Statements

Uphold freedom of association, implement the labor agenda – CPDG

January 24, 2023

The Council for People’s Development and Governance (CPDG) supports the various workers groups in their demands to uphold freedom of association and right to organize, collective bargaining and living wage, among others.

Rappler’s Ressa acquittal, a victory against media repression – CPDG

January 19, 2023

The Council for People’s Development and Governance (CPDG) applauds the decision of the Court of Tax Appeals to acquit Nobel Laureate Maria Ressa and Rappler of the tax evasion charges filed by the Duterte administration on date. This, by far, is the latest triumph against state intimidation on its critics and media repression.

Leaving no one behind: Genuine climate justice for COP27 – CPDG

November 6, 2022

COP27 and the United Nations Universal Periodic Review of the human rights situation in the Philippines’ are taking place this November. Philippine CSOs call on the Philippine government to seriously address the interconnected chronic economic and environmental crises magnified by the COVID-19 pandemic. They push for adoption of the priority recommendations on sustainable use of the environment and the right to development including the passing of urgent legislation such as the People’s Green New Deal.

End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists – CPDG

November 3, 2022

Freedom of expression is compromised by a climate unfavorable to exercising basic freedoms. Impunity in crimes against journalists, countless threats, physical attacks, and repression particularly in the digital sphere, creates a climate of fear and impedes freedom of expression, and the people’s right to access correct and reliable information. 

Civil Society to BBM: The government is for the people, not your family and other elites

September 27, 2022

It is nearly three months since the dictator Marcos’ son, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., was sworn into the presidency. The country’s 17th president took office with a large majority of votes according to elections long criticized as opaque and vulnerable to electronic cheating, aside from campaigning marred by massive vote-buying and disinformation.  When the election […]

Stop the attacks on Rural Missionaries of the Philippines and civil society – CPDG

September 2, 2022

CPDG members call on the government to stop attacking CSOs, instead honor its commitments to the OECD-Development Assistance Cooperation (OECD-DAC) principles, enabling civil society to contribute and realize further their full potential in helping realize the 2030 Agenda for eradicating poverty and inequality towards genuine and ecologically sustainable development of the country and its people.

Exact accountability, uphold human rights, pursue peace based on justice – CPDG

June 30, 2022

With Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. sworn in as the 17th President of the Republic of the Philippines, stakeholders from civil society organizations, people’s organizations, church, academe, professionals and individuals, said the new president should perform his duty to hold former president Rodrigo Duterte and his administration accountable for their grave human rights abuses against the […]

Reject RCEP – CPDG

May 30, 2022

The Philippines have barely anything to gain from other RCEP economies opening up because of our backward and historically shriveled agricultural and industrial sectors. The biggest gainers will not be small farmers and enterprises who are uncompetitive from decades of government neglect but the handful of foreign transnational corporations with segments of their global value chains in low value-added enclave special economic zones and perhaps a few large corporate Filipino exporters and agri-business firms.

CPDG hits “dirty” and “doubtful” 2022 election results; warns of increased authoritarian rule under a Marcos-Duterte administration

May 20, 2022

Through the years, the elite government has allowed the rehabilitation of the Marcoses’ grandeur. Historical distortions, disinformation, misinformation, and mal-information mainly influenced the present political culture of the people, withal the rise of social media. The same government allowed an election system that lacks transparency.

Para sa sahod, trabaho, at karapatan sa paggawa: “piliin ang maka-manggagawang kandidato sa Mayo 9”—CPDG

May 1, 2022

Ang kahalagahan ng nakabubuhay, disente, at sustinableng empleyo o trabaho sang-ayon sa Sustainable Development Goal 8 (SDG 8) ay malalim sapagkat kaugnay nito ang iba pang isyung pang-ekonomiya na dinaranas ng mamamayan. Pangunahin dito ang kahirapan at kagutuman. Ang kawalan ng maayos na hanapbuhay, at kawalan ng  kasiguruhan sa trabaho ay hindi lamang pipigil sa pagkamit ng mga target ng SDG 8, kundi pati na rin sa SDG 1 (Pagsugpo sa kahirapan) at SDG 2 (pagsugpo sa kagutuman).