Human rights defenders, victims’ families protest suspension of ICC probe on Duterte ‘drug war’

Human rights advocates, families of victims and Philippine legal experts are protesting the suspension by the International Criminal Court of its investigations on alleged crimes against humanity in relation to President Rodrigo Duterte’s ‘war on drugs’.

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CPP denounces COP26 failure

The Communist Party of the Philippines denounced the recently concluded 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in its “failure to take decisive action to reverse the rapid rise in the earth’s temperature, resulting in disastrous floods, landslides, droughts, heatwaves, super typhoons, forest fires and rising sea levels.”

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Workers suffer more under Duterte during the pandemic

In 2021, Philippine workers have been fighting for decent wages and job security amid the pandemic. As early as January, workers’ unions and associations have already demanded a PhP100 subsidy (about US$2) to augment their daily wage. On 7 November, the Makabayan parliamentary bloc proposed laws for wage increases amid continuous increases in petroleum prices over the past 10 weeks and the worsening crisis caused by the pandemic.

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Pilgrims for Peace demand transparency on Ka Oris, Ka Pika killings

The Pilgrims for Peace alliance of Philippine religious leaders and academics called on the Duterte government on 12 November for the release of “the full, complete, and authentic information and documentation in the killing of Jorge “Ka Oris” Madlos and Eighfel “Ka Pila” dela Peña.

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Philippine rural villages experience ‘Rain of Terror’

In a span of 12 weeks, from mid-August to early November, the Armed Forces of the Philippines have been dropping bombs, rockets and artillery shells in various villages in the Philippine countryside. There is at least one bombing operation every two weeks. Despite AFP claims that these are aimed at killing New People’s Army members and destroying NPA camps, many of the bombs land in villages and kill the civilian population.

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Condemnation widens against Duterte regime’s book purging

The biggest book industry alliance in the Philippines recently joined the many human rights defenders, academe, youth and activist organizations expressing outrage over the purging of ‘subversive’ materials from state university libraries by security forces of the Rodrigo Duterte regime.

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River dredging masks illegal black sand mining in Cagayan

Environment activists, fishers, religious leaders and local town officials in the northern province of Cagayan are crying foul over the ‘river dredging operations’ being conducted by Chinese vessels at the mouth of the Cagayan River, saying the operations are a smokescreen to illegal black sand or magnetite mining. The Manila government has ruled in 2016 that any offshore mining activity within 500 meters of the shoreline and any inland mining activity within 200 meters from the shoreline are prohibited.

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