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Fears Mount for 5 Activists Detained in Philippines

HeadlineFeb 11, 2020
H7 philippines environmentalists journalist arrest tacloban city

In the Philippines, four environmental and human rights defenders and a journalist are being detained after they were arrested Friday night in Tacloban City. The 1-year-old baby of organizer Marissa Cabaljao was also taken but has since been released. Police say the activists were arrested for illegally possessing weapons, and accused them of belonging to communist groups. Critics warn that such attacks on activists are on the rise. Local media is reporting police have hundreds of arrest warrants for other activists.

In more news from the Philippines, the government is moving to shut down the country’s leading broadcast network, ABS-CBN, in President Duterte’s ongoing crackdown on media outlets that are critical of his rule and his deadly drug war.

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