Opinion & Analysis

The Immigration Backlog – Further restrictions is not the solution

By Rathika Sitsabaiesan MP, Scarborough-Rouge River WE HAVE all heard about the immigration backlog and many of us have experienced the effect of this backlog first hand. But what should the government do to eliminate the backlog? The current immigration backlog sits at just over 1 million people. That is over 1 million people who 

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A new and groundbreaking force

BINNADANG-MIGRANTE FIRST GENERAL ASSEMBLY By Petronila Cleto (With supplementary information from Bridge Cosme Dang-ay and Cristy Bagni) The first Migrante Canada organization by, of and for, the Philippine Cordillera indigenous peoples – Binnadang- Migrante – was born to the sound of gongs and dancing on October 29, 2011. Its first cry was “unity”; its second 

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Half-a-Day with Cordillera Migrant Workers in Toronto

By Vernie Yocogan-Diano Executive Director, Cordillera Women’s Education Action Research Center (CWEARC) The spirit of struggle lives among Cordillera migrant workers in Toronto, Canada. Binnadang, the name of their organization was launched on 29 October 2011 in this city that carried the theme “Strengthen the unity of the indigenous migrants of the Cordillera, Philippines. Build 

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The Tineg 8 Martyrs

Binnadang Founding General Assembly Just recently, in October 10, an armed encounter between the government military – the 503 brigade and 41 Infantry battalion led by Col. Eliseo Posadas and Col. Noel Baluyon – and the New People’s Army (NPA) took place at Tineg, Abra in the Cordillera region. This is inevitable with opposing armed 

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Way into the digital age: PH’s President Aquino and his Communications office have no email? Check this out.

From: Jagunos, Bern Sent: Monday, October 31, 2011 1:31 PM To: consul.general@philcongen-toronto.com Subject: Complaint re-Presidential Communications Operations Office staff response to concerns raised about killing of Fr. Tentorio – Request to Consulate to Forward to DOJ Dear Consul General Pedro Chan, I’ve been trying to reach you since last week, but with no success. Similarly, 

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Leading by slogans

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III seems to possess a lush fountainhead of ideas to run on. The president’s handlers always appear ready to prep Noynoy Aquino with a steady diet of slogans to use whenever the president needs them to show his thin veneer of leadership on issues that face the nation. Take the recent 

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Impunity rears its ugly, brazen head

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat.com The killing of Fr. Fausto Tentorio, PIME, shocked the nation. While the impunity in extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances and other human rights violations still prevails, nobody expected that it would victimize a Catholic priest, not since the ouster of the Marcos dictatorship. The killing of Fr. Tentorio does not only show 

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Justice for Fr. Fausto Tentorio

Justice for all the victims of Human Rights Violations! (Statement of Solidarity from the People of Faith in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand) We, leaders and members of the clergy and church-based justice and peace advocacy programmes in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand, are greatly shocked and saddened over the news that Italian missionary Fr. 

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Vantage Point | BusinessWorld The destruction of the country’s institutions is proceeding apace. But it’s not the “enemies of the state” who’re subverting them; it’s the very institutions themselves, including those mandated to protect the state, that are doing it. (Read story…)

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Killing the peace process

Streetwise | BusinessWorld The cold-blooded murder of 59-year-old Italian missionary priest, Fr. Fausto “Pops” Tentorio, who was a champion of indigenous people’s rights, an anti-mining campaigner and a human rights defender, jolts us all to the reality that President Benigno Aquino III’s promise of change is nothing but empty rhetoric aimed at deluding the people 

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