Opinion & Analysis

Garry Martinez

Open letter to Pres. Duterte: The change OFWs want to see

Dear President Duterte, We congratulate you on your overwhelming victory in the May 2016 polls. The Filipino people have spoken, and they chose change. You sweeping victory is testament to how Filipinos, wherever we are in the world, thirst for a new leadership that is not corrupt and cacique. We want a new government that 

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Toronto Opinion Survey on Duterte

The Philippine Reporter conducted a quick opinion survey about the recent results of the Philippine presidential election. Questions: 1. What should winning presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte do (policy actions, like poverty reduction, reduce crime, jail corrupt officials, environment protection, peace talks with rebels, etc.) as President in his first 100 days? 2.  What should Filipinos 

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It’s not Duterte, it’s the Herd

By Voltaire de Leon We all feel it. There is something wrong in the body politic that is the Philippine electorate. I felt in during the forum with Loida Nicholas Lewis who came to Toronto and Mississauga to speak on Good Government. Rather than lecturing at an abstract level of “how anti- corruption values can 

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Christian Joy Brosas for infographic with research 
by Jamaine Punzalan, ABS-CBN News

Laughing at a daughter’s rape

By Inday Espina-Varona “She can’t be raped; she carries a gun.”–Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, joking about his daughter coming out as a rape victim. It takes a lot of courage for women to come out as rape victims. Sara Duterte, facing backlash over her father’s “joke” about an Australian missionary raped and killed during a 

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Bigas not Bala

Food, not bullets!

Statement of Philippine Task Force for Indigenous Peoples’ Rights on the Kidapawan Massacre On March 30, 2016, around 5000 farmers occupied the streets of Kidapawan City in Cotabato to demand emergency food aid and seeds of drought-resistant crops from the government. Without an immediate response from the local government of Kidapawan, the province of Cotabato 

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Ancient Philippine Creation Myth: “There is a huge bird that splits a giant bamboo, and Malakas and Maganda emerge from the halves.” During martial law, Marcos became Malakas and Imelda, Maganda.

MALAKAS AT MAGANDA: The Marcos reign, myth-making and deception in history

Matakot sa kasaysayan pagkat walang lihim itong di nahahayag. (Fear history for it respects no secrets.) – Gregoria de Jesus, Lakambini ng Katipunan The darkness of dictatorship descended upon the Philippines when Ferdinand E. Marcos declared martial law in 1972 and the dictator ruled the nation with impunity. Great danger now lurks behind a deceptive 

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‘This is not mercy but cruelty’

Bishop Broderick Pabillo on the Kidapawan Shooting I join my voice in protesting the shooting and the violent dispersal of the protesting farmers in Kidapawan. This is not the way to react to the grievances of the farmers that the government was not able to address in the first place. The El Niño is not 

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KKKP’s Statement on Kidapawan Massacre

Statement of Kalipunan ng Kristiyanong Kabataan sa Pilipinas (KKKP) Kidapawan, Hacienda Luisita, Mendiola….. They asked for food, but got bullets and a bloody dispersal in return. “What right have you to crush my people, and grinding the face of the poor?”– Isaiah 3:15 As Filipino youth, as peace and justice advocates, and as believers in 

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CJFE condemns court ruling threatening press freedom

TORONTO (March 31, 2016)–Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) and the undersigned organizations have issued a joint letter to Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale expressing alarm over the Ontario Superior Court ruling that Vice News reporter Ben Makuch must hand over all communications between him and an ISIS fighter to the RCMP. The coalition urges 

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Journalists denounce police intimidation, harassment

Kidapawan coverage AlterMidya, a nationwide network of independent media organizations, denounces police intimidation and attempts to suppress information by preventing journalists from covering the aftermath of the April 1 Kidapawan massacre. The Cotabato police set up a checkpoint outside the Spottswood United Methodist Center where the protesting farmers retreated after Friday’s violent dispersal. Setting up 

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