CHESTCORE support statement


The College Editor’s Guild of the Philippines is supporting the Community Health Education, Services and Training in the Cordillera Region (CHESTCORE)’s call to stop the harassment its staff members and volunteers are experiencing in outlying parts of the Cordillera region. This harassment hinders the fulfillment of the organization’s objective to render medical assistance to farflung areas in the region.

We are likewise calling on the Armed Forces of the Philippines to observe International Humanitarian Laws and stop from its baseless red-tagging which they use to justify questionable such as this. Lastly, we are condemning the government’s Oplan Bayanihan which acts as the overaching framework of this actions. Campus journalists also become victims of this one-sided scheme as many of them are surveilled, red-tagged or harassed by suspected military elements in disguise as well.

For that, we demand an end to the harassment of
Cordillera Health Workers. We demand an end to the militarization of
Cordillera communities.

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