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Philippines army killings Filipino activists question army version of killing of five, including teachers; left bloc calls for probe

The Philippines army killed five people in the southern Mindanao region in an alleged shootout. Doubts were raised after it was revealed that two of those killed were volunteer teachers

Red tagging Philippines Questions raised on Filipino activist’s arrest as authorities continue red-tagging of movements

The country’s rights watchdog as well as lawyers representing activist Naty Castro have raised questions about the serious procedural lapses and irregularities in her arrest

Duterte’s plan to arm vigilantes; activists and lawmakers cry foul

The Philippines president suggested that he is open to arm pro-government vigilantes as “power multipliers,” which was received with widespread condemnation from activists, opposition and even allies

Philippines congressional committee approves amendment to open up key sectors to foreign capital

Left-wing opposition groups have criticized the measure which will allow the government to dilute protected rights of Philippines’ citizens in key economic sectors

Filipino activist groups prepare for judicial hearings on draconian anti-terror law

On Friday, activist groups held a ‘send-off’ event for the legal team which has faced threats from a military official. The event was held at the University of the Philippines – Diliman which has borne the brunt of red-tagging by the Duterte government

Philippines indigenous deaths Filipino lawmakers and activists demand inquiry into recent killings of Indigenous leaders

Legislators of the left-wing Makabayan bloc have called for an investigation by the Philippines House of Representatives into the recent mass killings of Tumandok community leaders on December 30

Social activist and rights advocate Zara Alvarez murdered in the Philippines

Zara Alvarez was killed by unidentified gunmen in Bacolod City on Monday. The incident comes a week after NDF peace consultant Randall Echanis was killed near the capital Manila

Filipinos take to the streets opposing Duterte’s Anti-Terror Law

Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte received widespread condemnation for passing the controversial Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020, which he signed unto law on July 3.

Philippines anti-terror law protest Activists and citizens rally against new anti-terror law in the Philippines

Critics argue that the new anti-terror law pushed through parliament by the Rodrigo Duterte administration makes it easier to criminalize dissent and crack down on critics

Philippines crackdown Filipino security forces crack down on trade unions and progressive groups

As many as 56 leaders and members of various trade unions, progressive political parties and human rights groups were arrested in a series of raids in the city of Bacolod in the Negros Island

Left-wing activist Toto Patigas assassinated in the Philippines

Toto Patigas, an activist with the left-wing Bayan Muna party and a councilor of the city of Escalante, was hit on the head from behind while he was riding his scooter. This is the third attack on activists of the party since the murder of Randy Malayo in January