New study supports calls for closing OceanaGold’s Didipio Mine

RESEARCHERS from the United States, Canada, and the Philippines have released a study on the impact of mining in Nueva Vizcaya, Luzon, the largest Philippine island, by Australian-Canadian company, OceanaGold. They have visited the Didipio Gold and Copper Mine and the surrounding communities four times over the past five years, and have reviewed numerous reports 

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Seven added to Order of National Artists

President Rodrigo Duterte conferred the Order of National Artist (ONA), a presidential award, to a new roster of awardees on October 24 at the Malacañang Palace. The seven new National Artists are Raymundo “Ryan” Cayabyab (Music), Lauro “Larry” Alcala for visual arts, Francisco Mañosa (Architecture and Allied Arts), Ramon Muzones and Resil B. Mojares (Literature), 

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Php18,855 already lost–Jeepney drivers among biggest losers from TRAIN’s oil taxes-IBON

Research group IBON said that jeepney drivers and their families have suffered huge income losses from rising pump prices on top of facing rising prices of basic goods and services. The initial and impending fare hikes give immediate relief but only temporarily. Fare hikes only worsen the burden on commuters and the government needs to 

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No whitewash in Sagay massacre probe, various groups urge

MANILA – Various groups protested the massacre of nine farmers in Hacienda Nene, Purok Pine Tree Bulanon village, Sagay City. They trooped to the gates of the Department of National Defense and Camp Crame Quezon City to denounce the October 20 killing of peasants. The massacre victims, all members of National Federation of Sugarcane Workers 

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Fighting off hunger, thousands launch collective farming

“Not one area of any successful bungkalan did not go through harassment from soldiers, goons, policemen.” By RONALYN V. OLEA MANILA — Eden Gualberto practically raised her three children through farming. She earns P1,000 a week from selling banana, cassava and vegetables. Gualberto, 42, and most of the farmers in sitio Compra, San Mateo, 

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Lawyer Romulo Macalintal with his ever supportive wife, Milagros Macalintal, also joined him at the Comelec when he filed his COC.

Macalintal files COC for Senator

Mr. Senior Citizen: MacaRomy: For Senator accompanied by the kawyers of Marcos, FPJ and Robredo True to his promise to take up the cudgels for senior citizens and persons with disability (PWDs), prominent election lawyer and advocate for elderly rights Romulo Macalintal filed his certificate of candidacy for Senator on its last day of filing 

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Decade of 7% PH Growth: It’s Just A Fantasy

By Sonny Africa In a speech before leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Bali, Indonesia, Pres. Rodrigo Duterte said that the country is on an “upward trajectory of growth”. He was echoing the country’s economic managers who were recently touting a recovery of Philippine economic growth to the 7-8% target next 

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Inflation worsening: Gov’t should act fast as households’ incomes hemorrhage

Research group IBON said that inflation has not tapered off as government projected but has accelerated in September, highlighting government’s continued neglect in addressing rapidly rising prices of goods and services. The group said that government continues to push failed neoliberal measures, while feigning concern for Filipino families struggling with a quickly falling purchasing power. 

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‘Arroyo’s Cha-cha opens up her possible return to the presidency’

Colmenares on Arroyo’s draft charter Bayan Muna Chairman and former Rep. Neri Colmenares today (Oct. 9) said that the Resolution of Both Houses No. 15 which Speaker Gloria Arroyo filed contains provisions which could catapult her back to the presidency. “ While Article XVII section 2 provide that the incumbent president and vice president shall 

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Michael Yang is presidential economic adviser

By Ellen Tordesillas Things will never be the same between China and President Duterte after the latter’s unprovoked comment about businessman Michael Yang and Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua at the dinner with officers and members Philippine Military Academy Alumni Association, Inc. last Oct. 4 in Malacañang. Duterte is now regarded by Chinese officials as a 

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