Through arts and play, the children were able to see that they have a voice to speak out their concerns.
A year after typhoon Pablo wrecked forests and farms, government is sugar-coating reports of recovery and reforestation, while logging and mining operations remain rampant in the area. -- Defend (Panalipdan)
"It is but a historical deja vu that the place where Bonifacio was believed to have been killed by Emilio Aguinaldo’s men, here, freedom of expression was slain 150 years after by Noynoy Aquino’s state forces." – Vincent Silarde, Artists Arrest
"Our task is to complete the victory of the national democratic revolution Bonifacio had started." – Roger Soluta, KMU
Students of the Eulogio Amang Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology are protesting the collection of additional fees for the construction of a new school building.
“There is an urgent need to help children recover from this tragic experience. Communities have expressed how extremely anxious they are about their children's well-being." – Save the Children
"We are frustrated with the slow pace of the trial. It is disheartening that justice lies in the hands of those who are powerful, yet, they are not doing anything about it.” – CEGP-Ilocos Sur
“Balsa may be the biggest relief caravan we have ever conducted, involving at least three regions and hundreds of volunteers. Over the past week, the mass movement here and abroad have been collecting relief goods, other forms of assistance for the people of Eastern Visayas and Panay.” – Renato Reyes, Bayan
“We had thought we’d see the government or the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) busy at work, but we didn’t see them. We didn’t see anyone rushing to do relief and rehab.”– Connie Bragas- Regalado, Migrante, during a relief mission in Samar and Leyte November 23-24.
“…The best way to mark the 150th birthday of Bonifacio is to oppose a regime that has consistently put its interests ahead of Filipinos.” – KMU
“We deserve a government that does not play with ‘human rights’ rhetoric and inflicts grave human rights violations against women and the people.”– Cristina Palabay, convener of Tanggol Bayi and Karapatan secretary general
The Aquino government has announced its plans to taper off relief distribution by January 2014.
“What greater blow can an insensitive government give to the suffering people than privatizing the only public orthopedic hospital where the poor run for treatment?” – Emma Manuel, Alliance of Health Workers
“A humanitarian crisis of this proportion can and will spawn violence. It is high time that the Aquino government gets its act together rather than waste time and effort defending itself from international criticism for its glaringly disorganized and incompetent response to the disaster brought about by super typhoon Yolanda.” – GWP Rep. Luz Ilagan.
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“While we welcome all aid extended to our brothers and sisters in the Visayas, we don’t see the necessity of deploying missile cruisers and missile destroyers and, amphibious assault vehicles and other warships.” – Cristina Palabay, Karapatan
Before they could start rebuilding their lives, survivors of Typhoon Yolanda have to account for their missing loved ones first. Sadly, the Aquino government made it clear that searching for survivors beneath the rubble is not its priority.
“How long will the trial take? 10 years? 20 years? We are getting old.” – Maria Cipriana Gatchalian, 61, widow of journalist Santos P. Gatchalian Jr.
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On November 8, 2013, Typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) hit the Philippines and left thousands dead and millions more homeless in its wake.
As many city children play only virtual games or are parked before TV sets, these kids in a provincial town still play traditional games in the schoolyard after school hours.
Hundreds of thousands of Filipinos gather in Luneta to call for the scrapping of the pork barrel system and to express outrage over the blatant misuse of public funds and growing number of unsolved cases of corruption.
Government officials say the pork barrel is indispensable for development. Listen to what average citizens have to say.
Nida and Solomon Naños were farmworkers in Bicol who were forced to migrate to the city after falling victims to a defective agrarian reform program. They now live along Dario Creek in Quezon City where they face constant threat of demolition.
Farmer-beneficiaries of Hacienda Luisita march from Tarlac to Manila to press for the immediate distribution of Hacienda Luisita land, as ordered by the Supreme Court. This video shows the hardships the farmworkers undergo to attain justice, despite the nearly insurmountable odds ranged against them by those who control the vast landholding—the family of President Benigno Aquino—who, according to the farmers, use legalities and the government’s coercive forces to delay and eventually keep Hacienda Luisita under their control. But the farmworkers are not to be denied. Aside from pressing their right to land, they have already started tilling the land they say belongs to them by law and by moral right.
25 years after the implementation of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program,farmers campout in front of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) to protest the continued massive landlessness among poor Filipino farmers under what they call the “longest, most repressive land reform program in the Philippines.”
Video and editing by POM CAHILOG-VILLANUEVA
Today is the sixth year since farmer-activist Jonas Burgos was abducted by state security forces. For the first time, his wife speaks in this video made by Jonas’s younger brother, JL.