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

End human rights violations! Release Datu Jomorito Guaynon and Ireneo Udarbe! Justice for Randy Malayao!


The Assert Socio-Economic Initiatives Network (ASCENT) slams the continuous human rights violations committed by the Duterte regime. ASCENT, together with its members, calls for justice for the unjust arrest of Datu Jomorito Guaynon and Ireneo Udarbe, and the brutal killing of Randy Felix Malayao. Goaynon and Udarbe were recently arrested based on trumped-up charges and … Continue reading End human rights violations! Release Datu Jomorito Guaynon and Ireneo Udarbe! Justice for Randy Malayao!

Rights network condemns SEC memorandum on NPOs/NGOs


The Assert Socio-Economic Initiatives Network (ASCENT) condemns the memorandum circular issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), saying that it greatly impedes the operations of Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) working to serve the poor and marginalized sectors. The SEC Memorandum Circular No. 15 supposedly serves as a guideline for the protection of SEC registered non-profit … Continue reading Rights network condemns SEC memorandum on NPOs/NGOs

Statement on the Protest of NutriAsia workers and the illegal arrest of 19 workers and supporters


ASCENT vehemently condemns this illegal practice of many companies. Article 8 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESC) states “the right of everyone to form trade unions and join the trade union of his choice, subject only to the rules of the organization concerned, for the promotion and protection of his economic and social interests.”