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Philippines: Conflicts and Human Rights Under Duterte

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Philippines: Conflicts and Human Rights Under Duterte

Duterte Government and Rebel negotiating teams in public forum in London.

Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte has shocked the world in the last few months with an estimated 5-6,000 extrajudicial killings in his “war against drugs”. Already there are reports of political activists being killed under the cover of this campaign by local police and death squads.  Much less media coverage has been given, in the confusing reconfiguration of Philippine politics under Duterte, to the current peace talks between the government and the communist-led National Democratic Front (NDF) guerrillas to end 48 years of armed conflict. It is estimated that the armed conflict – the longest in Asia – has claimed around 40,000 lives to date.

This month will see the third round of these talks, which have been sponsored by the Royal Norwegian Government, taking place in Rome. It marks a crucial stage in the negotiations as the agenda turns to economic and social justice, and the issue of the current extra-judicial killings must come under discussion.

The Campaign for Human Rights in the Philippines (CHRP), in co-operation with the UK- based NGO Conciliation Resources and the UNISON Filipino Activist Network, is organising a public discussion in London which will involve both government and NDF negotiators who will have come straight from the Rome talks. The meeting is responding to the enormous interest among the thousands of Filipinos in the UK, many of them working in jobs in health and social services. The UK has the largest Filipino migrant population in Europe.

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27th January 2017, Friday, 5.00pm

The UK public forum on Conflicts and Human Rights under Duterte will take place at 5.00 pm on Friday 27 January 2017 at the UNISON Centre, 130 Euston Road, London NW1 2AY. There will be a special briefing for the press at 6.30 pm where interviews can be held.

30th January 2017, Monday, 4.00pm

A meeting between the peace teams and MPs will also take place take place hosted by Nicole Piche, Coordinator/Legal Adviser, All Party Parliamentary Human Rights Group on Monday 30 January, at the Houses of Commons, Room. There will be an opportunity for press interviews after the meeting from 4.00pm.

Media liaisions:

Jamima Fagta
E: secretary@chrp.org.uk
M: +447958 389370

Rafael Joseph Maramag
E: info@chrp.org.uk
M: +447958 482753

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Eventbrite page: www.london-peace-forum.eventbrite.co.uk
Website info: www.chrp.org.uk/2017/london-peace-forum-venue-changed

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January 19, 2017   No Comments

Just & Lasting Peace PH: A Public Forum on the Ongoing Peace Talks in the Philippines

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The public forum aims to provide updates on the ongoing Peace Talks between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).

Why are there peace talks happening in the Philippines?

A civil war has been happening in the Philippines since 1969, the longest communist insurgency in Asia. Historical and systemic injustice and oppression experienced by the majority of the Filipino people have driven many Filipinos to seek fundamental societal changes through armed struggle. That civil war continues throughout the country today.

The peace talks thus far

The first round of talks between the GRP and NDFP were successfully concluded in August 2016 wherein a six-point agreement was signed in Oslo, Norway. During the second round of talks in October also in Oslo, the GRP and NDFP were able to reach common drafts for the framework and outlines of the substantive agenda on socio-economic, political and constitutional reforms, and the end of hostilities and disposition of forces. A draft amnesty proclamation was said to be submitted to the Office of the President covering the release of 434 political prisoners, which would bring about a bilateral ceasefire agreement between the GRP and NDFP.

At present, both parties have indefinite unilateral ceasefires in place. To date, the amnesty granting the unconditional release of all political prisoners are still stalled.

The third round of talks are scheduled on 16-25 January 2017 in Rome Italy where the Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms (CASER), which would address the roots of the armed conflict and would be the main framework for a just and lasting peace, would be tabled, amongst other agenda.

Filipino migrants engagement

During the opening ceremony of the first round of peace talks in Oslo, a delegation from Filipino migrants in different parts of Europe was able to present a document containing their migrants agenda — issues and demands dear to the hearts of Filipino migrants. Filipino migrants now number more than 10 million scattered in different parts of the world and their remittances have played a big role in keeping the Philippine economy afloat.

