Black Friday Protest | Progressives vow to frustrate crackdown vs activists

MANILA – Progressive groups held Black Friday protest against what they call as “de facto martial law” under President Duterte’s administration. The groups gathered at the Boy Scout Circle in Quezon City on Nov. 15 carrying placards with their calls ranging, from “Stop the attacks,” Defend people’s rights” to “Junk memorandum 32.” The groups vow…

Progressives vow resistance amid crackdown vs activists

MANILA – Progressive groups trooped in front of the Philippine National Police headquarters on Monday, Nov. 4 to denounce the mass arrest of legal activists in Bacolod City, Escalante and Manila last week. Amid the crackdown against the legal activists, the progressives vowed stronger resistance amid the attacks on legal activists who were “merely exercise…

Quest for justice continues for kin of the disappeared

“Nobody deserves this unending longing and pain.” MANILA – Relatives of the disappeared have once again gathered on Nov. 2 at the Bantayog ng mga Desaparecido at the National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, Baclaran for their yearly traditional commemoration of All Soul’s Day. They carried not only candles and flowers to offer…

Operation Sauron

By JHIO JAN NAVARRO* From deep Mordor Sauron marched to Negros besieging the Occident laying waste lives in Sagay riddling bodies with copper, leaving them smelling burnt Sauron continued marching to the Orient wreaking havoc on fields, not satiated with bloodthirst his ever lusting lust Unstoppable are his orcs, neither Gandalfs nor Galadriels who perished…

‘Airstrikes hit civilian communities in Northern Samar’ – rights group

“What transpired cannot be considered as ‘surgical precision,’ but an overkill.“ By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL Bulatlat.com MANILA – Human rights group Katungod Sinirangan Bisayas condemned the recent airstrike at the communities in Las Navas, Northern Samar allegedly by the Armed Forces of the Philippines. On Oct. 26, around 6:00 a.m, the Joint Task Force…

People’s lawyering praised for being more than traditional legal aid

“Equality and social justice are worth all of our collective efforts.” By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL  Bulatlat.com MANILA – Colleagues, friends, supporters and clients commended what they call as lawyers for the people as they hold their fifth national congress with the theme “Conquering Challenges in People’s Lawyering” on Oct. 19, Saturday at the Rizal…

Groups call for immediate release of peasant leader, Lumad teacher in Mindanao

“In light of the closure of Lumad schools on the basis of unverified and malicious military reports, such [arrests] are indicative of incessant violations against indigenous and peasant communities.” By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL Bulatlat.com MANILA – Different groups assailed the recent arrests of a peasant leader and two Lumad volunteer teachers on Oct. 10…