Triple Whammy of Misery, Crisis and Liberalization: A Look at the Last Three Bills of Duterte Administration

With Duterte’s last three “legacy” economic bills supposedly aimed at the recovery and sustainability of the economy, the Freedom from Debt Coalition stands that the justification given by the government to implement and advertise these economic measures is flimsy and highly questionable.

The Public Services Bill will reduce the role of the government in the delivery of public services by reducing the coverage of what is a public utility; its supplementing bill enacted last year on retail trade allows foreign retailers to come in and compete at the small grocery level. At the same time, the amendment of the Foreign Investment Act is another pending bill before the end of Duterte’s administration, which seeks to liberalize the entry of foreign investments in the domestic e-commerce market and other areas of the economy. It opines that these foregoing triple measures are not only anti-development but also anti-Constitutional.

Now, the question sets for us is clear: Babangon ba o lalong lulubog ang Pilipinas? Join FDC with Walden Bello live via Facebook and Zoom on February 23, 2022 at 10:00 AM and participate in this discussion! 

“16 Days of Activism to End Gender-Based Violence”

Amidst Multiple Crises: Women’s Fight for Survival, Safety, Security, Justice, and System Change

The Asian Peoples’ Movement on Debt and Development (APMDD) stands in solidarity with women all over the world in raising their voice against all forms of gender-based violence and in calling for an end to the systemic discrimination, marginalization and exploitation that millions of women in Asia contend with every day. This year’s observance of “16 Days of Activism against Gender-based violence” – an annual tradition started by women and adopted by the international community – takes special significance as we face the multiple crises of health, economic recession and climate emergency. The increased gender-based violence amidst these crises underscores the urgency of women’s fights for survival, safety, security, and justice, and calls attention to the systemic and structural issues that lie at the root causes of violence, inequality, and the exploitation and oppression of women.

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Policy Support Staff – Debt & Public Finance

Employer:Freedom from Debt Coalition, Inc.
Location:13 Mabait St., Teachers Village West, Quezon City, Philippines
Position Title:Policy Support Staff – Debt & Public Finance (Staff)
Program:Economic Justice
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Communications and Media Staff

Employer:Freedom from Debt Coalition, Inc.
Location:13 Mabait St., Teachers Village West, Quezon City, Philippines
Position Title:Communications and Media Staff
Program:Public Information
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ON THE ANTI-TERRORISM LAW

We, the members of the Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC), join today’s coordinated actions to condemn the Anti-Terrorism Law recently signed by Pres. Rodrigo Duterte.

That the legislative measure breezed so swiftly through Congress—an institution notorious for the glacial pace at which it conducts its business—shows the unabashed subservience of the ruling majority in both the House of Representatives and the Senate to Malacañang. Duterte’s callous disregard of the growing chorus of dissent from ordinary citizens, human rights advocates and legal experts is yet more proof of the Duterte administration’s tragic obsession with suppressing dissent.

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