Opinion & Analysis

Lower Taxes for the Poor CMYK

Tax reform should be pro-poor, progressive

Research institution IBON said that government should be willing to forge a genuinely progressive tax system instead of adopting one that remains pro-rich. The group said this upon recent Congressional approval of the first part of the Department of Finance’s (DOF) Comprehensive Tax Reform Package (CTRP).  Forging a truly progressive tax package is an important 

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The on and off peace talks

After an optimistic end to the fourth round of peace talks between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), things appeared to have soured once again. Even if the GRP-NDFP peace talks have got nothing to do with the intensified battle that erupted between 

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NEVER AGAIN: It’s time to show that we are also serious

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective People were half expecting it, and we have always shouted “Never Again!” in response to these threats. And now, President Duterte has made good his threat of declaring martial law in Mindanao and hinted that he is willing to declare it nationwide. Since August 2016, or a little more than 

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After martial law declaration: Rights violations intensify in Mindanao

A few days after the declaration of martial law in Mindanao, a Moro resident of Brgy. Salat, President Roxas, North Cotabato was killed due to military aerial bombings, and at least two farmers were illegally arrested in Maragusan, Compostela Valley, in the course of the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ continuing implementation of counter-insurgency operations 

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Martial Law declaration to intensify civilian casualties in Marawi crisis – groups

 newly-elected chairperson of Suara Bangsamoro, said that the martial law declaration will not resolve the incursion of the Maute group in Marawi City but will only intensify civilian casualties and will only worsen the heightening peace instability in the province. Suara Bangsamoro today reported that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) gave civilians in 

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STATEMENT: Martial Law declaration flouts peace processes, rejects lessons of history

Statement by Sowing the Seeds of Peace in Mindanao Sowing the Seeds of Peace opposes the declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao. Martial Law throws out the headways in the peace processes between the Philippine government, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the Moro National Liberation Front, and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines. The 

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STATEMENT: Not too late to back down on Martial Law in Mindanao

* Statement of Konsyensya Dabaw on the declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao Martial Law is upon Mindanao and Mindanawons once again. We in Konsyensya Dabaw are alarmed that 31 years after the ouster of the Marcos dictatorship, with which Filipinos resoundingly rejected militarism and authoritarian rule, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte saw it necessary to 

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Karapatan scores AFP, Duterte for Masbate EJKs

“It was a bloodbath,” thus said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay, as they recently received reports on the extrajudicial killing of four farmers and two children on April 15 and 20, 2017 in Masbate province in line with military operations under Oplan Kapayapaan of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. On April 15, Masbate farmers 

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Reality check not just for Gina Lopez

Nearly a year after it assumed power, can this presidency really afford to appoint people on the basis of competence and not loyalty or personal ties to the leader? And then there were 3. In less than a year, the Duterte Cabinet has seen 3 members kicked out unceremoniously, either by the President himself or 

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APWLD strongly condemns misogynist attacks on Secretaries Judy Taguiwalo And Gina Lopez

05 May Manila, Philippines/Chiang Mai, Thailand On 3rd May, Secretary Judy Taguiwalo was subjected to sexist and misogynistic remarks during her confirmation hearing by Senator Vicente Sotto. At the same time activist Gina Lopez was denied appointment as DENR Secretary amid claims over her ‘controversial policies and alleged incompetence’. Women’s rights movements from across the 

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