Opinion & Analysis

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A show of political will or disregard for due process?

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Since the beginning of his campaign for the presidency, Rodrigo Duterte has been accused of disregarding due process, especially with his endorsement of extrajudicial killings of suspected criminals by the so-called Davao death squad. His campaign promise of ending criminality and the drug menace within the first six months into his presidency 

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On the moribund Daang Matuwid, Aquino, human rights, peace talks, release of political prisoners

An interview with Prof. Joma Sison Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s proclamation as democratically-elected president is seen by many as a sign of the public rejection and repudiation of the outgoing government of President Noynoy Aquino and its discredited ‘Daang Matuwid’. Duterte’s victory also sparked a general public optimism among the majority; many people are 

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Journalists are Not the Enemy

Statement Of Altermidya (People’s Alternative Media Network) June 03, 2016 President-elect Rodrigo Duterte errs in declaring that most journalists are being killed for being corrupt and in implying that only corrupt journalists have been killed in the Philippines. While corruption is a continuing problem in the press and media, it is simply not true that most of 

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Hitting the ground running

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective The incoming administration of presumptive president Rodrigo Duterte Jr. declared that it would hit the ground running. And it appears that they would be true to their word. Already, Duterte and his team have begun showing its policy directions through its position on issues, some of which are alarming and 

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We endeavour to remain strong, relevant, respected, credible

PPCO AGM Report By Rose Tijam President, Philippine Press Club of Ontario I am aware you are all busy, but you take time to come to this PPCO event. I thank you for your attendance today. This year is our 15th anniversary. We established PPCO in December 2001 during a snow storm. There were 15 

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President Rodrigo Duterte: A new era?

Reflecting on Italy’s transmogrification during the opening decades of the early-20th century, Antonio Gramsci lamented how the “old world is dying, and the new world struggles to be born.” It was not until the middle of the 20th century that Italy began to reconstitute its foundations and embark on an economic miracle (Perry Anderson 2014). 

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Judy Taguiwalo, center, with fellow alumni awardees

Elitist, commercialized and less caring university

University of the Philippines By Dr. Judy Taguiwalo Former Faculty Regent University of the Philippines Diliman I graduated from UP with my BSSW degree in October 1970 (I had an incomplete in my Field Work as I spent too many hours attending rallies during the FQS and so fell short of the required hours for 

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Duterte’s socialist experiment

By Bobby M. Tuazon A coalition government with the Communist Party of the Philippines has been proposed by presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte with an offer of at least four Cabinet portfolios—agrarian reform, social welfare, environment and natural resources, and labor. Thanking his former student for the “magnanimous offer,” exiled CPP founding chair Jose Maria Sison 

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Garry Martinez

Open letter to Pres. Duterte: The change OFWs want to see

Dear President Duterte, We congratulate you on your overwhelming victory in the May 2016 polls. The Filipino people have spoken, and they chose change. You sweeping victory is testament to how Filipinos, wherever we are in the world, thirst for a new leadership that is not corrupt and cacique. We want a new government that 

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Toronto Opinion Survey on Duterte

The Philippine Reporter conducted a quick opinion survey about the recent results of the Philippine presidential election. Questions: 1. What should winning presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte do (policy actions, like poverty reduction, reduce crime, jail corrupt officials, environment protection, peace talks with rebels, etc.) as President in his first 100 days? 2.  What should Filipinos 

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