Category Archives: Statement

CBCP Pastoral Statement: “For I find no pleasure in the death of anyone who dies – oracle of the Lord God (Ezekiel 18:32)”

(Pastoral statement of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines dated 30 January 2017, at the end of their three-day 114th Plenary Assembly in Manila, and read nationwide in all masses on Sunday, 05 February 2017)  Beloved People of God We, your bishops, are deeply concerned due to many deaths and killings in the campaign […]

NUJP Statement on the murder of Catanduanes publisher

National Union of Journalists of the Philippines Statement December 20, 2016 The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines condemns the murder of Larry Que, publisher of Catanduanes News Now, and challenge authorities, particularly the Presidential Task Force on Violations of the Right to Life, Liberty and Security of the Members of the Media, to […]

STATEMENT: NUJP on Human Rights Day

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines joins the commemoration of International Human Rights Day as we remember not only our fallen colleagues but the thousands of Filipinos who have and continue to suffer from the continued disregard of our basic rights and freedoms. We join the Commission on Human Rights, iDEFEND, Bantayog ng […]

BAYAN: “We say, enough!”

Press Statement December 10, 2016   On International Human Rights Day: “We say, enough!”   Human Rights have taken a serious beating the past few months.   The sneaky burial of the dictator Marcos was an assault on the thousands of human rights victims of the dictatorship. The unjust detention of more than 400 political […]

STATEMENT of NDFP peace panel chair Fidel Agcaoili

NDFP Media Office Statement from NDFP Peace Panel Chair Fidel Agcaoili December 9, 2016 President Rodrigo Duterte’s allusion to the peace negotiations as a high-stakes poker game is deplorable, as it tragically leads to the inhumane treatment of close to 400 political prisoners as trump cards and the callous sweeping aside of justice by his […]

STATEMENT: Human Rights violations in Mindanao continue to rise amidst peace talks

The worsening human rights violations in Mindanao have been disregarded by the Duterte government despite the unilateral ceasefire of the GRP and his declaration of support to the peace talks. The relentless military operations of government troops in the rural communities have resulted in the encampment of community schools, extra-judicial killings, harassment and vilification involving […]

STATEMENT: Duterte wrong in defending Albuera mayor’s killers

BAYAN Press Statement December 8, 2016 President Duterte’s recent statements on the killing of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa, that he will not allow the policemen involved to go to jail, encourages impunity and the blatant violation of the law. It is unacceptable as it is dangerous. While the president says he will not interfere in the […]

ADDRESS TO THE NATION: This is not the time for fear.  It is a time for conviction.  It is a time for courage.

(Address to the Nation by Leni Gerona-Robredo, Vice President of the Philippines, on 5 December 2016) Ngayong umaga, sinumite namin sa Malacañang ang sulat ng aking pagbibitiw mula sa Gabinete. Nakasaad sa aking sulat na “I have exerted all efforts to put aside our differences, maintain a professional working relationship, and work effectively despite the […]

NUJP STATEMENT: The truth can never be silenced, online and off

The truth can never be silenced, online and off   The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines deplores the blocking by Facebook of the account of our former chairperson, respected journalist and blogger Inday Espina-Varona, at the behest of what are clearly enemies of the right to free expression and of a free press. […]

STATEMENT of NAKP: Stop the killings! End impunity! Human rights for all!

There has been an epidemic of summary killings and extrajudicial executions across the Philippines for decades now. From 1998 to December 2015, a total of 1,424 were documented to have been killed by the so-called Davao Death Squad in Davao City. More such killings, often perpetrated by so-called “riding in tandem” killers and death squads, […]

STATEMENT of APILA: Marcos Burial is Historical Injustice rewriteten

Marcos Burial is Historical Injustice Rewritten (APILA’S Public Statement on the Marcos Burial) The Ateneo Public Interest and Legal Advocacy (APILA) Center of the Ateneo de Davao University expresses its indignation and dismay for the burial of former President Ferdinand E. Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. APILA believes that there is no greater […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: On Children’s month and children’s right to participation

Letter to the Editor On Children’s Month   November 21, 2016   On children’s month and children’s right to participation November 20 was the anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), which mandates and obliges governments including the Philippines to uphold children’s rights to survival, development, protection and participation.  […]

STATEMENT: Bayan Muna to the youth: Resist the revision of history, learn the lessons of Martial Law

September 21, 2016 On the 44th anniversary of the Martial Law declaration in the country, Bayan Muna Partylist representative Carlos Isagani Zarate encouraged the youth – the so-called millennials — to study and know the “brutal and despicable years of the Marcos Dictatorship”, saying that “learning our bitter past is the best defense versus a […]

STATEMENT: Open Letter of Lumad Mindanaw to Pres. Duterte on the Burial of Marcos at the LNMB

21 August 2016 Open Letter On President Marcos Burial at Heros’ Cemetery. RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE President Republic of the Philippines Peoples’ Palace Malacañan, Manila Tinahud Nga Presidente Duterte, Mainitong pagtimbaya gikan sa Governing Council sa Lumad Mindanaw Peoples Federation/LMPF. Kami nga sakop sa Lumad Mindanaw Peoples Federation/LMPF Governing Council nagkatigum dinhi sa Aqua Agri, Trinidad […]

STATEMENT: Pursue Lasting Peace Based On Justice: No To A Hero’s Burial For Marcos! Do Not Allow Marcos-Like Forces In Power!

21 September 2016 Konsyensya Dabaw joins the rest of the world in marking September 21 as the International Day of Peace. Indeed, there are reasons to be hopeful given the commitment of the actors of the country’s different conflict lines to pursue their respective peace processes. The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), the […]

STATEMENT: Bayan Muna on immunity for witnesses from NBP

20 September Bayan Muna Rep.Carlos Isagani Zarate today raised serious concerns on the grant of immunity to alleged druglords operating inside the National Bilibid Prisons and now testifying before the House Justice Committee. We want to ferret out the truth on this criminally despicable and shameless drug operations inside the NBP. However, the apparent grant […]

STATEMENT of Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri on the reorganization of the Committee on Justice and Human Rights

20 September 2016 I am one with our people who want to see a Senate doing its job. We need impartial chairmen who conduct public hearings efficiently and fairly. People want results. I am disappointed at seeing the Senate investigations being used to push other people’s political agenda. In my five years as a civilian, […]

STATEMENT: We oppose the burial of Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani

(Statement of the Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society) Maybe unknown to many Filipinos, the Bangsamoro is the most hard hit and traumatized people by the declaration of Martial rule under former president Ferdinand Marcos. Thousands of Moros were killed and many more were displaced. Their diaspora began when the Bangsamoro homeland was heavily militarized, driving […]

LET NOT THE GPH-MILF PEACE PROCESS BE A CASUALTY OF THE MAMASAPANO INCIDENT

Tragic and horrific as the Mamasapano Incident was, it indeed made us sad and even mad. What with the large number of lost lives of troops of the PNP Special Action Force, Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF), Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and that of civilians and even that of a five-year old girl. Thus, […]

UnYPhil-Women Statement on the signing of Normalization Annex

Kulintang: The Sound of Peace Reverberating the Call for Genuine and Just Peace in Mindanao January 26, 2014 We have reached another milestone on the peace negotiation between Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and Government of the Philippines (GPH). The last annex which is the Normalization was finally signed on January 25, 2014 by MILF […]