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UP conference honors Karl Marx’s 200th birthday

How useful is Karl Marx, who was born 200 years ago, for understanding the world today, even the horrid times under Duterte? This question and more will be raised in the Marx@200 Conference on May 26, from 9  AM to 7 PM, at Melchor Hall Auditorium, the College of Engineering,  in the University of the 

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‘Scandalous’: ‘Why do we pay Shell–Chevron’s P146.8-B income taxes in Malampaya?’ – Bayan Muna

By MARYA SALAMAT Bulatlat.com MANILA – Amid the rapidly rising expenses of ordinary Filipinos, some of which are blamed on more taxes under the TRAIN law, Bayan Muna is questioning the de-facto tax holidays or write-offs being enjoyed by giant companies. These are hundreds of billions of money that the government has not been collecting 

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Severe Income Inequality in PH

Despite being relatively high compared to other Asian countries, Philippine economic growth is lopsided in the interest of a few at the expense of the majority of poor Filipinos. High levels of wealth are concentrated in the hands of a few, while family incomes have stagnated in real terms, especially amid rising prices.

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TRAIN-induced price increases are permanent—IBON

The inflation spike marks the start of increases​ driven by the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN)​ in the prices of basic goods and services for the next three years, research group IBON said. Further inflationary surges are likely to happen in 2019 and 2020 when the next two rounds of additional taxes on 

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Poor-quality work increased amid economic growth–IBON

First quarter economic growth this year did not translate to better jobs for Filipinos, research group IBON said. This means that despite government claims that the groundwork for reforms has been laid, growth has remained essentially exclusionary, generating jobs that are insecure and low-paying, said the group. Socio-Economic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia recently announced the 

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Over a million more underemployed, part-time workers under Duterte

The number of Filipino workers relegated to insecure and low-paying jobs have grown under the Duterte administration, said research group IBON. Latest official labor force data shows a higher number of employed under Pres. Duterte. The number of employed increased to 41.8 million in January 2018 from 39.3 million in the same period last year, 

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Sister Pat

By Marie Mercado ManilaToday.net “It is part of my religious mission to stand with the poor” – Sr. Patricia Fox. Mga pahayag mula kay Sr. Pat, mother superior ng Our Lady of Sion Congregation sa Pilipinas. Kamakailan lamang ay naging laman siya ng mga balita sa loob at labas ng bansa dahil sa iligal na 

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Does Duterte intend to clean up Boracay with bullets and bombs?

The deployment of over 600 police and 200 military personnel to Boracay to enforce President Rodrigo Duterte’s controversial closure and rehabilitation order of the island is a fascist overkill. Since when did bullets and bombs become cleaning agents for coliform, or conservation tools for flying foxes, sea turtles, and coral reefs? Ironically, this is done 

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Public satisfaction with Duterte dips among poorest — SWS

MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) – While President Rodrigo Duterte retained a “very good” public satisfaction rating in the first quarter of 2018, there was a significant dip in satisfaction for his performance among the poorest Filipinos, a new survey shows. The Social Weather Stations survey, made public on Wednesday, April 11, but conducted from March 

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Stranger than fiction: notes on Citizen Jake

By Erika Cruz ManilaToday.net In 1941, a film titled Citizen Kane (dir. Orson Welles) told the story of a reporter trying to uncover the meaning behind the titular character’s dying word. As he embarks on his search for answers, he discovers a complex personality and his rise from obscurity to affluence before dying a rich 

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