Beware of onerous China ODA – IBON

In its eagerness to raise billions of pesos in funds for its hyped infrastructure program, the Duterte administration is brokering questionable deals with China that could threaten Philippine sovereignty. Research group IBON raised the warning in anticipation of Chinese president Xi Jinping’s upcoming visit to the Philippines. IBON said that a number of agreements between 

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False Choices on the Basis of Simpleton Arguments

NDFP on Philippine-China Relations Statement by Prof. Jose Maria Sison, NDFP Chief Political Consultant, November 22, 2018 The tyrant Duterte and his followers keep on dumbing down the Filipino people. To have their way on major issues, they always put forward false choices on the basis of simpleton arguments that are grossly contrary to facts. 

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Espina-Varona wins international award for journalists

By Raymund Villanueva Kodao.org A Filipino won one of the most prestigious global awards for journalists for her resistance to “financial, political, economic or religious pressures or because of the values and rules that enable them to resist” in reporting on issues that are sensitive in the Philippines. Cited for her many reports on child 

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Journalists are brave, our people are brave

By Inday Espina-Varona (Speech delivered on Nov. 8, 2018) It’s official. I received the RSF Prize for Independence tonight in London. Pascal Guimier of @TV5MONDE presented the prize. #RSFAwards2018 Here’s my brief speech: Thank you, Reporters Without Borders for this honor. I share this with embattled Philippine colleagues: the 185 killed since the 1986 restoration 

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The Death of a Lawyer and The Responsibility of the Intellectual

By Carlo Rey Lacsamana ManilaToday.net The death of human rights lawyer Benjamin “Ben” Ramos Jr. last November 6 depicts the level of barbarity Philippine politics has sunk into and the staggering sense of inevitability of the consequences for the socially conscious Filipino intellectual. One is hardly surprised at the fate of Ben Ramos Jr. a 

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Atty. Benjamin Ramos, 56 years old, was Secretary General of the Negros Chapter of the National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL). He represented the Mabinay 6 and the victims of the Sagay massacre.

Atty. Ben was a giant in our midst

Statement by Public Interest Law Center (PILC) As Atty. Benjamin T. Ramos is laid to rest today, the Public Interest Law Center (PILC) joins all those he left behind in grief and remembrance. We remember Atty. Ben, our co-counsel in cases of political prisoners, as a jolly fellow who enjoyed good-natured ribbing as well as 

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Celebrate People’s Resistance on #ISD2018

The Canada chapter of Filipino youth group Anakbayan expresses its collective support of the global observance of militant student activism on International Students Day #ISD2018. We continue the struggle against the neoliberal attacks on public education, and fight for free and emancipatory education. November 17th is commemorated as a significant day when students rose in 

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By Aisha Kaalim

Violence Against the Land and People

(Following speech was delivered by youth group Anakbayan-Toronto at the 2018 Toronto People’s Climate Assembly at University of Toronto, an annual social justice event, which asserts that climate change is not a future social and ecological crisis, but a current one and that those most impacted are those most marginalized; thus it seeks to center 

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Human Rights Update

HUMAN RIGHTS UPDATE. Two guests from the Philippines — Vernie Yocogan-Diano and Dr. Anie Bautista recently conducted in Toronto an update on the human rights situation in the Philippines on Nov. 19.

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Two candle-lit ceremonies for Maguindanao and Sagay 9 Massacres

At another event by Filipino-Canadian Journalists Network on Nov. 13, a candle-lit ceremony was held to commemorate the Maguindanao Massacre of 2009. A candle-lit ceremony was held in Toronto for the Sagay 9 Massacre victims in Negros Philippines, Nov. 19.

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