The Richest Man in the Philippines Is Taking Over the Country’s Water. These People Are Out To Stop Him.
Manny Villar, a billioniare, is behind an effort to privatize water supplies throughout the Philippines with the company Primewater Incoporated. Citizens, unions, and political leaders are organizing against it.
President Duterte has been keen on removing barriers for foreign businesses in the Philippines, following his predecessors to encourage investments.
“In the context of the ongoing armed conflict in the Philippines, thousands of military elements are deployed in civilian communities who intentionally target women and girls with sexual violence in order to achieve particular military objectives.”
The party-list system was created to empower the marginalized and underrepresented. Now it’s exploited by Duterte-aligned groups.
Filipino activists say that the Duterte administration has the money for disaster relief. But systemic corruption and a well-funded security state stand in the way.
The anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines is coming up. Under President Duterte, any chance of laying down weapons — even at Christmas — has been slim.
The abduction of Steve Abua, a peasant organizer, is a painfully familiar occurrence in the Philippines. What’s new is the brazenness with which his pro-government captors have carried out his disappearance.
At the moment, we can assume that President Rodrigo Duterte is stepping down next year, but there are five candidates running to succeed him.
The ongoing lockdown in the Philippines has challenged activists to redirect some of their efforts towards filling empty stomachs, in addition to the everyday protesting, organizing, and campaigning.