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21st Century Neoliberal Authoritarianism for Whom?

September 12, 2019

(Statement for the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Inquiry on “The Current Situation Impacting on the Work, Safety, and Security of Human Rights Defenders in the Philippines” delivered on September 11, 2019) IBON Foundation was set up in 1978 and is in its 41st year of service to the Filipino people. We are a small […]

Job creation volatile, mostly of poor quality work

September 7, 2019

Research group IBON said that the recently reported job generation is mostly in poor quality work and confirms volatile labor market conditions rather than a strengthening economy. The group made the statement after the recent release of seemingly favorable employment figures and warned against complacency. The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported an increase in the […]

Here comes zombie neoliberalism

August 30, 2019

BY ROSARIO GUZMAN

Like a zombie, neoliberalism is decaying, it cannot be reformed, it just has to be killed.

#LeaveNoOneBehind

August 24, 2019

Last month, in New York, state delegates met in a high-level political forum (HLPF) on sustainable development under the support of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UNESCO). The HLPF is the UN platform for following up and reviewing member countries’ progress in achieving the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) towards the 2030 Agenda […]

Why Negros?

August 21, 2019

BY ROSARIO GUZMAN

All over the Philippines, 207 peasants have already been killed as of March 31 since the start of the Duterte administration – 50 of the killings occurred in Negros. Three of the 15 peasant massacres nationwide happened in the island, claiming 29 out of 31 precious farmers’ lives.

Scrap provincial bus ban, find pro-people solution to traffic–IBON

August 13, 2019

Government should find another way of decongesting Metro Manila’s major thoroughfare instead of aggravating the inconveniences of hundreds of thousands of provincial bus commuters, research group IBON said. Commuters’ welfare should be the primary consideration of the Duterte administration in addressing transport woes, said the group, but its approach should be comprehensive and regulation should cover private […]

President’s SONA in denial of slowing growth and fundamental econ crisis

July 29, 2019

In his fourth SONA, President Duterte did not admit that the economy is on a slowdown and that the country’s production sectors are deteriorating. Instead, the President harped on deceptive, business-biased policy proposals that at the very least do not address the basic problems of the economy.

It is offending China, not war, that Pres. Duterte is avoiding – IBON

July 27, 2019

Research group IBON said that Pres. Duterte’s stance on the West Philippine Sea (WPS) issue, as expressed in his fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA), is not about avoiding war with China, but is about avoiding offending the Chinese government and losing all its promised funds. Last July 22, Pres. Duterte highlighted the possibility […]

Research group: Davao businessmen may be benefiting from Duterte admin’s infra program

July 26, 2019

Amid government hype of its Build, Build, Build program, research group IBON noted that there has been a conspicuous increase in public infrastructure spending in the Davao region that seems to have favored Davao-based businessmen. The group observed that close allies of the president have benefited from the government spending surge by clinching a number […]