authoritarianism

Anti-terror law worsens economic policymaking for a few at the expense of the many

June 8, 2020

STATEMENT | The Duterte administration wants an anti-terrorism law giving it unchecked power to surveil, harass, arrest and detain government critics under the pretext of fighting terrorism. It has been on a trajectory of violating human rights, due process, rule of law, and accountability since the start of its term. With the new law, the government will achieve authoritarianism unmatched since Martial Law in the 1970s.

IBON decries shutdown of ABS-CBN

May 6, 2020

STATEMENT | The pandemic is a real problem, but so is the Duterte administration’s using this for its own authoritarian ends.

Song for new beginnings

January 1, 2020

Protests against corruption, unemployment and indecent wages, lack of services, and policies undermining people’s socio-economic and democratic rights; trade wars between the world’s superpowers; and culprits’ lack of accountability to address climate change, took the global center stage in the passing year. In the Philippines, blatant military and police attacks on the poor, the basic […]

Counterproductive Counterinsurgency

November 17, 2019

BY SONNY AFRICA

Development policymaking is hard enough as it is – the Philippines after so many decades of so many development plans is a case in point. Now the military wants to take that over as well?

WANTED: An Independent Senate

May 11, 2019

Midterm elections have always been crucial for any incumbent, as results will either affirm or reject the programs and policies so far of the ruling party. The 2019 midterm elections, however, appears to be different, as it happens at the heels of the Duterte administration’s implementation of harshest neoliberal economic policies and undermining democracy. The […]

Nakaambang pagsabog ng krisis sa ilalim ni Duterte

February 14, 2019

Download Usapang IBON Yearend 2018 primer here Bumabagal at humihina ang ekonomiyang Pilipino sa likod ng paggiit ng administrasyong Duterte ng pagsigla nito. Nagkukumahog ang economic team ng rehimen na mabawi ang dating momentum ng ekonomiya. Walang-habas ang paggastos ngayon sa imprastruktura pero maging ito ay tila kapos din upang mapigilan ang pag-atras ng ekonomiya. […]

Faltering Economy, Shell of A Democracy

January 28, 2019

Download Briefing Paper here Adverse economic and political trends since the start of the Duterte administration intensified last year. The risk of combustion in 2019 has become much higher. The administration has tried to project an image of economic progress and strongman-driven stability, peace and order. But if the year 2018 has shown anything it […]

Faltering Economy, Shell of a Democracy

January 21, 2019

Yearend Birdtalk 2018 Executive Summary Adverse economic and political trends since the start of the Duterte administration intensified last year. The risk of combustion in 2019 has become much higher. The administration has tried to project an image of economic progress and strongman-driven stability, peace and order. But if the year 2018 has shown anything […]