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January 7, 2017   No Comments

CHANGE OF VENUE! London Forum on Philippine Peace Talks – You are invited!

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The public forum aims to provide updates on the ongoing Peace Talks between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).
Why are there peace talks happening in the Philippines?
A civil war has been happening in the Philippines since 1969, the longest communist insurgency in Asia. Historical and systemic injustice and oppression experienced by the majority of the Filipino people have driven many Filipinos to seek fundamental societal changes through armed struggle. That civil war continues throughout the country today.
The peace talks thus far
The first round of talks between the GRP and NDFP were successfully concluded in August 2016 wherein a six-point agreement was signed in Oslo, Norway. During the second round of talks in October also in Oslo, the GRP and NDFP were able to reach common drafts for the framework and outlines of the substantive agenda on socio-economic, political and constitutional reforms, and the end of hostilities and disposition of forces. A draft amnesty proclamation was said to be submitted to the Office of the President covering the release of 434 political prisoners, which would bring about a bilateral ceasefire agreement between the GRP and NDFP.
At present, both parties have indefinite unilateral ceasefires in place. To date, the amnesty granting the unconditional release of all political prisoners still remain to be seen.

The third round of talks are scheduled on 19-25 January 2017 in Rome Italy where the Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms (CASER), which would address the roots of the armed conflict and would be the main framework for a just and lasting peace, would be tabled, amongst other agenda.
Filipino migrants engagement
During the opening ceremony of the first round of peace talks in Oslo, a delegation from Filipino migrants in different parts of Europe was able to present a document containing their migrants agenda — issues and demands dear to the hearts of Filipino migrants. Filipino migrants now number more than 10 million scattered in different parts of the world and their remittances have played a big role in keeping the Philippine economy afloat.

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January 19, 2017   No Comments

On third round of talks: 392 political prisoners remain in jail, communities still attacked

Press Statement
January 18, 2016

Reference: Jigs Clamor, Deputy Secretary General, 0999-7721233
Angge Santos, Media Liaison, 0918-9790580

On third round of talks: 392 political prisoners remain in jail, communities still attacked- Karapatan
http://www.karapatan.org/On+third+round+of+talks%3A+392+political+prisoners+remain+in+jail%2C+communities+still+attacked

“During the first round of peacetalks, the GRP already indicated its commitment to release political prisoners. But the third round of talks is opening with hundreds of political prisoners still in jail,” Jigs Clamor, Karapatan deputy secretary general, said.

According to Karapatan, there are currently 392 political prisoners imprisoned in relation to the NDFP rebellion, 30 of them are elderly, 34 are women, and 122 of them are sick. “As a matter of justice and commitment, they should be released now,” Clamor concluded.

On the eve of the third round of formal peacetalks between the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP), human rights group Karapatan and organizations under Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) held an action at the Mendiola bridge calling for the release of political prisoners.

“Karapatan fully supports the NDFP-GRP peacetalks as it will tackle the more substantive Comprehensive Agreement on the Socio-Economic Reforms (CASER). The root causes of the armed conflict—extreme poverty, unequal distribution of resources, joblessness, lack of social services, etc.—may finally be addressed,” Clamor said.  “It is very alarming however, that even after its signing during first round of talks, the Comprehensive Agreement on the Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) continuous to be violated by the GRP,” Clamor added.

“During their self-imposed ceasefire, troops under the Armed Forces of the Philippines remain in communities and are reported to be continuously intimidating, harassing and threatening residents. The AFP should pull out their troops NOW,” Clamor said.

“We hope that the CASER will be agreed and signed based on the much needed socio-economic reforms and will be sincerely implemented—unlike the CARHRIHL, which the GRP is having a hard time to adhere to,” Clamor said.

