On EDSA uprising anniversary, progressives assail ‘shadows of tyranny’ under Duterte

By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO Bulatlat.com MANILA — The EDSA Shrine has once again been filled with battle cries of the Filipino people as a broad array of human rights defenders, workers, the urban poor, youth and students, and church people gathered for the 33th year since the EDSA uprising to call out the government 

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Businessmen cashing in on Metro Manila Reclamation project –IBON

IBON.org Research group IBON said that the Manila Bay reclamation project under the Build, Build, Build program is a profit-led infrastructure plan that will mainly benefit big business. The group said that contrary to government claims, the project will displace nearby communities from their homes and livelihoods and destroy the environment. The Manila Bay Reclamation 

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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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