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Cheaper rice for now, but at what cost?

By Sonny Africa IBON.org 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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Rice tariffication puts PH food security at risk—IBON

IBON.org IBON Executive Editor Rosario Bella Guzman said that non-quota tariff rice importation undermines the food security principles of supply stability and affordability. She said that in face of world market volatility, a fluctuating peso-dollar exchange rate and impending El Nino, government should seek to stabilize prices and the economy. Government will soon release the 

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‘Desperate move’ to vilify rural missionaries

We, the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines, a national organization of women and men religious, priests and lay, condemn the tagging of our organization as a “communist front,” this time through the complaints filed by National Security Council deputy director general Vicente Agdamag to the United Nations (UN). The report, submitted to the Office of 

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Nakaambang pagsabog ng krisis sa ilalim ni Duterte

Bumabagal at humihina ang ekonomiyang Pilipino sa likod ng paggiit ng administrasyong Duterte ng pagsigla nito. Nagkukumahog ang economic team ng rehimen na mabawi ang dating momentum ng ekonomiya. Walang-habas ang paggastos ngayon sa imprastruktura pero maging ito ay tila kapos din upang mapigilan ang pag-atras ng ekonomiya. Lumilitaw ang kapalpakan ng neoliberalismo. Inabot na 

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What makes a hero?

FILM REVIEW: Goyo, The Boy General (2018) By Ysh Cabana The Philippine Reporter The story of Gregorio del Pilar, one of the youngest generals best known for the defense of Tirad Pass against a backdrop of American aggression. And in online streaming site Netflix 120 years hence, he’s been given a more thoughtful biopic with 

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‘Pelikula lang?’ Directors, critics hit ‘Bato’ movie

Bulatlat.com MANILA, Philippines – Former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald dela Rosa thinks it’s unbelievable that his life is now literally the stuff of movies, with no less than Robin Padilla portraying the Davao-born cop. But critics – including prominent names in the film industry – are dumbfounded over the movie’s release but for 

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High prices, flat real wages remain despite lower inflation – IBON

Research group IBON said that the lower inflation figure for January 2019 is welcome, but stressed that prices are still higher compared to last year. Real wages have been stagnant for more than a decade and high prices remain a burden for most Filipino families, said the group. Headline inflation for January 2019 is at 

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Second year of slowing growth a wake-up call – IBON

Research group IBON said that the second year of slowing growth under the Duterte administration should be enough to jolt it out of its complacency and denial. The downturn in the last two years and the poor prospects in the year to come should be a wake-up call to start to undertake the difficult but 

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Randy Malayao: Campus journalist and ‘fisher of men’

In prison Randy endeared himself to all by consoling distraught fellow prisoners, volunteering to write letters and conduct literary programs for the illiterate inmates, organizing medical missions and sports fests, and acting as paralegal, among others. He readily shared his food, medicines, even electric fans and reading materials to all fellow prisoners. By Raymund B. 

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Faltering Economy, Shell of a Democracy

IBON.org Yearend Birdtalk 2018 Executive Summary Adverse economic and political trends since the start of the Duterte administration intensified last year. The risk of combustion in 2019 has become much higher. The administration has tried to project an image of economic progress and strongman-driven stability, peace and order. But if the year 2018 has shown 

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