Youth groups file complaint against red-tagging

Youth and student activists filed a complaint on Friday before the Commission on Human Rights and the National Bureau of Investigation, urging them to investigate the intensified red-tagging of their organizations and members amid the implementation of the Philippine terror law. The post Youth groups file complaint against red-tagging appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource: bulatlat bulatlatMay 22nd, 2021

Alternative media groups sue NTF-ELCAC over continued red-tagging

"Undue injury was also caused to the public. Red-tagging Complainants brought a chilling effect on the press, as well as on discourse and debate, stifling the free expression of dissent. Respondents, thus, served as witting instruments of tyranny and repression," the complaint read......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 18th, 2020

Groups file complaint vs PhilHealth exec over lap dance during birthday bash

Eight groups asked the CHR to investigate Philippine Health Insurance Corp. Vice President Paolo Johann Perez and employees of the agency’s Calabarzon office......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 23rd, 2020

Realign portion of NTF-ELCAC’s P16 B to help typhoon victims — Hontiveros

Senator Risa Hontiveros said on Tuesday the government should realign a portion of the P16-billion anti-insurgency fund to relief and rehabilitation efforts for communities ravaged by super typhoon “Rolly.” Sen. Risa Hontiveros (Senate of the Philippines / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) Instead of funding a controversial program under the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), Hontiveros said the budget could go a long way in helping Filipinos recover from the calamity.“Ngayong panahon ng sakuna, ‘di hamak na mas kailangan ng mga kababayan natin sa Bicolandia at sa iba pang mga lugar na nasalanta ng bagyo ang milyon-milyong pondo ng pamahalaan. (During this time of calamity, our people in the Bicol region and other provinces badly-hit by the typhoon need government funds),” Hontiveros said.“It is clear that the billions earmarked for NTF-ELCAC would be better spent on helping Filipinos battered by the typhoon get back on their feet,” the senator stressed.“Unahin nating bigyang-tulong at pondo ang mga nabiktima ng kalamidad, hindi ang mga ahensiya na puro pagre-redtag at pagkakalat ng fake news ang ginagawa. (Let’s prioritize helping victims of calamities by giving them funds, not agencies that do nothing but red tag people and just go about spreading fake news),”  she reiterated.At the hearing of the Senate Committee on National Defense, the lawmaker noted that NTF-ELCAC has been allocated a proposed budget of P19-billion for 2021. Of this amount, P16-billion has been earmarked for its Barangay Development Program. Hontiveros also pointed out that the budget for NTF-ELCAC is “questionably astronomic” compared to the proposed budgets of other key agencies particularly the Department of Housing Settlements and Urban Development which only has P632-million, Office of the Ombudsman with only P3.36-billion, Department of Budget & Management (DBM) with only P1.9-billion, and even the Department of Finance (DOF) which only has P17.46-billion.“We should not spend such an inordinate amount of time and money on an agency running after ordinary citizens using the communist bogeyman. This is on top of the NTF-ELCAC’s bad track record of spreading fake news and silencing critical and dissenting voices,” she said. Hontiveros earlier defended entertainment personalities and women’s rights groups from the red tagging activities of Lt. General Antonio Parlade, chief of the Southern Luzon Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and NTF-ELCAC spokesperson.  She said she cannot begin “to imagine the anguish and emotional toll this must have taken on these women who have been directly-hit by these accusations, as well as their families.”“I am certain that it has also caused a chilling effect on citizens who only want to weigh in on issues of national importance and hold the government to account for its failures to the people,” she stressed. “The issues of the communist insurgency are not new to me. My party Akbayan historically has called for human rights accountability of non-state actors, at kasama dito ang NPA. I will not hesitate to speak against the violations of the NPA,” she further said. .....»»

Category: newsSource: NewsNov 3rd, 2020

CPP is deceiving the public for denying existence of its front organizations — Roque

