Ben and Rita: When development workers are illegally arrested and detained


(This article was originally published in Bulatlat.com http://bulatlat.com/main/2018/05/15/ben-rita-development-workers-illegally-arrested-detained/) Both Ben and Rita started out in the student movement against the then Marcos dictatorship and never wavered in their commitment to work for the rural poor. By BRENDA GONZALEZ* Bulatlat.com MANILA — On October 19, 2017, two workers of Assert Socio-Economic Initiatives Network (ASCENT) were forcibly … Continue reading Ben and Rita: When development workers are illegally arrested and detained

Duterte’s TRAIN violates people’s economic and social rights


(This article was also published by the Philippine Daily Inquirer on January 23, 2018 http://opinion.inquirer.net/110472/train-violates-peoples-economic-social-rights) The Assert Socio-Economic Initiatives Network slams the Duterte administration’s Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Act which has already taken effect at the start of 2018. President Duterte’s goal of building massive infrastructure projects under its “Build, build, build” … Continue reading Duterte’s TRAIN violates people’s economic and social rights

ASCENT laments end of peace talks; means no socio-economic development for Filipinos


The Assert Socio Economic Initiatives Network (ASCENT) is saddened with the signing of Proclamation No. 360 by President Duterte ending the peace negotiations between the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and the government. Days before the official announcement, both panels were able to draft documents on social and economic reforms that would have … Continue reading ASCENT laments end of peace talks; means no socio-economic development for Filipinos

Karapatan hits Duterte’s looming crackdown of progressive groups, trumped up charges vs activists


“In the mind of fascists like Duterte, any and all forms of just and legitimate opposition to his anti-people policies are all spun like the wildest conspiracy theories. His threat to crack down on Bayan and other progressive groups, with the twisted logic that they are an anathema to development and are conspiring with the … Continue reading Karapatan hits Duterte’s looming crackdown of progressive groups, trumped up charges vs activists