Opinion & Analysis

Ancient Philippine Creation Myth: “There is a huge bird that splits a giant bamboo, and Malakas and Maganda emerge from the halves.” During martial law, Marcos became Malakas and Imelda, Maganda.

MALAKAS AT MAGANDA: The Marcos reign, myth-making and deception in history

Matakot sa kasaysayan pagkat walang lihim itong di nahahayag. (Fear history for it respects no secrets.) – Gregoria de Jesus, Lakambini ng Katipunan The darkness of dictatorship descended upon the Philippines when Ferdinand E. Marcos declared martial law in 1972 and the dictator ruled the nation with impunity. Great danger now lurks behind a deceptive 

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‘This is not mercy but cruelty’

Bishop Broderick Pabillo on the Kidapawan Shooting I join my voice in protesting the shooting and the violent dispersal of the protesting farmers in Kidapawan. This is not the way to react to the grievances of the farmers that the government was not able to address in the first place. The El Niño is not 

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KKKP’s Statement on Kidapawan Massacre

Statement of Kalipunan ng Kristiyanong Kabataan sa Pilipinas (KKKP) Kidapawan, Hacienda Luisita, Mendiola….. They asked for food, but got bullets and a bloody dispersal in return. “What right have you to crush my people, and grinding the face of the poor?”– Isaiah 3:15 As Filipino youth, as peace and justice advocates, and as believers in 

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CJFE condemns court ruling threatening press freedom

TORONTO (March 31, 2016)–Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) and the undersigned organizations have issued a joint letter to Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale expressing alarm over the Ontario Superior Court ruling that Vice News reporter Ben Makuch must hand over all communications between him and an ISIS fighter to the RCMP. The coalition urges 

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Journalists denounce police intimidation, harassment

Kidapawan coverage AlterMidya, a nationwide network of independent media organizations, denounces police intimidation and attempts to suppress information by preventing journalists from covering the aftermath of the April 1 Kidapawan massacre. The Cotabato police set up a checkpoint outside the Spottswood United Methodist Center where the protesting farmers retreated after Friday’s violent dispersal. Setting up 

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Permanent Immigrant Status Upon Arrival — Coalition for Migrant Workers Rights Canada

March 21, 2016, International Day for the Elimination of Racism — Today, 25 member organizations of the Coalition for Migrant Worker Rights Canada in six provinces, are jointly releasing an open letter on the upcoming Temporary Foreign Workers Review. The letter, also endorsed by dozens of national, provincial and local human rights, labour and immigration rights 

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Next admin should address deepening jobs crisis–IBON

#BeyondElections2016 | Research group IBON warned that the steadily falling labor force participation rate (LFPR) and growing underemployment are signs of underlying problems in the labor market, even as unemployment reportedly fell in January 2016. The next administration will need to reverse the neoliberal policies of the Aquino administration to improve the jobs situation, said the 

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Filipino kids wither while super rich get richer under Aquino

Research group IBON called attention to the worsening state of Filipino children’s health amid reports that the Philippines’ super-rich had continued to grow even richer under the Aquino regime. The stark contrast underscores the exclusiveness of hyped growth, the group said. The burgeoning wealth of 11 Filipino businessmen, amounting to US $41.5 billion or Php1.95 

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Ontario’s ‘free tuition’ tag — misleading students, families

Open Letter from Peggy Sattler, Ontario NDP Training, Colleges and Universities Critic Dear Premier Wynne, I am writing to express my serious concerns about your government’s decision to market a reorganized student financial assistance program as “Free Tuition”. On Budget Day, the promise of “Free Tuition” sounded like welcome news to Ontario students and their 

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The Orphans. There are children in white but grimy clothes.  They’re behind barbed wire fences, and hold flyers with pictures of adults who have ‘forcibly disappeared’ -- the desaparecidos.

IN PHOTOS: Inside the powerful EDSA 30 experiential museum

By Paolo Abad, Rappler.com MANILA – “Never again.” I’ve seen this phrase plastered all over my Facebook feed – two simple words, yet stark in meaning. “Never again” to “one of the darkest chapters” in Philippine history: the Marcos dictatorship, with its iron-fisted rule and wanton curtailment of rights. Some of my former professors and 

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