Opinion & Analysis

NOTEBOOK: Why are the Leyte disaster evacuees getting hungry despite the massive relief aid?

I HAD A group phone conversation last Wednesday (March 29) with a representative of an agency involved in relief and rehabilitation project in St. Bernard, Southern Leyte. I was unpleasantly surprised to learn that people in the evacuation centers near the town center of St. Bernard were getting hungry because food relief supplies were running 

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NOTEBOOK: Disaster crisis reveals a strength and a weakness in our community

IT’S DISASTER crisis time and we witness a beehive of activity in the Filipino community in Greater Toronto. At the outset, a group of leaders seized the initiative and announced a fundraising campaign where a local politician spearheaded a media blitz. It was good to act quickly and decisively in times of crisis. And we 

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Victor Wong statement

Dear President Macapagal-Arroyo: I am writing to express my condemnation of your declaration of a state of “national emergency” in the Philippines on Friday February 24th. This shocking action announced as the Filipino people commemorate the 20th anniversary of EDSA 1, the 20th anniversary of the end of the Marcos dictatorship, is truly remarkable for 

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Whitehead statement

Dear President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo: We were dismayed to hear of the unjustified arrest and detention of Parliament member Crispin Beltran. This action is clearly a violation of the right to legitimate dissent and his immunity to arrest as a member of Congress while this is in session. We urge you to release him immediately 

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I do and the meaning of spouse

Canadian Immigration News and Views I do – two simple words that capturing the essence and sentiment of the participants that would bind them together in matrimony and combine their lives. By saying “I do” we state our commitment and intention to share our lives with our partner, share our most intimate of feelings and 

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NOTEBOOK: Elections Canada: Immigrants’ view

IT’S NOW a week after the acri-monious federal elections and the dust has settled. Is there an atmosphere of exhiliration now that the Liberal Party has been booted out of power after 12 years of over confidence? Or is there a sense of anxiety over the likelihood that social services will be massively eliminated now 

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Filipinos and the Chinese Head Tax

By Ted Alciutas A background: From 1885 to 1923, more than 82,000 Chinese immigrants to Canada paid an estimated $23-million to the government. Each paid an average of $100 – $500 to be allowed to come to the country. The result: Families were separated for years because they could not afford to pay the tax. 

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The Parent Trap: What will the Minister do?

Canadian Immigration News and Views By Berto Volpentesta Now that summer is gone the children are back at school and Parliament returns to discuss the important business of running Canada. Each fall, the Minister for Citizenship and Immigration must report to Parliament and provide an overview of the events of the last year and the 

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The Falsehood Commission

By the Center for People Empowerment in Governance THE ARROYO government, as Archbishop Oscar Cruz so aptly describes it, is without values, morals and principles, and one of the values it least respects is truth. The bribery and harassment of witnesses implicating Mrs. Arroyo and her family in the jueteng pay-offs scandal and in electoral 

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Issues of Leadership, Credibility

Resignation Statement of 10 Cabinet members (WHAT follows is the full text of a statement by 10 Cabinet members led by Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima on their irrevocable resignation.) WITH deep concern and firm resolve, after a long period of reflection, debate and consultations, we, the undersigned, are hereby submitting our collective irrevocable resignation. As 

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