Opinion & Analysis

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Clashes between old and new cultural norms

Carlos Bulosan Theatre’s play ANAK: Review By Lui Queaño The recent staging of the play ANAK by Carlos Bulosan Theatre (CBT) at the St. Paul’s United Church in Scarborough, without doubt, opened up a discourse on the impact of migration on the Filipino family. The play, the audience finds out, depicts the struggle of the 

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Emmeline Alegre Pablo

By Mila Astorga-Garcia My University of the Philippines Preparatory School ‘65 batchmate Emmeline Alegre Pablo died last March 15 in Manila due to complications of a stroke she had two years ago. I was asked by Pat Pascual Mangonon to do a brief message to be read, among others, at the necrological services last March 

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Philippine President Encourages War Crimes

By Carlos H. Conde Human Rights Watch While attending a memorial service today for four policemen, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte urged the army to “Go ahead, flatten the hills.” In counterinsurgency operations, he said, “anything goes for now. If there’s collateral damage, pasensiya” – using a Tagalog word that can mean either “I’m sorry” or 

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Prof. Epifanio San Juan Jr.

On Duterte’s bloody war on drugs

MANILA TODAY Interview with Prof. Epifanio San Juan Jr. The war on drugs in the Philippines went on for six months before it was ordered halted on January 29 by President Rodrigo Duterte and on January 30 by his Chief of Philippine National Police Ronald Dela Rosa. The impetus was the kidnapping of South Korean 

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Filipino Youth and Students in U.S. vs Trump

We, Filipino youth and students from across the United States, reject Donald Trump’s rhetoric of hate. We pledge to defend the rights and welfare of our communities, both here in the United States and back home in the Philippines through our unity and collective action. This coming January 20th, Donald Trump will be inaugurated as 

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Tentacles of Philippine police killings spread

Anti-Drug Squad Linked to Murder of South Korean Businessman By Phelim Kine Human Rights Watch The killing by Philippine police of a South Korean businessman is an ominous indicator of the breakdown of rule of law under President Rodrigo Duterte. A government investigation released this week concluded that the Philippine National Police (PNP) officers who 

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Thoughts on the role of community media

Keynote Address, PPCO holiday party, Dec. 8, 2016, Toronto Let me acknowledge first the bountiful harvest of recruits PPCO has this year. More importantly, we have a new batch of new members composed mainly of young talents in the community, most with journalism education and/or currently active in community or mainstream media. For sure we 

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Most Filipinos ‘worried’ about summary killings – SWS poll

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – While many Filipinos support President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on illegal drugs, most of them also fear that they, or someone they know, will be victims of extrajudicial killings. A new Social Weather Stations survey, first published on BusinessWorld, found that 78% of its respondents were worried they could be the next 

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Gary Bloch

We cannot afford the cost of ignoring poverty

Taking care of those in need now will cost us less in the long run TORONTO– As a family doctor who works largely with people living on low incomes, poverty is at the root of many of the illnesses I treat. And, a dozen or so years into my career, my workload shows no sign 

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Glvin Macfadyen

Trudeau has every right to speak from the heart

By Gavin MacFadyen Columnist, Troy Media NEW YORK– If the worst Canadians have to worry about is Prime Minister Justin Trudeau waxing eloquent about the late Fidel Castro, it’s safe to say things are pretty darn good in the Great White North. Upon learning of Castro’s death at age 90, Trudeau praised him as a 

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