PHILIPPINES: A blind eye to human rights violations

By Mark A. Cadiz In an effort to raise awareness about the negative impact of mining exploration on indigenous communities throughout the world, the International Coalition of Human Rights Phillipines-Canada (ICHRP) led a public meeting in Toronto Saturday, Dec. 13 addressing their concerns. Days after the world acknowledged the importance of human rights for all 

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Jerryme Corre

Jerryme Corre, police torture victim in the Philippines

Amnesty International focuses on torture in the Philippines By Rachelle Cruz “They put cloth over my mouth and poured water down it. I felt like I was drowning – I could no longer breathe. Then they drenched my body with water and gave me electric shocks, over and over.”– Jerryme Corre, Torture Survivor Jerryme Corre 

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Breaking down the culture of impunity

It all started with the Marcos dictatorship. In two decades of iron rule, Marcos perfected a system of oppression that knew no bounds, without fear of punishment for illegal wrongdoing for in his own mind his word is the law. Thousands had been killed, jailed and had disappeared. Torture and extrajudicial killings were widely practised 

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Nature does not negotiate: Climate catastrophe is with us now

By Kumi Naidoo As Typhoon Hagupit hits the Philippines, one of the biggest peacetime evacuations in history has been launched to prevent a repeat of the massive loss of life which devastated communities when Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the same area just over a year ago. “One of the biggest evacuations in peacetime” strikes a 

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Ang Bisaya Association Sa Ontario 30th Anniversary Induction Gala

Dec. 13 , 2014, Driftwood Communitry Centre, Toronto ABASO Board members: Casil Galicinao, Dr. Romy Sinajon, Don Quimno, Roman Maravillas Sr., Roman Maravillas Jr., Lilia Concepcion (Past President), Agnes Sarmago-Loshusan (President 2014-2016); Anthony Peruzza (Toronto Councillor – Ward 8 York West); Lilac L. Caña (Vice-President 2014-2016), Carmen del Rosario (Board member), Noreen Chan (Secretary-Treasurer 2014-2016), 

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Community Christmas Events

The Philippine Reporter‘s Annual Christmas Get-together ——————– ALEX GUARNES ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY ——————– Taste of Manila Christmas Party, Dec. 12, 2014 (2 PHOTOS: ARIEL RAMOS) ——————– V. MAPA ALUMNI CHRISTMAS GET-TOGETHER

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PCCF, AFCM and OLA hold Christmas Party

By Fe Taduran The Philippine Canadian Charitable Foundation (PCCF) together with the Archdiocesan Filipino Catholic Mission (AFCM) and the Our Lady of Assumption (OLA) Catholic Church, had a Christmas Party attended by 350 volunteers and supporters, on Saturday, December 13th, 2014, at the OLA Hall at 2565 Bathurst Street in Toronto. Those in attendance enjoyed 

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MP Rathika Sitsabaiesan

Statement by MP Rathika Sitsabaiesan On Pakistan school attack

My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Pakistan and the Pakistani community here in Scarborough and in Canada. Yesterday’s horrific attack on a school in Peshawar, Pakistan reportedly killed 132 innocent children and students, nine staff members and wounded hundreds. We are deeply saddened by this loss of so many young lives and 

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MP Joyce Murray

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Fire Fantino for his shameful treatment of Canada’s veterans

Dear Editor, It is now abundantly clear that the care provided to our veterans, who stood ready to give their all for our country, has been shameful under Minister Julian Fantino. The Conservative government claims its cuts to the Veterans Affairs Department were to the “back office” and did not affect front line services. Yet 

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Liberals side with predatory payday loan industry

QUEEN’S PARK–Today, the Liberal government refused to support an NDP motion, introduced by NDP Government and Consumer Services critic Jagmeet Singh, that would immediately prevent predatory practices by payday loan companies. The motion calls for banning gift card exchanges at exorbitant rates and reducing the fee charged on a payday loan to a rate lower 

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