Aksyon Health Workers congratulates our newest doctors, and encourages them to serve the health of the people, especially the underserved in our society plagued by inequity.
We call upon TECO to seriously examine mistakes you have made in your forwarding fake news and inadvertently taking part in a smear campaign, so that this regrettable incidence will not repeat itself. We also remind the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Education, and officials in all other government agencies who have received this TECO letter to refrain from spreading the fake news purported in it, so as not to aid and abed human rights abuses in the Philippines yourselves.
Attacks in all forms against dissenting IPs from Luzon to Mindanao have escalated as the government implements its age-old witch hunt strategy, now branded as “Red October” under Oplan Kapayapaan. Harassment, illegal arrests, filing of trumped-up charges and killings continue unabated. IPs have no other choice but to fight back.
Cordillera Peoples Alliance denounces the intensified terrorist tagging and vilification of indigenous human rights defenders in the Cordillera and appeals to their kakailian to join in calling for genuine peace in the region.
Ifugao Peasant Movement (IPM) condemns the ongoing vilification of activists, human rights and environmental defenders, mass leaders, and allies as NPAs thus putting their security at risk.
Gutigotenmi dagiti opisyales iti lokal a gobyerno iti intero a rehiyon Ilocos nga agbalin kuma nga agresibo (aggressive) nga agaramid iti addang tapno maipaay ti umannatup a tulong kadagiti nakaru a nadidigraan iti masakupanda.
Education, without question and as inscribed in the Philippine Constitution, is key to nation-building. It is necessarily grounded on the principle of academic freedom to enable it to be instrumental in the development of the citizens’ full potentials so that they may be a force for social transformation.
The danger in redtagging these organizations is the risk these students and activists are put into. With the anti-insurgency program and the Red October plot, activists become the main target. In schools across the Cordillera, students are subject to thorough bag frisking because of the administration’s fear of a student insurrection, and students are being tagged members of the NPA.
Using the spectre of communism to scare the Filipino people into quiet submission is a harrowingly similar tactic used by Marcos and the AFP to quell dissent and spread fear. Ferdinand Marcos raised the ‘Red’ scare to prop up his authoritarian rule which was suffering cracks, akin to Duterte’s use of this so-called Red October. Even the protest movement then was rising as the Filipino people called for fundamental change.
The KAIABANG – Cordillera Peoples Alliance Benguet expresses its deepest condolences to the families and kakailian of our brothers and sisters who lost their lives during typhoon Ompong’s fury. KAIABANG is also in grief over one of the worst tragedies that occurred in the region, which is attributed to corporate mining and greed.
Irony of ironies. Teachers experienced harassment and intimidation from state forces in this very time when we are supposed to be honored.
This week, media took a huge, self-inflicted hit at a time when the industry and individual journalists continue to be vilified and threatened by those who would seek to undermine the profession of truth to advance their nefarious agenda.