Sovereign Rights & Responsibilities in the West Philippine Sea

The Philippines has sovereign rights and responsibilities in the West Philippine Sea (WPS), our Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) extending 200 nautical miles from the country’s western baselines. This has been a traditional fishing area for Filipino fishers for centuries. It is also a rich spawning area and immensely wealthy in marine biodiversity. The area was… Continue reading Sovereign Rights & Responsibilities in the West Philippine Sea

CLD Condemns Red-Tagging and the Culture of Impunity

Red-tagging has no place in a democracy and in civilized society. The culture of impunity must be reversed by serious investigations, transparent reporting and the prosecution of guilty parties. Statements encouraging violence should cease. The worst tyrants in history, including Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Joseph Stalin, three generations of North Korean dictators and Ferdinand Marcos… Continue reading CLD Condemns Red-Tagging and the Culture of Impunity

CLD Condemns Caning as the Institutionalization of Police Brutality

The Center for Liberalism & Democracy (CLD) expresses its concern over the recent pronouncement by newly appointed Joint Task Force (JTF) COVID Shield Head Lt. Gen. Cesar Binag that the Philippine National Police (PNP) would ensure that people are properly distanced through the deployment of social distancing patrols armed with meter-long yantok (rattan stick), and… Continue reading CLD Condemns Caning as the Institutionalization of Police Brutality

Typhoons Don’t Kill Agriculture, Mismanagement Does

In his briefing last 18 November 2020, Agriculture Secretary William Dar reported a 3.84 billion-worth of damages due to the recent typhoons, including 160,873 MT of produce lost, and infrastructure and equipment rendered unusable (Business Mirror, 19 November 2020). This is a big blow to an agriculture sector trying to prove resilience amidst the global… Continue reading Typhoons Don’t Kill Agriculture, Mismanagement Does

Women Bear the Brunt of Calamities, Crude Jokes Have No Place in Disaster Management

During the 15 November 2020 situation briefing on the typhoons that devastated Luzon, President Rodrigo Duterte and senior public officials exchanged sexist banter. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque responded to criticisms regarding this matter by saying that Filipinos should just accept the president’s sexist jokes during a situation briefing on typhoon devastation in Luzon because it’s… Continue reading Women Bear the Brunt of Calamities, Crude Jokes Have No Place in Disaster Management