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CPP accuses gov’t of violating own ceasefire order in Rizal clash

The CPP accused the Duterte government of violating its own unilateral ceasefire following a skirmish between the Philippine Army and the New People's Army in Rodriguez, Rizal on March 28.

“Fake news” provision threatens freedom of the press, expression

"In times of crisis, when the swift delivery of accurate information to our people is vital, we need more, not less, independent reporting."

‘An example across the world,’ UN says of CPP’s ceasefire order

The UN welcomed the temporary unilateral ceasefire order of the CPP, the first belligerent force in the world to honor UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres' call for a global ceasefire to focus against COVID-19.

‘Fake news’ mainly comes from gov’t agencies, officials – UP prof

“The Duterte administration utilizes ‘fake news’ as a tool to silence dissent by spreading lies using an army of trolls, to present ‘alternative facts’ and justify the repressive policies and programs of the government.”

PNA under fire for misinformation regarding mass testing of PGH employees

Employees of the UP PGH in Manila criticized a misleading article released by the Philippine News Agency regarding the mass testing of its health workers, branding it as fake news.

‘CPP already helping fight Covid-19 even before Duterte’s truce announcement’

The Communist Party of the Philippines announced that its forces were already carrying out a mass campaign to fight COVID-19 outbreak even before Malacañang's announcement of a 27-day ceasefire in line with the lockdown.

‘Without mass testing, PH fighting COVID-19 blindly’ — doctors

Two public hospital doctors, one of whom works at the frontlines, are pushing for mass testing to help curb the onslaught of COVID-19 - a measure the DOH sees no need as of yet.

Lawyers’ group reminds authorities of citizens’ rights amid COVID-19 quarantine

State security forces violating the rights of detainees, the NUPL said, may be charged with civil, criminal and administrative charges, and violation of Republic Act 7438 or An Act Defining Certain Rights of Persons Arrested, Detained or under Custodial Investigation.

The COVID-19 pandemic brings to the fore the economic divide

COVID-19 has laid bare the class contradictions in Philippine society. Not only has it exposed the private sector for what it is – a profiteering class of capitalists, but it has also exposed the government and its institutions for what they are – tools of the same profiteering class to ensure that they can continue profiting.

Reds say no basis yet to reciprocate government’s unilateral ceasefire

Jose Maria Sison said the NDFP is not assured and satisfied that the ceasefire announcement is based on national unity against Covid-19, the appropriate solution of the pandemic as a medical problem and the protection of the most vulnerable sectors of the population, including workers, health workers, those with any serious ailments and the political prisoners.

Anti-terror bill removes safeguards, accountability

“Removing or lowering these penalties gives State authorities a free pass, if not outright approval and endorsement, for violations on human rights and civil liberties…”

Why the anti-terror bill is sanctioned state terrorism

"Who is exempted from being labeled “terrorists?” Rights defenders, lawyers, journalists, Church people, peasants, indigenous peoples and workers have been publicly vilified by state security forces as such."



Hard life for the poor, tougher under lockdown

The poor are bearing most of the brunt of the COVID-19 health crisis. Without sufficient economic and social support, their hard life is becoming tougher each day under the lockdown.