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Quezon City, 1 October 2014— A year after what could have been an unprecedented decision by the Regulatory Office of the government agency Metro Manila Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS-RO) to roll back water rates in September 2013, the people still await the ruling's implementation.

Quezon City, Philippines, 24 July 2014 -- On the eve of President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III’s State of the Nation Address the People’s Agrarian Reform Congress (PARC) strongly calls for transparency in governance and use of public funds, amidst the Disbursement Acceleration Program imbroglio. We are also taking to task all public officials to account for failures and inefficiencies in implementing fundamental reforms under their purview—the incomplete implementation of the agrarian reform program, being a major one.

Lor Peang, Cambodia, 17 July, 2014 – Dozens of families whose lands are being grabbed by KDC International in Ta Ches and Chhruk Sor communes in Kampong Tralach District, Kampong Chhnang province, held a press conference in Lor Peang village to appeal to the Cambodian Government and public for justice. The families asked the government to respect their rights to live with dignity on the lands that they have farmed for decades, and end the violence being perpetrated against them by KDC International and thugs hired as workers by the company.

Photo by Heng Chivoan, Phnom Penh Post

A UN special rapporteur on Cambodia spoke out last week against abuses by KDC International Company with regard to a land development project that is threatening to eject Lor Peang villagers from their homes and destroy their livelihoods. The expert called for government oversight of the case and said villagers require access to justice. This came after an intense week-long standoff and a violent clash between guards hired by the company and local residents.

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