The anti-privatization bill aims to protect the right to health of the Filipinos, especially the poor, by maintaining and upholding the character of government hospitals and by prohibiting any form of privatization.
The People’s Health Movement was at the 71st General Assembly of the WHO in Geneva. As part of it's WHO Watch programme, the team reported about a very interesting discussion on the health situation in occupied Palestinian territories, which demonstrates how the WHO is often abused by major powers as the USA to block necessary health interventions.
In the face of worsening human rights situation in the Philippines and the increasing attacks on human rights defenders, the Kiyo, TWHA, Solidagro consortium partners have been working with progressive legislators for the passage of a bill that will defend the rights of the human rights defenders.
Defending human rights comes at too high a price especially when the President himself publicly displays his contempt for human rights, and had even threatened to shoot human rights defenders for criticizing his anti-people policies.
The mood of this year's progressive social movement-led rally on President Duterte's second State of the Nation's Address was completely different from that of last year's which was marked by optimism; this year it was a protest against Duterte's failed promises.