“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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Bolder action to “re-balance” PHL economy necessary under Covid—advocacy group

The advocacy group Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) called on the government to use the “historic opportunity” provided by the Covid-19 pandemic to take bolder steps to “re-balance” the economy to make it more resilient and sustainable.

“The country is facing an unprecedented economic crisis that is likely to persist and even deepen up to 2022. Government initiatives to organize and strengthen public health system in response to pandemic are laudable but not enough and weak in implementation. Efforts to support the vulnerable sectors are also laudable but the various social protection programs were limited, badly implemented, and many have been excluded. To put it simply, the response to address the pandemic crisis is not enough and not bold enough.,” Dr. Rene Ofreneo, FDC president said during a webinar with Rep. Edcel Lagman of Albay’s 1st District.

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HB 78: Downsizing government in the Delivery of public service

Whose interests are the Members of the House of Representatives serving?  Interests of the citizenry or the interests of the big foreign service providers?

One cannot avoid raising this question when one takes a closer look at House Bill 78, a bill which  the chamber’s majority passed with indecent haste.  The bill is a clever ploy to amend the Constitutional provision limiting to Filipino citizens or corporations (at least 60 per cent owned by Filipinos) the operation  and management of public utilities (Sec 11, Article XII). 

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Coalition condemns water companies for human rights violations, economic sabotage

The Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) condemned the recent ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in Singapore ordering the government to pay P7.39 billion for supposed losses and other arbitration related costs incurred from June 1, 2015 to November 22, 2019.

“The public should be warned that we are not just being asked to compensate Manila Water. Maynilad also has similar claims. Between them, they are claiming immediate compensation totaling P10.8 billion for denied rate hike petitions after winning in international arbitration. But in the case of Manila Water, that’s just the tip of the iceberg,” Rene Ofreneo, FDC president said today.

Metro Manila’s two water concessionaires filed several arbitration cases stemming from a dispute following the rate-rebasing done in 2013. In the first set of cases, Maynilad won
while Manila Water lost.

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CITIRA SHALL DEEPEN INEQUALITY, DEBT COALITION WARNS

The Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) warns that the proposed Corporate Income Tax and Incentive Rationalization Act (CITIRA) shall deepen inequality and will not bring in more FDIs. FDC Executive Director Zeena Bello Manglinong argues that CITIRA, earlier known as TRABAHO, is a regressive measure.

She said: “In America, the presidential aspirants in the Democratic camp have been debating on how the corporate tax should be raised. One candidate is even pushing for a separate additional “wealth tax”, a tax on properties, for the super-rich. The idea is to narrow the gap between the rich and the poor.

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Groups opposing Kaliwa Dam call on gov’t to scrap ECC, reveal true cost of project

The Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) and other groups under the Sectors Opposed to the Kaliwa Dam (STOP Kaliwa Dam) network trooped to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) today to push for the scrapping of the application for an environmental compliance certificate (ECC) for the controversial New Centennial Water Source-Kaliwa Dam Project.

“We find it alarming that rather than listening to the broad opposition to the project from indigenous peoples, local communities, environmentalists and civil society advocates, the government appears hell-bent on pushing through with the project. Reports from our IP members who participated in the on-going process for free prior and informed consent (FPIC) being conducted by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) reveal that majority of the Dumagat-Remontados have rejected the project,” FDC Executive Director Zeena Manglinog said.

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Annual State of the People’s Address (SOPA) bares Duterte’s lies and anti-poor policies, forwards People’s Economy as alternative

Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) – the world’s oldest debt-watch monitor and only coalition in the world working on the Philippines’ debt problems and realizing a common framework agenda for economic development – held the State of the People’s Address (SOPA) 2019: Tunay na Kaunlaran para sa Mamamayan, hindi ang Pagyaman ng Iilan on July 16. In anticipation of President Duterte’s 3rd SONA, the SOPA raised critical questions on the priority legislative agenda expected to be en-dorsed by a majority of Philippine lawmakers.

The SOPA considered as a critical assessment on the so-called accomplishments of the Admin-istration on its 3rd year, but more importantly how the economic policies continue to impact nega-tively on Filipinos, and related the true state of the nation with analyses led by speakers including FDC President Dr. Rene Ofreneo, former Congressman Dr. Walden Bello, Ms. Mae Buenaventura of the Asian Peoples Movement on Debt and Development, Dr. Eduardo Tadem of the UP Center for Integrative Development Studies and Atty. Tony Salvador from IDEALS and also FDC’s BOT member.

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