Civil society alarmed by growing attacks on development NGOs

May 27, 2024

The civil society network Council for Peopleโ€™s Development and Governance (CPDG) raises serious
concerns about worsening attacks on social development non-government organizations (NGOs).
Pres. Ferdinand Marcos, Jr is rebranding himself as a human rights supporter but his government is
judicially harassing more development workers and organizations with weaponized anti-terrorism
measures than the previous Duterte administration. This is already disrupting or stopping the delivery
of relief, livelihood and social services to tens of thousands of beneficiaries nationwide.

IPT’s guilty verdict finds PH govt violating international humanitarian law

May 21, 2024

The IPT decision on the atrocities committed by former president Duterte and current president Marcos Jr is extremely welcome. The verdict draws its moral and ethical authority from high human rights standards and jurors independent of elite-dominated global power structures.ย 

CSOs Underscore Constricted Civic Spaces in 4MR GPEDC Consultation

April 30, 2024

During the second session of the CSOs consultation workshop for the 4th Monitoring Round of the Philippine Governmentโ€™s compliance with the Global Partnership on Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC) on April 23, 2024, representatives from various national civil society organizations (CSOs) highlighted the growing constraints on civic spaces despite government pledges to foster an enabling environment […]

Short-Term Investments, Long-Term Adverse Effects

March 11, 2024

Economic cha-cha advocates insist that more FDI will spur more economic development. However, more does not necessarily mean better and the short- and long-term impacts of unregulated foreign investment can be more damaging than the projected benefits.

Filipino rights defenders in UN to support calls for NTF-ELCAC abolition

March 7, 2024

Philippine UPR Watch said the rest of UN member states must be informed that both experts recommended the abolition of the NTF-ELCAC and called for the review of the anti-terror law that are being used against human rights defenders and other civilians.

Is the Philippine economy too strict?โ€” Debunking the foreign direct investment myth

February 15, 2024

There are already numerous laws allowing 100% foreign ownership in most of the economy including manufacturing, trade, banking, telecommunications, most of transport and power, and even in mining and renewable energy sources.ย  The economy is now among the most open economies in the region.

Latest UN visit confirms govโ€™t HR efforts sorely lacking

February 5, 2024

UN Special Rapporteur Irene Khan (second from left) with staff and the three political detainees at the Tacloban District Jail on Friday. (Ms. Irene Khanโ€™s X post)

Implement sustainable pro-people public mass transport system โ€“ CPDG

December 15, 2023

More than half a million jeepney drivers and their families face economic dislocation by 2024 with the PUVMP.

Groups appeal to UN Special Rapporteur to investigate reclamation, Bulacan airport project

Kalikasan - People's Network for the Environment | November 7, 2023

Environmental and human rights groups expressed their concern over the controversial New Manila International Airport (NMIA) project to United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on Climate Change and Human Rights Ian Fry, in line with his official visit to the Philippines this week.