Opinion & Analysis


Poverty, corruption did not go down in past three months

The survey revealed public opinion contrary to recent government claims that its poverty and anti-corruption efforts have been working The latest IBON survey showed that seven of ten Filipinos do not think that poverty has lessened in the past months. The survey also showed that six of ten Filipinos do not think there is less 

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IBON Survey: More Filipinos see themselves poor

According to the latest survey of research group IBON, seven out of ten Filipinos see their families’ situation as poor. Asked what they can say about their family’s situation today, respondents who answered ‘poor’ increased to 67.2% in the May round from 64.6% in the January round. The respondents were also asked what they think 

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Venessa Redgraves picture taken during the filming of Camelot in 1969. From the page of the Theater Book with Vanessa’s signature. Also in the picture is Jeremy Brett, also on the play Design for Living at Phoenix Theater in London’s West End.

How I met the queen of Camelot

By Joel Recla CAMELOT  is a story of the marriage of King Arthur and Queen Guinevere.  The King gathers the noble Knights of the realm to his round table.  The dashing and stalwart Lancelot joins.  But soon finds himself enraptured by the lovely Guinevere.  When Arthur’s illegitimate son, Modred reappears in the kingdom and outs 

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Proposed Sin Tax policy to include all sweetened and sugary soft drinks

By Gemma Rains The Potential Expansion of The Philippines Sin Taxes More than two years ago the Philippine Congress passed new laws (colloquially known as the ‘sin taxes’) that increase the amount of tax that the government receives from the sales of both tobacco and alcohol in the country. The purpose of these taxes were 

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Atty. Mark A. B. Donald

Presentation on Defamation by Lawyer Mark A.B. Donald

Summary of presentation to the Philippine Press Club of Ontario, June 24, 2015 at Casa Manila, Toronto DEFAMATION: WHAT IT IS The starting point for any discussion of defamation law is an understanding of what “defamation” actually means. Defamation can be divided into two sub-sections: (1) libel (written defamation); and (2) slander (spoken defamation). For 

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Open Letter from Michael Chan

Ontario’s Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade replies to Globe and Mail’s story casting doubts on his loyalty to Canada June 17, 2015 I wish to make a statement about the recent Globe & Mail articles that repeat 5-year-old, unfounded suggestions about me. I am grateful to Premier Wynne for her early and definitive 

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Duterte-Marcos: A match made in …

By LUIS V. TEODORO Senator Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. has denied receiving any “offer” from Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to run as the latter’s vice-presidential candidate in 2016. But Marcos did tell the media that any team that has a Marcos and a Duterte in it would be strong; “It’s just that simple.” (Lahat ng 

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: A plan for real change

Dear Editor, After 10 years under the Harper government, Ottawa is broken. Canadians’ faith in politics has never been lower. After promising reform, the Conservatives have delivered the most centralized, partisan and self-serving government in our history. Under Harper, Science and evidence have never mattered less; politics and partisanship have never mattered more. The people 

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Statement from NDP Immigration Critic Teresa Armstrong on report into immigration detentions

“The report by the University of Toronto ‎should provoke shock and outrage at the deplorable conditions and neglect immigration detainees experience in Ontario. “New Democrats have raised the issue of this Liberal government’s role in the detention of immigrants before and received only silence back. I understand this is the same response the report’s authors 

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Andres Bonifacio and Emilio Aguinaldo

Independence: ‘Unfinished’ and elusive

By Luis V. Teodoro In 1962, then President Diosdado Macapagal declared June 12 Philippine Independence Day — 16 years after it had been celebrated every July 4 when, in 1946, the United States “granted” the country independence. Few objected at the time, in apparent agreement with Macapagal that the June 12, 1898 declaration of independence 

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