In defense of human rights defenders

(Statement for the International Human Rights Day 2017) President Rodrigo Duterte recently announced that he is ordering the arrest of not only armed communist rebels, but also of all members of so-called leftist ‘legal fronts’. He is simply equating these non-armed leftist organizations to terrorists, and therefore should be treated as criminals. His pronouncement came … Continue reading In defense of human rights defenders

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Illegal arrest of development workers

The Assert Socio Economic Initiatives Network of the Philippines (Ascent) vehemently condemns the illegal arrest and detention of its convenor and senior consultant Jeremy G. Ang and his staff member Rita C. Espinoza by elements of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) of the Philippine National Police (PNP), and Intelligence Service of the Armed … Continue reading Illegal arrest of development workers

Letter to the Editor by Jeremy Ang, ASCENT’s Consultant and now Political Detainee

Being in prison enables one to witness the microcosm of Philippine society where “Lord of the Flies” culture is prevalent. But one thing is common among prisoners – they all profess innocence of crimes committed. I am in no position to judge them. A more pressing cause of concern is how to fast track the … Continue reading Letter to the Editor by Jeremy Ang, ASCENT’s Consultant and now Political Detainee

ASCENT laments end of peace talks; means no socio-economic development for Filipinos

The Assert Socio Economic Initiatives Network (ASCENT) is saddened with the signing of Proclamation No. 360 by President Duterte ending the peace negotiations between the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and the government. Days before the official announcement, both panels were able to draft documents on social and economic reforms that would have … Continue reading ASCENT laments end of peace talks; means no socio-economic development for Filipinos

RMP-NMR: We are and will continue to be with the people the state is killing

It has come to our knowledge that one of our staff was being harassed by someone who only introduced her himself as an intelligence asset of the 4th Infantry Division of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. The supposed intelligence asset maligned the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines – Northern Mindanao Sub-Region (RMP-NMR), alleging that … Continue reading RMP-NMR: We are and will continue to be with the people the state is killing