Restorative Justice: Push for Active Accountability

“[Restorative justice] is a very radical idea. Binabasag nito ang nakasanayan na sistema na ang pagkulong ay punishment. Na ang solusyon sa krimen at krimenalidad ay ang pagpaparusa sa mga taong nakalabag dito,” said Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on Prison Pastoral Care (CBCP ECPPC) national coordinator Gerry Bernabe.

(Restorative justice is a very radical idea. It challenges the long withstanding system of imprisonment as punishment; that criminal offenders must be punished for their crimes through imprisonment.)

Mobility for All: Let’s HIKE!

As part of its Freedom Spaces Initiative, CLD and FNF Philippines conducted #CommutersNaman: Karapatan ang Mobilidad, an online forum centered on the Magna Carta for Dignified Commuting, last February 28.

Landscape architect Paulo Alcazaren and Ira Angelo Cruz of AltMobilityPH, an organization dedicated to making transport sustainable and inclusive, served as speakers of the forum. Active transport specialist Karen Crisostomo and Riz Supreme Comia of Move As One Coalition served as reactors; and Cristina Batalla of GoodGovPH served as moderator.

Youth Pulse: Young People Talk about Issues and Lack of Platform

Recently, we had a roundtable discussion in celebration of the 158th birthday of Gat. Bonifacio. We gathered young people to talk about the current state of the youth sector — a sector Gat. Bonifacio proudly represented and organized during the revolution against Spain. The group’s composition was quite interesting. We had participants working in the… Continue reading Youth Pulse: Young People Talk about Issues and Lack of Platform

The Mandanas Ruling and Full Devolution

For a long time in the Philippines, devolution and decentralization have stalled. The inclusion of local autonomy provisions in the 1987 Constitution and the enactment of the Local Government Code (LGC) in 1991 were milestone achievements in dispersing power from a centralized National Government (NG), shifting instead towards community-based local government units (LGUs). Concomitant to… Continue reading The Mandanas Ruling and Full Devolution

The 2022 Budget is Still Not a Pandemic Budget: Five Red Flags that Say So

To be quite candid, the government’s 2022 National Expenditure Plan got its priorities wrong once again. The country has slid to the very bottom of Bloomberg’s COVID Resilience ranking. IOf the 53 countries surveyed, it is the worst place to be in the time of COVID. It scored low on all metrics, including virus containment… Continue reading The 2022 Budget is Still Not a Pandemic Budget: Five Red Flags that Say So