Selective outrage? How Duterte reacted to other foreign affronts to Filipinos

By Pia Ranada Rappler.com MANILA–President Rodrigo Duterte’s very cautious response to the sinking of a Filipino fishing boat by a Chinese ship struck many as uncharacteristic given his image as a no-holds-barred, tough-talking defender of the ordinary Filipino. Not only did he echo China’s dismissal of the ramming as just a “maritime incident,” he had 

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Duterte selling out sovereignty for Chinese funding – IBON

By IBON Media Research group IBON said that the Duterte administration’s downplaying of the hit-and-run by a Chinese vessel of a Philippine fishing boat in the West Philippine Sea (WPS) shows how it gives more importance to Chinese funding over Philippine sovereignty. On June 9, a Chinese vessel rammed and sank the Filipino fishing boat 

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Govt should address job losses in agri, manufacturing — IBON

By IBON Media Research group IBON said that the rise in employment and decline in unemployment is seemingly welcome after the worsening job generation in the past four consecutive labor force rounds. But this should not be taken at face value because of alarming underlying trends. This includes job losses in the production sectors that 

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66 killed under Duterte, advocates call for defense of human rights in Negros

Under the Duterte administration, 66 farmers and activists have already been gunned down. By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com MANILA — Israel Avelino wept in anguish as he narrated how his father Edgardo was killed by police operatives three months ago inside their home in barangay Panubigan in Canlaon City in Negros Oriental. On March 30, 

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Joi Barios: Poet in Exile

By Marra PL. Lanot The rather short woman waited for the audience to remain quiet, commanded attention, and stood tall. She whipped out a malong, and with that single prop, with the proper projection of her dramatic voice, she read a poem in Filipino, and she owned the stage. (Malong is a tube cloth worn 

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Q & A with San Carlos Bishop Gerardo Alminaza on Negros killings

The violence that erupt from time to time in Negros is but a painful reminder of the longstanding land problem and unjust system operative in Negros. By JHIO JAN A. NAVARRO* Bulatlat.com Negros, an island of landlords, has ever since been rife of agrarian tensions. From the bloody Escalante Massacre of 1985 to the more 

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Last year’s Eid prayer with my sister and her friend, at the Quiapo Golden Mosque.

How my politics strengthened my faith

By Mench Tilendo This year marks the seventh year for me to have spent the Holy month of Ramadan away from my family. Since I entered college in 2012, one of the many adjustments I had to take was celebrating this time of the year without them. Undeniably, it was a struggle for a Muslim 

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OFWs line-up during the first day of the overseas absentee voting in Hong Kong.              (Photo courtesy of Migrante International)

Migrant group assails overseas absentee voting ‘irregularities’

PH Elections 2019 “It’s not like we’re doing this for the first time.“ By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL Bulatlat.com MANILA – A Filipino migrant group expressed indignation over reports of irregularities and problems encountered by overseas Filipino workers in the overseas absentee voting that kicked off last April 13. Migrante International called the Commission of 

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Family living wage for a family of five members in NCR

IBON.org “The choice of official poverty lines is a political one. Setting a high standard indicates the government having a high level of ambition for poverty eradication. Government, however has chosen to set a low standard – in this case, the Php10,481 per month or Php69.87 per day poverty threshold – which results in tens 

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Cordillera woman leader bags 2019 Gwangju Prize for HR

“Whatever the suppression, however, they failed to stop her continuing courageous actions, inspiring global citizens throughout the world, and thus was selected her (Cariño) as the winner of the 2019 Gwangju Prize for Human Rights,” it added. By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL Bulatlat.com MANILA – A Filipina human rights defender, Joanna Patricia Kintanar Cariño, has 

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