Opinion & Analysis

The extrajudicial killing of Willem Geertman: An attack on Christian Missions

SISTERS’ ASSOCIATION IN MINDANAO (SAMIN) STATEMENT July 6, 2012 We grieve and condemn in the strongest terms the killing of Dutch missionary Willem Geertman, 67, who has lived a good 46 years among the people of Quezon province in Luzon until his death on July 3 last week. President Benigno Aquino III’s conscience should be 

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Cashing in on the environment

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat.com Although the environment gradually became an international concern since the early 70s, the Earth Summit 20 years ago signaled that the world is already alarmed over the state of the environment. This was followed by the Kyoto Protocol of 1997, in which countries committed to reduce their greenhouse gases emissions by 

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Perception economics: two years of the Aquino administration

By Sonny Africa IBON Executive Director IBON Features– The Aquino administration asserts that “good governance leads to good economics” and points to rapid economic growth in the first quarter of 2012, supposedly looming investment-grade credit ratings, and even alleged creditor nation status. Yet while these indicators of supposedly sound macroeconomic and fiscal fundamentals are appealing 

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AN UNCOMPLICATED MIND: Disconnect between old and young

By Joe Rivera TORONTO–Celebrating Philippine Independence Day in Toronto, or perhaps elsewhere in today’s Filipino diaspora, brings about an obvious disconnect between two main groups in our immigrant Filipino community: the older and traditional groups, led and composed by and large of the older and more established folks, on one hand, and the more engaged 

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Who gained from Aquino’s US and UK visits?

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat.com Malacañang is saying that Pres. Benigno Aquino III’s visit to the UK and the US netted $2.5 billion in investments from Europe and the US. It also said that it has gained the commitment of the US to help improve the country’s external defense capabilities, specifically on the aspect of maritime 

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The big lie: special relations

treetwise | BusinessWorld It seems ironical that the much-heralded meeting between Philippine President Aquino and US President Obama would take place just a few days before the Philippines marks Independence Day. Here is the president of a poor and backward but supposedly independent country seeking and getting the requisite political pat-on-the-back from the president of 

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Dunces and dupes

Vantage Point | BusinessWorld With the usual irony was June 12 marked this year in a country hardly aware of its history. Benigno Aquino III spoke at Barasoain Church in Malolos, Bulacan, where the First Philippine Republic was inaugurated on January 23, 1899, less than a year after Emilio Aguinaldo proclaimed Philippine independence in Kawit, 

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The Trojan Horse Budget Implementation Bill

The Conservative federal budget was one that was supposed to create jobs, yet upon closer look, in reality this budget is really doing the opposite. Because of this budget implementation bill, bill C-38, the economic security of many Canadians will be jeopardized and thousands will be forced to join those already looking for work. While 

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The greatest irony ever told

Is there really a “historical irony” in the declaration of Philippine Independence as it relates to the mendicancy of the present Aquino government in asking for U.S. protection in its ongoing dispute with China? Rodel Rodis, co-convenor with Loida Nicolas-Lewis of the U.S. Pinoys for Good Governance (US4GG), an organization of Filipino-Americans in the United 

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Choosing a chief justice

By Marites Dañguilan Vitug The impeachment trial has done us a big favor. It has made it easy to identify the qualities the next chief justice should possess. We can neatly sum it up in a sentence: it’s everything Renato Corona isn’t. Let us count the ways. (Read story…)

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