Privatization is creating an artificial water shortage

By Arnold Padilla MANILA — Metro Manila’s supposed water crisis is one that is not caused by lack of supply and new water sources, or as some would argue, by lack of foresight and preparations by regulators and Manila Water. Rather, it is caused by lack of effective state control over water resources after 

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38 Lawyers Killed Since President Duterte Took Office

By Carlos H. Conde Another lawyer has been murdered in the Philippines, the 38th to have been killed since President Rodrigo Duterte took office in 2016. The media reported that unidentified gunmen shot dead Rex Jasper Lopoz, 41, as he was about to enter his car outside a shopping mall in Tagum City, in 

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Under Duterte, attacks against Filipino lawyers escalating

By ALYSSA MAE CLARIN MANILA – One lawyer is killed per month. This is how the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) illustrated the escalating attacks against lawyers and judges in the Philippines during a colloquium held March 14 at the IBP Auditorium, Ortigas Center. IBP President Abdiel Fajardo said that since 2016, there 

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Inflation lower but poorest Filipino families still struggle with high prices Families struggling with meager incomes still have to put up with high prices even amid lower inflation posted in February 2019. Research group IBON said that the poor majority of Filipino households are still having difficulty making ends meet with prices remaining high. Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) figures show that headline inflation slowed further 

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IBON: Duterte govt’s accusations baseless, aim to hide truth about economy

The Duterte government’s accusations against IBON are baseless and aim to stifle economic analysis that is inconsistent with its preferred narrative of growth and development. For over forty years, IBON has sought to explain socioeconomic and political issues to the public as our contribution to Philippine democracy and the cause of genuine progress and development. 

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“Press Freedom Under Siege: Reportage that Challenged the Marcos Dictatorship” (University of the Philippines Press) will be launched on March 23, 2019, Saturday, at 4:30 p.m. at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani in Quezon City. Edited by veteran journalist Ma. Ceres P. Doyo, the book is a compilation of more than 30 magazine and newspaper 

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Chel Diokno to Duterte: Stop weaponizing lists MANILA, Philippines – Human rights lawyer and senatorial candidate Chel Diokno slammed President Rodrigo Duterte for weaponizing lists against government critics. The Otso Diretso senatorial bet was asked during Rappler’s #TheLeaderIWant senatorial forum on Monday, March 4, what he suggests should be done so people in power will not break the law. “Dapat tigilan 

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On EDSA uprising anniversary, progressives assail ‘shadows of tyranny’ under Duterte

By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO MANILA — The EDSA Shrine has once again been filled with battle cries of the Filipino people as a broad array of human rights defenders, workers, the urban poor, youth and students, and church people gathered for the 33th year since the EDSA uprising to call out the government 

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Businessmen cashing in on Metro Manila Reclamation project –IBON Research group IBON said that the Manila Bay reclamation project under the Build, Build, Build program is a profit-led infrastructure plan that will mainly benefit big business. The group said that contrary to government claims, the project will displace nearby communities from their homes and livelihoods and destroy the environment. The Manila Bay Reclamation 

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Cheaper rice for now, but at what cost?

By Sonny Africa The government’s economic managers claim that the new Rice Tariffication Act which takes effect on March 5, 2019 will ensure the availability of cheaper rice for Filipino consumers. They also claim that the law will make Filipino rice farmers more competitive and profitable. Yet while rice from abroad could become cheaper 

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