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“Duterte’s rants vs Senate investigation on Pharmally, a show of disrespect and betrayal of public trust”—CPDG

“Pres. Duterte’s blatant tirades against the Senate probe is despicable in so many ways. First, it is unbecoming for a president to defend a public official who performs without due diligence. Second, it exposes his administration’s bogus anti-corruption drive. Third, he has shown insensitivity to the Filipino people who are enraged with the mismanagement of public funds intended for the pandemic response,” said CPDG Spokesperson Liza Maza.

“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

“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.

On the abduction and death of Elena Tijamo, FARDEC staff, peasant rights advocate

Elena’s abduction was among the cases that CPDG and other civil society groups cited in their petition to the Supreme Court last year against the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020. The dubious circumstances around her death further underscores the urgency for judicial action against this dangerously repressive piece of legislation. It criminalizes development work, dissent, and criticism. Once fully operational, disappearances, extrajudicial killings, arbitrary arrests against development workers and activists will be legitimized on the pretext of curbing terrorist activity or support.

On the 6th Anniversary of Lianga Massacre

Today, September 1, 2021 marks the 6th year since paramilitary elements killed three Lumad leaders, Datu Jovello Sinzo, MAPASU chairperson Dionel Campos, and ALCADEV Executive Director Emerito Samarca. This year, three other indigenous Lumad Manobo youth—including a minor—were murdered by military forces, tagging them as rebels. We call for an end of state sponsored impunity. […]

“They tried to bury us. They didn’t know that we are seeds”—As Duterte’s term comes to a close, demand accountability

As the current administration’s term comes to a close, we members of civil society urge every citizen, advocate, group and organization believing in human rights to join and support the call to stop the killings, demand accountability and justice, and retake the freedoms that we have lost.

“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.