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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.

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.

Rule of law, justice expected to worsen under Marcos-Duterte administration—CPDG

May 26, 2022

“A climate of injustice and impunity looms under the incoming presidency. Both are apologists for the outgoing Duterte administration’s misdeeds and vowed to continue its anti-people policies including the constricting of democratic spaces,” Maza pointed out.

COMELEC En Banc Resolution on Marcos disqualification: “Double murder and a sheer disrespect to all the victims of Martial Law”—CPDG

May 11, 2022

“Whether Marcos wins or not, his Presidential bid in the 2022 National Elections is a brazen show of disdain for their sins. It is a colossal effort to restore their name and power and erase the narratives of the Martial Law victims,” CPDG spokesperson, Liza Maza, told.

On World Press Freedom Day: “Reclaim our right to express and our free spaces”—CPDG

May 4, 2022

“Duterte, like the dictator Ferdinand Marcos, repressed the media and ordered the closure of the broadcast network ABS–CBN. Media outfits, news organizations, and journalists have been red-tagged or accused of being communist sympathizers, and journalists, including Lady Salem and Maria Ressa, have been arrested and incarcerated, yet freed afterwards. This only means that speaking the truth should not be criminalized and journalists should not be harassed,” Liza Maza, CPDG spokesperson, said.

CPDG on Palace Warning vs Opposition bets: enough with the political vilification!

April 28, 2022

“The Duterte government’s desperation to maintain power can be seen through the persecution of its so-called ‘enemies’—the unjust imprisonment of Anakpawis nominee Isabelo Adviento, the non-stop red-tagging of the entire opposition bloc, and many others”, said Council for People’s Development and Governance (CPDG) spokesperson Liza Maza.

Democratic governance watchdog CPDG scores arrest of redtagged Anakpawis partylist nominee Isabelo Adviento

April 9, 2022

Maza pointed out that if the government is confident that they have the majority of the public’s support, they should stop redtagging and vilifying their bets’ opponents—”fight fair and square and not use weaponized laws against the so-called ‘enemies of the State’.”

CPDG to candidates on World Health Day 2022: “Push for a people-centered and planet-friendly public health system”

April 7, 2022

“We have seen, felt, and experienced how government neglect of people’s rights worsened the situation that we’re in. Thus, we should urge candidates to veer away from this framework and adopt one that takes care of the people, especially those who are in the margins, and addresses the planetary crisis that aggravated the pandemic and its effects”, Maza remarked.