“The Duterte government should listen more to the demands of the people rather than to the whims of its military institution or profit-driven financial team. What the people demand are lasting reforms that will uplift their lives and dignity, no less,” Clamor concluded.
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Diliman, Quezon City, PHILIPPINES 1101
Telefax: (+63 2) 4354146
Web: http://www.karapatan.org

KARAPATAN is an alliance of human rights organizations and programs, human rights desks and committees of people’s organizations, and individual advocates committed to the defense and promotion of people’s rights and civil liberties.  It monitors and documents cases of human rights violations, assists and defends victims and conducts education, training and campaign.

January 19, 2017   No Comments

Sugar workers challenge gov’t to stop trafficking of sakada

Reference: DANILO RAMOS, UMA Secretary General, +639994363493

Sugar workers challenge gov’t to stop trafficking of sakada

VALENCIA CITY, BUKIDNON – Forty out of the 52 sakadas or migratory sugar workers “rescued” from Hacienda Luisita are now back with their families in Mindanao.

But word is out that recruiters are already scouting for new sakadas to replace those who left Hacienda Luisita.

“The kabyaw or milling season in Hacienda Luisita will run until March or April. The biggest sugarcane planters – or ‘aryendadors’ like Agrikulto, Inc. – will definitely need manpower to cut and haul their cane,” said Danilo Ramos, secretary-general of Unyon ng mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura (UMA).

UMA-affiliated farm workers’ unions and associations under the National Federation of Sugar Workers (NFSW) also condemned the trafficking of sakadas from Mindanao to Hacienda Luisita. NFSW is based in Negros Island, the country’s biggest sugarcane-producing area.

“NFSW strongly condemns the trafficking of sakadas which has long been practiced by the likes of the Cojuangco-Aquinos, Lorenzos and their big contractors. Until now, nobody has been punished for repeatedly committing this heinous crime,” said Rolando Rillo, NFSW Chairman.

“The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) must assure the public that it is doing everything to go after the perpetrators,” said Rillo, who also said that the rest of the victims from Mindanao – which could number from 800 – 1,000 sakadas according to eyewitness accounts of rescued victims – must be properly accounted for by the DOLE.

UMA and NFSW noted that DOLE Sec. Bello seems to be still mum about the issue of sakadas, as they have not heard of any communication or public pronouncement coming from the Secretary himself.

The sakadas, who were recruited from Bukidnon by a certain Billy Baitus of the Greenhand Labor Service Cooperative to work for Agrikulto, Inc., suffered slave-like working conditions in Hacienda Luisita.

The sakadas were made to work long hours for measly wages as low as P9.46 a day, and were kept in a cramped bunkhouse in Barangay Mapalacsiao, adjacent to the Central Azucarera de Tarlac (CAT) sugar mill.  Agrikulto is a subsidiary of CAT, which is now jointly-owned by the Cojuangco-Aquinos with Martin Lorenzo, a scion of the Lorenzo landlord family of Mindanao.

Ramos accompanied the sakadas in their homecoming from Cagayan de Oro City to Valencia City, where a “panagtagbo” (welcome), picket protests and solidarity activities were held to drumbeat the issue of the sakada in Mindanao.

UMA’s local affiliate, OGYON or Onyon sa Yanong Obrerong Nagkahiusa and other progressive groups in the Northern Mindanao Region (NMR) such as the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas-NMR, BAYAN-NMR, Rural Missionaries of the Philippines-NMR, KADAMAY and Anakbayan led the activities.

However, a few of the rescued sakadas are still in Manila. One is still confined in a public hospital in Quezon City, while the rest are stranded due to technical problems with the shipping line signed by the DSWD. Among them is one sakada who was not able to attend the funeral of his father, Brixcio Bagnaran, another sakada who died of an illness reportedly contracted while working in Hacienda Luisita.

Feudal vestiges still alive

OGYON has also reached out to other “escaped” sakadas and their relatives to file labor complaints and criminal charges against Greenhand, Agrikulto and CAT for human trafficking. The victims are assisted by the Pro-Labor Legal Assistance Center for the complaints filed in Central Luzon, and the Union of People’s Lawyers in Mindanao (UPLM) in NMR.

According to KMP-NMR and OGYON, sakada victims of human trafficking from Quezon, Bukidnon and Lanao del Norte have also sought their assistance.

