NOTEBOOK: Some hot stories we covered since 1989; The Reporter turns sweet 16

IT’S BEEN A LONG JOURNEY since March 1989 when The Philippine Reporter started publishing as a twice- monthly community newspaper. At that time there were only four papers serving the Filipino community in Toronto, the Reporter being the fourth. Now, 16 years later, there are a dozen of them, giving the impression to readers that 

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Poor and Powerless: Community must act now

(Speech delivered at the Consultation conference, “Strenghthen Our Community for Social Justice,” Oct 30,2004 at Metro Hall in Toronto.) I have about 15 minutes to speak and I want to use that time to convey a single message. And that is, given our number in the Greater Toronto Area and our glorious revolutionary history as 

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Filipino workers have a stake in building a strong community

(Speech delivered at the First Anniversary of Filipino Canadian Auto Workers Association, Oct. 10, 2004, Brampton, Ontario) Congratulations on your first anniversary. For a very young association, you have already done so much in helping others. You have made the following cash donations: • $1000 to a resettlement high school for children of Aetas in 

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The need for vigilance in the Jeffrey case

I attended the press conference of the lawyers of the family of Jeffrey Reodica last Friday, Aug. 27 with much anticipation because it would reveal the findings of the family-initiated independent investigation into the fatal shooting of the youth from Scarborough on May 21, 2004. The announcement in the email said that the Special Investigations 

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De la Cruz extols local journalists at Press Club induction

TORONTO-Paul de la Cruz, president of Philippine Press Club-Ontario (PPCO), paid tribute to local journalists and extolled the sacrifices they have to make to serve the community. De la Cruz, speaking at the Induction Ball of the PPCO held Aug. 21, 2004 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel before about 250 guests, said that for over 

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The need for an advocacy coalition

SINCE the fatal shooting of Jeffrey Reodica on May 21, 2004 and the subsequent campaign to seek justice in the case, we have witnessed the emergence of a movement to build an alliance of groups to take on this cause. An organizing committee for what was conceived as a coalition was informally set up. It 

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Why we must support the Justice for Jeffrey campaign

I CONSIDER the issue of the Jeffrey Reodica campaign for justice a rare and golden opportunity to build a strong and united Filipino community in the Greater Toronto Area. The main objective of the campaign, of course, is to achieve justice in the death of a young member of our community. Shooting an unarmed 17-year 

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202 persons killed in ‘peaceful, clean elections’

LET’S move the second part of our “Death by Medicine” column to the next issue. The national elections in the Philippines is too important a topic to ignore at this time. To simplify this business of column writing this issue, I want to just quote two Filipino columnists from the Philippines Daily Inquirer whose many 

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‘Death by Medicine’: 780,000+ die yearly

MY apologies for the delay in writing this column. Other stories had to use my space in the previous issues. But this time, I’ll have all the space I need because the information I’m about to share with you is stunning, to say the least. It’s about the medical system in the United States where 

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Interrupt conversations and you’ll be 7 times more likely to get heart disease

RECENTLY I received in the mail a free promotional issue of Bottom Line/Health magazine or newsletter. I usually receive health or wellness materials and newsletters in the mail. Having subscribed to some of them in the past, my name must now be in the mailing lists of dozens of health-related marketing organizations. This last one 

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