It would be the height of deception of the local communist rebel group if it will deny the existence of their front organizations, a Palace official said Tuesday. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque (OPS / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) According to Presidential spokesman Harry Roque, the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) has an armed group, the New People’s Army (NPA), as well as a political wing composed of the so-called legal front groups. He argued that these front organizations may not take up arms but still belong to the communist rebel group. Roque made the statement even after clarifying that authorities have been advised against red-tagging personalties without presenting proof. “Lilinawin ko, bagama’t ang sinabi ni Secretary Lorenzana na polisiya natin talaga ay kung walang ebidensiya dapat manahimik at huwag mag-red tagging eh hindi naman po ibig sabihin noon na wala talagang mga organisasyon na talagang kasapi at kabahagi ng CPP-NPA (I’d like to make clear that although (Defense) Secretary (Delfin) Lorenzana mentioned our policy to stay silent and avoid red-tagging personalities without proof, it does not mean that there are no organizations belonging to the CPP-NPA),” Roque said during a televised press briefing.  “Ang CPP-NPA po, talagang mayroon silang revolutionary armed struggle, iyan po iyong NPA at mayroon silang political, kasama sa political ay iyong mga tinawag nilang mga organisasyon na diumano’y legal dahil hindi naman sila humahawak ng baril pero kabahagi pa rin po ng CPP-NPA at hindi po madi-deny iyan. Kaplastikan po ng CPP-NPA kung sasabihin nilang wala silang mga legal fronts na tinatawag. (The CPP-NPA has a revolutionary armed struggle, that’s the NPA and they have a political arm composed of what they call legal organizations because they don’t take up arms but they are still part of the CPP-NPA and that cannot be denied. It will be deceitful for the CPP-NPA if they will say they don’t have so-called legal fronts),” he said. Amnesty International earlier appealed to the Philippine government to halt “its vicious and at times deadly practice of red-tagging” or labeling of groups or persons as communists or terrorists. The group urged the government to address criticisms about its policies instead of allegedly endangering people practicing free speech.“In the prevailing context where red-tagged individuals become the targets of harassment, threats and even killings, courts and pertinent government agencies must take concrete steps to ensure the safety and protection of these individuals,” the group said in its website. The appeal was made as the Senate started an inquiry into the controversial red-tagging activities of some military officials. Last week, the Palace said President Duterte wanted military and police officials to stop labeling personalities as communists without showing evidence. Duterte has spoken through Lorenzana who advised officials to be careful in red-tagging, according to Roque. .....»»

Category: newsSource: NewsNov 3rd, 2020

Opposition solons chide General Parlade on red-tagging

Opposition lawmakers chided Thursday Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade, a staunch anti-communist military official, for allegedly red-tagging actress Liza Soberano after appearing in a webinar against gender-based exploitation and sexual harassment. Parlade commented on Soberano when she appeared in the webinar sponsored by Gabriela Youth. Deputy Minority Leader and Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate said Parlade has been “red-tagging anyone who works or espousing the same cause and issues of progressive groups.” “Anybody and everybody should speak out against abuse and not let them be until they are extinguished,” said Zarate. He chided Parlade for allegedly assuming that “celebrities, the youth, women, urban poor, lumad and rural folk are ignorant or even stupid, to stand up for their rights and beliefs on their own.” In a separate statement, Gabriela Partylist Rep. Arlene Brosas finds it “starkly ironic” for Parlade to appeal to stop red-tagging Soberano when it was the military official who actually made the accusation. “By saying that Soberano is “not yet an NPA,” he is maliciously associating the actress with the armed movement when what she did in the youth forum was only to speak up for all the victims of gender-based violence and abuse,” said Brosas. She stated: “It is clear that Parlade, the NTF-ELCAC and the paid trolls are the ones who are rabidly red-tagging Liza Soberano and other female celebrities and influencers who are taking a stand and speaking out against the macho-fascism under the Duterte regime.” Reacting to the statements of the Makabayan solons and Senator Risa Hontiveros, Parlade said it is “government’s job to expose this duplicitous nature of the CPP (Communist Party of the Philippines). “But we differ in the way Gabriela exploits these genuine advocates, because the CPP’s underground MAKIBAKA, is the one stirring and orchestrating it,” said the general. He described the CPP as a monster that “knows no friend.” “They will feed you to the lion’s den if you are not careful. This is what happened to Jo Lapira, Ren Manalo, Camille Manangan etc., Gabriela Youth who were all killed for ceasing to be a plain activist and ended up being with the terrorist,” Parlade noted. .....»»

