BAYAN-Canada cannot fully express our indignation at the continued state-sponsored terrorism in the Philippines. We condemn the merciless killing of Zara Alvarez, 39, volunteer health worker, rights defender and peacebuilder, who was gunned down by an unidentified assailant last August 17, 2020 in Bacolod City, central Philippines. We extend our sincerest sympathies to her family … Continue reading Justice for Zara Alvarez! Justice for all victims of extrajudicial killings!
BAYAN-Canada condemns the merciless murder of longtime peace advocate and peasant organizer Randall “Ka Randy” Echanis and the occupant of a nearby residential unit Louie Tagapia. We demand swift justice for Ka Randy! We demand justice for victims of extrajudicial killings. On August 10th, Ka Randy, who was undergoing medical treatment in his Quezon City … Continue reading On the cold-blooded killing of Ka Randy Echanis ¡Presente!
SONAnood Kanadyan? On Sunday July 26, BAYAN-Canada, Malaya Movement Canada and the Canadian chapter of the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines organized a cross-country day of action in time with President Rodrigo Duterte's fifth State of the Nation Address. Safety-distanced gatherings were conducted in various cities with groups from Montreal, Ottawa, … Continue reading Canada Filipinos protest as Duterte hogs airtime at PH Congress
BAYAN Canada joins the Filipino people in the annual People’s State of the Nation Address On July 27, 2020, the ailing dictator Rodrigo Duterte will once again spew incoherent rants and blatant lies behind his pulpit at the Batasan (Legislature). Exalted by salaried online trolls, oligarchic allies, and sycophantic trapos, he would peddle the fake … Continue reading SONAgkaisa: A Day of Reckoning. A Day of Judgement
Every year, the President of the Philippines fails to address the worsening conditions and the people’s needs. When they fail to acknowledge the calls of the people, we will speak up. Rodrigo Duterte’s 5th State of the Nation Address (SONA) will be held on July 27. This will take place in the midst of the … Continue reading 2020 PSONA
BAYAN Canada unequivocally condemns the passage of the terror bill in the Philippines, now signed into law by Duterte and known as Republic Act 11479: Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020. Duterte’s signing of the Anti-Terror Bill into the Anti-Terror Law on July 3 comes as no surprise from someone whose misogyny continues to spill from his … Continue reading #JunkTerrorLaw
June 30, 2020 marks Rodrigo Duterte’s four years in power since he was elected president in 2016. Duterte, the presidential strongman, is a stark reminder that speaking and posing as a “leftist” is just that – a pose that was useful at the start to spread the fake news that Duterte was a “nationalist”, a … Continue reading “Duterte: Burden on the People” – BAYAN-Canada
June 15, 2020 — BAYAN-Canada condemns the guilty verdict against Maria Ressa, founder and head of media outfit Rappler, and former Rappler researcher-writer Reynaldo Santos Jr. on cyber libel charges. They are the first two journalists in the Philippines to be convicted for cyber libel. A Manila court sentenced Ressa and Santos Jr. to six … Continue reading BAYAN-Canada on Cyber Libel Conviction Against Ressa and Santos Jr.
New Philippine Terror Bill Tramples on People’s Rights and Civil Liberties - BAYAN-Canada June 3, 2020 — BAYAN-Canada strongly rejects the terror bill under the guise of “anti-terrorism” railroaded by the Philipppine Congress. The impending passage of the proposed legislation comes in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and the failure of the Philippine government … Continue reading #JunkTerrorBillNOW
Community response on COVID-19 emergency benefits No one disputes that any government is unprepared for such a global health crisis as the COVID-19 pandemic. But why is one racialized, precarious, woman worker being singled out and shamed for taking the bold task of taking the government accountable for promises of long-term recovery? First off, to … Continue reading A Just and Long-Term Recovery Plan