Tag: Anti-Terror Law

Civil society alarmed by growing attacks on development NGOs

May 27, 2024

The civil society network Council for People’s Development and Governance (CPDG) raises serious
concerns about worsening attacks on social development non-government organizations (NGOs).
Pres. Ferdinand Marcos, Jr is rebranding himself as a human rights supporter but his government is
judicially harassing more development workers and organizations with weaponized anti-terrorism
measures than the previous Duterte administration. This is already disrupting or stopping the delivery
of relief, livelihood and social services to tens of thousands of beneficiaries nationwide.

IPT’s guilty verdict finds PH govt violating international humanitarian law

May 21, 2024

The IPT decision on the atrocities committed by former president Duterte and current president Marcos Jr is extremely welcome. The verdict draws its moral and ethical authority from high human rights standards and jurors independent of elite-dominated global power structures. 

CPDG Strongly Denounces the Unjust Accusations and Freezing of Accounts of Leyte Center for Development, Inc. (LCDe)

May 7, 2024

CPDG stands in solidarity with LCDe, a trusted member of our network, and denounces the baseless repression of humanitarian and development work. The government must retract its unfounded accusations and allow LCDe to continue supporting the most vulnerable communities in Eastern Visayas. We urge all stakeholders to join us in demanding justice and the unfreezing of LCDe’s accounts.

Filipino rights defenders in UN to support calls for NTF-ELCAC abolition

March 7, 2024

Philippine UPR Watch said the rest of UN member states must be informed that both experts recommended the abolition of the NTF-ELCAC and called for the review of the anti-terror law that are being used against human rights defenders and other civilians.

Int’l and local groups urge Supreme Court: grant petition of abducted activists Jhed and Jonila

Kalikasan - People's Network for the Environment | February 5, 2024

Environmental and human rights groups held a protest action at the Supreme Court and Department of Justice today in support of abducted anti-reclamation activists Jonila Castro and Jhed Tamano, decrying the “slow movement” of a petition filed by Castro and Tamano last year praying for the writs of amparo and habeas data.

CSOs call for an end to impunity on violations of Filipino people’s human rights

October 30, 2023

The Council for People’s Development and Governance (CPDG), along with its network of human rights defenders (HRDs) and other civil society organizations (CSOs), renewed calls on the Philippine government to act decisively and be true to its declared commitment to respect human rights. This begins with ending impunity for continuing violations of the Filipino people’s human rights.

Marcos Jr.’s actions should match his call for unity, peace, and reconciliation

February 26, 2023

Genuine peace and unity can only be attained if the root causes of poverty and inequality are resolved with people-centered and human rights-based development policies and programs.

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 […]

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

March 13, 2022

“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.