Statement on the 4th Year of ASCENT


February 12 marks the fourth year since the National Consultation on the Campaign in Defense of Socio-Economic Initiatives and Development Workers Under Attack was held at the NCCP Conference Hall in Quezon City. It was attended by NGOs from the different regions who have experienced various forms of harassment, threats, and vilifications from government agencies … Continue reading Statement on the 4th Year of ASCENT

Atty. Ben Ramos: 24/7 Pro-bono Lawyer and Development Worker


Only several weeks have passed since the savage massacre of 9 farmworkers in Sagay when one of the lawyers handling the case, Atty. Benjamin Ramos, became the next target and victim of what has become a spate of killings in this country. ASCENT slams the brutal murder of Atty. Ramos by motorcycle-riding men who shot … Continue reading Atty. Ben Ramos: 24/7 Pro-bono Lawyer and Development Worker

When One Farmer Killed is One Too Many


The Assert Socio-Economic Initiatives Network (ASCENT) vehemently condemns the massacre of nine farmers, two of which were minors, in a strafing incident in Hacienda Nene, Barangay Bulanon, Sagay City, Negros Occidental on the night of October 20. Aside from being peppered with bullets, two bodies were also burned by the unindentified armed men. The victims … Continue reading When One Farmer Killed is One Too Many

Statement on the First Year of Ben and Rita’s Arrest


October 19, 2018 marks the first year of Ben Quilloy and Rita Espinoza’s arrest in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental. Quilloy is a Senior Consultant of the Assert Socio-Economic Initiatives Network (ASCENT) and Espinoza is his Project Staff. They were illegally arrested by elements of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and the Intelligence Service … Continue reading Statement on the First Year of Ben and Rita’s Arrest

STATEMENT OF POLITICAL PRISONER BENITO QUILLOY ON KARAPATAN’S 5TH NATIONAL CONGRESS


For human rights workers, these trying times are being challenged by the Duterte-Marcos-Arroyo alliance. An alliance that is sickening to the bones and being hated and repudiated by the people. Natural Science would state that a combination of strong elements produce a weak reaction. The same thing with Chemistry – combining a very strong acid … Continue reading STATEMENT OF POLITICAL PRISONER BENITO QUILLOY ON KARAPATAN’S 5TH NATIONAL CONGRESS