Statements

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

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

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).

“Push back against state-sponsored violations and impunity in Pres. Duterte’s remaining days in office”—CPDG

“Such redtagging even of electoral candidates and their supporters is an outright violation of the Filipino people’s democratic rights which includes rights to their political beliefs and expressions. Such rights are covered by the Philippine Constitution and international human rights covenants where the Philippines is a signatory,” said Maza.

Resist continuing attacks on basic rights: Reclaim our democratic spaces!—CPDG

PRESS STATEMENTMarch 12, 2022 The Council for People’s Development and Governance condemns the recent press freedom attack on Rappler by Solicitor General Calida and COMELEC’s subsequent rescinding of its partnership for fact-checking in the May 9, 2022 presidential elections. Calida claimed that Rappler is prejudiced and partial, as it seals fact-checking partnership with the Commission […]

In the Name of Just Peace and Genuine Democracy: No more Duterte! No more Marcos!

We demand peace based on justice, not the silencing of critical voices who expose the country’s true conditions. Both Marcos and Duterte have shown us how autocracies retaliate and do not respond to the people’s real needs and aspirations; how they vilify and silence activists, rights defenders, and the poor, all in the name of power they want to keep.

“Demolition, violence in Sitio Patungan displays Duterte administration’s inhumanity and gross negligence”—CPDG

“Displacing a fishing community just to build a luxury beach resort is already inhumane and reprehensible. But this demolition and violating human rights during an intensifying health crisis, poverty, and the dismal government response is the height of unspeakable ruthlessness,” said Council for People’s Development and Governance (CPDG) spokesperson Liza Maza.

Justice Delayed, Justice Denied: Another elderly, sickly political prisoner dies

Molina’s death, just like Joseph Canlas’, proves two things—justice in the country serves the affluent and wealthy and yet it remains elusive for the poor, deprived, and marginalized people, especially those who are vilified for standing up for their rights.

Relentless violations prove that NTF-ELCAC should be abolished—CPDG

Grassroots organizations, advocacy groups, and the civil society have registered their indignation over these injustices and warned that this draconian climate will be institutionalized if the Anti-Terror Law of 2020 is not blocked by the Supreme Court. Maza stressed that the Anti-Terror Law (ATL) should be repealed. “The ATL will complete the evolution of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) into a war machine against democracy,” she added.

“Repressive legislation thwarts climate justice, action, and initiatives”—CPDG

“We need decisive action now to avert climate catastrophe”. This is United Nations’ (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ message to world leaders in a preparatory roundtable discussion for the upcoming Climate Change Conference (COP26). In the 76th UN General Debate on October 6, 2021, leaders from different Pacific nations echoed his call and warned that setbacks in fighting the triple planetary crisis will jeopardize the world as the COVID-19 pandemic rages on.

“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.