Opinion & Analysis


Beware of onerous China ODA – IBON

In its eagerness to raise billions of pesos in funds for its hyped infrastructure program, the Duterte administration is brokering questionable deals with China that could threaten Philippine sovereignty. Research group IBON raised the warning in anticipation of Chinese president Xi Jinping’s upcoming visit to the Philippines. IBON said that a number of agreements between 

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False Choices on the Basis of Simpleton Arguments

NDFP on Philippine-China Relations Statement by Prof. Jose Maria Sison, NDFP Chief Political Consultant, November 22, 2018 The tyrant Duterte and his followers keep on dumbing down the Filipino people. To have their way on major issues, they always put forward false choices on the basis of simpleton arguments that are grossly contrary to facts. 

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Journalists are brave, our people are brave

By Inday Espina-Varona (Speech delivered on Nov. 8, 2018) It’s official. I received the RSF Prize for Independence tonight in London. Pascal Guimier of @TV5MONDE presented the prize. #RSFAwards2018 Here’s my brief speech: Thank you, Reporters Without Borders for this honor. I share this with embattled Philippine colleagues: the 185 killed since the 1986 restoration 

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The Death of a Lawyer and The Responsibility of the Intellectual

By Carlo Rey Lacsamana ManilaToday.net The death of human rights lawyer Benjamin “Ben” Ramos Jr. last November 6 depicts the level of barbarity Philippine politics has sunk into and the staggering sense of inevitability of the consequences for the socially conscious Filipino intellectual. One is hardly surprised at the fate of Ben Ramos Jr. a 

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Atty. Benjamin Ramos, 56 years old, was Secretary General of the Negros Chapter of the National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL). He represented the Mabinay 6 and the victims of the Sagay massacre.

Atty. Ben was a giant in our midst

Statement by Public Interest Law Center (PILC) As Atty. Benjamin T. Ramos is laid to rest today, the Public Interest Law Center (PILC) joins all those he left behind in grief and remembrance. We remember Atty. Ben, our co-counsel in cases of political prisoners, as a jolly fellow who enjoyed good-natured ribbing as well as 

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Celebrate People’s Resistance on #ISD2018

The Canada chapter of Filipino youth group Anakbayan expresses its collective support of the global observance of militant student activism on International Students Day #ISD2018. We continue the struggle against the neoliberal attacks on public education, and fight for free and emancipatory education. November 17th is commemorated as a significant day when students rose in 

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By Aisha Kaalim

Violence Against the Land and People

(Following speech was delivered by youth group Anakbayan-Toronto at the 2018 Toronto People’s Climate Assembly at University of Toronto, an annual social justice event, which asserts that climate change is not a future social and ecological crisis, but a current one and that those most impacted are those most marginalized; thus it seeks to center 

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Statement on Sagay 9 Massacre

Vancouver District and Labour Council The VDLC stands in the solidarity with the National Federation of Sugar Workers in the Philippines in the wake of the massacre of the “Sagay 9”. The following motion was adopted at our regular meeting yesterday evening with regards to these horrible and unacceptable murders of union activists: Subject: Condemning 

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Dear Kuya Allos: Getting ready to transition

Dear Kuya, I want to start taking testosterone but I don’t know where to go. I have been thinking about it for a long time even when I was still in the Philippines and I think I’m ready now. When I think about it, I get excited! I started telling my close friends to call 

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Author in a photo op with Probinsyano lead actor Coco Martin in a chance encounter in an occasion at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help University in Las Pinas City some three years ago.

DILG, PNP cannot censor Probinsyano

By Atty. Romulo B. Macalintal The reported plan of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to sue the producers of popular television series, Ang Probinsyano, “if it does not change its plot anytime soon,” is plain and simple censorship and an attack against freedom of expression. While 

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