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Stories about Philippines

27 June 2019

What will it take to combat digital authoritarianism in Southeast Asia?

The Bridge

"Applied to the Philippines and the rest of Southeast Asia, digital authoritarianism refers to how the internet has been weaponized in aid of existing authoritarian regimes."

17 June 2019

Surprise victories in the 2019 midterm Philippine elections offer hope to the opposition

Despite being fiercely attacked by state-supported elements during the election season, the opposition succeeded in disrupting local political dynasties in some key cities.

20 April 2019

‘Culture of killing and impunity’: Coffee shop shooting in the Philippines leaves two dead

"The full details remain unclear, but what does remain clear is that this culture of killing and impunity has emboldened murderers to openly boast of their weapons and shoot people."

25 February 2019

Journalists, teachers, and activists targeted in attacks on free speech in the Philippines

Advox

"These are attempts by those in power to drown out the voice of the marginalized...displaying Duterte’s fear of committed journalism that seeks to inform, educate and guide the public."

31 December 2018

Censored in 2018: Protest videos, court verdicts, real news — and Peppa Pig

Advox

From blocked websites to revoked media licenses to account shutdowns, censorship comes in many forms. Here are a few we saw in 2018.

14 December 2018

Removal of Filipino language and literature as required college subjects sparks opposition

"We believe that Filipino language and literature is vital in deepening the critical, creative, free, and liberating capacities of students and people."

10 November 2018

Is Jair Bolsonaro another Rodrigo Duterte? It's more complicated than you think

The Bridge

As Brazilians prepare for a Bolsonaro presidency, they’d do well to look at the Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte’s two and a half years in office.

2 November 2018

A 15-year-old rape victim is the latest collateral damage of Duterte's drug war

Netizens say Duterte’s misogyny, rape jokes, and assurances to defend police and military in the course of anti-drug & counterinsurgency operations have normalized a macho culture of sexual abuse.

29 October 2018

Paramilitary group killed farmers in Philippines sugar plantation, fact-finding mission says

The "Sagay 9" massacre was the single most deadly attack against peasant activists under the Rodrigo Duterte administration.

11 October 2018

‘Gabbie’ chatbot helps victims of sexual harassment in the Philippines

"Gabbie provided an additional platform for victims who want to keep a level of anonymity, or when Facebook is more accessible to them compared to phone or face-to-face counseling."

6 October 2018

Osaka cuts sister city ties with San Francisco over “comfort women” statue

The mayor of Osaka wrote a 10-page letter in English listing -- often in bolded, underlined text -- a litany of reasons for the breakup.

13 September 2018

‘Bien Chabacano’ blog preserves and promotes Asia's only Spanish-based creole language

Rising Voices

"Unless more aggressive preservation efforts will be implemented, the day will come when Chabacano will only be spoken inside the home."

7 September 2018

Students illustrate injustice and human rights abuses in the Philippines through the arts

"The youth are aware of what's happening in society. On the images you can see extrajudicial killings, charter change, war, and the gap between the poor and rich in society."

2 August 2018

Filipinos urged to #BoycottNutriAsia for attacking the strike of workers

"Mothers and fathers who are always doing grocery, I'm asking your help to #BoycottNutriasia. Here are their brands."

19 June 2018

#BabaeAko campaign unites women in challenging the sexist behavior of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

"I am a mother, a teacher, a Filipino. I condemn Duterte for being a misogynist and making it 'acceptable' for women to be hated and attacked."

8 June 2018

A fishing village and mangrove habitat in the Philippines faces threats of reclamation

"We will not leave our homes. We will fight so long as there are people supporting us and giving us the strength to fight."

6 May 2018

Homeless, jobless, and penniless, residents resist closure of the Philippines’ Boracay island

"As an advocate for the environment I want it rehabilitated too, but I bleed more for the people who are affected by the closure."

19 April 2018

The Philippine government's plan to shut down Boracay resort island threatens to displace thousands

"Thousands upon thousands of real people will be affected by a complete closure of the island. Real, breathing humans, not statistics."

10 February 2018

Taiwan Literature Award for Migrants Makes Space for Different Narratives

Rising Voices

Since 2014, the Taiwan Literature Awards for Migrants has provided a platform for foreign-born people in Taiwan to share their stories.

9 February 2018

Netizen Report: Cyber Attacks Sideline Independent Media in Azerbaijan, Philippines

Advox

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

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