Groups call on government to ensure better access to women’s healthcare

Groups advocating for women’s health say the government must be accountable for the insufficient access to women’s healthcare, especially during the pandemic MANILA, Philippines – As a new government is set to assume office in the Philippines by the end of June, women’s health advocates renewed their calls for officials to uphold women’s rights to … Read more

Gun safety groups push Biden to act, but White House looks to Congress

WASHINGTON DC, USA – Gun safety advocates are pushing US President Joe Biden to take stronger measures on his own to curb gun violence after the Texas elementary school shooting, but the White House is putting responsibility on Congress to pass laws that would have more impact. The White House has spoken with gun safety … Read more

[ANALYSIS] Bursts of anti-Robredo posts partially driven by groups with short-lived political activity

“The Bursts of Anti-Robredo Posts Partially Driven by Groups with Short-lived Political Activity” is a study presented by the author from ACCeSs@AIM in the eleventh #FactsFirstPH research briefing held on May 6, 2022. The full copy of the research is reposted with permission. Almost all internet users in the Philippines use Facebook. Because of this, … Read more

Groups decry lifting of South Cotabato open-pit mining ban

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines – Local environmental, religious, and civil society groups expressed outrage after the provincial board lifted the 12-year-old ban on open-pit mining in South Cotabato on Monday, May 16. The lifting of the ban means allowing the controversial $5.9-billion Tampakan copper-gold mine project to proceed. The project seeks to extract from the … Read more

Labor groups again push for national minimum wage

‘The P33-wage increase is a pittance and woefully inadequate. It is not even enough to allow workers to recover the lost value of their wages,’ says SENTRO MANILA, Philippines – As the Department of Labor and Employment announced the Metro Manila and Western Visayas regional wage boards’ approval of a minimum wage hike on Saturday, … Read more

Groups oppose Marcos Jr.’s decision to appoint Sara Duterte as DepEd chief

The Alliance of Concerned Teachers says what the country needs is a ‘leadership that recognizes the learning crisis and the desperate quality of education’ MANILA, Philippines – The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) and the Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) have denounced the plan of presumptive president Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to appoint his running mate Sara … Read more

Visayan students, progressive groups protest alleged election irregularities

Students, militant groups, and labor unions from the Visayas take to the streets to demand fair and transparent elections after reports of irregularities on May 9 Students, militant groups, and labor unions from the Visayas took to the streets on Tuesday, May 10, to demand fair and transparent elections after reports of the Commission on … Read more

Marginalized? Abono, 1-Pacman, Ako Bicol are biggest ad spenders among party-list groups

MANILA, Philippines – Three party-list groups which claim to represent marginalized and underrepresented sectors aired advertisements worth hundreds of millions of pesos on traditional media from January 1, 2021, to March 30, 2022, data from Nielsen Ad Intel show. Abono Partylist was the biggest spender. It aired ads worth P377.34 million mostly before the start … Read more

More Mindanao-based groups ditch Marcos, Sara for Robredo-Pangilinan tandem

The groups’ announcements to switch sides come as Pangilinan arrives in barnstorm Cagayan de Oro City and Misamis Oriental province CAGAYAN DE ORO, Philippines – Local groups that once supported presidential bet former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and his running mate Davao Mayor Sara Duterte on Wednesday, May 4, announced their decision to ditch … Read more

Groups call for investigation of Uniteam’s ‘disrespect’ of Ninoy Aquino monument

The Citizens’ Alliance for Good Governance in Central Luzon says those who attempted to ‘put the monument to shame’ must be held accountable MANILA, Philippines – The Citizens’ Alliance for Good Governance in Central Luzon, a newly formed alliance, urged the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) to investigate what the group said was … Read more