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Critical thinking under government attack, transformative education at risk

Recent government statements including by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP) aim to stifle critical thinking of educators and students. By trying to censor ideas it finds objectionable, the State is violating the public’s right to free expression and academic freedom. This will stop education from being truly transformative. 

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RED-TAGGING. Members of the film community are up in arms after the military claimed students are being recruited by the Communist Party of the Philippines through film screenings. Photo courtesy of Dakila

Statements on Red-Tagging

Read the full statements of the organizations here: DAKILA DAKILA, the artist-activist group behind the Active Vista Human Rights Film Festival, condemns the “red-tagging” of the Duterte administration of schools, youth, artists and groups organizing Martial Law-themed film screenings. DAKILA, a group known to organize film screenings complemented with discussions on social messages of the 

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Julie Alipala

Harrassing Julie won’t kill the truth

By Ellen Tordesillas The harassment that journalist Julie Alipala of the Philippine Daily Inquirer is being subjected to because her story of the killing of seven persons in Patikul Sulu contradicts the military version underscores once again the higher risks that reporters in the provinces face compared to those in Metro Manila. A post in 

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By Atty. Romulo  B. Macalintal

Inordinate delay, mootness could dismiss court martial case vs Trillanes

Just because the word “court” is used in “courts martial” or “military courts” does not mean that they are courts within our judicial system.  In many cases, the Supreme Court held that “courts martial (or military tribunals) are not courts within our judicial system and are simply instrumentalities of the Executive power (and that) the 

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SEN. TRILLANES
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This is not just about Senator Trillanes

By Ann Marxze Umil Bulatlat.com The nullification of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV’s amnesty is not surprising for those who are standing up against the tyrant in Malacañang. Remember that a month ago or so, former Bayan Muna Representatives Teddy Casiño and Satur Ocampo, former National Anti Poverty Commission lead convener Liza Maza and former Agrarian 

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Pres. Duterte miscalculated his hold on institutions in revoking the amnesty granted to Sen. Antoinio Trillanes IV

Duterte loses to Trillanes

By Segundo Eclar Romero Duterte has set the stage for sacrificing Jose Calida. He has said he issued Presidential Proclamation 572 on the say so or Calida as Solicitor-General. Duterte, of course, knows that targeting Trillanes was a joint project between him and Calida. They both hated the Senator, and would take the first opportunity, 

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Duterte-Trillanes

Duterte’s Banana Republic

Duterte campaigned on being a “change” politician – a breath of fresh air from the putrid-smelling “trapos”. But with the order to arrest Trillanes, it’s business as usual in our banana republic. Tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme, a banana republic makes a beast. By José Victor ‘Jayvee’ Salameña From the 

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Mocha Uson’s tools to propagate the benefits of federalism are a far cry from the Federalist Papers

Pepe-dede-ralismo? Seriously?

The push for a federal republic is no joke. Charter change, especially federalism, has far-reaching ramifications, and we need to have serious discussions about this draft constitution. By José Victor ‘Jayvee’ Salameña (This editorial is rated SPG for Language and Sex) The first modern republic – the United States – did not have a smooth 

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Franklin D. Roosevelt (center front) and Manuel Quezon (right)

Duterte and the Perils of the Modern Imperial Presidency

By Jose Victor ‘Jayvee’ Salameña In Duterte’s push for a shift towards a federal republic, a dialogue has begun on whether elements of Westminster-style Parliamentary governance should be included in the proposed charter change. Often, proponents of a Parliamentary system use the term the “imperial presidency” to criticize the vast powers that are bestowed upon 

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‘Billed-billed-billed’ debt problem ahead – IBON

The national debt is equal to 48 percent of the 6.8-percent GDP in the first quarter of this year. By Adam Ang Bulatlat.com MANILA–Taxpayers would have to subsidize private profits and shoulder debts incurred through domestic and foreign borrowings due to the Build, Build, Build (BBB) infrastructure program of the Duterte administration, an independent economic 

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