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Resistance, unity and hope: A look-back at the year 2018

By Renato Reyes Jr. Bulatlat.com Lets’ take a brief review of the events and actions that shaped the year 2018. It was undoubtedly a year of fierce resistance, unity and unshakeable hope. We pay tribute to all those who made sacrifices in defense of our rights and freedoms. We celebrate the big and small victories 

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Ode to suppressed historical upheavals

FILM REVIEW: Alma-ata (2018) By Ysh Cabana The Philippine Reporter Alma-ata is auteur Arnel Mardoquio’s bravura ode to suppressed historical upheavals that mirror domestic struggle for social equity in his native island of Mindanao. The end credits state Mardoquio’s latest feature is dedicated to the people, who “have graciously died in serving the Filipino revolution.” 

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Ex-bank manager guilty of money laundering

Philstar.com MANILA, Philippines — A Makati City court  Thursday (Jan. 10) convicted a former bank branch manager of money laundering for her role in one of the biggest cyber-heists in history involving $81 million belonging to the Bangladesh government. In a 26-page decision, Judge Cesar Untalan of Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 149 sentenced 

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IN PHOTOS: Traslación

ManilaToday.net Every January 9, the Traslación of the Black Nazarene (commemoration of the “solemn transfer” of the image’s copy from San Nicolás de Tolentino in Intramuros to Quiapo) makes its way along the streets of Quiapo in the Philippine capital of Manila, with attendees reaching up to 12 million and the procession taking as long 

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Balangiga bells must ring for genuine independence

By Padre Dionito M. Cabillas ManilaToday.net Surely, Filipinos joyously received the Balangiga bells from its colonial master, the United States of America (U.S.). Many opinions and reflections had been shared in public about the Balangiga bells. What is the significance of the return of the Balangiga bells? Have Filipinos been emancipated from U.S. domination now 

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On Sionil Jose’s theoretically correct but historically wrong take on the revolution

By Regletto Aldrich Imbong Rappler.com In a commentary published by the Philippine Star last December 28, 2018, F. Sionil Jose argued the non-necessity of being a communist in making a revolution. In this article, he discussed 4 correct points. First, that our country, “tyrannized by a corrupt political system,” needs a revolution, from way before 

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CPP celebrates 50th anniversary

By RAYMUND B. VILLANUEVA Kodao Productions / Bulatlat The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) celebrated its 50th founding anniversary Dec. 26 in many regions nationwide despite the government’s refusal to reciprocate its unilateral ceasefire declaration, the group’s information bureau announced. “In the guerrilla areas, NPA (New People’s Army) Red fighters and Party members gathered 

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At least 251 journalists jailed globally – CPJ

Rappler.com MANILA–At least 251 journalists are behind bars for doing their work, according to a Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) report released Thursday, December 13. China, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia imprisoned more journalists this year than in 2017, while Turkey remained the world’s worst jailer for the third year in a row, imprisoning at least 

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NUJP denounces red-tagging

By Ronalyn V. Olea Bulatlat.com The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) condemned efforts to link the group to the communist movement. Three Manila-based tabloids – Police Files Tonite, Bagong Bomba and Saksi Mata ng Katotohanan – carried the exact same headline: “NUJP PINAMUMUNUAN NG CPP-NPA-NDF” (NUJP HEADED BY CPP-NPA-NDF), the latter initials 

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2018 Yearender: Are You High? The Economy Isn’t

By Sonny Africa Executive Director, IBON Foundation The Duterte administration’s economic managers made some odd statements as the year wound up. Economic planning secretary Ernesto Pernia said “the Philippine economy became stronger and even more resilient than ever”. Finance secretary Carlos Dominguez III insisted on “the soundness of the Duterte administration’s economic development strategy”. Bangko 

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