The climate is different from that three years ago. Then, at the onset of the Duterte presidency there was vibrant optimism as the formal peace talks between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines resumed in earnest.
The National Union of Journalists decries the increasing incidence of what can only be described as targeted attacks on members of the critical media.
Bishop Alminaza: “Martial Law is neither the answer to the centuries-old agrarian problem nor to the decades of armed rebellion. Martial rule during the Marcos era did not lead to genuine peace; instead, it worsened the insurgency problem.”
We in the alternative media denounce the unlawful arrest of Margarita Valle, veteran Mindanao-based journalist and a columnist of Davao Today.
As we condemn the arrest of Valle, we also call on the government to review its guidelines on serving arrest warrants and searches. Mistakes, such as what had happened to Valle may happen again and subject anyone to human rights violations.
Bobi Tiglao used to understand that. And used to think it was a good thing.
This Lent reminds us of the sacrifice and suffering of Christ for peace, justice, and life. We are reminded that the work of peace for our country is indeed a tumultuous path.
March 12 is World Day against Cyber Censorship, when advocates around the globe call for an Internet that is not only accessible to all, but also free from restrictions on free speech. It is specially relevant to us today, when our nation is practically under cyber martial law and another tyranny.
The worsening arbitrary totalitarian rule that shamelessly unfolds before our eyes signals the deterioration of the state’s respect for human rights, valuation of human dignity, and respect for the common good. It adds great injury on our nation, which is now enduring the lashes of economic and social crises.
The AlterMidya Network, a national network of over 30 independent and alternative news organizations in the Philippines, strongly condemns the continuing series of cyberattacks against two of its members, online news outfits Bulatlat.com and Kodao Productions.