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AMARC condemns the arrest of broadcaster Frenchie Mae Cumpio of the Philippines

International radio broadcasters' association AMARC Asia-Pacific condemned the arrest of Tacloban radio broadcaster Frenchie Mae Cumpio, who had been under surveillance and had been tagged a "ranking NPA member" by the military.

Mountain Province police admit order to red-tag activists

In a dialogue, Sagada's Police Chief admitted that the municipal police were following a directive to distribute flyers and post Facebook content red-tagging people's organizations in this town.

Aglipayan leader condemns red-tagging, fake surrender in Ilocos village

The Supreme Bishop of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente condemned the 81st IB of the Philippine Army for red-tagging the church and its clergy and forcing farmers in a village in Ilocos Norte to sign papers stating that they are NPA supporters and members availing the government’s surrender program.

ONE BILLION RISING | Baguio women, rise against VAW and state attacks

This year’s One Billion Rising protest dance in Baguio City called on ending the escalating state-instigated attacks against rights defenders and the onslaught of Duterte’s anti-people policies.

ONE BILLION RISING 2020 | Cordillera women, rise against political persecution and fascism!

"In their aspiration for a better world for the younger and unborn generations to inherit, they are activists for social change, just and lasting peace. They are selfless and worth emulating. There is nothing terroristic about their endeavors."

ALARMING | Ilocos RPOC labels activists as threats

Bayan-Ilocos expressed alarm over the inclusion of mass leaders, human rights workers and community volunteers in Region 1 in a list the Ilocos RPOC identified as "threats", despite the military's denial of surveillance against them.

Rights group say attacks meant to make people feel powerless

In light of the abduction of a land rights advocate and the slew of red-tagging incidents, a Cagayan Valley human rights group say that the attacks on progressive organizations served to make people feel powerless against the government.

Students protest against arrest of activists in Visayas

Students from UP Baguio protested the crackdown on progressive groups after the recent arrest against five activists, including a journalist, in Eastern Visayas.

Journalist, activists arrested in Tacloban City

An Eastern Visayas journalist and broadcaster and four other human rights activists were arrested in Tacloban City, days after news outfit Eastern Vista received reports of surveillance by suspected military assets.

Harassments in January are a showcase of more rights violations in 2020 – IHRA

A human rights group in Ilocos sees higher number of rights violations in the region in 2020 after leaders of regional organizations experienced a series of harassment from the military.

Groups call for justice on NDFP consultant’s 1st death anniversary

Progressive groups in Cagayan Valley and Baguio City commemorated the first death anniversary of slain National Democratic Front of the Philippines consultant Randy Malayao.

Organizations submit human rights reports to United Nations

Organizations under EcuVoice have announced their submission of a report on the Duterte government's human rights violations to the UNCHR, urging the world body to further investigations on killings and threats on advocate sectors.



Underscoring the role of the church in pursuing just and lasting peace

During the founding assembly of One Faith, One Nation, One Voice Cordillera in Baguio City, Anglican Bishop Rex Reyes underlined the important role of the church in pursuing peace based on justice amid the heightened attacks against the people and hostilities between the revolutionary forces and the government.



Farmers say NTA, negligent and accountable for the low price of tobacco

Tobacco farmers criticize the National Tobacco Administration for its negligence to ensure the early resolution of the price deadlock during the Tripartite Conference in September 2019. They said the agency should be held accountable for the consistently low price of dried tobacco leaves.