Victories in the dismissal of cases against development workers and the release of political prisoners bring hope—CPDG
“The acquittal and release of several political prisoners is not only reason to celebrate but also vindicates us in our fight. Moreover, these legal victories show just how dubious so many of the warrants mysteriously issued by different courts really are,” CPDG spokesperson Liza Maza said. She added, “The judges who scrutinize these cases and stop the use of the legal system to harass activists should be lauded.”
Molina’s death, just like Joseph Canlas’, proves two things—justice in the country serves the affluent and wealthy and yet it remains elusive for the poor, deprived, and marginalized people, especially those who are vilified for standing up for their rights.
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Grassroots organizations, advocacy groups, and the civil society have registered their indignation over these injustices and warned that this draconian climate will be institutionalized if the Anti-Terror Law of 2020 is not blocked by the Supreme Court. Maza stressed that the Anti-Terror Law (ATL) should be repealed. “The ATL will complete the evolution of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) into a war machine against democracy,” she added.
Maza said that the remaining bits of integrity in the national elections will gradually disappear if this tactic remains legal. “It is so corrupted and it treats our voters as if they’re audiences waiting for entertainment: the cliffhanger, the “sundan ang susunod na kabanata”,” she said.
“Sec. Dominguez takes pride in the Sustainable Finance Roadmap and even declares concern about the marginalized sectors vulnerability in climate and ecological disasters. But the construction of large destructive dams and the continuance of chemical-intensive farming through GMOs defeats the purpose of climate action,” she further added.
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Council for People’s Development and Governance (CPDG) raises alarm on these non-stop and wholesale violations of people’s rights and lingering impunity especially as the 2022 national elections close in. CPDG spokesperson Liza Maza said that incumbent administrations are known to use a climate of terror against critics and the opposition for electoral advantage, such the red-tagging and terror-tagging in the 2016 national and 2019 midterm elections.
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“Recognition, not vilification for CSOs”—CPDG to PH Gov’t on the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction
The recognition of CSOs’ efforts by local and international bodies including the UN belie the claim that their activities are meant for destabilization and confirm how they capacitate communities and build their resilience to disasters.