Tag: Duterte Administration

Human Rights Under COVID-19

The year 2020 began as always with hope, optimism and lots of vibrancy but ended under a cloud of uncertainty and an undeniable cry for ‘normalcy’. Death, anxiety, fear and madness have become the norm. The pandemic has already decimated an alarming proportion of the world’s population. The war to contain, control and eradicate COVID-19 […]

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Indigenous Peoples (IP) in Cagayan Valley: Their Struggles and Continuing Challenges

Speech delivered at the Forum of Philippine Caucus for Peace 18th October 2020, Melbourne, Australia By Mafel Macalanda, Regional Coordinator, Cagayan Valley Indigenous Peoples Alliance Region 2, or popularly known as Cagayan Valley, has eight major IP groups found in its five provinces. The Isinay and Gaddang of Nueva Vizcaya, the Calinga, Aeta, and Agta- […]

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The Struggle of the Lumads: Speech delivered at the Forum of Philippine Caucus for Peace

By Chad Booc, Spokesperson, “Save Our Schools” Campaign (18th October 2020, Melbourne, Australia) Lush green forests, flowing rivers, fertile soil, diverse flora and fauna — such is the abundance and richness of the Lumad’s ancestral lands in Mindanao. Apart from what is seen by the naked eye, these indigenous territories are known to be rich […]

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One Spark

The rampage has begun. Weeks after the enactment of the Anti- Terrorism Law, signed by President Duterte last July 3, a spate of killings has intensified. National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) Peace Consultant Randy Echanis was horrendously murdered in the wee hours of the night by assailants. He was stabbed more than 40 […]

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Anakbayan Melbourne and Sydney hold a transnational discussion on police fascism

By Laurence Castillo: Anakbayan Melbourne and Sydney, together with Anakbayan USA and Anakbayan Philippines held an online forum “Policing the State” last 4 July 2020. The forum touched on the similarities and particularities among experiences of fascism and police violence in Australia, the Philippines and the USA. Nikki Pagulayan of Anakbayan USA spoke about white […]

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PhilHealth and the scandal of the Philippine healthcare system

By Laurence Castillo: The pandemic crisis has revealed the extent to which the Philippines has practically surrendered the taxpayer-funded social services to the highest bidders. In particular, the healthcare system has suffered one of the worst consequences of the privatisation of public services, as evinced in the constant lack of public funding allotted to government […]

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