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Duterte’s TRAIN violates people’s economic and social rights

(This article was also published by the Philippine Daily Inquirer on January 23, 2018 http://opinion.inquirer.net/110472/train-violates-peoples-economic-social-rights) The Assert Socio-Economic Initiatives Network slams the Duterte administration’s Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Act which has already taken effect at the start of 2018. President Duterte’s goal of building massive infrastructure projects under its “Build, build, build” … Continue reading Duterte’s TRAIN violates people’s economic and social rights

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Statement on the Illegal Arrest of Sherwin De Vera

The Assert Socio Economic Initiatives Network (ASCENT) decries the illegal arrest of Sherwin De Vera, a staunch environmental activist and development worker, last December 12, 2017 by elements of the Philippine National Police (PNP) at Bulag, Bantay, Ilocos Sur. De Vera was riding a bus which was flagged down at a checkpoint. He was then … Continue reading Statement on the Illegal Arrest of Sherwin De Vera

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

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