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Human Rights Day 2017 in Manila Denounces Duterte for Killings

Commemorating International Human Rights Day, thousands of protesters under BAYAN (Bagong Alyansang Makabayan) took to the streets of Manila to denounce Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’s killings and other human rights violations.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, embattled by an impeachment complaint filed in Congress by Duterte allies, had a statement read at the rally at the Bonifacio Shrine.

Jailed Senator Leila de Lima, in a separate statement read at the rally, also called for vigilance by the people.

Speakers at the mobilization included representatives from the media and the arts and progressive church people.

The protest rally and march culminated in the burning at Mendiola of a large portrait of Duterte painted as benign outside but a monster inside. #

(ILPS-Philippines video. Live music: “The Storm” by Chikoy Pura. Featured photo by Obet de Castro.)

Activists call Duterte ‘terrorist’ on Bonifacio Day

On the 154th anniversary of Filipino revolutionary hero Andres Bonifacio, November 30, 2017, protesters took to the streets of Manila to defy what they call terroristic rule of President Rodrigo Duterte.

The Philippine National Police blocked the protesters from reaching Mendiola and used truncheons and water cannons.

A crackdown on all opposition forces was unleashed by Philippine Duterte barely a week after the visit of U.S. Pres. Trump in Manila.

Protesters shouted “US and Duterte are the terrorists!”

(International League of Peoples’ Struggles-Philippines video)

Taguiwalo sings and recites poem for Kumander Waling-Waling

Former Department of Social Work and Development Secretary Judy Taguiwalo performed at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani Thursday night honoring 11 martyrs and heroes in the People’s resistance to the Marcos dictatorship.

Taguiwalo sang the song she learned while staying at the house of honoree Coronacion Chiva of Calinog, Iloilo as a member of the underground resistance against the dictatorship.

She also recited the poem she wrote for the legendary heroine and martyr popularly-known in Panay Island as “Kumander Waling-Waling” she composed as a political detainee at Camp Crame.

Hacienda Luisita massacre: An outstanding issue of the people

On the 13th anniversary of the Hacienda Luisita Massacre today, Kodao reissues its 2010 video produced during the 2010 national elections when former President Benigno C. Aquino was a candidate.

The seven killed in the incident has yet to receive justice.

Hundreds of Luisita farm workers and supporters commemorated the massacre at Hacienda Luisita today.

#BanTrump protest in Manila unfazed by police brutality

Thousands of protesters from the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) held a protest in Manila in time for U.S. Pres. Donald Trump’s meeting with ASEAN heads of states on November 13, 2017 in Manila.

On its second straight day, Monday’s rally was the biggest protest event on the series of ASEAN meetings which Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte chaired and hosted.

Anti-riot police used water canons, sound canons, truncheons and shields against the protesters but the activists were unfazed.

Rally organizers 128 protesters were injured with several taken to the hospital for treatment. At least two activists were also arrested by the police.

The #BanTrump protests called for the withdrawal of all U.S. troops and end to imperialist plunder.

Delegates from the International Solidarity Conference to Resist US-led Imperialist Wars and Build Just Peace joined the rally. Music by Bayan-USA.

(ILPS-Philippines video)

The Disaster Response Radio: A Meaningful Encounter

Two days before the 4th anniversary of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), members of the International Association of Women in Radio and Television (IAWRT) International Board traveled to Bantayan Island in northern Cebu last November 6 to meet the community who survived the disaster and is now working for the establishment of their community radio station.

They met the survivors who are eager to learn about mass communications and to use these skills to claim and exercise their communication rights. More importantly, they saw a community determined to rise after a tragedy.

Here is a video of what transpired that day. (IAWRT International Video / Directed and edited by Iphigenie Marcoux-Fortier of IAWRT Canada)

Farmer’s fury vs feudalism and fascism

Thousands of peasants and farms workers from Northern, Central and Southern Luzon, Bicol, Visayas and Mindanao regions trooped to Mendiola, Manila on October 25, 2017 to air their demands for land to till and rally against tyranny under the US-Duterte regime.

Their fury flared up to the burning of a giant effigy dubbed “Duts in Boots” depicting a militarist President Duterte.

The mobilization is led by ILPS-Philippines affiliate KMP (Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas or Peasant Movement of the Philippines) also of the Asian Peasant Coalition (APC). # (ILPS Newsreel)

‘This is not the end’ Jonas’ lawyer vows

Philippine Army Major Harry Ballaga Jr. was acquitted by the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 216 of arbitrary detention charges in connection with the disappearance of farmers’ rights activist Jonas Burgos thursday, October 12.

In this interview immediately after the promulgation of the case, Burgos’ prosecuting attorney Edre Olalia said the setback is not end of their quest for justice.

Burgos’ mother Editha for her part said she believes she still can find her son Jonas.

Throng fills Rizal Park for anti-tyranny rally

Speeches, songs and poems filled the air last night at Rizal Park as tens of thousands of protesters condemned extra judicial killings and tyranny on the 45th anniversary of Ferdinand Marcos’ declaration of martial law.

The mass protest rally at Rizal Park in Manila, one of several across the country led by the Movement Against Tyranny, is yet another huge event opposing to Pres. Duterte’s own declaration of martial law in Mindanao, the spate of extra-judicial killings (EJKs), the bombing of Marawi and the militarization of indigenous peoples’ communities.

Music by Bituin Escalante (“Sa Ugoy ng Duyan”), Tubaw (“Kapayapaan”) and Buklod (“Tatsulok”).

Activists burn Duterte effigy in US Embassy rally

On the 25th anniversary of the Philippine Senate rejection of the extension of the US-Philippine Military Bases Agreement, nationalist groups marched to the US Embassy in Manila Friday to protest what they say is the increasing American intervention in the Duterte regime.

The rally ended with the first-ever burning of a Duterte effigy by activists.