Duterte to discuss peace talks with Leftists Cabinet members on Feb. 20

DAVAO TODAY DAVAO CITY, Philippines —- National Anti-Poverty Commission Lead Convenor Liza Maza said she and two other Left-leaning Cabinet officials and government negotiators will be meeting President Rodrigo Duterte on February 20. Maza said the Cabinet has not yet taken up the issue of the terminated peace talks with the National Democratic Front of 

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Banico family: Melona (extreme right); Jeah, 14; Judelyn, 26; her grandson, Clyde, 10; and her son, Jade, 24.

‘My First 150 Days’

Film about a Filipino family’s struggles in Toronto By Althea Manasan A new documentary about an immigrant Filipino family will have its world premiere in Toronto this month, highlighting the struggles and hopes of newcomers building a new life in Canada. My First 150 Days follows single mother Melona Banico as she welcomes her three 

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Gina Bahiwal: Fighting On

OFW Advocating for Temporary Foreign Workers Almost deported, but for Gina and others, the fight is still on By Pet G. Cleto On Sunday, January 15, 2017, Gina (Gregorgina) Bahiwal, former social worker turned farm worker, was to be deported back to the Philippines. She was judged to be illegal because she was way past 

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Dr. Eileen de Villa

Toronto’s new Medical Officer of Health

TORONTO–At its meeting on Jan. 30, Toronto City Council approved the appointment of Dr. Eileen de Villa as Toronto’s new Medical Officer of Health, following recommendation from the City’s Board of Health. Dr. de Villa will begin her position at the City on March 27. “I’m very pleased with the appointment of Dr. de Villa,” 

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A protester expressed her outrage over U.S. President Trump’s Muslim ban.

‘Justice for immigrants, freedom for refugees’

Migrants protest against Trump’s travel ban By Lui Queaño TORONTO– U.S. President Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily banning the entry of immigrants and travellers from seven predominantly Muslim countries sparked protests in Toronto in front of the U.S. Consulate, on University Ave. south of Dundas St., on Monday, Jan. 30. Thousands of demontrators again regrouped 

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Town Hall Panel speakers

Jersey City Filipinos hold forum on Trump’s policies, unite with Muslims, refugees

NEW JERSEY, NY–More than 50 community members attended a town hall forum last Sunday at the Philippine Community Center in Jersey City, aimed at tackling the impacts of the Trump administration on the Filipino community.  The town hall forum was held a couple of days after Donald Trump signed a series of anti-immigrant executive orders. 

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Trump presidency bodes ill for smaller nations like PH

IBON.org America’s inauguration of its 45th President sent jitters across the world as to the future of foreign policies, said research group IBON. For the Philippines, whose economy has been influenced largely by the US for many decades, this is an opportune time to rethink its economic policies and its relations not only with the 

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Pinay filmmaker awarded to use studio, resources

The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) and PIX FILM is pleased to announce that local filmmaker Leslie Supnet is now in residence as our first filmmaker in the new Studio Immersion Program, supported by the Petman Foundation. The award enables Canadian and International artists to use the studio at PIX FILM and production 

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Toronto 2017 budget focuses on savings, investing in community

TORONTO–The 2017 budget is focused on saving money, keeping the city affordable and investing in Toronto residents’ priorities. On Monday Feb. 6, Mayor John Tory, Councillor Gary Crawford and City staff met with members of the multilingual media for a Toronto 2017 Budget briefing. Media received a technical briefing by City staff on the budget. 

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Scams in the online dating world

BUSINESS WORLD GONE ARE the days when introducing oneself to prospective romantic partners required actual physical effort (and mental courage). Today it is so much easier — and convenient — to log on to online dating sites which use algorithms to try and find you a perfect date — or, as Russian cybersecurity and antivirus 

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