With the pandemic, the long under-funded and neglected health care systems and the debilitating shortages of health workers even among industrialized countries, is putting an enormous strain on its already depleted resources and its capacity to provide urgent and quality care for all.
Migrants and immigrants share the commonality on the root cause of migration. Migration now becomes a forced choice, if we still can consider it a choice, for people to earn for a living and conserve the dignity as a person.
It was supposed to be a short and temporary exile, as I still feel it to be until now. Circumstances and worsening situations for human rights defenders in the Philippines, however, made it to extend my tourist status until I got a residency visa for a period of another one year until I realized that I am already here for a year today. Happy or sad? Not exactly. The feeling is ambiguous but surely thankful.
Fr. Raymond Ambray opted to exercise his apostolacy with the lumad people, and so do with our bishops and clergy in the IFI, in faithful obedience to the word of our Lord Jesus mandating us to serve the least of his brothers and sisters like the lumad people.
The EBF says enough of this deliberate plot to further acrimony or hostility now wreaking havoc on our social fiber. Let us begin to “HEAL AS ONE”.
WITH THE MILITARIST LOCKDOWN IN PLACE, POVERTY, HUNGER AND HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATION PLAGUING THE ENTIRE COUNTRY, THERE IS NO OTHER SOLUTION BUT TO WAGE A JUST STRUGGLE FOR REGIME AND SYSTEM CHANGE.
We denounce the highhanded action of the PNP personnel in arresting them. The executive order of enhanced community quarantine does not quash the constitutional rights of any Filipino citizen.
“The wages of the labourers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts.” (James 5:4, NRSV)
In solidarity, with our Filipino people and the working masses, our theme for this global celebration is outlined in many of our consistent slogans: Ayuda Hindi Diktadura! Solusyong Medikal Hindi Aksyong Militar! Peace Talks Now! No to Martial Law! — Oust Duterte! These calls are clear reminders to the oppressive Duterte Government to address integrally the COVID-19 crisis affecting the working Filipinos.
We commit to build this April 28 Coalition. Beyond this, we pledge to continue working with each other for the upliftment of the most vulnerable people.