Labor Day statement of Independent Senatorial Candidate Walden Bello

 Today, I march side by side with our workers to affirm their struggle for labor rights and continue the fight for dignity for our working class.

Labor day is a celebration of what the labor movement has won over decades of struggle.

The EU-ASEAN Network has questioned what it called a ‘mad rush’ to conclude a comprehensive free trade deals before its term expires on June 30 2016. 

The network’s reaction comes in the wake of the conclusion of talks and the signing today in Bern, Switzerland of a comprehensive free trade agreement between the Philippines and the European Free Trade Association or EFTA, an economic grouping composed of Lichenstein, Norway, Iceland, and Switzerland,

17 April 2016

The Global Campaign of Agrarian Reform, of which Focus on the Global South is part, held the International Conference of Agrarian Reform in Brazil earlier this month.

Mr. Den Kamlae, a prominent activist from the Khokyao community, has been reported missing since 16 April 2016. He was last seen at his house before entering the community forest to collect forest products as part of his normal daily activity. This creates grave concern and worry for his family, local activists, and community members.  

Focus joins hundreds of protesters in front of the Philippine Department of Agriculture Office to demand justice and urgent government action on El Nino. Kalampag or Kampanya Laban sa Pagkagutom (Campaign against hunger) is symbolised by an empty pot, a perennial symbol used by informal settlers and urban poor communities to dramatise the problem of hunger.

Some six thousand farmers*, including Lumads, from North Cotabato and their families marched to the Cotabato provincial high-way last week and staged a rally to ask the government for sacks of rice and emergency funds that should already have been released after the province was declared to be in a state of calamity as a result of slow and prolonged drought.

Photos by Ridan Sun

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When we attempted to investigate landholding of the rich, the result was we have been prosecuted and tried in the Court. We were then sentenced to jail and were held liable to pay damages to the rich. 

When we declared that land mist belong to those who till it with their labour, the result was we have been summoned for ‘attitude adjustment’. 

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