NUJP sees the attack on Kodao as part of the Duterte government’s “efforts to silence critical media, as seen in the continuing attempt to shut down Rappler, threaten other news outfits, and other voices of dissent.”
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“With his arrest reminiscent of Marcos’ crackdown, this demonstrates how no person now is safe from the vicious and vindictive Duterte administration. As always, brute force and circumvention of the law are hallmarks of abuse of power and tyranny.”
“The charges are pathetically not worth the paper they were written on.”
NDFP senior adviser and former chief negotiator Luis Jalandoni said that President Duterte “must be held accountable for this trampling upon a valid peace agreement.”
“This 2018, we hope that the case against Palparan be finally resolved soon. The case has been running since 2014, and it has been a long ordeal for us and all of Palparan’s victims. We want to see him in jail this year.”
Despite a long record of human rights violations committed by paramilitary groups, many of them remain active and under the command of the AFP up to this day.
Such additional tax burden is enough to buy one to three kilos of rice (P27 per kilo of regular NFA rice or P37 a kilo of regular commercial rice) for their family’s consumption.
The apprehensions and the stiff fines have prompted operators to temporarily sideline their jeepneys, resulting in reduced number of jeepneys plying the streets thereby creating more difficulties for commuters.
“This is the handiwork of the Duterte regime using the same Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Philippine National Police and the paramilitary goons to terrorize and intimidate legitimate activists and unionists.”
“This (supposed increase in income) is misleading because not all workers would have increased take home pay because of the TRAIN. In fact majority of workers would still have the same wages but will have added expenses due to the TRAIN.”
A non-government organization, the Tarabang para sa Bikol, Inc. (TABI), noted that evacuees complain of inadequate food supply. During the first week of evacuation, each family received only ten kilos of rice.