The End of Liberal Democracy in the Philippines

By Ethan Chua on August 29, 2020 On July 3 2020, despite waves of popular resistance and incisive legal critique, President Rodrigo Duterte passed an Anti-Terrorism law that would give the executive government sweeping powers to imprison and repress political activists under

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Malacañang: Duterte’s feelings hurt by frontliners’ plea to media

From Rappler.comOriginal Article: https://rappler.com/nation/malacanang-duterte-feelings-hurt-frontliners-plea-mediaArticle written by Sofia Tomacruz Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said on Monday, August 3, that President Rodrigo Duterte’s outrage against medical frontliners stemmed from their public call through media to review the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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PH health workers infected with coronavirus reach 5,008

From Rappler.comOriginal Article: https://rappler.com/nation/coronavirus-cases-philippines-august-3-2020Article written by Sofia Tomacruz The number of health workers who tested positive for the coronavirus rose to 5,008, with majority of infections seen among nurses and physicians. The Philippines’ Department of Health (DOH) said on Monday, August

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GUIDELINES: What you need to know about MECQ from August 4 to 18

From Rappler.comOriginal Article: https://rappler.com/nation/coronavirus-cases-philippines-august-3-2020 Giving in to a plea from healthcare workers over the weekend, President Rodrigo Duterte placed Metro Manila, Laguna, Cavite, Rizal, and Bulacan under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) starting August 4. (READ: Piqued Duterte taunts doctors to mount ‘revolution’ against

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‘COVID-19 is the enemy’: Stars defend medical frontliners against Duterte’s tirade

From Rappler.com. Original Article: https://rappler.com/entertainment/celebrities/celebrities-defend-medical-frontliners-against-duterte-tirade Angel Locsin, Bianca Gonzalez, Janine Gutierrez, and Vilma Santos are among those rally behind medical frontliners Celebrities defended the country’s medical frontliners after President Rodrigo Duterte lashed out at them for airing their concerns over

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Pambansang Talakayan ng mga Migrante

In the midst of the worsening pandemic, we as migrant Filipinos, our families left in the Philippines and our relatives in other parts of the world are facing significant challenges. On Saturday, July 25, Migrante hosted a national discussion to

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OPEN LETTER TO ALL MY KABABAYAN

  Delivered by a PAWIS member at the 2020 PSONAPhilippine Consulate, San Francisco USAJuly 27, 2020   Magandang Hapon po sa inyong lahat! Ako ay isang myembro ng Pilipino Association of Workers and Immigrants o PAWIS. Ako ay isang proud

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‘Reclassifying’ businesses: Task force’s way of reopening economy without changing quarantine modes

By: PIA RANADA Original article: https://rappler.com/nation/reclassifying-businesses-task-force-way-reopening-economy-without-change-quarantine-modes The Philippine coronavirus task force had a problem. Many of the country’s major cities, including the capital Metro Manila, remain under general community quarantine (GCQ) due to high COVID-19 infection rates. But businesses, small and

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Metro Manila’s COVID-19 bed capacity in ‘danger zone,’ 4 regions at warning level – Rappler.com

Article by Rambo TalabongOriginal article: https://rappler.com/nation/metro-manila-danger-zone-other-regions-warning-level-coronavirus-bed-capacity-july-2020 The Department of Health urges hospitals to free up more beds for coronavirus patients Metro Manila has reached the “danger zone” in terms of bed capacity for coronavirus patients, while 4 other regions were

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Virtual Know Your Rights Training 06/27/20

On June 27, 2020, the Pilipino Association of Workers and Immigrants(PAWIS), in partnership with the Asian Law Alliance and the Santa Clara County Wage Theft Coalition successfully hosted its first virtual Know Your Rights Webinar over zoom. The webinar generated

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National Situationer

On May 2, 2020, the Philipino Association of Workers and Immigrants(PAWIS), in collaboration with Migrante USA, Bayan USA, and Malaya movement successfully hosted the Philippine National Situationer in the Time of Covid-19 and Duterte. The situationer featured guest speakers Teddy

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PAWIS PPE DRIVE

Previous Next PAWIS delivered PPEs to care facilities in San Jose affected by COVID19 (Mt. Pleasant and Canyon Springs) as well as to other care facilities/care homes (Elwyn California, El Sereno, At Home Senior Care) and allied organizations (Day Worker

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[OPINION] It’s our dissent that will save us

Stay home. Be quiet. We’re on it. Just wait. Help will come. Trust us. Do as you’re told or else.

These, in a nutshell, were the key messages pounded on the public by President Rodrigo Duterte and his officials in the 3 weeks that the entire Luzon and other parts of the country have been on lockdown due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

But each message seems to have fallen on deaf ears. Many people have been going out, speaking out, challenging government’s response to the crisis and overcoming the limits set by the lockdown. This is certainly not a bad thing. Continue reading

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PAWIS and MIGRANTE USA Host Successful Workers Town Hall

The Workers Town Hall hosted by PAWIS and Migrante USA last April 5, 2020 was attended by 56 individuals and workers coming from different industries. A caregiver, two nurses, a seafarer, a postal worker and representatives from the Day Worker Center of Mountain View and Fight for Fifteen gave powerful testimonies of how COVID19 adversely impacted the workers.

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RCFE Caregivers of Sunnyvale Statement

In the midst of this pandemic, we, the RCFE caregivers of Sunnyvale, CA, join the whole world in its advocacy for a safe and healthy environment through quarantine and social distancing.  Our ageing clients – your parents, grandparents and other

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Undocumented Workers Advocacy Letter

Dear Governor Newsom,

While all Californians are struggling with the economic and practical realities of living under a statewide Shelter in Place Order and the corona virus pandemic, one group of California residents will be the hardest hit: undocumented immigrants. More than two million undocumented immigrants make California their home. Nearly one in ten California workers is an undocumented worker. Over seventy percent (70%) of undocumented Californians have resided in the U.S. for more than ten years.
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Police arrest hungry protesters in Quezon City

Source: Kodao Productions Twenty-one protesting and hungry Quezon City residents were arrested Tuesday morning, April 1, the incident earning swift condemnation from the urban poor group Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay). Residents of Sitio San Roque, Barangay Bagong Pag-Asa, reportedly

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PAWIS Joins the Fair Workplace Collaborative (FWC) of Santa Clara County’s Office of Labor Standard and Enforcement (OLSE)

The OLSE of Santa Clara County launched its Labor Standards Outreach and Education Initiative in September 2019. The initiative is a robust public engagement campaign throughout Santa Clara County with the mission to inform workers and business of their rights and responsibilities as well as deliver support and individualized services to those seeing assistance to resolve potential claims or existing judgements. Continue reading

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Duterte’s Dictatorship Aggravates Public Health Crisis – Malaya Movement’s Statement on Duterte regime’s response of COVID 19

OFFICIAL STATEMENT Reference: Yves Nibungco, National Coordinator, malayamovement@gmail.com Malaya Movement joins the Filipino people and the global community in battling the deadly virus COVID-19, also known as the Novel Coronavirus. We call on our members, allies and supporters to extend

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Labor Unions, Port Workers, Filipino Advocates Rally Together In Support of 500+ Filipino Grand Princess Cruise Ship Workers Amidst Covid-19 Scare

Contact: Terry Valen, terrencevalen@yahoo.com, National Alliance for Filipino Concerns                 Nap Pempeña, info@migranteusa.org, Migrante USA On Saturday, March 14, 2020, Migrante Northern California and National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) joined several Bay

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