On Monday, 8 August, the internationaly renowned scholar and political activist Walden Bello was arrested by the Philippine police and charged with cyber-libel in a move supporters are calling an act of political repression.
On Monday, 9 May, national elections in the Philippines are taking place. President and the Vice President are elected directly. Beyond that, thousands of positions are being contested across the country – from the Senate to city mayors and provincial governors.
Statement against the life-threatening harassment of the Philippine Hugpong ng Pagbabago party against Prof. Walden Bello, co-founder of and current senior analyst at the Bangkok-based think tank Focus on the Global South and winner of the Alternative Nobel Prize.