Opinion & Analysis

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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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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