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
“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.
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.
“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.
“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 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.
“Duterte’s rants vs Senate investigation on Pharmally, a show of disrespect and betrayal of public trust”—CPDGSeptember 15, 2021
“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.
“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”—CPDGSeptember 7, 2021
“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.
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.