‘Dukot’: Courageous Movie Tackles Worsening Rights Abuses in Philippines

Dukot’s fearlessness emanates from its depiction of the truth about the worsening human-rights situation in the Philippines today. As Bonifacio Ilagan, the scriptwriter, put it: “It minces no words in pointing out the real perpetrators” of enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings. (Read story…)

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Aurelio Tolentino and His Play Kahapon, Ngayon, at Bukas

Not all Filipinos are aware of the historical importance of May 14. On May 14, 1903, Aurelio Tolentino (October 13, 1867-July 3, 1915), a Pampango playwright, poet, essayist, educator, novelist and public servant was arrested because of his play, Kahapon, Ngayon at Bukas (Larawan ng Inang Bayan). (Read story…)

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Father of the Philippine Revolution: Andres Bonifacio

In commemoration of the 111th anniversary of the 1898 declaration of Philippine Independence Andres Bonifacio was born on November 30, 1863 to Santiago Bonifacio and Catalina de Castro. Orphaned at an early age, the siblings made canes and paper fans to meet their necessities. He also made posters for commercial firms as he had a 

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Spending Mother’s Day 7,000 Miles Away

During Mother’s Day on May 10, there are mothers 7,000 miles away in Canada working as caregivers in the hope that they would be able to reunite with their children soon and be able to provide a better future for them. But their dreams remain unfulfilled and they have been trying to cope with the 

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Berting Labra springs to freedom

(Following are excerpts from an article published in the Observer magazine in Feb. 1982 after Berting Labra’s release from prison.) Home at last after 12 long years, Berting Labra is again in command of his life. Having been imprisoned in the New Bilibid Prison, Muntinlupa, since 1969 and after gaining freedom through an acquittal of 

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A Day in the Life of a Jeepney Driver

eepney drivers work long days and endure a lot of difficulties in their struggle to eke out a daily living. At the end of the day, however, their earnings are far from enough to afford basic necessities. (Read story…)

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Risking their Lives to Bring Health Services to the Poor in Remote Areas

Even as they provide much-needed health services in far-flung areas, community health workers (CHWs) are not spared from being targets of the military’s counter-insurgency campaign. In Guihulngan, Negros Oriental, two CHWs shared how they risk their lives just to be able to continue serving the poor. Their stories reveal how soldiers from the Armed Forces 

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The Ugly Canadian; Globalizing Philippine Mining

(Last of a 3-part series of articles that first appeared in The Philippine News Today published in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) By Ted Alcuitas Barrick Gold’s takeover of Placer Dome Inc., which will be finalized on Jan. 19, 2006, has thrown a monkey wrench to the civil suit filed in Nevada by the Province of 

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The Ugly Canadian

Special Report on the Mining Industry in the Philippines (First two of a 3-part series of articles that first appeared in The Philippine News Today published in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) By Ted Alcuitas (It has been close to 40 years since Placer Dome first signed a deal with President Ferdinand Marcos to open Marcopper 

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Demonyong Banyaga at si JR

Ni Soliman I. Urduja Sa Timpalak Walang Utak. Host: Sino ang pambansang bayani ng Pilipinas? Contestant: Wala bang clue? Host: Ang mga unang titik ng kanyang pangalan ay JR. Contestant: (Mabilis pa sa alas kuwatro) Jeric Raval! Host: Hindi! Isa siyang doktor. Contestant: (‘Sing talas ng kidlat) Dr. Jeric Raval! Host: Hindi! Matagal na siyang 

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