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Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) Executive Director Malou Mangahas

‘People’s right to know rests on press freedom’ – PCIJ

By Aika Rey Rappler.com MANILA, Philippines – Freedom of the press does not only concern journalists but ordinary people’s right to know, Philippine Center for Investigative for Journalism Executive Director Malou Mangahas said on Friday, January 19. Mangahas made the statement at the Black Friday Protest for Freedom in Quezon City on Friday, which was 

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Website of alternative news outfit attacked

By BULATLAT MANILA — The website of alternative news outfit Kodao Productions (www.kodao.org) was attacked, rendering it inaccessible. The website was subjected to a code injection attack through online publishing platform WordPress around midnight last night, Feb. 2, that prevents its website technicians from logging in. In a statement, the National Union of Journalists of 

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Duterte’s Charter Change proposals enshrine pork barrel in new Constitution

By MARYA SALAMAT Bulatlat.com MANILA – The Duterte administration’s drive to amend the 1987 Constitution outdoes the previous failed attempts in one more thing. Aside from the usual extension of the terms of incumbents, allowing 100 percent foreign ownership of Philippine resources and businesses, and removal of provisions that guarantee human rights and civil liberties, 

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Wholesale ‘Swiss challenge’ will lead to greater, more hidden corruption–IBON

IBON.org The Duterte administration’s proposal to do away with public bidding and replace this with the even less transparent ‘Swiss challenge’ system for all government projects could lead to more extensive and veiled corruption, said research group IBON’s executive director Sonny Africa. Pres. Duterte’s push for the Swiss challenge system is supposedly aimed at getting 

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Yearend 2017: Dutertenomics at Cha-cha: Pagsagasa sa Demokrasya

IBON.org Umiigting ang ligalig sa administrasyong Duterte, wala pang dalawang taon sa panunungkulan. Lumalala ang kalagayan ng mamamayan, habang ipinatutupad pa rin ng gubyerno ang mga kontra-mamamayang patakarang neoliberal. Tuluyan nang napako ang mga popular na pangako ni Duterte, pero patuloy pa rin ang kanyang pagpapanggap na siya ay para sa mahirap. Ipinagpapatuloy ng kanyang 

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Journalists, artists unite against Duterte’s attack on press freedom

#BlackFriday By Kathy Yamzon ManilaToday.net Journalists and artists wearing black shirts gathered today at the Boy Scout Circle in Quezon City for the #BlackFriday protest calling on everyone to defend press freedom and fight what they call ‘tyranny’ in light of the government’s revocation of online news site Rappler’s license and the court’s subpoena against 

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By Raissa Robles
Inside Philippine Politics & Beyond

“Salient features” of the House draft Constitution intends to turn Duterte into a dictator

The House Committee on Constitutional Amendments started discussing today the “Salient Features” of the draft constitution proposed by President Rodrigo Duterte’s government. The draft constitution itself has not been made public. It isn’t clear who actually wrote and submitted the “Salient Features”, but the document makes five things immediately clear: (1) Once the new Constitution 

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‘Poor government response’ slammed over Mayon eruption

By Kathy Yamzon Manila Today A group of disaster responders in the Bicol region is not satisfied with the disaster response management being carried out by both the national and local governments over thousands of evacuees in the province of Albay caused by recent eruptions of the Mayon volcano. As of this writing, the Bikol 

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DAMAGED CROPS. Volcanic materials cascade down to rice paddies in this file photo from Jan. 22, 2018. 
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Mayon eruption destroys P94M worth of agricultural crops

Rappler.com ALBAY, Philippines – Almost P94 million worth of agricultural crops have been damaged since Mayon volcano erupted two weeks ago, the provincial agricultural officer of Albay said on Thursday, January 26. Che Rebeta, provincial agricultural officer, said the initial estimate estimate of P93,916,916 in damage is expected to increase, as the volcano is expected 

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Econ Cha-cha will lead to further PH socioeconomic decline

IBON.org With the recent majority vote in favor of a constituent assembly (con-ass) by the House of Representatives (HOR), research group IBON warned that one of the primary reasons behind the push for Charter change (Cha-cha) is the lifting of foreign ownership caps​. This will lead to the further stunting of the Philippine economy​, said the 

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