Graphic: Michael Villanueva

Probing the invisible multi-billion ‘black budget’

Marjohara Tucay Altermidya Intelligence: This is what the Duterte administration apparently wants to increase next year. Or so reveals the 2020 proposed national budget. Next year, the Office of the President is seeking to almost double the budget of its intelligence and confidential funds, for a combined total of P4.5 billion (US$86.7 million), from the 

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Hinggil sa panununog ng PW print issues sa Pandi, Bulacan

Pinoy Weekly/PinoyMedia Center Itinuturing ito bilang bahagi ng tumitinding klima ng panunupil at pasismo sa bansa, kung saan sinumang nagiging kritikal sa nasa kapangyarihang rehimen ay sinusupil, tinatakot at dinadahas. Itinuturing namin ang nabalitang pagsunog sa libu-libong kopya ng Pinoy Weekly na nakalagak sa subscriber naming komunidad ng mga maralitang nag-okupa ng tiwangwang na pampublikong 

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‘Portrait-cature’ of 
Mila and Hermie by
Melchor Jaluag, a graphic designer of TPR. The artwork is his present for the couple’s 50th Wedding Anniversary and The Philippine Reporter’s 30th Anniversary.

Philippine Reporter marks 30th year; Garcia couple’s Golden Anniversary Pictorial by Rene Sevilla

See related stories: The Golden Garcias: 50 Years of Love and Revolution Celebrating the 50th and the 30th Working together through thick and thin Documenting the hopes, struggles, achievements of Filipinos in Canada ‘Looking in the same direction’ Acknowledgements ñ

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Tributes pour for ‘rare ally,’ environment defender Gina Lopez

By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO Bulatlat.com MANILA – Progressive groups have expressed their deepest condolences over the death of environmental defender and philanthropist Gina Lopez, who, in her stint as cabinet secretary on the environment acted with urgency against destructive mining and social justice. “Generations of indigenous peoples have defended ancestral lands against the encroachment 

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PCIJ REPORT: More bad machines found

Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) REPORT Problematic machines may be as high as 70 percent of 32,000 units deployed — NAMFREL May 2019 Elections: Fraud-free? Fault-free? By Karol Ilagan A DISASTROUS mess. That, in a nutshell, is the picture painted by field reports obtained by PCIJ from poll watchdogs National Citizens’ Movement for Free 

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IBON: Davao businessmen may be benefiting from Duterte admin’s infra program

By IBON Media Amid government hype of its Build, Build, Build program, research group IBON noted that there has been a conspicuous increase in public infrastructure spending in the Davao region that seems to have favored Davao-based businessmen. The group observed that close allies of the president have benefited from the government spending surge by 

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Pres. Duterte

Duterte’s Midterm: Change for the worse

(IBON 2019 Midyear Birdtalk Briefing Paper economic situation highlights) The country’s slowing economy, and worsening jobs crisis and poverty disputes the Duterte administration’s hype of economic gains. IBON said that this is bound to worsen if the Duterte administration continues unopposed on its current neoliberal trajectory wherein the interests of big foreign and local business 

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Former Secretary of the Department of Health (DOH) Janette Garin                          (Photo from ABS-CBN News)

Mother of a child vaccinated with Dengvaxia asks Garin: “Nakakatulog pa ba kayo sa gabi?”

By Nathan Singson TheManilaNews.com Former Secretary of the Department of Health (DOH) Janette Garin was asked if she could sleep at night by a mother of child vaccinated with the controversial anti-Dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia, in a Senate committee probe. The 3.5 billion peso purchase of Dengvaxia that was distributed in national scale to several schools 

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‘Protest art’ shines in this year’s #UnitedPeopleSONA

“Visual progressive art is important in protest actions like these. It expresses more clearly our calls.” By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO Bulatlat.com MANILA — From jellyfish to fishing boats to a real-life Ursula, protesters squeezed their creative juices at an entirely new level at this year’s United People’s SONA as they came up with props 

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Artists group launches comics about killings of Negros farmers

By JOHN  AARON MARK MACARAEG Bulatlat.com MANILA — Artists group Sama-samang Artista para sa Kilusang Agraryo (SAKA) launched Sauron, a comics anthology on the killings of Negros farmers, July 19 at the Pineapple Lab, Poblacion, Makati City. Sauron is filled with stories and illustrations of state forces’ killings, arrests, searches, and torture that took place 

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