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No to planned Marawi military camp

THE majority of the Meranaws oppose the building of a new military camp inside the main affected area or ground zero of Marawi city where the five-month battle between government forces and Isis-inspired groups took place. Resolutions from various fora organized by Meranaw CSOs and POs and more than 100,000 …

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Barmm partners’ role

IT has been two decades from when we began our peace negotiations with the Philippine government. While a lot has changed over the years, much has remained the same, including the faces we see here today. Most of our CSO brethren with us today are the same ones who have …

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What is this government hiding?

THERE was never any sincere attempt on the part of the Duterte government to address the root causes of the drug menace to begin with. As the seeming trap to humiliate Vice President Leni Robredo blew up catastrophically in the faces of Duterte and his cohorts, they are now desperately …

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Never Forget

Too Long AS someone who has undergone severe pain of loss, one can say, “it never goes away.” Yes, it never does. That is why every time I would go down the memory lane of when, where and how I lost my father, the pain slowly begins to get the …

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Free de Lima

ON the 1,000th day of Sen. Leila de Lima’s unjust incarceration, Karapatan expresses its solidarity in the call for her immediate release and for the dismissal of the trumped up charges filed against her. De Lima’s incarceration is a stark example of the Duterte government’s vindictiveness against critics, including those …

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We are all under attack

WE are all under attack. In response, #TogetherWeDefend. We enjoin everyone to support this campaign by sharing materials and writing their own support statements. The #TogetherWeDefend campaign seeks to defy the demonization of human rights defenders by introducing the work and lives of the people and courageous rights workers behind …

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Thank you, Surigaonons

TO the citizens of Surigao: Once again I attended the great Festival which commemorates the Battle of Surigao Strait. Once again I received your hospitality, and much love and kindness.  For that I will be ever grateful. Congratulations on the completion of the magnificent Museum which becomes a part of …

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Where is the promise of change?

ONE year after President Duterte’s first State of the Nation Address (Sona), the Churchpeople Workers Solidarity (CWS) express disappointment over President Duterte’s inability to fulfil his promise to stop the unfair practice of labor contractualization in the country. CWS laments the worsening condition of the workers under the Duterte administration’s …

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Testing the patience of Digong

THE political opposition has made it a childish habit to conjure issues and scenarios and put the blame on President Rodrigo Duterte to demonize him. On the heels of his State of the Nation Address, there is a perceptible crescendo of critical items and decibels this time coming not only …

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