Who are Development Workers Including Political Prisoners Benito Quilloy and Rita Espinoza?


When ASCENT Convenor and Senior Consultant Benito Quilloy and Project Staff member Rita Espinoza were illegally arrested and imprisoned on October 19, 2017, many people became curious about who development workers are and what is a job that is called development work. Development workers are generally those who are engaged in jobs that are involved … Continue reading Who are Development Workers Including Political Prisoners Benito Quilloy and Rita Espinoza?

SEC’s revocation, prelude to more blacklistings


Even before the effectivity of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Memorandum Circular No. 15, the agency has already announced the supposed revocation of the registration of six organizations, including KARAPATAN, Concerned Artists of the Philippines (CAP), Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP), Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (KADAMAY), and KADAMAY Northern Mindanao. SEC … Continue reading SEC’s revocation, prelude to more blacklistings

Development workers condemn the massacre of 14 farmers in Negros Oriental


The Assert Socio-Economic Initiatives Network (ASCENT) strongly condemns the massacre of 14 farmers in Negros Oriental on Saturday, March 30. The farmers were killed in what the Philippine National Police claimed to be an anti-criminality campaign. “We decry this massacre. We hold the Duterte administration and the PNP accountable for this crime against our farmers,” … Continue reading Development workers condemn the massacre of 14 farmers in Negros Oriental

Development workers cry foul over illegal arrest and harassment of human rights defenders in Mindanao


Development workers cry foul over illegal arrest and harassment of human rights defenders in Mindanao The Assert Socio-Economic Initiatives Network (ASCENT) strongly condemns the illegal arrest of Gloria Jandayan and Gleceria Balangiao. The two were forcibly taken to a military camp in Bukidnon on Monday, February 11, for supposed interrogation over their alleged links to … Continue reading Development workers cry foul over illegal arrest and harassment of human rights defenders in Mindanao

Rice Tariffication to aggravate hunger, wipe out local rice production


Instead of boosting local rice production, the Duterte government has signed into law the Rice Tariffication Act that will pave the way for the influx of imported rice. Importing rice abundantly produced in our country spells more hunger to the local farmers and a bane to food security. This will result to more farmers being … Continue reading Rice Tariffication to aggravate hunger, wipe out local rice production