Opinion & Analysis

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Philippines: Aquino’s Doubtful Legacy on Rights

No Real Progress on Justice for Serious Abuses (New York, January 27, 2016) – Philippine President Benigno Aquino III’s six-year term in office will end in mid-2016 without achieving his promised goal to significantly improve human rights in the country, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2016. There has been little accountability 

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BAYAN-USA hits FBI with FOI request about FBI’s role in Mamasapano incident

On the first anniversary of Mamasapano fiasco “Over 60 Filipinos died and witnesses also saw the body of an American at the covert U.S.-designed Mamasapano operation one year ago, yet the U.S. has still not come clean about the extent of its role in the carnage. We are filing this Freedom of Information Act request 

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Backward step for Philippine women

By Phelim Kine The Philippine government has taken a serious step backward in its obligation to protect maternal health, reduce infant mortality, and prevent the spread of HIV. Last week, the Philippine Congress eliminated funding in the 2016 national budget for contraception, cutting vital support for lower-income Filipinos who rely on state-provided contraceptive services for 

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Minister McCallum

Minister McCallum issues statement regarding disturbing incident in Vancouver

Ottawa, January 9, 2016—The Honourable John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, today issued the following statement: “I was appalled when I heard of last night’s incident outside the Muslim Association of Canada Centre in Vancouver, in which an unknown assailant pepper sprayed a group of Syrian refugees. Paramedics treated more than two dozen 

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2016 Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, from the Philippines			       (PHOTO: GMA)

Miss Universe mix-up worked in PH’s favor

By Aileen Ormoc When I first watched Miss Colombia dethroned on national television, I, like many of you, watched this train wreck unfold in a mix between sheer horror and amusement (You had one job, Steve). And after reading several narratives about Poor Miss Philippines, I began to think, ‘Why should we feel sorry for 

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LETTY JIMENEZ MAGSANOC:  Passionate, Dedicated, Inspiring

Defender of press freedom, democracy

Philippine Daily Inquirer Editor-in-Chief writes 30 LJM never wrote 30 We join countless others  in deeply mourning the passing of a giant and omnipresent icon of press freedom. Letty Jimenez Magsanoc was not only fearless in her views, passionate in her work but also served as an inspiration to generations including lawyers who are likewise 

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Ibon International reports on the protest movement at #COP21

Over 130 Heads of State have arrived in Paris in an attempt to sign a new global agreement, amidst high expectations of people all around the world for urgent and meaningful action to respond to the climate crisis. Just over the weekend, the world saw the biggest ever climate marches of almost 1 million people gathering 

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PPCO for a stronger, more proactive, productive Filipino Canadian community

Welcome Address by Rose S. Tijam PPCO President Past and present officers and members of esteemed community organizations, birthday celebrants in November, friends, ladies and gentlemen, welcome to another event of the Philippine Press Club Ontario – this time, a Christmas Party. Many of you were with us when we hosted the PPCO Political Forum 

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Aquino’s double talk at the climate talks

By CLEMENTE BAUTISTA kalibutan On the first of December, President Noynoy Aquino will speak at the 21st Conference of Parties (COP 21) Climate Talks in Paris, France. Aquino’s three-minute speech will likely prattle about the Philippines’ Intended Nationally-Determined Commitment (INDC) to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions by 70 percent, and the supposed improvement of disaster 

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Filipino Climate Artist on COP 21: If World Leaders Really Cared, Agreement Would Not Take 20 Years

In 2013, Yeb Saño’s brother A.G. Saño was in the city of Tacloban, which was leveled by Typhoon Haiyan. A.G. Saño, a street artist, didn’t have credentials to enter the highly fortified U.N. climate summit, but Democracy Now! interviewed him offsite. “We painted murals that depict pilgrims walking around the world and leading towards Paris,” 

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