Getting to Know Ben and Rita


At 64, Benito Quilloy is never grumpy and speaks the language of the youth. Perhaps it is because he loves working with young people, listening to their stories and also sharing his own experiences with them as a student activist and development worker. A former President of the UPLB (University of the Philippines-Los Banos) Chemical … Continue reading Getting to Know Ben and Rita

Media Statement: Two development workers detained in Camp Crame surreptitiously transferred to Agusan del Sur


On June 8, 2018, at around 2pm, Benito Quilloy and Rita Espinoza were surreptitiously transferred from Camp Crame to the Bayugan Municipal Police Station without the knowledge of their lawyers and relatives. Both are facing fake charges in Agusan del Sur. Quilloy is being accused of murder while Espinoza is facing robbery and arson raps. … Continue reading Media Statement: Two development workers detained in Camp Crame surreptitiously transferred to Agusan del Sur

HRVs against Development Workers Tackled in Talk with IFI


ASCENT’s Free Ben and Rita Now! Campaign gave a talk to a group composed of 12 clergy from the Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI), under the Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), last May 25, 2018 at the Ramento Project for Rights Defenders (RPRD) office in the IFI National Cathedral. CPE is part of the Center of Pastoral … Continue reading HRVs against Development Workers Tackled in Talk with IFI

ASCENT in Alternative “Flores de Mayo”


ASCENT participated in the “Protesta de Mayo Laban sa Tiraniya” held on May 26, 2018 at the University of the Philippines (UP) – Diliman. Sponsored by Karapatan (Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights), featuring a different kind of Flores de Mayo, the traditional festivity held every end of May in most Philippine parishes. ASCENT … Continue reading ASCENT in Alternative “Flores de Mayo”

Cross-stitch


(A poem by Benito Quilloy, ASCENT’s Senior Consultant, on the cross-stitch done by Rita Espinoza, ASCENT’s Project Staff. They are currently detained in Camp Crame, Quezon City on trumped-up charges.) Libu-libong maliliit na parisukat Sa telang parang banig Na may takdang sukat Isang tusok ng karayom Bawat parisukat Taglay ang tatlong suson Ng sinulid na … Continue reading Cross-stitch