Task Force Detainees of the Philippines
Pambungad na Tula - Pag-alala kay Fr. Rudy Romano
Other campaigns
Monday, 11 July 2016 13:43


Photo by Malaya Lara, TFDP Luzon

Pambungad na Tula ni Mr. Emmanuel Amistad, Executive Director, TFDP

Bawat bato, bawat pangalan

Simbolo ng mga nakipaglaban

Para sa ating demokrasya at kalayaan

Bawat bato ay alaala

Ng mga kasamang winala

Ng mga babaeng nilapastangan at ginahasa

Ng mga ikinulong at nagdusa

Ng mga libu-libong pinaslang

Ng mga pinahirapan at tinortyur.

Bawat pangalan

Ay kwento ng kadakilaan

Bawat pangalan

Ay sagisag ng pagmamahal sa Inang Bayan

Bawat pangalan

Ay mamamayan na nag-alay ng buhay

Para sa ating kalayaan.

Bawat Bato, bawat pangalan

Ay mga martir at bayani ng sambayanan.

Hindi ang diktador ang dapat kilalanin

Hindi ang magnanakaw ang dapat dakilain

Ang mamamayan, ang mga lumaban

Sila ang tunay na bayani ng lipunan.

Ang batong alay ay pagwagayway

Ng bandila ng mga nag-alay ng buhay.

Habang ang henerasyon namin ay nakatindig

Kailanman kasamaan ay ‘di mananaig.

Last Updated on Monday, 11 July 2016 16:28
Anti-mining advocates launch fresh bid for alternative mining law
General Campaigns
Monday, 22 August 2016 19:10
Alyansa Tigil Mina

Anti-mining advocates launch fresh bid for alternative mining law

MANILA, 22 August 2016  – Civil society network Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM) today launched a  series of mobilizations and other actions this week to push for the  passage of the Alternative Minerals Management Bill.

A highlight  of their solidarity week of actions, set to coincide with an  international mining conference, will be Senator Risa Hontiveros’ filing  of the AMMB in the Senate on Thursday.

Hontiveros,  who led the filing of a 2013 petition to the Supreme Court which  challenged the constitutionality of the 1995 Mining Act, said she  supports ATM’s call to suspend all mining operations in the country and  comprehensively review all existing mining applications.

“I also  support the call for a thorough investigation on the economic benefits  of mining. Once and for all, let the facts speak for themselves if the  mining industry truly serves the strategic interests and welfare of our  nation,” she added.
Last Updated on Monday, 22 August 2016 19:12
Human rights essential to democracy – UN Expert
Human Rights Defenders' Activities
Friday, 03 December 2010 18:23
3 December 2010

Human rights essential to democracy – UN Expert

December 2 , Manila -- The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights Defenders, Margaret Sekaggya, yesterday urged governments in Asia to recognize and protect persons working on human rights issues as “essential” to building democracy.

Sekaggya said, “human rights play an indispensable role in the defense of democracy” as she observed that democracy is at a cross roads in many countries in the region, where the military and conservative parties are making a comeback.

Ms Sekaggaya is in Manila in an unofficial capacity to participate in a regional forum of human rights defenders from 2 to 4 December, in which some 100 human rights activists from 16 countries in Asia are participating.

The UN independent expert from Uganda explained that “criticism and dissent are the lifeblood of a healthy democratic society.”
Last Updated on Saturday, 04 December 2010 14:49
Golden treasures of a tormented land
Y4R activities
Monday, 07 June 2010 11:47


“Gintong Yaman ng Sinirang Bayan” is a satirical play about dreams, lives and relationships of families in a community in Northern Luzon that is being affected by the impending mining operation in the area.

The play is set in a barrio in Nueva Vizcaya during the course of a foreign mining company’s application in the province. The residents of the community find themselves with differing stands and opinions regarding the mining operation which poses to offer the residents with a golden opportunity.


Ruben, in his search for the golden dream and his quest to make it big, grabbed the scholarship grant from the mining company, much to his mother’s dismay.  Other inhabitants of the community engage themselves in heated debates regarding the positive and negative effects the mining operation will bring.  

Ruben must decide.  Will he go after his golden dream despite the disapproval of his loved ones and the destruction of his native land?  What is the truth behind his father’s death and what will its implication be on Ruben’s decision?

Last Updated on Monday, 07 June 2010 12:08
Sincerity, transparency pressed in government and NDF peace talks
On Peace
Wednesday, 16 February 2011 10:12

Manindigan_sa_PT_by_John_Alster_Soriano3Photo by Jphn Alster Soriano (MAG)

Manindigan sa Peace Talks!

Press Release
February 15, 2011

A civil society movement of peace advocates, non-government organizations and people’s organizations called as “Manindigan para sa Peace Talks” pressed for sincerity and transparency upon the resumption of formal talks between the government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).

“We believe that peace is our right and peace building is responsibility of all. The resumption of the peace talks between the government and the NDFP offers an opportunity to come to terms with the country’s best interests and work for peace that had eluded us for so long,” said Sr. Arnold Maria Noel, SSps of the Manindigan para sa Peace Talks.

Both the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the government agreed to hold formal talks on February 15-21, 2011 in Oslo, Norway under the auspices of the Royal Norwegian Government which has been acting as Third Party Facilitator since 2001.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 February 2011 11:06
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