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Civil Society to BBM: The government is for the people, not your family and other elites

September 27, 2022

It is nearly three months since the dictator Marcos’ son, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., was sworn into the presidency. The country’s 17th president took office with a large majority of votes according to elections long criticized as opaque and vulnerable to electronic cheating, aside from campaigning marred by massive vote-buying and disinformation.  When the election […]

CPDG on President Marcos Jr.’s declaration of the Philippines not rejoining International Criminal Court.

September 2, 2022

CPDG Board of Trustee Jazminda Lumang gave a statement on President Marcos’ decision to not join International Criminal Court despite numerous cases of human rights violations in the Philippines.

CPDG on President Marcos’ Goal Diminishing Poverty Rate

September 2, 2022

CPDG Spokesperson Liza Masa criticized Marcos Jr.’s ambitious goal reducing country’s poverty rate while failing to recognize neoliberal policies as the rootcause of it all

Continuing rights violations belie PBBM’s promise to protect human rights, CSOs call govt to adopt stakeholder recommendations as UN review of PH human rights situation nears

August 11, 2022

At the conclusion of a series of consultation-workshops on the state of human rights in the country, over 100 civil society organizations (CSOs) noted continuing rights violations and impunity in the new administration. They pointed out that this runs contrary to the promise President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr made in June, at a meeting with the UN resident Coordinator to the Philippines, to protect human rights during his administration.

Exact accountability, uphold human rights, pursue peace based on justice – CPDG

June 30, 2022

With Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. sworn in as the 17th President of the Republic of the Philippines, stakeholders from civil society organizations, people’s organizations, church, academe, professionals and individuals, said the new president should perform his duty to hold former president Rodrigo Duterte and his administration accountable for their grave human rights abuses against the […]

Uphold human rights, adopt UPR recommendations – CSOs challenge incoming Marcos administration

June 25, 2022

Civil society organizations (CSOs) said that the state of the country’s civil and political rights (CPR) and economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR) has worsened in the last six years of the outgoing administration of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte. The incoming Marcos administration should make the Duterte administration accountable for its grave human rights abuses including […]

Communique of the Stakeholders in the CSOs Consultation on the United Nations Universal Periodic Review of the Philippines, June 22 and 23, 2022

June 25, 2022

The state of the country’s civil and political rights (CPR) and economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR) has worsened in the last six years of the outgoing administration of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte. The incoming Marcos administration should make the Duterte administration accountable for its grave human rights abuses including its criminal liability for its bloody […]

Uphold social justice and redistribute Concepcion, Tarlac lands to arrested farmers — CPDG

June 10, 2022

The land dispute in Hacienda Tinang in Concepcion, Tarlac shows how social justice remains elusive for millions of landless farmers, fisherfolk, and indigenous peoples. Landlessness, widespread poverty, the monopoly by local landlords, real estate developers, big local and foreign agribusiness over large farms and landholdings, and state repression contribute to the continuing revolutions in the Philippine countryside. Only through upholding social justice and prioritizing people’s welfare over private profit and vested interests can the country start the path to peace and truly building an independent nation towards an ecologically sound industrialized economy.