Tag: social justice
The land dispute in Hacienda Tinang in Concepcion, Tarlac shows how social justice remains elusive for millions of landless farmers, fisherfolk, and indigenous peoples. Landlessness, widespread poverty, the monopoly by local landlords, real estate developers, big local and foreign agribusiness over large farms and landholdings, and state repression contribute to the continuing revolutions in the Philippine countryside. Only through upholding social justice and prioritizing people’s welfare over private profit and vested interests can the country start the path to peace and truly building an independent nation towards an ecologically sound industrialized economy.
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.