REAL TALK: ASCENT Interviews Sr. Pat Fox on Her Continuing Advocacy for Filipino People’s Concerns in Australia


Australian missionary nun Sr. Patricia “Pat” Fox has been a development worker and human rights champion in the Philippines for 28 years before she was forced to go back to Australia on November 3 of last year. The Bureau of Immigration (BI) failed to renew her visa giving her no choice but to leave the … Continue reading REAL TALK: ASCENT Interviews Sr. Pat Fox on Her Continuing Advocacy for Filipino People’s Concerns in Australia

It Takes Stories of Injustice to Create Poetry


Political prisoner and development worker Benito Quilloy came up with his first modest collection of poems when he was incarcerated for trumped-up charges in October 2017. Prior to that he thought poetry was an art form for the elite with its own rules and format. He avoided it like the plague. But his friends and … Continue reading It Takes Stories of Injustice to Create Poetry

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