We have been alerted by friends in the Philippines of the arrest of our founding director and co-chair of our Board, Dr. Walden Bello on two counts of libel and cyber libel filed by a former staff of Vice President Sara Duterte over statements made by Bello during the electoral campaign. Bello had initially been taken to the Quezon City Police Department but was later transferred to Camp Caringal. His legal counsels are currently preparing to file the petition for bail. Our office in Manila is trying to get more information on Walden’s condition and the status of the petition. We will share more updates soon.

You can also find the statements from our allies and partners as well as relevant news on this issue below.