Protest Greets ADB’s Annual Meeting
MANILA, Philippines – As the Asian Development Bank's (ADB) 45th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors commenced here Wednesday, various cause-oriented groups, led by the Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC), trooped to the Philippine International Convention Center, the venue of the ADB meeting, to protest the Bank's role in the privatization of the energy and water sectors and in pushing coal and other dirty technologies in Asia and the Pacific.
Group marches to Mendiola, urges Aquino to honor government’s ‘Social Debt’ to women
MANILA, Philippines – A day before the celebration of International Women's Day, more than 500 women members of the Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) took to the streets of Manila Wednesday urging President Benigno S. Aquino III to honor the government's "social debt," especially to Filipino women who now "carry heavier burden due to the deficiencies of past and present administrations."
Filipina activists may be deported for Bali summit protest
FOUR Filipina activists may be deported after they were arrested in Bali, Indonesia for participating in a protest against an Asian summit attended by the world's leaders, including US President Barack Obama.
Lidy Nacpil, Malou Tabios, Rhoda Viajar and Manjette Lopez, all members of the Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC), may either be deported or face criminal charges in Indonesia, the group said in a statement issued on Saturday. Nacpil, Tabios, and Viajar act as secretariat of the regional group Jubilee South Asia Pacific Movement on Debt and Development (JS-APMDD).
A Call for Nationwide Power-Off on October 11: Cut electricity rates, Overhaul EPIRA
We are happy to announce that our call for a National Day of Protest on October 11 against the skyrocketing cost of electricity in the Philippines is gathering more and more support from many sectors throughout the country. On this day, from 7:30 pm – 8:00 pm, there will be a Power-Off – communities, offices and households in various parts of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao will switch their lights off and hold noise barrage.