News

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.

49 years since ML declaration: “corruption, injustice, and underdevelopment persist”—CPDG

Just like the late dictator who is known for amassing ill-gotten wealth, Duterte clearly follows suit. There are billions worth of funds that have been misappropriated and misused, even though the pandemic demands increasing spending on health and medical services. The national debt also keeps on increasing but the funds are not used for the urgent demands and interests of the people. Maza added that “burying the country in debt is a legacy where Duterte and Marcos are very much alike”. Thus, the indignation and protest of the people constantly increase over his consistently failing policies, especially in combating COVID-19.

CSOs hit MWSS over Kaliwa Dam anomalies

“There is clear and strong opposition against the Kaliwa dam in Dumagat communities. It will be best if the government and MWSS listen to the voices of the opposition, stop the project, and seek other alternatives to ensure stable water supply for Metro Manila and nearby provinces. The claim that many people ‘benefit’ from it does not justify the huge displacement and ethnocide,” Beyer further explained.

“ICC investigation, a glint of light amid darkness”—CPDG

“The authorization of the pre-trial is a landmark in our years of perseverance and push back against the Duterte administration’s autocracy and repression. It is the direct result of victims’ collective perseverance in seeking justice. We are all looking forward to holding the government accountable for its gross human rights violations, especially extrajudicial killings,” Maza explained.

“New quarantine classifications have nothing new to offer”—CPDG

“The implementation of either ECQ or GCQ by whatever name repeats the failure of the government’s pandemic response. It still focuses on closures and restrictions while confusing the people and merely giving the illusion of action,” said Liza Maza, spokesperson of the Council for People’s Development and Governance (CPDG). Maza also pointed out that the administration still refuses to talk about much-needed financial assistance or ayuda for the poorest families.

Demolition of fishing communities in Cavite: “neither for anyone’s safety nor for the environment”—CPDG

“Why make a fuss on the bamboo poles washed along the shore when in the first place, these are not pollutants that can cause damage to the marine ecosystem unlike plastic and other solid wastes? It’s common sense that disposed bamboos will naturally submerge in water and eventually decompose,” PAMALAKAYA National Chairperson Fernando Hicap said in a statement dated August 26, 2021.

“Celebrate the heroism of healthcare workers by providing benefits, not token appreciation”—CPDG

“Our heroic healthcare workers deserve more than lip service from the government. They are overworked and underpaid, even before the pandemic. Their Special Risk Allowances and other benefits are long overdue,” says Liza Maza, CPDG spokesperson.

Civil society hits ‘tokhang’ for counterinsurgency

‘Tanim-ebidensya’ is also part and parcel of Oplan Tokhang. The same is used in arresting activists where firearms and explosives are planted as evidence to justify their imprisonment. Such actions violate the right to presumption of innocence for all individuals deemed as ‘suspects’.

COA reports show why Duterte admin failing to meet sustainable development goals against corruption—CPDG

The fact that the President himself tries to stop COA from publishing reports negates the government’s commitment to “develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions”, as expressed in target 16.6 of the said goal. These reports by COA also cast doubt on the March 2020 Anticipated Progress Index data released by Philippine Statistics Authority which shows that it the country is on-track in effectively eliminating corruption and bribery (as indicated in target 16.5).

“PHP 67.3 billion misused DOH funds a clear disregard for people’s health and well-being”—CPDG

While Sec. Duque explained that the funds were already “accounted for” in a statement on Aug. 11, the mass resignation of nurses and health workers over unpaid benefits including the unreleased COVID-19 hazard pay, among others, looms.