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

Sr. Patiricia Fox Mobilizes Church People for Engagement in People’s Issues While Waiting for DOJ Decision


Sr. Patricia Fox does not want to remain idle while waiting for the decision of the Department of Justice (DOJ) on her petition to reverse the deportation order for her issued by the Bureau of Immigration (BI). She continues to speak in gatherings of church people urging them to continue its progressive tradition of engagement … Continue reading Sr. Patiricia Fox Mobilizes Church People for Engagement in People’s Issues While Waiting for DOJ Decision

Sr. Patricia Fox Continues to Assert Solidarity with the Poor


With only a slim chance that she can make it to the Southern Tagalog launching of the Free Ben and Rita Alliance, Sr. Patricia Fox remains firm that she can still be with other church people, farmers, workers, development workers, professionals and students when the event happens on September 13. “I will still be there … Continue reading Sr. Patricia Fox Continues to Assert Solidarity with the Poor

A School like No other in the Bicol Region: Isaias Sta. Rosa Alternative Farmers’ School


The Isaias Sta. Rosa Alternative Farmers’ School (ISRAFS) in Legazpi, Albay is the first of its kind in the Bicol Region. It aims to develop farmer technicians based on their actual economic, socio-political and environmental conditions. They are expected to spearhead in increasing the agricultural production of farmers’ organizations and in managing cooperatives. It uses … Continue reading A School like No other in the Bicol Region: Isaias Sta. Rosa Alternative Farmers’ School