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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.

Focus on the Global South Statement on the 3rd State of the Nation Address (SONA) 2018

When 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 years of elite-dominated rule.

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 final version.

This version will be submitted to the President, who will then sign it into law. Duterte has certified the BBL as urgent, and hopes to report the passage into law of the BBL in his third State of the Nation Address on July 23 2018.

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 because of this policy (from May 2016, just before Mr. Duterte became president, to September 2017, more than a year after he started implementing  his war on drugs or Tokhang). The research was able to compile and document data from news reports.

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