Opinion & Analysis

Ongoing Fight for Freedom

By Minda Neri (Speech delivered at PIDC Gala Night, June 10, 2011.) Good evening. Thank you all for being here with us tonight. We are gathered for a reason. All these years since its inception, the Philippine Independence Day Council has considered it part of its mandate to celebrate Philippine Independence. This year, on June 

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Tales of the tape: Peanut butter queen and a working class hero

Last Sunday’s (June 12) celebration of Philippine Independence Day in Toronto was billed by the Filipino Centre Toronto (FCT), a community organization of Filipinos in Metro Toronto, also as a day to celebrate our cultural heritage. On its roster of cultural offerings were Filipino folk dances (including hula dancing which is not native to the 

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Do Not Distort History! Marcos Was A Tyrant and Plunderer, Never A Hero!

PETITION TO STOP MARCOS’S BURIAL AS HERO Dear Friends: VP Binay has submited his recommendation to Pres. Aquino to give the former Dictator Marcos full military honors upon the burial of his remains at a place chosen by his family but not at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. The recommendation attempts to skirt the issue: 

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Taking a stand on RH

Having borne two children of my own and having struggled to do my part in raising a family while practicing my profession in the field of public health and avidly pursuing my social and political causes, I submit that I may have something worthwhile to say on the controversy over the reproductive health bill. (Read 

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Forbidden fruit

THANKS TO some priests and bishops of the Catholic Church, and with considerable help from the media, the debate on the consolidated Reproductive Health bill (House Bill 4244) pending in the House of Representatives is turning into a murky exercise that’s spreading more disinformation than enlightenment. (Read story…)

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Why disaster strikes

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Analysis When Pagasa announced, early this week, that typhoon Chedeng might hit the country, local government officials frantically inspected and dredged rivers, canals, and drainage systems. They readied rubber boats and set up an emergency communication system. President Aquino called on his administration to aim for zero casualty. (Read story…)

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From dream to nightmare

By Satur C. Ocampo In the past several weeks thousands of families of informal settlers in the National Capital Region have had their houses or communities demolished or threatened to be demolished by the government and private business interests. (Read story…)

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Philippine Independence 101

On June 12, 1898, Emilio Aguinaldo proclaimed the independence of the Philippines from the window of his home in Kawit, Cavite. (Read story…)

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NOTEBOOK: What do beauty pageants have to do with Philippine Independence?

It’s June again and it’s that time of the year when Pinoys in Toronto and the GTA witness various and multiple events marking the “Philippine Independence Day”. In fact, many events have been tagged 113th anniversary of that historical date of June 12, 1898 when Emilio Aguinaldo proclaimed Philippine Independence in Kawit, Cavite. The event 

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IMMIGRATION: Humanitarian policy undergoes overhaul

Canada’s humanitarian and compassionate policy has just been completely re-written in a new chapter in Canada’s immigration manual. On April 1st our immigration department published its newest version of chapter “IP-5” which instructs immigration officers and officials how to assess and dispose of applications made for permanent residence on “H&C” grounds. The new guidelines incorporate 

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