Category: newsSource: NewsOct 22nd, 2020

Campaigners to file UN complaint over Saudi prince s detention

Two rights groups are lodging a complaint to the UN over the "arbitrary" detention of a philanthropist Saudi prince, according to a document seen by AFP, adding to international pressure for his release......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 24th, 2020

“Wanted” activists visit police stations to file blotter and CHR to file supplemental complaint over “vilification posters”

DAVAO CITY  (MindaNews / 18 August) –  Leaders of progressive groups, including a Bishop and a medical doctor whose names and photographs are among those featured in a poster branding them as “wanted,” ”human rights violators,” “berdugo at pumapatay ng tribu” (executioner and tribe killers), went to the San Pedro and Sta. Ana police stations […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsAug 20th, 2020

CHR asked to investigate posting of flyers in Davao tagging leftists as ‘terrorist recruiters’

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 28 July) – Progressive groups in Davao City called on the Commission on Human Rights (CHR)-Davao to investigate the posting of flyers bearing the faces of nine leaders of various left-leaning groups and branding them as “terrorist recruiters.” In a complaint filed before CHR-Davao on Monday, a copy of which was […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJul 30th, 2020

Caubian brgy chief suspended for 1 year for punching pa’s supporter

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines — Caubian Barangay Captain Jackson Matbagon will file a motion for reconsideration after the Office of the Ombudsman suspended him for one year. This was based on the complaint filed by a certain Mark Denola for violation of Conduct Prejudicial to the Best Interest of the Service, simple misconduct, and abuse of […] The post Caubian brgy chief suspended for 1 year for punching pa’s supporter appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 30th, 2021

Ex-matinee idol na si Red Sternberg, may pagsisisi ba nang iwan ang showbiz?

KABILANG si Red Sternberg sa kinagiliwang youth-oriented show na “TGIS” o “Thank God It’s Sabado” noong ’90s. Sa kasagsagan ng kanyang umuusbong na career, bakit nga ba pinili nitong talikuran ang showbiz? Sa isang panayam kasama si Pia Arcangel, siniwalat ng dating matinee idol ang tunay na rason sa kanyang paglisan sa showbiz. “It was […] The post Ex-matinee idol na si Red Sternberg, may pagsisisi ba nang iwan ang showbiz? appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 17th, 2021

DOJ junks police’s plea to revive charges vs youth activists

The groups are firm that the filing of charges against them and their members are pure harassment as these charges were later dismissed by the courts. The post DOJ junks police’s plea to revive charges vs youth activists appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsJul 7th, 2021

Agricultural workers file complaint vs Philippine government before ILO

Agricultural workers have filed a formal complaint at the International Labor Organization headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland against labor rights violations allegedly committed by the Duterte administration since 2016......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 23rd, 2021

LIVE: House panel meets on Leonen impeachment complaint

The complaint, filed by Edwin Cordevilla, accuses Leonen of failing to file his Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth when he was a professor at the UP College of Law......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 27th, 2021

Palace: Up to Congress to handle impeachment complaint vs Leonen

Malacañang is leaving it up to the House of Representatives to decide on the impeachment complaint against Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen, who has been accused of failing to file his statements of assets, liabilities and net worth and to resolve a number of cases in a timely manner......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 20th, 2021

Kin of Joseph Canlas file raps vs police, jail authorities for ‘criminal negligence’

In their 26-page complaint, Canlas's children Jennelle and Joseph narrated how their father was denied immediate access to emergency medical care despite their repeated pleas. The post Kin of Joseph Canlas file raps vs police, jail authorities for ‘criminal negligence’ appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsMay 19th, 2021

Youth groups set up Students’ Pantry in Sawang Calero

DALAGUETE, Cebu—Education helps in creating a better and informed society. A group of young individuals in Barangay Sawang Calero wants to emphasize this notion as they gathered resources to set up a “Students’ Pantry” in their area on Tuesday, May 4, 2021.  “Actually, project ni sa SK Sawang Calero that we have an infinite school […] The post Youth groups set up Students’ Pantry in Sawang Calero appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 4th, 2021

Guevarra says recent spate of red-tagging disturbing, as he backs its criminalization

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said the spate of government officials' red-tagging has become “disturbing” as he backed legislation to criminalize the practice of linking personalities to communist groups......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 29th, 2021

Bukidnon residents file complaint vs feeds plant to Oro gov’t

Village officials in Bukidnon filed a complaint against a feeds processing company that allegedly emits foul odor for the third time in six years to the city government here......»»

Category: newsSource:  davaotodayRelated NewsApr 28th, 2021

& lsquo;Leave community pantries be& rsquo;

Malacañang said Tuesday community pantries were laudable and “should be left alone” even as public and government personalities came together to condemn officials who branded the gatherings for aid as led by communist groups, while red-tagging their organizers......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 20th, 2021

Cordillera court orders PNP: Stop red-tagging activists

A court in this city has ordered the police in the Cordilleras to stop red-tagging youth activists and their organizations......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 26th, 2021