- In October, about 100 armed police and a demolition crew violently dispersed residents from a protest site in Didipio, Nueva Vizcaya province. The residents were protesting against the forced eviction of hundreds of Indigenous Peoples and rural dwellers from their homes in Didipio to make way for mining exploration. The police reportedly used unnecessary and excessive force and threw tear gas at the residents.
Freedom of expression
The government accused activists and left-leaning NGOs of being communist supporters. Activists were targeted in criminal lawsuits, known as SLAPP suits (Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation).
Amnesty International visits/report
Amnesty International delegates visited the Philippines in March, April, May and December.
Shattered Lives: Beyond the 2008-2009 Mindanao Armed Conflict (25 August 2009)