Message to big foreign mining companies: Stop plundering ancestral lands

INTERVIEW: Bishop Antonio Ablon By Hermie Garcia (The Philippine Reporter interviewed Bishop Ablon of the Philippine Independent Church, Zamboanga del Sur. See previous issue for full coverage of his group’s visit.) The Philippine Reporter: What were the objectives of your Canada visit? Bishop Antonio Ablon: I quote from the goals and key messages of the 

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Members of different community organizations in Montreal joined FIPOQ in celebrating Cordillera Day 2017. 
(Photos: Joyce Valbuena)

A Cordillera Day in Montreal

Recounting the resistance of indigenous people in Cordillera: By Joyce Valbuena The Filipino Indigenous People Organization in Quebec (FIPOQ) headed the celebration of Cordillera Day in Montreal last April 15. The event was held a week earlier than the actual Cordillera Day (April 24) because some of the members of FIPOQ were bound to go 

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On the Wings of Bird Poems

By Ed Maranan To some people, birds might as well be the “crowning glory of creation”, a tag usually reserved for human beings. After all, writers throughout history have written odes, paeans and songs extolling these wingèd creatures, envying them their gift of flight, even expressing a wish to be transformed into such masters of 

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George R. Poblete and Gov. Gen. David Johnston
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Poblete receives Queen’s Sovereign Medal from Gov. General Johnston

By Fe Paca-Taduran OTTAWA, CANADA–Scarborough, Ontario resident George R. Poblete, received the Queen’s Sovereign Medal for Volunteers from the Right Honourable Governor General David Johnston, during a formal presentation ceremony made at the Rideau Hall at 1 Sussex Drive in Ottawa, on April 24, 2017. George received this honour for his over sixty years of 

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The DAR found that 83 percent of agrarian reform beneficiaries have either leased out or sold the land awarded to them. (AP file)

DAR voids illegal lease, sale of Hacienda Luisita CARP lands

MANILA, Philippines — Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano on Wednesday voided the sale and leasing out of Hacienda Luisita farm lots awarded by the government to agrarian reform beneficiaries. “This is a decisive action to defend and assert the rights of farmers to own and cultivate their awarded farm lots,” Mariano said. Mariano issued the 

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Ensure Luisita distribution to show resolve in land reform, peace – IBON

IBON today urged the Duterte administration to ensure the distribution of the Hacienda Luisita and provide support services to farmers to show its resolve in firming up free land distribution as the basic principle of genuine agrarian reform during the last round of peace talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). The 

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Students from the University of the Philippines campus in Manila stage a walkout in February to call for free education for all. 
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NUSP Statement on free education

Last year, Filipino students nationwide welcomed the introduction of free tuition in all state universities and colleges (SUCs) for academic year 2017-2018. Because of the student movement’s clamor for free public education at all levels, the Congress granted the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) an additional budget of P8.3 billion to fund all 114 SUCs 

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In defense of the poor

Statement of National Anti Poverty Commission Lead Convenor, Secretary Liza Maza, April 20, 2017 How society perceives poverty and the poor influence policy decisions and people’s initiative towards poverty eradication. We cannot effectively fight poverty if we see the poor as lazy, uneducated, non-tax payers and thus, undeserving of public support. Often associated with criminal 

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By Tonyo Cruz

Kadamay 1, Homelessness 0

On April 4, President Duterte announced that he was giving Kadamay what it wants, meaning providing to the urban poor the bare, rotting, empty houses they have occupied. He said he would build new ones for soldiers and cops. Congratulations to Kadamay for heroically making the issue of shelter a national issue and for successfully 

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Private sector-led housing undermines meager budget

“The problematic private sector-led housing program of government further undermines the meager housing budget. So-called low-cost socialized housing, for instance, now has a price ceiling of Php450,000, which was increased from its previous Php400,000 to encourage private developers to participate in the production of socialized housing units as well as reflect higher construction costs. Many 

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