Arrest of Lumad datus, teachers and students condemned

On 15 February, armed security agents of the Duterte government raided an indigenous Lumad school inside the campus of the University of San Carlos in Cebu City and took into custody 26 students, teachers and community elders. Local police filed charges of child abuse, child trafficking, kidnapping and serious illegal detention against teachers Chad Booc and Roshelle Mae Porcadella, datus Benito Bay-ao and Segundo Milong, and students Jomar Binag, Esmelito Oribawan and Moddie Mansumoy-at.

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Dutch missionary ordered to leave the Philippines

The Duterte government ordered the immediate expulsion from the Philippines of Otto Rudolf de Vries, a Roman Catholic missionary from the Netherlands, due to the missionary’s involvement in “illegal political activities”. De Vries has been given 30 days to leave the country. De Vries was informed of the order on 3 February 2021 when he went to the Bureau of Immigration to renew his visa.

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AFP bombs villages in Quezon and Cordilleras

The Armed Forces of the Philippines has been conducting aerial attacks in scores of rural villages in the southern Quezon-Bondoc peninsula and the Cordillera region, both in Luzon, since the start of January 2021, forcing tens of thousands of villagers to evacuate.

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Barangay development funds is military pork barrel, says CPP

The Communist Party of the Philippines asserted on 14 February that the PhP 16.4 billion (US$ 336.4 million) Barangay Development Program funds of the Duterte government’s National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) is nothing but military pork barrel -- discretionary funds subject to corruption by military officials.

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Duterte government tests ‘anti-terror law’ on indigenous Aetas

Two indigenous Aetas, Japer Gurung and Junior Ramos, are the first persons being charged with terrorism under the Duterte government’s Anti-Terror Law of 2020. Gurung and Ramos, together with two other female Aetas, are also facing charges of illegal possession of firearms and explosives, and have been in detention since August 2020.

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Filipinos condemn China’s Coast Guard Law

The Filipino people roundly condemned the Chinese government for recently adopting a law authorizing its coast guard to fire on foreign vessels and destroy structures “illegally infringing on its national jurisdiction”, saying the law poses a serious threat to the security, stability and peaceful coexistence of countries in Southeast and East Asia.

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CPP, NDFP condemn Myanmar coup d’etat

Philippine revolutionary forces joined the international community in condemning the 1 February coup d’etat and imposition of national emergency in Myanmar. The Communist Party of the Philippines expressed its support to the resistance of the people of Myanmar and called on Filipinos to “learn lessons from Myanmar where the undemocratic evils of military forces wielding political power are demonstrated ever so clearly.”

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