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 […]
“The Duterte government’s desperation to maintain power can be seen through the persecution of its so-called ‘enemies’—the unjust imprisonment of Anakpawis nominee Isabelo Adviento, the non-stop red-tagging of the entire opposition bloc, and many others”, said Council for People’s Development and Governance (CPDG) spokesperson Liza Maza.
“Stop the lies and the intrigue!”—CPDG scores Office of the President, candidates, on claims of rebel involvement in campaign ralliesMarch 15, 2022
“The excessive security-mongering by the current administration, especially coming from the President himself, is worrisome,” said Council for People’s Development and Governance (CPDG) spokesperson Liza Maza.
“Push back against state-sponsored violations and impunity in Pres. Duterte’s remaining days in office”—CPDGMarch 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.
“Volunteer teacher for Lumad children Chad Booc’s death points out the necessity of Peace Talks”—CPDGMarch 1, 2022
“Chad Booc’s death proved once more that the government forces continue to blur the difference between combatants and non-combatants, or activists and armed rebels. They try to belie their violations to justify it even though it is clearly impossible,” Council for People’s Development and Governance (CPDG) spokesperson Liza Maza said.
Victories in the dismissal of cases against development workers and the release of political prisoners bring hope—CPDGDecember 2, 2021
“The acquittal and release of several political prisoners is not only reason to celebrate but also vindicates us in our fight. Moreover, these legal victories show just how dubious so many of the warrants mysteriously issued by different courts really are,” CPDG spokesperson Liza Maza said. She added, “The judges who scrutinize these cases and stop the use of the legal system to harass activists should be lauded.”
People’s Review of SDG 16: Asserting People’s Right to Development and Governance Amid Shrinking Democratic SpacesNovember 30, 2021
Through the Council for People’s Development and Governance’s PH Civil Society SDG Watch, ASCENT-Assert Socio-Economic Initiatives Network, Leyte Center for Development, Inc., Karapatan, Defend Panay Network, EcuVoice Philippines, WeGovern Institute, SAKA, Mindanao Interfaith Services Foundation, Inc. – MISFI, and Altermidya held the People’s Review of SDG 16 forum entitled “Asserting People’s Right to Development and […]
Council for People’s Development and Governance President Dr. Rolando Tolento, PhD on the redtagging of civil society organizations#NoToRedtagging #StopTheAttacksAgainstDevelopment Workers #DemocraticGovernance
Redtagging and smear campaign against Leyte CSO, “a brazen attack on volunteerism and development work”—CPDGSeptember 23, 2021
While civil society organizations (CSOs) like LCDe fill the gaps and limitations in the government’s pandemic response, they fall victims to its vicious counterinsurgency program. These malicious attacks do not contribute to anything but only deprives the poor, vulnerable, and marginalized Filipinos from receiving much needed assistance.
“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.