Opinion & Analysis


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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LETTER TO EDITOR: Sexism in the Committee of Appointments procedures

Dear Editor, The recent misogynist attacks on Secretary Judy Taguiwalo and Secretary Gina Lopez by the Philippine Commission of Appointments are alarming signs of institutional sexism. The Committee’s questioning of Secretary Taguiwalo’s marital status implies that unmarried mothers have no right to participate in public life. It is insulting to an individual who has dedicated 

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Students from the University of the Philippines campus in Manila stage a walkout in February to call for free education for all. 
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NUSP Statement on free education

Last year, Filipino students nationwide welcomed the introduction of free tuition in all state universities and colleges (SUCs) for academic year 2017-2018. Because of the student movement’s clamor for free public education at all levels, the Congress granted the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) an additional budget of P8.3 billion to fund all 114 SUCs 

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In defense of the poor

Statement of National Anti Poverty Commission Lead Convenor, Secretary Liza Maza, April 20, 2017 How society perceives poverty and the poor influence policy decisions and people’s initiative towards poverty eradication. We cannot effectively fight poverty if we see the poor as lazy, uneducated, non-tax payers and thus, undeserving of public support. Often associated with criminal 

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By Tonyo Cruz

Kadamay 1, Homelessness 0

On April 4, President Duterte announced that he was giving Kadamay what it wants, meaning providing to the urban poor the bare, rotting, empty houses they have occupied. He said he would build new ones for soldiers and cops. Congratulations to Kadamay for heroically making the issue of shelter a national issue and for successfully 

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A step closer to peace

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective The negotiating panels of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) have achieved a major breakthrough in forging an agreement for an interim joint ceasefire. While the agreement on the ceasefire does not represent the meat of the talks, 

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Photo: Bo Fajardo

Clashes between old and new cultural norms

Carlos Bulosan Theatre’s play ANAK: Review By Lui Queaño The recent staging of the play ANAK by Carlos Bulosan Theatre (CBT) at the St. Paul’s United Church in Scarborough, without doubt, opened up a discourse on the impact of migration on the Filipino family. The play, the audience finds out, depicts the struggle of the 

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Emmeline Alegre Pablo

By Mila Astorga-Garcia My University of the Philippines Preparatory School ‘65 batchmate Emmeline Alegre Pablo died last March 15 in Manila due to complications of a stroke she had two years ago. I was asked by Pat Pascual Mangonon to do a brief message to be read, among others, at the necrological services last March 

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Philippine President Encourages War Crimes

By Carlos H. Conde Human Rights Watch While attending a memorial service today for four policemen, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte urged the army to “Go ahead, flatten the hills.” In counterinsurgency operations, he said, “anything goes for now. If there’s collateral damage, pasensiya” – using a Tagalog word that can mean either “I’m sorry” or 

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