Opinion & Analysis

Dr. Robert Diaz

The Ethics of Honouring Other Lives

By Dr. Robert Diaz Assistant Professor University of Toronto I moved to Canada six years ago and, for the most part, I’ve lived a life that seems unimaginable for an immigrant with roots in the Philippines. I work as a faculty member at the University of Toronto. I teach, mentor, and collaborate with Filipinos whose 

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By Joe Rivera

A community newspaper’s legacy

Painting, not houses but art works, which I was quite fortunate to exhibit in art shows and galleries here in Toronto, has been my sole preoccupation after deciding to stop writing opinion blogs in 2014. My subsequent retirement from law practice and disengagement from volunteer work among refugees and new immigrants also afforded me plenty 

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2017 SONA dismissive of PH socioecon problems—IBON

The 2017 State of the Nation Address was dismissive of the Philippines’ serious socioeconomic problems especially joblessness, poverty and inequities, research group IBON said. The President even tended to oversimplify the economic situation to justify authoritarianism, said the group. President Duterte delivered Monday his second State of the Nation Address to the country’s senators and 

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Change? Not three decades after EDSA, not under PDP–IBON

The Philippines remains backward and underdeveloped with severe inequality 31 years after the so-called EDSA revolution, research group IBON said. The Duterte administration’s new Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022 will not change this, said the group, in continuing the failed neoliberal policies of the Marcos regime and all subsequent administrations. EDSA 1986 was a repudiation of 

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NUPL: The danger of deranged solutions

Statement of the National Union of People’s Lawyers on President Rodrigo Duterte’s second State of the Nation Address, July 24, 2017 Two years after President Rodrigo Duterte wheedled his way into the presidency with his much touted promise of change, strongman fantasies and semantic tricks, his once nascent fascism has finally reared its ugly head. 

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State of the Bakwit Address

On Marawi bombings and evacuations July 24, 2017 SANA MAWAKASAN ANG DALAWANG BUWAN NANG PAG-AALINLANGAN: This statement was delivered by Omelhayyaah M. Sharief, an evacuee from Marinaut, Marawi City during the State of the Bakwit Address today, July 24, at Mahad Al-Nor Al Islamie, Madrasa, Ceanuri Subdivision, Iligan City Assalamu Allaykum Warrahmatullahi WaBarrakatuhu! Magandang araw 

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Military operations in Lianga, Surigao del Sur displace Lumad community

Less than a year after returning home Dear friends, Military elements in full combat gear conducted operations in nine (9) communities in the mountain areas of Lianga, San Miguel and San Agustin in Surigao del Sur since July 2, 2017. These communities have recently just returned home in September 2016, after spending a year in 

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Freedom of the press and Balita’s woes

Press freedom and the limits of free speech By Ted Alcuitas The saga of Toronto’s ‘Balita’ newspaper and its publisher Teresita ‘Tess’ Cusipag, is a sober reminder that there are limits to free speech. Cusipag has just been released from jail (June 25, 2017) after serving 13 days of a 21-day sentence for criminal contempt 

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STATEMENT: On Marawi, Martial Law and internet freedom

Joint statement by CPU, TXTPOWER and AGHAM After Camp Aguinaldo spokesman Colonel Edward Arevalo warned that the military would exercise an alleged “right to censure”, DICT Head Rodolfo Salalima has announced arrests for “cyber sedition”. It must be clear by now: Whether you’re in Marawi, Mindanao or Manila, we’re all unsafe from martial law’s effects 

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Solidarity Statement with the People of the Philippines

We, women human rights defenders from various countries of Asia and the Pacific, gather to show our solidarity with the people most affected by the rise of growing state authoritarianism and militarism, religious fundamentalisms and the underlying exploitative economic systems designed to enrich a tiny minority at the expense of our communities. Given the current 

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