Opinion & Analysis

Venancio with supporters and media (Photo grabbed from www.change.org)

Let Maria Victoria ‘Vicky’ Venancio stay in Canada

We, the undersigned appeal to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the Honourable Chris Alexander, to grant Maria Victoria “Vicky” Venancio permanent residency on humanitarian and compassionate grounds. Vicky is a 29 year old woman who came from the Philippines to to work in the service industry. In June 2012, Vicky was cycling to work 

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LETTER TO EDITOR: Why is this government such a failure on jobs?

Dear Editor, When you look at the numbers, it is clear that the Conservative federal government has been a major failure on jobs, and Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s indifference to all those who are struggling to get decent full-time work is shocking. There are 140,000 more jobless Canadians today than before the recession. Last year 

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Who is liable for the Mamasapano fiasco?

Philippine Reporter Opinion Survey Question 1: On January 25, 2015, 44 police SAF troopers, 18 MILF fighters, 6 BIFF fighters, and some civilians were killed in the Mamasapano massacre. Who is accountable and/or liable for these deaths? Why? a. President Aquino b. Resigned PNP chief Alan Purisima c. SAF commander Getulio Napenas d. MILF e. 

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What’s your take on the Pope’s PH visit?

Philippine Reporter’s Opinion Survey “I think it’s great that the Pope does a yearly pilgrimage and the people in the Philippines must feel really grateful to have Pope Francis. So I’m not surprised by the large number of people who showed up to greet him. Whether you are Christian or not, it’s an honour to 

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By Rodel Ramos

How we treat our leaders is unkind

Business corporations compensate their executives with lavish salaries, bonuses, stock options, retirement and separation packages to attract the best. In the government, elected and appointed officials are highly paid, have retirement bonuses, well respected and have the power to decide where the billions of dollars in taxes go and what projects and policies to pursue. 

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By Atty. Romulo B. Macalintal

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Way to rid gov’t of ‘ghosts’

Despite earnest efforts of the government to weed out ghost employees in its various agencies, it seems that authorities could not find immediate solution to this nagging problem. In one case, a judge was found collecting the salaries of his court personnel through a special power of attorney (SPA) where he was authorized not only 

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Press freedom or abuse of freedom?

PHILIPPINE REPORTER’S OPINION SURVEY (This issue’s second Opinion Survey conducted by The Philippine Reporter writer and digital journalist Mark A. Cadiz. The first one is about the Pope’s visit to the Philippines. See homepage.) Charlie Hebdo killings and the debate about the freedom of the press vs. abuse of freedom. Where do we draw the 

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Restoring the long-form census will save money, boost the economy and improve our quality of life

Dear editor, Eliminating the long form census was a costly mistake and it’s high time Parliament fix it and restore it by passing Bill C-626. In 2011, Stephen Harper replaced the traditional long form census with a voluntary survey that cost taxpayers more—$22 million more—and produced inferior data. Its numbers were unusable for 25% of 

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A Filipino atheist’s letter to Pope Francis

Dear Pope Francis, As someone who does not believe in the existence of a god, some people might assume that your visit to the Philippines would not matter very much to me. Maybe, to some, it would be just like me walking past a church on a Sunday, bearing momentary witness to the rituals and 

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Memorial to Angeles J. Aureus: Remembering Lola

Extraordinary Mother, Grandmother By Leon B. Aureus (Actor, playwright, director and current Artistic Producer of Carlos Bulosan Theatre – Canada’s longest serving Filipino-Canadian theatre company) Boston Crème donut. As a young boy, when I first bit into my first Boston crème donut, I wondered if the creamy centre should have a slightly greenish tinge and 

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