Opinion & Analysis

FRONT: From left - Rachelle Cruz, Julius Tiangson, Rose Tijam, Michael Levitt, Dan Harris, Tony San Juan, Mila Astorga-Garcia
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PPCO Political Forum

September 8, 2015, Casa Manila, Toronto The Philippine Press Club of Ontario held a Political Forum on Sept. 8, 2015 at Casa Manila restaurant featuring three candidates for Members of the Federal Parliament: Dan Harris, NDP; Michael Levitt, Liberal and Julius Tiangson, Conservative. Lisa Thompson, Ontario MPP, also spoke in behalf of Patrick Brown, MPP 

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They’re killing teachers and children, Mr. President

By Inday Varona Dear President Aquino, Malacanang is a long way off from Mindanao’s verdant, rugged mountains. So maybe the news hasn’t reached you yet. I’m presuming it hasn’t. It’s hard to believe a man who still regularly shares the pain of his father’s murder can be silent in the face of our lumad children’s 

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Dispatches: Killings of Philippine Tribal Members Spark Public Furor

By Carlos H. Conde It’s been a bloodbath for the Lumad, the collective name for the indigenous peoples of the southern Philippines island of Mindanao. On August 18, Philippine government soldiers allegedly killed five members of a Lumad family  – including children ages 13 and 17 – in Bukidnon province. On September 1, suspected members 

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Correct or Retract ‘PETA-offending treats on the menu in Philippines’

To The Editors of the Toronto Star: As thought leaders, writers, and community members, we are writing in response to a deeply troubling article published in The Toronto Star on August 13th, 2015, entitled “PETA Offending Treats on the Menu in the Philippines” by Rosemary Counter (http://www.thestar.com/life/travel/2015/08/13/peta-offending-treats-on-the-menu-in-philippines.html). This article sought to rank various delicacies in 

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Unending impunity

Dispatches: Unending Impunity in the Philippines

One was a peasant leader. Another was a newspaper publisher. Both were shot and killed by men on motorcycles on the same day, underscoring a continuing legacy of violence and impunity in the Philippines. Joel Gulmatico, chairman of the Arakan Progressive Peasant Organization in North Cotabato province, died Tuesday morning after a gunman shot him 

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Poverty is the cause, not the result, of overpopulation

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld The Philippine population reached 100 million in 2014, and is projected to reach 101.6 million this year. The projection is based on an annual growth rate of 2.1%, which, while lower than the 2.42% rate from 1990 to 1995, is still the highest in the Southeast Asian 

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Consolacion ‘Mama Ching’ Quejas

Farewell to a Cherished Mother

It is with sadness that the Filipino community bid farewell to Consolacion Quejas, fondly known, to many of us, as Mama Ching. At 91 years old, Mama Ching was the backbone of the Filipino Canadian Community being a founding member of the Kalayaan organization and a respected leader. She will always be remembered for her 

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William Sansom

How I met British writer William Sansom

By Joel Recla Towards the end of my stay in London, England,  a week before my departure for Canada,  I became friends with one cancer English patient, at St Mary’s Hospital, where I worked.  We  talked and shared about our travel, and places that we both have seen.  He seemed to be amused at how far I traveled, from the Orient 

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: A better way to support middle class families

Dear editor, Canadians don’t have to settle for the Conservative government’s family policies that give the most money to those who need it the least. The Liberal Party has a better plan, one that is focused on the middle class. Recently Minister Pierre Poilievre has been heavily promoting the government’s plan. Its cornerstone is “income 

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By Ralph Goodale, MP

Conservative attack-ad based upon a lie

One repulsive Conservative attack-ad running on television these days talks about Canada’s 2008 recession. If you recall, that was just the first recession over which Stephen Harper has presided – we’re now suffering through his second.  What a glorious record, as he stumbles from one economic bungle to another! In this television ad, a paid 

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