“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’.

“Bad governance, neoliberal policies, underdevelopment, #WakasanNa!” —CPDG

“Our aspiration for industrial development and corresponding improvement of people’s wellbeing  is hindered by the Duterte government’s anti-people and wealth-biased development policies. It does not focus on alleviating the dire situation of the people, especially the poor. Instead, it pours its resources in enriching its oligarch clique—both local and foreign, in suppressing dissent and criticism, and in extending power by hook or by crook,” asserts Maza.

Just, Equitable, Healthy, and Sustainable Food Systems urgently needed to end hunger —CPDG

“The implementation of overly market-oriented and profit-biased neoliberal policies in the agriculture sector especially with the Agreement on Agriculture under the World Trade Organization or AoA-WTO exacerbated hunger among the population, particularly the poor and marginalized sectors. Neoliberal policies should be stopped and instead government should implement genuine people centered policies aimed at eliminating hunger, poverty and inequality” said Prof. Reggie Vallejos of Samahan at Ugnayan ng mga Konsumer para sa Ikauunlad ng Bayan (SUKI) in his presentation at the forum.

Demand accountability and justice on Duterte’s last year — CPDG

CPDG has long condemned the government’s growing anti-democratic legal measures such as the so-called Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 and the smear campaign against activists, development actors, and rights advocates. These are sham peace-building efforts that harm and even result in the death of rights defenders. Anti-crime and counterinsurgency operations in the last months have already taken so many lives aside from defamed and imprisoned countless red-tagged individuals.

Territorial and economic independence go hand-in-hand — CPDG

“We are not on the path of achieving independence,” says CPDG spokesperson Liza Maza, “and
Pres. Duterte is just putting us between two superpowers wrestling for global dominance without
regard for our national patrimony and the people’s welfare.” Maza pointed out the president’s
empty threats to terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the US even as he dismisses
the 2016 special arbitral ruling under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea
(UNCLOS) that affirmed the Philippines’ sovereign claim over its maritime zones and islands in
the WPS.

“Duterte Wakasan Na!”: A movement to end Duterte’s failed leadership and legacy of detrimental policies

President Duterte’s last State of the Nation Address is nearing but there are justifiable fears that he wishes to stay in power, whether directly or by proxy, beyond the 2022 national elections. A broad range of organizations, groups, professionals, and individuals are coming together to show their discontent and call for an end to his […]

On the death of Joseph Canlas: Focus on health solution not repression – CPDG to PH Gov’t

“Elderly, ailing, and nursing detainees should be released and given immediate medical attention too, because their continued imprisonment only poses equal danger to their health and other prisoners. We do not want another Joseph Canlas, or another Baby River,” […]

Gov’t red-tagging community pantries shows extent of paranoia about civic action — CPDG

“The words and actions of the government and military to supposedly support community pantries are empty if they keep seeing red whenever people come together to help themselves in the face of government neglect and if every aspect of civic action is always so closely monitored by paranoid security forces,” says Liza Maza, CPDG Spokesperson.

Genuine public health-oriented response needed to fight pandemic — CPDG

After one year, the government is still obsessed with repression and population control while people across all walks of life, especially among the poor and middle class, are dying everyday from the absence of effective public health care.