Rappler’s Maria Ressa: ‘When journalists are under attack, democracy is under attack.’

By Ysh Cabana The Philippine Reporter TORONTO–Embattled Maria Ressa stepped into the main auditorium of Ted Rogers School of Management in Ryerson University on Sunday (Jan. 27) with a spirited call for Canadians not to be complacent about democracy. “Every democracy is based on information; information is power. The first line of defence is journalism,” 

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Journalists, institutions decry ‘absurd legal attack’ against Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – A number of journalist groups and institutions slammed the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) recommendation to file cyber libel charges against Rappler Incorporated, its CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa, and former researcher Reynaldo Santos Jr over a nearly 7-year-old story written months before the cyber libel law was enacted. In a press 

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IBMA President and CEO Ricky Manrique pointing at the course material on the blackboard

From passion project to pioneering a new industry

By Michelle Chermaine Ramos Like most immigrants, International Building Maintenance Academy (IBMA) President and CEO Ricky Manrique struggled finding employment. Manrique had practiced as a licensed civil engineer specializing in construction in the Philippines for twenty years before he arrived in Canada in 2003. After mailing about 150 applications to different companies for any job 

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Valentine’s Day in Canada

Valentine’s Day is an opportunity for people in Canada to tell somebody that they love them in a romantic way. It falls on February 14, the name day of two saints, St Valentine of Rome and St Valentine of Terni. In pre-Christian times, the middle of February was a time of pagan fertility festivals in 

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Goyo poster

What makes a hero?

FILM REVIEW: Goyo, The Boy General (2018) By Ysh Cabana The Philippine Reporter The story of Gregorio del Pilar, one of the youngest generals best known for the defense of Tirad Pass against a backdrop of American aggression. And in online streaming site Netflix 120 years hence, he’s been given a more thoughtful biopic with 

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‘Pelikula lang?’ Directors, critics hit ‘Bato’ movie

Bulatlat.com MANILA, Philippines – Former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald dela Rosa thinks it’s unbelievable that his life is now literally the stuff of movies, with no less than Robin Padilla portraying the Davao-born cop. But critics – including prominent names in the film industry – are dumbfounded over the movie’s release but for 

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High prices, flat real wages remain despite lower inflation – IBON

Research group IBON said that the lower inflation figure for January 2019 is welcome, but stressed that prices are still higher compared to last year. Real wages have been stagnant for more than a decade and high prices remain a burden for most Filipino families, said the group. Headline inflation for January 2019 is at 

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Second year of slowing growth a wake-up call – IBON

Research group IBON said that the second year of slowing growth under the Duterte administration should be enough to jolt it out of its complacency and denial. The downturn in the last two years and the poor prospects in the year to come should be a wake-up call to start to undertake the difficult but 

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Randy Malayao: Campus journalist and ‘fisher of men’

In prison Randy endeared himself to all by consoling distraught fellow prisoners, volunteering to write letters and conduct literary programs for the illiterate inmates, organizing medical missions and sports fests, and acting as paralegal, among others. He readily shared his food, medicines, even electric fans and reading materials to all fellow prisoners. By Raymund B. 

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By Bishop Rex B. Reyes, Jr.

A Tribute and a Statement

Woke up to a grey, overcast morning. . . on the verge of raindrops. The sun is hidden from view. The morning sky mourns for you, Randy Malayao, peace advocate and example of uprightness. And I do, too – most grievously. Your death in the hands of a gunman, in a bus in the middle 

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