Category: Philippines

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This paper was presented by Joseph Purugganan at the Asia Europe Peoples Forum in Ghent, Belgium September 29, 2018. Joseph is the head of the Philippine office of Focus on the Global South and coordinates the network Trade Justice Pilipinas. The Generalized Scheme of Preferences + (GSP+) is essenti …

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Focus is pleased to release online its newest publication Repormang Agraryo at Pagbabago? Narratives on Agrarian Conflicts, Transitions, And Transformation; the launch of the book edition took place on September 11, 2018 in Quezon City, Philippines. More than four decades of agrarian reform—from the …

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Focus on the Global South Statement on the 3rd State of the Nation Address (SONA) 2018When Rodrigo Duterte won the presidency in 2016, some even among the left toyed early on with the idea that a “maverick” president could just be what the country needed to stir things up, and jolt us from almost 30 …

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The bicameral conference of the Philippine Congress is due to take place on July 9-12, 2018. This is a crucial stage in the legislative process for indigenous peoples’ (IP) in Mindanao, as both versions of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) from the House and the Senate will be consolidated into one fin …

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By: Alim M. Bandara[1]The two versions of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) –Senate Bill 1717 and House Bill 6475 have been  met with diverse reactions from different stakeholders in the Bangsamoro core areas and outside alike. For one, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front or MILF wanted to see a BB …

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The Drug Archive Website

Manila—A research project team from the top universities in the Philippines launched last week of June the website https://www.drugarchive.ph/, which puts together its research on the government’s anti-drug campaign. The main purpose of the research was to gather data on those who were killed becaus …

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(May 23, 2018/Manila) – “Identity, ancestral domain, protection of their rights as non-Moro Indigenous Peoples – these are the issues that I have heard from our Lumad leaders, and I will bring these to the plenary debates on the BBL (Bangsamoro Basic Law),” says Senator Joel Villanueva.  Indige …

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(May 21, 2018/Manila) – “To include non-Moro indigenous peoples rights in the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) means inclusive peace, and a more lasting one,” says Titay Bleyen Santos Unsad, a Teduray leader from Upi, Maguindanao.  “Peace in Mindanao is a common aspiration of the Moro people …

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Laws and policies have not always been on the side of the people. For the basic masses—workers, farmers, indigenous peoples, urban poor, especially the women from these basic sectors—the country’s legal and justice systems have also often times failed to protect their rights and interests. But to be …

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Statement from the Free Jonas Burgos Movement The Supreme Court affirming the March 27, 2013 resolution of the Court of Appeals ruled that the Philippine Army of the Armed Forces of the Philippines took Jonas Joseph Burgos on April 28, 2007, establishing that Jonas is a victim of enforced disappeara …

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