Opinion & Analysis


Canada Filipino youth condemn violent dispersal of Indigenous people in Manila US embassy protest

October 20, 2016 Filipino youth group Anakbayan in Canada strongly condemns the dastardly dispersal of protests of indigenous peoples belonging to the newly established SANDUGO alliance at the Manila US Embassy and at Camp Aguinaldo the previous day. Around fifty were hurt when police personnel brutally used unreasonable force to break up the organized group. 

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Independence assertion a first 100 days highlight

End US interference in PH econ affairs, gov’t urged

O​n the eve of the Duterte administration’s 100th day, research group IBON said that the government should not just be open to United States (US) withdrawal of its assistance to the Philippines. The Philippines can unilaterally end so-called programs which interfere in the country’s economic policy-making. This includes the US’s so-called Partnership for Growth (PFG) 

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Many Filipinos had trouble spending on food and services in past three months — IBON Survey

Research group IBON’s most recent survey shows many respondents saying that they had difficulty in buying food and paying for their children’s schooling and health expenses. Asked how their family met food, schooling and health expenses in the past three months, majority answered that they had difficulty in buying food while more respondents had difficulty meeting 

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Journalist Wences Balanquit of Southern Tagalog Exposure. 
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STATEMENT: AlterMidya condemns illegal arrest, assault of journalists in violent dispersals

ALTERMIDYA, a national network of alternative media groups, strongly condemns the attack on journalists covering the protest at the US embassy Wednesday morning. Close to a thousand protesters, mostly indigenous people, were about to conclude their demonstration when police violently dispersed, mauled and arrested several demonstrators. Among those illegally arrested was Wences Balanquit, a journalist 

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Kuwentong Barbero (Tagalog version)

By Pamela Saavedra Isang araw sa Davao City, pumasok si Tikboy sa isang barbershop malapit sa City Hall upang magpagupit. Pagpasok niya, walang customer sa loob. Nakita niya ang isang matandang barbero na nagbabasa ng newspaper. Ang headlines – “De Lima, Walked Out From Senate Hearing”. Barbero: Magpapagupit ka sir? Tikboy: Oo, kol. ( Kol, 

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By Marites Danguilan Vitug

My words at Vet’s funeral mass on Sept. 29, 2016

(VET VITUG, Manila-based journalist and poet, died after a long illness last Sept. 26, 2016 at the age of 65 years old. In lieu of a eulogy, The Philippine Reporter is publishing Vet’s favorite poem, provided to us by his widow, Marites Danguilan Vitug, journalist and book-auithor, and Contributing Editor to the Philippine Reporter.) VET 

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S&P is overrated, says Duterte ally

Days after President Rodrigo Duterte said he does not care about Standard and Poor’s Financial Services LLC’s (S&P’s) assessment of his administration’s initial performance, a member of the Philippine Congress described the global credit rating agency as “somewhat overrated.” “While S&P to a certain degree helps fund managers rationalize and feel good about their investments, 

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Migrant workers call for permanent status, labour and human rights

The Federal government’s acknowledgement of the need for reforms of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program today is a result of years of migrant workers advocating for themselves and fighting against denial of their human and labour rights. Migrant workers members of Coalition for Migrant Worker Rights Canada (CMWRC), the representative body for migrant workers in 

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Minister Helena Jaczek

Minister Jaczek’s decision to close sheltered workshops: Misguided

NATIONAL ETHNIC PRESS & MEDIA COUNCIL OF CANADA (NEPMCC) EDITORIAL There is rising opposition to the Ontario Government’s autocratic plan to eliminate provincially funded workshops where people with intellectual disabilities do menial tasks for pennies a day. During recent investigation of the situation by the Toronto Star, it was reported that many enjoy the social 

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NUJP deplores threats against journalists; urges end to media blame

National Union of Journalists of the Philippines Statement September 19, 2016 The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) deplores the recent social media attacks on our colleagues, freelance journalist Gretchen Malalad, and Al Jazeera correspondent Jamela Alindogan-Caudron, which have gone beyond legitimate criticism of their professional output to outright threats on their persons. 

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