“The case of sakadas in Hacienda Luisita is not isolated. The reign of hacienderos and aryendadors is still pronounced in other sugarcane areas such as Negros and Batangas. Sugarcane workers still endure serf-relations even in supposedly ‘modern’ ventures such as the flourishing bio-ethanol industry in the Visayas, Southern Tagalog and Isabela,” said Ramos.

“How can change arrive if the oligarchs are still free to trample upon the rights of lowly peasants and farmworkers?  Feudal vestiges apparent in atrocities such as the Mendiola Massacre are still very much alive to this day. Government must decisively stop this despicable practice of labor exploitation and contractualization. The victims call for justice,” Ramos emphasized.

Meanwhile, UMA and its local chapters nationwide will join peasant camp-outs and protests to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Mendiola Massacre, to be held in various regional centers all over the country this month. Protests led by the militant KMP will be held in Mendiola on January 20.

Photo: Warm and “militant” welcome for the sakada at the Press Freedom Park in downtown Cagayan de Oro City
​, January 12​
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January 16, 2017   No Comments

Duterte, GRP peace panel should heed calls to release political prisoners

Press Statement
​January 13, 2017

Reference:      Cristina “Tinay” Palabay, Secretary General, +63917-3162831 and Angge Santos, Media Liaison, +63918-9790580

Duterte, GRP peace panel should heed calls to release political prisoners – Karapatan
http://www.karapatan.org/Duterte%2C+GRP+peace+panel+should+heed+calls+to+release+political+prisoners

“Pres. Rodrigo Duterte and the GRP peace panel in negotiations with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines should be repeatedly reminded that the release of political prisoners is a commitment and obligation of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines, in accordance to its statements and bilateral agreements with the NDFP. It is now 2017. Political prisoners have gone into hunger strike and fasting, their families have been crying out for justice, and one of them, peasant organizer Bernabe Ocasla, died, yet, 392 political prisoners remain in jail,” Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay said, a week before the start of the third round of formal peacetalks between the GRP and NDFP on January 19, 2017.

“After the first round of formal peacetalks in August 2016, only two long detained political prisoners were released in line with the GRP-NDFP talks. This is a far from the stated commitments of Duterte and his GRP panel,” Palabay said.

Karapatan reported that wrongly-convicted political prisoners Martin Villanueva and Rico Bodino, detained since 1996, were released last December 2016. The two were recommended by the Presidential Committee on Bail, Recognizance and Pardon (PCBREP) for parole since 2011.

At least twenty political prisoners have been released, based on the merits of their cases and the persistence of their lawyers, families, and human rights organizations.

Karapatan said that the release of political prisoners is an obligation of the GRP under the Comprehensive Agreement on the Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL). “It is a measure of the GRP’s commitment and adherence to peace agreements,” Palabay stated.

“Political prisoners and their families have been on a roller coaster ride since Pres. Rodrigo Duterte first uttered these three words – release political prisoners. They should not be reduced to political gambits and the injustice against them, through their illegal arrest, torture, and tortuous legal persecution and detention, should stop, ” Palabay said.

Karapatan also reminded the GRP that three wrongly-convicted peace consultants in detention – Eduardo Sarmiento, Leopoldo Caloza, and Emeterio Antalan – are still unable to directly participate in the formal peace talks. “Their continuing detention is a violation of the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG),” Palabay stated.

In the third round of formal talks, the Comprehensive Agreement on Socio-Economic Reforms (CASER) will be tackled. “Political prisoners can contribute substantially in the discussions and implementation of comprehensive social and economic reforms that address poverty, social and economic inequalities, the economic and political dominance of US and other countries, because of their knowledge and experience as social activists and rights defenders. They should be released to enable their participation in forging a just and lasting peace,” Palabay ended.###
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Telefax: (+63 2) 4354146
Web: http://www.karapatan.org

KARAPATAN is an alliance of human rights organizations and programs, human rights desks and committees of people’s organizations, and individual advocates committed to the defense and promotion of people’s rights and civil liberties.  It monitors and documents cases of human rights violations, assists and defends victims and conducts education, training and campaign.

