Since its implementation in 2018, hundreds of families continue to face the violence that has been inflicted through Memorandum Order (MO) 32, the Philippine state’s increased deployment of military battalions in rural communities. In the island province of Leyte, Eastern Visayas region, central Philippines, human rights defenders, including a journalist and climate activist, were recently … Continue reading Canada-based Philippine groups decry military harrassment
BAYAN Canada statement on coordinated attacks against progressives We are alarmed at the staggering attacks by the Duterte regime on legal organizations who defend people's rights. Police and military continue to escalate the political persecution of Filipino activists with mass arrests, filing of trumped-up cases, forced disappearances, targeted killings, and public disinformation. On the evening … Continue reading No justice, no peace. Resist fascism and dictatorship!
October is Peasant Month. A month to cherish the continuous and surging selfless struggle of Philippine peasantry against all yoke of social injustice and inequality. Peasants month started with Peasants Day Originally, only Peasant Day was celebrated on October 21. In 1972, shortly after he assumed absolute power by declaring martial law, dictator and kleptocrat … Continue reading October is Philippine Peasants Month: What you need to know
𝗨𝗽𝗵𝗼𝗹𝗱 𝗗𝗲𝗺𝗼𝗰𝗿𝗮𝗰𝘆, 𝗡𝗼 𝘁𝗼 𝗗𝗶𝗰𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗽! BAYAN-Canada, the alliance of progressive Filipino organizations all across Canada, call on our kababayan to oppose the looming dictatorship of President Rodrigo Duterte. We say “Never Again to Martial Law” in light of the 47th anniversary declaration of martial law in the Philippines. We mark the 21st day of September … Continue reading BAYAN-Canada on 47th anniversary of declaration of Martial Law in the Philippines
Defend Negros! Stop the Killings! BAYAN-Canada statement on killings in Negros island July 29, 2019 BAYAN-Canada and its member organizations vehemently condemn the continuous killings in Negros island, central Philippines. This extraordinary act of violence to inflicted on civilians highlights this counterinsurgency framework is not good Rather, terror instigated by state forces reeks of … Continue reading Defend Negros! Stop the Killings!
Mr. Rodrigo Duterte will deliver his fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 22, during which he reports the situation of the Philippines, lays down the regime’s current agenda and proposes to the joint House of Representatives certain laws. It is expected to be a day of reckoning. People from various walks of … Continue reading BAYAN-Canada Statement for United People’s State of the Nation Address 2019
BAYAN-Canada takes a stand with Filipinos around the world to demand an end to the U.S. and China’s aggression and intervention in the Philippines.” June 12 marks the official delcaration of Philippine independence from Spain in 1898. Yet until now, people still feel the long shadow of colonization. For hundreds of years, foreign powers have … Continue reading BAYAN-Canada statement on the occasion of the 121st Philippine independence day
We from BAYAN-Canada and Migrante organizations convey our sincere condolences to the family, relatives and friends of the late Rosalita Sayoc Prospero, Philippine Consul General to Toronto. Rosalita Prospero passed away as a career diplomat who served the Filipino community during her time in Canada. Upon assuming her post in 2015, Prospero opened the Toronto … Continue reading Message of condolence on the death of Consul General Rosalita Sayoc Prospero
Open letter on repatriation of Canadian garbage and recall of Philippine diplomats TORONTO, May 16, 2019 —We are deeply dismayed by the recent statement of the Philippines' top diplomat recalling official envoys from Canada over the disposal of festering garbage wrongly dumped. We are particularly disturbed that Foreign Affairs secretary Teodoro "Teddyboy" Locsin Jr., known … Continue reading Open letter on repatriation of Canadian garbage and recall of Philippine diplomats
Three years ago, Rodrigo Duterte was elected largely on the basis that he wasn’t Benigno Aquino III and wasn’t the “presidential type,” and somehow that would have added up to him doing the right thing for the Philippines. Duterte is not on the ballot this time. Yet his brash manners and trash language defined Monday’s … Continue reading On the General Conduct and results of the 2019 Philippine midterm elections