by PhilRights Staff
Welcome to HR Insights, a weekly roundup of human rights news in the Philippines. This week…
HRW calls on PNP to stop ‘Oplan Tambay’ campaign
Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged the Philippine National Police to stop the anti-loitering campaign which it also labeled as anti-poor, the Philippine Star reported.
According to HRW, the anti-loitering campaign only focuses on the same vulnerable communities targeted before by the bloody drug war.
PhilStar quoted HRW Deputy Asia Director Philem Kine: “This campaign threatens to retraumatize residents of communities already terrorized by ‘drug war’ executions and is risking the detainees’ health and safety.”
In an article, HRW highlights that thousands of suspects are detained in overcrowded jails, leading to inadequacy of food supplies and poor health care conditions. It is also reported that detainees experience “torture and other forms of ill-treatment” inside correctional facilities.
TRAIN threatens poor, Duterte’s ratings
The Philippine Star published on June 30 a series of articles reviewing Duterte’s year two as president of the Philippines. One of the reports focused on the current administration’s Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law and its effects, especially to poor Filipinos.
Despite the promise of inclusive growth, the article points out TRAIN’s impact on the rising prices of goods and commodities. This does not only affect consumers but also business owners who find it hard to sell their products at a higher cost.
As part of TRAIN, income taxes were reduced for certain income segments, therefore increasing workers’ take-home pay. Nonetheless, continued hiking of prices are negating these increases. This has prompted labor groups like the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines to call for national wage increases.
These repercussions of TRAIN Law is also said to result in a drop in Duterte’s ratings.
United Methodists urge PH to release 3 missionaries
Bishops of the United Methodist Church appealed to the Philippine government to allow the release of 3 foreign missionaries detained in the country.
Missionaries Tawanda Chandiwa (Mutare, Zimbabwe), Adam Shaw (Brunswick Ohio), and Miracle Osman (Blantyre, Malawi) were taken into custody for allegedly overstaying and engaging with subversive groups.
Rappler quoted the religious group, saying these missionaries “have experienced repeated difficulties getting the legal documents and clearance they need to leave the Republic of the Philippines.”
When asked for a statement, Bureau of Immigration spokesperson Dana Sandoval said she will check on these cases.
MUST READ: Facing Arrest? Know Your Rights
Since the anti-loitering campaign of the government, thousands of individuals are being arrested for allegedly violating local ordinances against loitering.
Through the help of Free Legal Assistance Group, ABS-CBN News listed ten things one should know when confronted by an arrest.
Know your rights. View the infographic here.