Opinion & Analysis


Kuwentong Barbero (Tagalog version)

By Pamela Saavedra Isang araw sa Davao City, pumasok si Tikboy sa isang barbershop malapit sa City Hall upang magpagupit. Pagpasok niya, walang customer sa loob. Nakita niya ang isang matandang barbero na nagbabasa ng newspaper. Ang headlines – “De Lima, Walked Out From Senate Hearing”. Barbero: Magpapagupit ka sir? Tikboy: Oo, kol. ( Kol, 

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By Marites Danguilan Vitug

My words at Vet’s funeral mass on Sept. 29, 2016

(VET VITUG, Manila-based journalist and poet, died after a long illness last Sept. 26, 2016 at the age of 65 years old. In lieu of a eulogy, The Philippine Reporter is publishing Vet’s favorite poem, provided to us by his widow, Marites Danguilan Vitug, journalist and book-auithor, and Contributing Editor to the Philippine Reporter.) VET 

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S&P is overrated, says Duterte ally

Days after President Rodrigo Duterte said he does not care about Standard and Poor’s Financial Services LLC’s (S&P’s) assessment of his administration’s initial performance, a member of the Philippine Congress described the global credit rating agency as “somewhat overrated.” “While S&P to a certain degree helps fund managers rationalize and feel good about their investments, 

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Migrant workers call for permanent status, labour and human rights

The Federal government’s acknowledgement of the need for reforms of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program today is a result of years of migrant workers advocating for themselves and fighting against denial of their human and labour rights. Migrant workers members of Coalition for Migrant Worker Rights Canada (CMWRC), the representative body for migrant workers in 

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Minister Helena Jaczek

Minister Jaczek’s decision to close sheltered workshops: Misguided

NATIONAL ETHNIC PRESS & MEDIA COUNCIL OF CANADA (NEPMCC) EDITORIAL There is rising opposition to the Ontario Government’s autocratic plan to eliminate provincially funded workshops where people with intellectual disabilities do menial tasks for pennies a day. During recent investigation of the situation by the Toronto Star, it was reported that many enjoy the social 

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NUJP deplores threats against journalists; urges end to media blame

National Union of Journalists of the Philippines Statement September 19, 2016 The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) deplores the recent social media attacks on our colleagues, freelance journalist Gretchen Malalad, and Al Jazeera correspondent Jamela Alindogan-Caudron, which have gone beyond legitimate criticism of their professional output to outright threats on their persons. 

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Rani, as I remember her

By Joe Rivera Early Wednesday morning, August 3, 2016, our youngest daughter, Rani Rivera, was found lifeless inside her Toronto west end apartment. The two Toronto police detectives who came to our apartment in the east end the following early morning described the scene to Patty and me as we both struggled to comprehend the 

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RANI RIVERA 2011 by Seth Blender

A Tribute to Rani Rivera

By Criss Habal-Brosek Executive Director, Progress Place/Weston Mount Dennis Community Place Hub (Editor’s Note: In their grief over the death of their youngest child, Joe and Patty Rivera find comfort in knowing that Rani’s short-lived life left a profound impact on the people she had touched. “We didn’t know she was an activist,” Joe says 

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The Story of My Life

By Art T. Viola Inspirational Talk by Arturo Tapiador Viola, BS Medical technology, 1964 Former Lord Mayor Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada Before the Centro Escolar Alumni, Medical Technology Chapter Feb. 29, 2016 a) Pride in Doing the Job Right That you are the best and too good for the job. b) Belief in the 

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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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