January 14, 2017   No Comments

Contractualization Allowed Cojuangcos, Lorenzos to Sign Sacadas as Slaves    

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JANUARY 11, 2017

References:
Danilo Ramos, UMA Secretary General, +63999-4363493

Contractualization Allowed Cojuangcos, Lorenzos to Sign Sacadas as Slaves

A batch of sacadas rescued from slave-like working conditions in Hacienda Luisita joined protests led by militant labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno and the All Workers Unity (AWU) in Manila today, before boarding their ride back to Mindanao.

The sacadas, “rescued” by the national agriworkers center, Unyon ng mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura (UMA) will file criminal cases against their contractors and employers Greenhand Labor Service Cooperative, Agrikulto Inc and Central Azucarera de Tarlac (CAT) for human trafficking, once they return to Bukidnon. Sakadas already filed labor complaints against Billy Baitus of Greenhand, and their main employers Fernando Cojuangco and Martin Lorenzo of CAT last week at the National Labor Relations Commission in San Fernando City, Pampanga.

Thirty-six sugar workers and four rescued minors, are expected to reach Cagayan de Oro City today, where the local farmworkers’ union, OGYON or Organisasyon sa Yanong Obrerong Nagkahiusa, organized a “panagtagbo” or welcome. Meanwhile, UMA Secretary General Danilo Ramos, who accompanied the first batch of sakadas back to Mindanao today, expressed agreement with KMU and AWU in condemning the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) new Department Order (DO) 168.

“The sakadas were subjected to worst forms of exploitation and contractualization in Hacienda Luisita. This new DO 168 does nothing to end contractualization. Instead, it glosses over liabilities of despicable contractors like Greenhand and exploiters like the Cojuangcos and Lorenzos”

Ramos said that “modern-day slavery” is technically legitimized by such DOLE orders. “The Labor Department’s orders practically allow the Cojuangcos and Lorenzos to sign sakadas as slaves. There is even an order specifically for sacadas that institutionalizes the oppressive ‘pakyaw’ wages or group rates, and allows for the employer to oblige sacadas to pay for work tools and facilities,” Ramos noted.

In effect DO159, or the Guidelines for the Employment of Migratory Sugar Workers, which was signed on June 22, 2016 and reinforced by DO 168 institutionalizes labor-only contracting, unfair deductions and daily pay way below the minimum wage.

“These orders are rather puny attempts by the DOLE to make it appear that they are protecting sacadas – majority if not all of migratory sugar workers are paid below the wage rates of local workers who also receive meager pay. Agrikulto Inc. had no qualms in making Greenhand ‘supply’ them a thousand sugar workers from Mindanao to work in Hacienda Luisita and in other parts of Central and Northern Luzon – the hacienderos behind this cult have been practicing the worst forms of contractualization for decades,” he said.

According to Ramos, DOLE officials such as Regional Director Ana Dione are fully-aware of the CAT’s appalling labor practices. Dione approved Greenhand’s permits in Central Luzon and told UMA that she already inspected the workers’ bunkhouse in Luisita last December. Dione even noted that Agrikulto, Inc. and CAT offer the “best accom​m​odations” for sakadas.

“Why should this kind of cruelty and oppression exist to this day? All forms of contractualization must be banned,” ended Ramos.
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Unyon ng mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura
Federation of Agricultural Workers | Philippines

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January 14, 2017   No Comments

Philippines: union leaders victimized after participating in IUF Global Housekeepers Campaign

Subject: Philippines: union leaders victimized after participating in IUF Global Housekeepers Campaign
Date: Tue, 10 Jan 2017 11:03:35 +0000
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Three union leaders at the 5-star Peninsula Manila hotel, owned by the luxury Peninsula Hotels group, are facing harsh retaliation by hotel management for their involvement in the IUF’s Global Housekeepers Campaign and for effectively representing their members at the hotel.

