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

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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

Rights network condemns illegal arrest of its Consultant, Staff on trumped-up charges by police, military

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 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 Forces … Continue reading Rights network condemns illegal arrest of its Consultant, Staff on trumped-up charges by police, military

Socio-economic development for Hacienda Luisita

It has been 13 years since the Hacienda Luisita massacre happened on November 16, 2004. It was indeed a historic occasion when the protesting agricultural workers were forcibly dispersed through gunshots fired by the military and police, resulting to 7 persons dead and hundreds injured. The Massacre was the culmination of more than a year … Continue reading Socio-economic development for Hacienda Luisita

AscentPH condemns the illegal arrest of RMP-NMR staff in Agusan del Sur

The Assert Socio Economic Initiatives Network of the Philippines (AscentPH) vehemently condemns the illegal arrest of a field worker from the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines-Northern Mindanao Region (RMP-NMR), Julito Rivera Otacan, and five other Banwaon community members - Alejandro Barluado, Jonas Acosta, Noli Tahudan, Marlon Talatayod, and Joel Trasona. They were arrested on the … Continue reading AscentPH condemns the illegal arrest of RMP-NMR staff in Agusan del Sur