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Organised chaos and the election season

PH Elections 2019 By Irish Mae Silvestre The Philippine Reporter MANILA–Being a third culture kid means I’m not quite an outsider, but I can’t exactly pass for a local either. I’m familiar enough that a lot of things don’t faze me like hotdogs and marshmallows on a stick. But other things (such as “unli rice”) 

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From left: Blogger Noemi Dado, IT expert Mac Yanto, Kontra Daya 
convenor Danilo Arao and Benedictine nun Sr. Mary John Mananzan                                                   
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Groups unite against Election fraud, repression

PH Elections 2019 “We have seen how the massive resources of government are being put to use to campaign for administration candidates.” By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO Bulatlat.com MANILA — With only five days to go before elections, various groups convened today, May 8, at the Colegio de San Juan de Letran to stand strong 

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OFWs line-up during the first day of the overseas absentee voting in Hong Kong.              (Photo courtesy of Migrante International)

Migrant group assails overseas absentee voting ‘irregularities’

PH Elections 2019 “It’s not like we’re doing this for the first time.“ By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL Bulatlat.com MANILA – A Filipino migrant group expressed indignation over reports of irregularities and problems encountered by overseas Filipino workers in the overseas absentee voting that kicked off last April 13. Migrante International called the Commission of 

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Party-list groups of the ‘rich and the powerful’ dominate survey

PH Elections 2019 “Voters should be wary of party-list groups of known political dynasties and big business interests claiming to represent the poor.” By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL Bulatlat.com MANILA –- Election watchdog Kontra Daya called for voter vigilance as the rich and the powerful dominate the recent survey of Pulse Asia. The group said 

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PROTEST. Protesters chant, ‘Not a nickel, not a dime, no more money for Duterte’s crime,’ as they urge an end to killings in the Philippines in front of the PH Consulate in Toronto.                                               Photo: Marites Sison

Filipino-Canadians demand justice for slain farmers in Negros

TORONTO, Canada – About 20 Filipino human rights activists staged a protest on Wednesday, April 10, condemning the recent killings of 14 farmers in Negros Oriental and urging the Canadian government to stop “all security and military assistance to the Philippines.” Protesters stood outside 160 Eglinton Avenue East, a busy midtown street where the Philippine 

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Workers begin 10-day countdown to wage increase

By MARYA SALAMAT Bulatlat.com MANILA — Days before May 1 Labor Day, the Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) reiterates its call for a pay hike. “Increasing the minimum wage from Php537 to Php750 will significantly lessen the gap between the current earnings and the family living wage,” the national labor center said in a statement today. 

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Family living wage for a family of five members in NCR

IBON.org “The choice of official poverty lines is a political one. Setting a high standard indicates the government having a high level of ambition for poverty eradication. Government, however has chosen to set a low standard – in this case, the Php10,481 per month or Php69.87 per day poverty threshold – which results in tens 

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Don’t insist on low poverty threshold, address jobs crisis, gov’t told

IBON.org The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) recently attributed reduced poverty in the first semester of 2018 to the rising quality of jobs under the Duterte administration. But research group IBON said that dismal jobs creation, the magnitude of joblessness, poor quality work, and meager wages give away the true picture of Philippine poverty. 

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Lower official poverty estimates don’t mean less poor Filipinos — IBON

IBON.org Research group IBON said lower reported official poverty estimates for the first semester of 2018 unfortunately do not necessarily mean that the country’s poverty situation is improving. The group observed that standard of living allowed by the official poverty line is very low and grossly underestimates the real number of poor Filipinos. Unless corrected, 

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Cordillera woman leader bags 2019 Gwangju Prize for HR

“Whatever the suppression, however, they failed to stop her continuing courageous actions, inspiring global citizens throughout the world, and thus was selected her (Cariño) as the winner of the 2019 Gwangju Prize for Human Rights,” it added. By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL Bulatlat.com MANILA – A Filipina human rights defender, Joanna Patricia Kintanar Cariño, has 

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