Opinion & Analysis

Reality check

The resumption of formal peace negotiations between the Philippine government (GPH) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) in Oslo from February 15-21 almost ended in a cliffhanger with the two sides unable to agree on certain key points in the Joint Statement well over the original 3pm timetable for the closing ceremonies. 

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NOTEBOOK: Philippine Reporter turns 22

Today, March 10, 2011, marks the 22nd anniversary of the of The Philippine Reporter. As they say, how time flies. Just two years ago, we celebrated the 20th anniversary with a Sunday afternoon party with then Toronto two-term Mayor David Miller as guest speaker. Now he’s been replaced by someone with opposite beliefs when it 

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IMMIGRATION: Which party is more ‘pro-immigrant’ ?

Who is more “pro-immigrant” – the Liberals or the Conservatives? Let’s look at the overall numbers. For the past 20 years, Canada has received an average of about 234,000 new permanent residents per year. Between 2001 and 2005, the Liberals brought in an average of 240,000 permanent residents per year, and when the Conservatives came 

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Imagine

THE claim that the world needs the US to oust dictators and promote democracy has never been quite accurate, or even honest. George W. Bush maintained that both were his administration’s goals in Iraq, but never once mentioned that Iraqi oil reserves were at that time estimated at 112 billion barrels, but could be as 

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Thaw in the winter freeze

It was 11 below zero last Feb 15 in Oslo, a thick blanket of snow had turned the panoramic view outside Holmen Fjordhotel into a monochrome of white and grey with scattered dots and slivers of black. Our Norwegian hosts described this winter as “extremely cold”. But the atmosphere was definitely warm and sunny inside 

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Stamping Out Corruption in the AFP and the Government

It should be remembered that the corruption scandals that involved the Arroyo family were the subject of so many congressional inquiries and were made as basis for the impeachment complaints that were filed against former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. There are already numerous evidences that were gathered. And yet, the Aquino government has not yet demonstrated 

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Service Above Politics

(Speech by Art T. Viola at Philippine Press Club-Ontario, November 12, 2010) Casa Manila Restaurant, Toronto Mr. Chairman, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, Good evening. Magandang gabi po sa inyong lahat. Let me say at the outset that it is just great to be here today in such excellent company. On behalf of our “kababayan” 

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IMMIGRATION: Wayward emails can lead to automatic refusals

In the real world, when someone does not receive a response to an important email the fix is usually a simple matter…try again! When our immigration department doesn’t receive a response to an email, it can and will summarily refuse an application even though the applicant may not have received the transmission in question. This 

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Still a Long Haul for Marcos Human Rights Violation Victims

By SATUR C. OCAMPO At Ground Level | The Philippine Star Posted by Bulatlat.com Last week’s decision by a Hawaii court to distribute $7.5 million in compensation to 7,500 victims of human rights violations during the Marcos dictatorship was a piece of good news, the third one since the original 9,529 victims, who filed the 

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A Popular Uprising Rages in Egypt

By SATUR C. OCAMPO At Ground Level | The Philippine Star Posted by Bulatlat.com The people’s uprising in Egypt seeking to oust President Hosni Mubarak provides interesting insights and aspects that I wish to share as concisely as our limited space allows. First, the uprising (the protesters call it a “revolution”) could be the tipping 

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