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Groups to Duterte: “retirement is not enough”

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.

“2022 polls open path for reforms and change in governance”—CPDG

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.

CPDG on redtagging of development workers

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.

CPDG on the recent attack against humanitarian CSO Leyte Center for Development, Inc.

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

“2022 budget prolongs pandemic and PH recovery”—CPDG

“Anyone who looks at the 2022 budget will immediately see that it does not respond enough to the country’s most urgent issues of COVID-19 and poverty alleviation,” Liza Maza, spokesperson of the Council for People’s Development and Governance (CPDG) stressed.

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.

“NTF-ELCAC’s disaffiliation campaign against unions only show its true nature and objective”—CPDG

“NTF-ELCAC is clearly working to protect multinational corporations instead of Filipino workers. Its disaffiliation campaign against labor centers and unions only exposes what their repressive objectives are—to disenfranchise workers and deprive them of their rights,” Maza added. She also pointed out that on the guise of “combating Communism” and its “legal fronts”, the NTF-ELCAC and State Security forces openly attack militants and progressives. Moreover, it is being done to protect the interests of corporations over workers’ welfare.