To undermine the IUF-affiliated NUWHRAIN and to reverse significant gains for workers they have won at the hotel, Peninsula Manila managers used workers’ participation in the 2016 Global Housekeepers Week of Action as a pretext to suspend on January 3, for 15 days each Cesar Pagaling (Manila Peninsula Supervisors Chapter President) and Francisco Aliansas (Peninsula Employees Union Board of Director’s member) and to fire Jenny Marcos (Peninsula Employees Union Board of Director’s member). The Peninsula Employees Union and Manila Pen Supervisors Chapter are both members of NUWHRAIN.

The unions have negotiated improvements in the CBA and the introduction of trolley bags for housekeepers’ equipment when the hotel management tried to impose a “no cart” policy. In addition, they have won a government administrative order for the inspection of hotels for non-compliance with national labour and health and safety regulations. The December 20th inspection by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) resulted in an order to regularize 405 casual employees including 55 housekeepers. In another attempt to undermine the union, management has set up a yellow union to challenge NUWHRAIN in the upcoming certification election.

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January 10, 2017   No Comments

Environment-related killings continue: environmental advocate gunned down in Ilocos

Environment-related killings continue: environmental advocate gunned
down in Ilocos

Kalikasan PNE press release

10 January 2017

While traveling along the national highway on his motorcycle, educator
and former environmental broadcaster Mario Contaoi was gunned down and
killed by an unknown assailant last January 7.

Contaoi, an instructor who taught at the University of Northern
Philippines in Vigan and a former commentator at dzNS Radyo Totoo
station, was known for tackling environmental issues and their links
with militarization in areas were destructive projects are located.

“We condemn the senseless killing of Mario Contaoi, who is the eighth
environmental advocate who has been killed under the Duterte
administration. There is a clearly persisting impunity facing
environmental defenders and other activists. An independent and
impartial investigation should immediately be conducted on the murder of
Contaoi,” said Leon Dulce, campaign coordinator of the Kalikasan
People’s Network for the Environment (Kalikasan PNE).

According to Sherwin de Vera, coordinator of Kalikasan PNE’s regional
network DEFEND Ilocos, “while the assailant’s motive(s) remains unclear,
the authorities must not discount his previous stint as radio
commentator and his sharp commentaries on environmental issues as
possible reasons for his murder.”

There are now at least 105 cases of environment-related killings
recorded by Kalikasan PNE since 2001. On average, killings under the
previous Arroyo administration reached almost four cases per year, while
the Aquino administration averaged almost 10 killings per year. In the
first six months of the Duterte administration, there are already seven
cases indicating almost triple the rate under Arroyo.

Kalikasan PNE noted that in a dialogue between Department of Environment
and Natural Resources (DENR) and environmental and indigenous people’s
leaders last October 2016, DENR Secretary Gina Lopez declared that she
will support an investigation of environment-related killings.

“We hope Sec. Lopez would help push the Duterte administration to
seriously probe the unabated killings of environmental advocates.
Ensuring the rights of environmental defenders and grassroots
communities should be an integral component of President Rodrigo
Duterte’s marching orders to stop environmentally destructive projects.
Destructive and pollutive companies will be emboldened to be even more
aggressive if its opponents continue to be subjected to fascist
attacks,” ended Dulce.#

National Secretariat
Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment
26 Matulungin St. Central District, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines, 1100
Tel: 02 920 90 99 | E-mail: secretariat@kalikasan.net | Site:
www.kalikasan.net

January 10, 2017   No Comments

London Forum on Philippine Peace Talks – You are invited!

CHANGE OF VENUE:

UNISON Centre, 130 Euston Road, London NW1 2AY

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London Forum on Philippine Peace Talks

January 10, 2017   No Comments

Front Line Defenders annual report for 2016

Front Line Defenders annual report for 2016 ….

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/resource-publication/annual-report-human-rights-defenders-risk-2016

The scale of the killings in Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras,
Mexico and the Philippines is a bloody indictment of the governments
concerned; it demands an urgent and systematic response.”

January 10, 2017   No Comments