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.”

ASCENT Calls for a Stop to the Harassment of Disaster Response Center (DIRECT) Staff Member


The harassment, threat, and intimidation of development workers never stop in the time of Duterte. On July 18, April Rose Avila, administrative staff of the Disaster Response Center (DIRECT), a non-government organization (NGO) for community-based disaster management (CBDM) that operates in SOCCKSARGEN, was accosted by a man named Jerson Gallego, who introduced himself as part … Continue reading ASCENT Calls for a Stop to the Harassment of Disaster Response Center (DIRECT) Staff Member

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”