Ang malaking laban na dapat nating harapin

“Labanan ang pasistang atake sa mamamayan. Ito ang malaking laban na dapat nating harapin.”Atty. Nero Colmenares, chairperson, National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers, at the 5th National Congress of the Karapatan Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights

Urban poor residents score vs rent interest impositions

RESIDENTS of Southville 3 in Muntinlupa City ended their rally today in a triumphant note after National Housing Authority (NHA) officials agreed to lift housing interest rates imposed on them since 2009.

Armed with an endorsement from Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP) chairman Terry Ridon  and accompanied by former Bayan Muna Representative Neri Colmenares, Sandigan at Malayang Samahan ng Southville 3 (Sama-Sama sa SV3) members finally won an audience with NHA Muntinlupa officials and allowed to present their complaints against rent and interest impositions. Read more

Consumers ask Supreme Court to nullify Meralco ‘sweetheart’ deals

Consumer group Alyansa para sa Bagong Pilipinas with its counsel Neri Colmenares filed a petition at the Supreme Court against the government’s Energy Regulatory Commission’s (ERC) awarding of 20-year power contracts to seven private generation companies without bidding, among them are those owned by Meralco.

The petition was filed on November 8, 2016.

A week after, massive power outages struck several Meralco franchise areas that lead some to speculate that the power firm may be creating an “emergency” situation to justify the contracts. (Featured photo by Alyansa para sa Bagong Pilipinas Facebook page.)

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Peoples’ lawyers to file attempted murder charges vs MPD

National Union of People’s Lawyer chairperson Neri Colmenares explains why they intend to file attempted murder charges against Manila Police District officers who violently dispersed protesting indigenous peoples in front of the United States embassy in Manila last October 19.

In a press conference at the University of the Philippines a day after the incident, Colmenares explained there the police actions were unwarranted and with criminal intent. Read more

Bayan Muna celebrates 6th straight electoral victory

Bayan Muna held a thanksgiving party last May 27 at the Quezon Memorial Circle for its supporters and volunteers to celebrate another victory in the party list elections this year.

Bayan Muna won a single seat for the upcoming 17th Congress, marking the sixth straight time it sent representatives to the legislature.

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16th Congress fails SSS pensioners

THE LIBERAL PARTY-LED House of Representatives (HOR) again frustrated efforts to override President Benigno Aquino’s veto of the bill giving Php2,000 monthly increase to Social Security System (SSS) pensioners.

Only 189 representatives were present at the final regular session of the 16th Congress as of five o’clock yesterday afternoon, four short of the required 193 to vote on the measure. Read more

Makabayan bet Colmenares expresses hope in winning

Makabayan bloc’s bet for the Senate Neri Colmenares expressed hope in winning in this year’s national elections at Tuesday’s grand rally at Plaza Miranda.

Running as part of the Team Galing at Puso, Colmenares asked the crowd if a poor man like himself could be a senator.

The crowd enthusiastically said “Yes.”

Here is a video of Neri’s speech and Makabayan’s send off of his campaign.

Neri adopted by aunt due to family’s poverty

Bayan Muna congressman and senatorial aspirant Neri Javier Colmenares bared he was adopted by an aunt as a child because of his family’s poverty.

Speaking before thousands at yesterday’s Galing at Puso rally at Plaza Miranda in Manila, Colmenares said his father was a security guard and his mother a clerk.

He then asked the crowd if an adopted child from a poor family could be a senator, which responded with an enthusiastic “yes”.

Colmenares’ revelation was in obvious reference to his group’s standard bearer Grace Poe who some political camps want disqualified for being a foundling.

A highly regarded human rights lawyer with degrees from the Philippines’ best schools as well as a graduate degree from Australia’s University of Melbourne, it was easy to assume that Colmenares came from at least a middle class family.

He remains to be one of the poorest congressmen in his nine years at the House of Representatives, a distinction he proudly shares with fellow Makabayan bloc representatives.

In a Facebook post, journalist Dean Lacandazo shared that a tricycle driver once rushed for Colmenares as he was boarding a jeepney to shake his hand.

“Di ba Congressman adto han Bayan Muna? Makig-lamano unta ako. Kaupay ano, nagco-commute la hiya?” (He was the congressman of Bayan Muna right? I just wanted to shake hands with him. Isn’t it good that he commutes for transportation?), Lacandazo recounted.

Neri to push for more benefits for elderly

Bayan Muna representative and senatorial candidate Neri Colmenares vows to push for more benefits for the elderly if elected to the Senate.

Colmenares addressed supporters in front of the Social Security System main office in Quezon City this morning as he begins his campaign for the Senate.

In his speech, Colmenares said the vetoed two thousand peso SSS pension increase will still be pushed on May 23 when Congress convenes for the canvassing of votes for the presidency.

If elected to the Senate, Colmenares said he will push for a minimum Php5,333 monthly pension for retirees.

He also vowed a sponsor a bill for a PhP1,500 monthly pension for all elderly who are non-SSS and Goivernment Service Insurance System members.

Earlier, Colmenares visited a Metro Rail Transit Station to assure commuters he will fight for better public transport in the country. #

TitoSen, Isko, Digong and Neri on land reform

The Philippine Land Reform Movement (PLRM) and Pagkakaisa para sa Tunay na Repormang Agraryo (Patria) posed a “Peasant Challenge” for the 2016 elections. Davao City Mayor Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte (running for President) and senatorial candidates Tito Sotto, Isko Moreno and Neri Colmenares took the challenge. Held at the Balay Kalinaw, UP Diliman, QC on February 3, 2016.