The Marcos Jr. government must demonstrate credible human rights policy and framework during term -iDEFEND
Friday, 1 July 2022 | StatementIn power for the next six years, the Marcos Jr. regime faces multiple socio-economic, political and human rights crises, inherited from the violent, inept leadership of Rodrigo Duterte. The P12.03 trillion national debt alone poses a considerable hurdle to addressing the urgent need for economic recovery and effective pandemic response, amidst skyrocketing prices of oil and basic goods.
"WE WILL HOLD THE LINE AND COURAGE ON WITH RAPPLER"- iDEFEND
Wednesday, 29 June 2022 | StatementMulti-awarded independent media organization RAPPLER has been a prime target of the Duterte regime’s vilification and judicial harassment while it struggles to combat massive attacks and disinformation online. The government’s reprisal against independent press is at its worst with the shutdown of ABS CBN network, blocking of the websites of Bulatlat and Pinoy Weekly, and persecution of…
Civil Society and Human Rights Community Manifesto on ensuring a strong and effective, people-serving Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines
Wednesday, 15 June 2022 | StatementWe, civil society organizations representing a broad range of basic sectors, advocacies, and grassroots work in the Philippines, anticipating the forthcoming change of leadership in the Commission on Human rights, uphold preserving the integrity, independence, and effective functioning of the Philippine National Human Rights Institution. We ask that the transition period and process from the 5th…
“Graft and corruption is a governance issue, not an election propaganda”- iDefend
Friday, 3 June 2022 | StatementSenator Zubiri should know this basic fact especially as he is set to lead the Senate for the next six years. The country’s economic recovery, health crisis response, political stability, and his own approval ratings are shaped by the level of transparency, integrity and credibility of the government. Zubiri recently commented to the media that the President-elect Marcos’ P203 billion estate tax…
“COMELEC must address rights violations and investigate allegations of irregularities” - iDEFEND
Monday, 16 May 2022 | Statement
One of the most divisive electoral exercises in the country has been concluded with a potential landslide win handed to the late dictator’s son and his running mate, the outgoing President’s daughter.