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2018 State of the Nation: Duterte’s Charter change facilitates authoritarian rule

The House of Representatives is rushing to change the 1987 Constitution in order to impose a Federalized system of government that will institutionalize President Duterte’s authoritarian regime- despite an increasing number of Filipinos opposed to Chacha (Charter change). In a recent survey of Pulse Asia, Filipinos are more concerned with their health, labor contractualization (ENDO), and increased prices of food, transportation, electricity, water and petrol due to the TRAIN law. The survey also revealed there is very little public knowledge or understanding about Federalism.

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Statement Against Arbitrary Arrest of Minors Under “Oplan Tambay”

We, the organisations named below, make this statement to express our serious alarm about the widespread arbitrary arrests of children taking place throughout the Philippines under the ‘Oplan Tambay’ project of the Philippine government.

We note that President Duterte issued a directive that children found loitering be arrested for their protection, even if they have not committed any crime.(1) We further note that in the execution of Oplan Tambay in Cebu Province, minors violating curfew ordinances have been the largest group arrested.(2) We note that in the City of Manila, there is a drive to achieve ‘zero street children’ which is leading to large numbers of children being arbitrarily removed from public spaces.(3)

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Dangal ng Manggagawang Ipinakipaglaban, Itaguyod at Pangalagaan

1903 nang pinangunahan ng mga manggagawa sa ilalim ng Union Obrera Democratica de Filipinas ang unang martsa ng manggagawa sa Pilipinas, ipinanawagan nila ang pagpapataas ng kanilang sahod kasabay ng panawagang kalayaan mula sa pangongolonya ng Amerika nuong mga panahong iyon. Ngayon, mahigit isang siglo na ang nakalipas, anumang natitira pang karapatan sa paggawa na tinatamasa’y nangaganib nang mabawi ng tuluyan. Kalakhan ng manggagawang Pilipino ay hindi tumatanggap ng minimum wage, iilan lamang ay nabibilang sa anumang organisasyon-- asosasyon man o unyon at kung gayo’y walang boses na makapagigiit ng magandang kondisyon sa paggawa, Ni walang kaseguruhan sa trabaho sapagkat laganap ang “endo” o 5-5-5.

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