante said that since Pres. Aquino took office, OFWs and their families have borne witness to his government’s criminal neglect and incompetence.
Only four police men were charged in the torture and illegal detention of Rolly Panesa, while their high-ranking officers are scot-free.
“Civilians are forced to flee out of fear. Displacement, especially when it’s prolonged and repeated, uproots people from their normal lives and causes untold suffering,”
"Such harassment betrays how poorly state authorities treat independent media and artists, and how easily they think they can violate our right to communicate freely.”
“It is helpful that the bishops are voicing out their support for farmers. We appeal that they support GARB that proposes free land distribution and the nationalization of agricultural lands.”
Environmental groups picketed the office of the Australian large-scale mining corporation as it begins its underground mining in Nueva Vizcaya.
“This casts a shadow of doubt on the real circumstances of their death and also fuel allegations that they might have indeed participated in actual combat operations.”
“We are up against the entire institution, which has resulted to the culture of impunity.”
“He (Aquino) does not recognize and respect the indigenous peoples rights to their land and self-determination, and he turns a blind eye to the killings of indigenous peoples and the grave human rights violations committed against them by agents of the State,” said Piya Macliing Malayao, Katribu secretary general.
“These women who exercise their right to take part on political affairs are jailed because they are unjustly seen as threats to the BS Aquino government.”
“The Aquino government’s irresponsibility in providing free and quality education to all pushes Filipino students and youth to abandon their dreams, even to the point of taking their own lives.”
Calling President Aquino the “Plunderer-President,” protesters said the Mining Act and the government’s continued liberalization of mining adds more reason for his ouster.
“If, like in 2013, plants were shut down deliberately and power companies colluded among themselves to jack up the cost of power, the consumers have to guard against that.” — (People Opposed to unwarranted Power Rate)
Ten years ago today, veteran protest leader Danilo Macapagal, who survived the cruel martial law years, disappeared under the regime of his own cousin, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
“I strongly believe we will get a cure. Maybe not today, maybe in five or 10 years time.”
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.
Two years after the Supreme Court ordered the distribution of Hacienda Luisita lands to farmworker-beneficiaries, the Cojuangco-Aquinos, with the help of the Department of Agrarian Reform, have been doing everything to maintain their stranglehold on Luisita, and to provent farmers from taking control of their own land.
On the second anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling on Hacienda Luisita, farmworker-beneficiaries stormed the main office of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR). They called on Secretary Virgilio delos Reyes to face them in a dialogue but neither the DAR chief nor any of his representative talked to the farmers. Instead, anti-riot police pushed Hacienda Luisita farmers out of the DAR compound.
Two years after the SC decision, Hacienda Luisita farmers said DAR has not performed its mandate of distributing the land.
How could the peace talks between the GPH and the NDFP proceed? Bulatlat.com’s editor Benjie Oliveros and Rey Casambre, executive director of the Philippine Peace Center and one of the convenors of the Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform, discusses about this and more.