Nicole Huff at her debut bash.

Nicole Huff of Degrassi fame: Soaring TV series and film career

By Rachelle Cruz Nicole Huff, who had played Gloria Chin on Degrassi, has new projects this year that reflect her continuing success in her chosen field. She is a guest star aka Renee Joy on this new CBC Network legal drama TV series, Diggstown. Her episode starts March 13. Huff also got a chance to 

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A Reading & Conversation with Jessica Hagedorn

By Robert Diaz In her Toronto debut, award-winning Filipino American author Jessica Hagedorn will reflect on how the city, especially Manila, has influenced her artistry and craft. She will read from her past writing, as well as engage in conversation with Lucy Mae San Pablo Burns, Associate Professor of Asian American Studies at UCLA. Jessica 

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Jody Wilson-Raybould as she testified on the investigation into the SNC-Lavalin Affair

Does corruption hinder progress?

We Filipinos like to lazily blame corrupt government as the cause of the Nation’s many ills. But as Canada’s experience with corruption shows, the relationship between corruption and progress isn’t as clear-cut. It’s time for us Filipinos to look much deeper into what is hindering our progress as a Nation, because the often-used excuse of 

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Chel Diokno to Duterte: Stop weaponizing lists

Rappler.com MANILA, Philippines – Human rights lawyer and senatorial candidate Chel Diokno slammed President Rodrigo Duterte for weaponizing lists against government critics. The Otso Diretso senatorial bet was asked during Rappler’s #TheLeaderIWant senatorial forum on Monday, March 4, what he suggests should be done so people in power will not break the law. “Dapat tigilan 

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On EDSA uprising anniversary, progressives assail ‘shadows of tyranny’ under Duterte

By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO Bulatlat.com MANILA — The EDSA Shrine has once again been filled with battle cries of the Filipino people as a broad array of human rights defenders, workers, the urban poor, youth and students, and church people gathered for the 33th year since the EDSA uprising to call out the government 

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Manila Bay

Businessmen cashing in on Metro Manila Reclamation project –IBON

IBON.org Research group IBON said that the Manila Bay reclamation project under the Build, Build, Build program is a profit-led infrastructure plan that will mainly benefit big business. The group said that contrary to government claims, the project will displace nearby communities from their homes and livelihoods and destroy the environment. The Manila Bay Reclamation 

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Cheaper rice for now, but at what cost?

By Sonny Africa IBON.org The government’s economic managers claim that the new Rice Tariffication Act which takes effect on March 5, 2019 will ensure the availability of cheaper rice for Filipino consumers. They also claim that the law will make Filipino rice farmers more competitive and profitable. Yet while rice from abroad could become cheaper 

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Rice tariffication puts PH food security at risk—IBON

IBON.org IBON Executive Editor Rosario Bella Guzman said that non-quota tariff rice importation undermines the food security principles of supply stability and affordability. She said that in face of world market volatility, a fluctuating peso-dollar exchange rate and impending El Nino, government should seek to stabilize prices and the economy. Government will soon release the 

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Sister Elenita Belardo

‘Desperate move’ to vilify rural missionaries

We, the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines, a national organization of women and men religious, priests and lay, condemn the tagging of our organization as a “communist front,” this time through the complaints filed by National Security Council deputy director general Vicente Agdamag to the United Nations (UN). The report, submitted to the Office of 

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Bishops Calang and Ablon

Hands Off the Bearers of the Gospel

Ecumenical Bishops’ Forum EBF Statement on the Red-Tagging of Bishop Felixberto Calang and Bishop Antonio Ablon The Ecumenical Bishops Forum (EBF) decries the malicious tagging of Iglesia Filipina Independiente Bishop Felixberto Calang and Bishop Antonio Ablon as among the “terrorist members of the New People’s Army and Communist Party of the Philippines.” We condemn this 

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