Opinion & Analysis

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Blame the system and house leadership on Pacquiao’s absences

  Manny Pacquiao has been hit and criticized for his frequent absences in the House of Representatives (HR) and was advised by his colleagues “to be more active as Congressman.” But since when has attendance in legislative sessions been seriously considered by both houses of Congress as the basis or standard of performance of a 

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Justice for our Sisters! Justice for Jennifer and Evelyn!

23 October 2014 We, of BAYAN Canada in Toronto, heed the spontaneous call for the global day of action for justice for Jennifer Laude and in the same light, justice for Evelyn BumatayCastillo. We join the people in expressing collective indignation over the inutility of the Philippine government. If President BS Aquino can take a 

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Statement of Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary on the VFA and the killing of Jennifer Laude

STATEMENT OF DFA SECRETARY ALBERT DEL ROSARIO FOR THE HEARING OF SENATE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS ON ALLEGED KILLING BY US MARINE OF A FILIPINO TRANSGENDER IN OLONGAPO CITY 22 October 2014, 10:00 AM Committee Room No. 3, 2/F, Senate Building Your Honor, good morning. Thank you for the invitation to attend this hearing, and 

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“We condemn EU’s anti- migrant ‘Mos Maiorum’”

The ILPS-Philippines joins migrant Filipinos in condemning before the European Union Office in the Philippines the on-going police operations launched by 26 European countries to detect, detain and deport what they brand as “irregular migrants.” This herding cracked by the whip of the incumbent Italian presidency of the Council of the EU is particularly vile. 

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By Atty. Romulo B. Macalintal

Binay immune from criminal suit but not from impeachment

Immunity from suit of the President, Vice-President and other constitutional officials is not provided for in our constitution nor in any existing law.  It is a mere tradition.  Thus, if the President is immune from suit while in office, the same privilege could be extended to Vice-President Jejomar Binay considering that the Office of the 

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NORA AUNOR in Hustisya

Social ills and personal contradictions

Film Review: HUSTISYA Aunor’s topnotch acting, Lamangan’s directing prowess and Lee’s masterly script highlight By Rachelle Cruz With nearly 400 films in the roster, the 39th annual Toronto International Film Festival kicked off Sept. 4 to 14. This year, three films from the Philippines made the cut: Lav Diaz’s What is Before, Carlos Siguion-Reyna’s Where I 

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By Atty. Romulo B. Macalintal

Passing bill with no quorum should be criminalized

The imperative need for a quorum to pass a bill in Congress (Senate and House of Representatives) was not placed in the Constitution for nothing nor to merely serve as a motherhood provision.  Quorum or the number of legislators required to approve a bill is legally required to insure that the same has been properly 

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10 myths destroyed by the People’s Initiative campaign

1. President Noynoy Aquino is sincere in abolishing the pork barrel system. PDAF (legislative pork) was abolished but the funds were embedded in the national budget. DAP (presidential pork) was discontinued but the unconstitutional principles that sustained it were maliciously inserted in the 2015 General Appropriations Bill. Aquino adopted and expanded the crooked practices of 

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MP SITSABAIESAN: Bring injured Palestinian children from Gaza to Canada for treatment

My NDP colleagues and I welcome the announcement of a long-term ceasefire between Hamas and Israel. Millions of innocent civilians were caught in the line of fire in the Middle East, and more than two thousand have been killed since July.  I am deeply concerned about the situation. New Democrats have been urging the Government 

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Toronto Star

Open letter from Lilia Ordinario Joaquin

CAREGIVER TO BE DEPORTED ON AUG. 22 July 30, 2014 I’m Lilia Ordinario Joaquin, a caregiver under the Live-In Caregiver Program. I came to Canada in 2007 in hope of providing a better future for my family in the Philippines. I am the sole breadwinner for my family since my husband has no permanent job. 

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