Student leaders from the University of the Philippines (UP) Mindanao are among those who signed an online petition calling for President Rodrigo Duterte’s resignation over his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Hopes are high for Congress to approve the extension of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) until 2025 for it to have some leeway to respond to the exacerbating problems resulting from COVID-19 and establish institutions for self-governance in the Bangsamoro region.
Five activists were killed and at least three others were arrested in what appeared to be government crackdown on progressives in Southern Luzon early this morning, March 7.
A human rights lawyer who is among the co-counsel of a petition to the Supreme Court against the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 was stabbed in the head on Wednesday March 3, prompting colleagues to raise concern.
With huge billboards sprouting over the country in the past weeks egging Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio to run for the presidency next year, the mayor said she is not changing her decision to run for the country’s highest post.
The University of the Philippines Mindanao’s Student Council urged its administration to defend its constituents following recent red-tagging incidents against members of the university’s community.
Hours before the start of the oral arguments on the petitions against the anti-terror law on February 2, the two Aeta farmers, who have been jailed and first to be charged under the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 (ATA), filed a petition requesting the Supreme Court (SC) to include them in the 37 petitions that seek to declare the law void.
Alvin Luque, a known Davao activist who joined the National Democratic Front in Mindanao to become its spokesperson, was killed by a joint special action team when he resisted arrest in Tandag, Surigao del Sur at the early hours of December 10, Human Rights Day.
Protesters refuse to sit on chairs prepared by police authorities for them along Roxas Avenue in Davao City on the International Human Rights Day, December 10, 2020. They instead placed photos of victims of political killings under the Duterte administration. (Photo courtesy of Bern Pormento)
Former presidents of the Davao City chapter of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) issued a statement criticizing the Duterte administration’s counter-insurgency has been reduced to red-tagging of activists, critics and fellow lawyers.