Teresita De CastroAkbayan Partylist President Machris Cabreros slammed President Duterte's appointment of Teresita de Castro as Supreme Court Chief Justice.

"Teresita De Castro's appointment as Chief Justice to the Supreme Court is President Duterte's reward for her removal of CJ Sereno from the post. Her next mission could be putting the Marcoses back in power by favoring Bongbong Marcos' sham electoral protest," Akbayan Partylist President Machris Cabreros said.

"De Castro will have 2 months in office but the Mischief Justice is capable of enabling the whims of the dictator," Cabreros said.

Akbayan noted that De Castro voted yes for the hero's burial for Marcos, upheld Duterte's martial law in Mindanao, and voted to clear Gloria Macapagal Arroyo of plunder.

"She can also bend the Supreme Court to Duterte's will by upholding the withdrawal from the International Criminal Court, give constitutionality to Oplan Tokhang and other crucial cases in the Supreme Court," Cabreros added.

"After her two month stint, Duterte can appoint another lapdog to the position while De Castro can relish retirement with her expensive pension and her short gig as Mischief Justice," Cabreros ended.

Akbayan called on the public to "resist the dictator's influence in the Supreme Court and put the Marcoses back to the dustbin of history". ###

 

Remember KianHundreds of students, youth leaders and human rights advocates convened in major cities across the country to commemorate one year since the death of 17-year old Kian delos Santos, one of the young victims of the President Duterte’s violent campaign against drugs.

In Metro Manila, student council leaders, teachers and staff from Ateneo de Manila University, University of the Philippines Diliman and Miriam College gathered in gate 2.5 in Ateneo to light candles and hang banners to #RememberKian together with activists from Akbayan Youth, Akbayan Partylist and Tindig Kabataan.

The students also wrote letters for Kian which they posted on a huge board by the sidewalk, showing their demand for justice for young victims of the drug war.  

“Hindi nakakalimot ang sambayanan sa sinapit ni Kian sa ilalim ng War on Drugs ni Duterte. We remember Kian with our demands for justice and our cry to hold the Caloocan policemen and the president accountable,” Akbayan Youth Chairperson JC Tejano. 

“Huwag nating kalimutan na dumami pa ang mga batang pinaslang ng kampanya kontra droga ni Duterte pagkatapos ni Kian. Malinaw na ang War on Drugs ay hindi para sa kaligtasan ng mga bata,” Tejano ended.  

Akbayan Youth members in Baguio City, Bacolod City and Cebu City will also be offering prayers, flowers and personal letters to the children killed by the drug war. ###

RememberKianAkbayan Party-list demands justice for 17-year old Kian delos Santos and other young victims of drug war-related killings as they start the #RememberKian campaign today.

"We remember Kian today, demanding an end to Duterte's corrupt War on Drugs that continues to kill minors. Let our country not turn into a graveyard for its young people and children," Akbayan spokesperson Gio Tingson said.

“74 young people have been killed under the War on Drugs, according to latest data from human rights groups. That’s the size of two class sections in school slaughtered by masked men or police officers. It’s time we end this bloodshed,” Tingson said.

"Habang ayaw natin na malulong sa droga ang mga kabataan, lalong ayaw natin na mawala sila dahil sa patayan," Tingson said.

Akbayan will have nationwide candle-lighting activities in Metro Manila, Bacolod, Cebu City and Baguio City with students and human rights activities. In Metro Manila, student council leaders, teachers and staff from Ateneo de Manila University, University of the Philippines Diliman and Miriam College will gather in gate 2.5 in Ateneo to light candles and hang banners to #RememberKian. ###

 

no dealAkbayan members trooped to the Department of Foreign Affairs, assailing Sec. Alan Peter Cayetano’s plan to engage China in a “60-40” joint exploration project in the West Philippine Sea. The group also rejected the plan for Chinese President Xi Jinping to the Philippines at the end of the year. 

The protesters demanded Sec. Cayetano to bare first the 50-100 protests he claimed to have filed against China instead of starting a 60-40 exploration deal with them.

““No deal!” ang sagot ng taumbayan sa kahit anong pakikipagnegosyo sa China. Ginagawa lang na official ang pag-eencroach ng China sa exploration na ito,” Atty. Juan Carlo Tejano, chair of Akbayan Youth said.

“Malaking kamalian ang plano ng DFA. Pagkatapos ng 50-100 protest notes laban sa pambabastos ng China, bakit biglang may 60-40 partnership ang DFA kasama ang kalaban? Ipakita muna ni Cayetano ang resibo kung totoong may isang daang protests,” Atty. JC Tejano, said. 

The protest featured members wearing masks of Sec. Cayetano and Chinese President Xi Jinping as they shake hands behind a giant frame, listing China’s attacks against the Philippines. 

The frame bore the message: “Bakit makikipagnegosyo sa bansang walang respeto sa mga Pilipino?” Akbayan listed harassment against fisherfolks, poaching in Philippine seas, threat of war and not recognizing the Philippines’ victory in Hague as China’s acts against against the Philippines. 

“It doesn’t make sense to invite President Xi Jinping here. Ninakawan na nga tayo tapos pinakain pa natin ang kawatan at ginawang business partner?” Atty. Tejano ended. ###

a2018Akbayan wishes to clarify its position regarding the issuance of arrest warrants last July 27, 2018 over murder charges filed in Palayan City Regional Trial Court, against Liza Maza, Satur Ocampo, Teodoro Casiño and Rafael Mariano. News reports have persistently mentioned the farmers murdered in Nueva Ecija, namely Carlito Bayudang, Jimmy Perlata and Danilo Felipe as "supporters of rival party list Akbayan".

Foremost, we must emphasize that Akbayan is not party to the legal case.

More importantly, we wish to call attention to several important points in the hopes of educating our people on the proper interpretation of human rights and due process.

First, we condemned and continue to condemn the unconscionable murder of the three farmers. Whether this was done by the military or any other armed group is still a human rights violation.

The fact that this happened during the time of the presidency of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is important. We consistently have decried extrajudicial killings regardless of who is in power, regardless of whether this is done at the hands of government or other armed groups. Murder is not just a gross human rights violation but recognized as a heinous crime by Philippine law. We disagree with those who think that our stand against EJKs at this time is merely due to our opposition to the current murderous regime or that our insistence on stopping the drug war disregards the rights of the victims of criminality. The taking of life whether by criminals, armed groups and state forces is wrong. This is consistent with our stance against the death penalty.