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.
Voices of women from the civil society on World Hunger Day 2021 #WorldHungerDay #FoodForAll #PeopleEconomics
“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.
“We need decisive action now to avert climate catastrophe”. This is United Nations’ (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ message to world leaders in a preparatory roundtable discussion for the upcoming Climate Change Conference (COP26). In the 76th UN General Debate on October 6, 2021, leaders from different Pacific nations echoed his call and warned that setbacks in fighting the triple planetary crisis will jeopardize the world as the COVID-19 pandemic rages on.
Shortly after the release of the UNHRC resolution, the country saw impunity and disrespect by law enforcers on the death of Baby River, the three-month old daughter of political prisoner Reina Mae Nasino. Even after the UNHRC resolution, in the closing weeks of 2020, there were successive arrests and killings of activists and development workers – i.e., the arrest of peasant volunteer worker Amanda Echanis and her then one-month old son Baby Randall (December 2), the arrest of seven activists ironically on International Human Rights Day (December 10), the extra-judicial killing of Dr. Mary Rose Sancelan and her husband (December 17), and the killing of nine Tumanduk indigenous people and the arrest of 16 more in Panay (December 30).
Many political forces, especially those who are critical of the current administration, expressed their rejection of any Duterte candidacy at the national level. The same sentiments apply for the possibility of the Marcoses’ return to power through the late dictator’s son, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr.
With the right leaders elected in 2022, things can change with greater respect for human rights and the opening up of spaces to campaign for pro-people reforms.
Council for People’s Development and Governance President Dr. Rolando Tolento, PhD on the redtagging of civil society organizations#NoToRedtagging #StopTheAttacksAgainstDevelopment Workers #DemocraticGovernance
Redtagging and smear campaign against Leyte CSO, “a brazen attack on volunteerism and development work”—CPDG
While civil society organizations (CSOs) like LCDe fill the gaps and limitations in the government’s pandemic response, they fall victims to its vicious counterinsurgency program. These malicious attacks do not contribute to anything but only deprives the poor, vulnerable, and marginalized Filipinos from receiving much needed assistance.
Council for People’s Development and Governance Spokesperson Liza Maza on the recent attack against humanitarian CSO Leyte Center for Development, Inc.#HelpingIsNotTerrorism #HandsOffDevelopmentWorkers #DemocraticGovernance