The growing gap between the rich and the poor is best illustrated in this photograph showing the midrise buildings and skyscrapers of the Makati Central Business District 
overlooking the shanties 
of Barangay San Roque 
Riverside in Pasay City. 
RAFFY LERMA/ File photo from Inquirer.net

DOF tax reforms relieve rich while burdening poor — IBON

RESEARCH group IBON said that the Department of Finance’s (DOF) proposed tax reform program relieves the rich and burdens the poor. The group said that this will worsen inequality in the country and should be replaced by a tax program that taxes the rich instead and is backed with the required political will. The DOF 

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Arte Botanica: ‘Piging’ as homage and thanksgiving

By Ed Maranan MANILA—During this year’s celebration of International Earth Day, an art exhibit entitled Arte Botanica: ‘Piging’ opened in Quezon City, and ran for several months. It was an art show one could visit again and again, a veritable feast (piging) of works paying homage to Nature, and in thanksgiving for the bounty that 

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Duterte reminds US of Bud Dajo massacre

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte was referring to the killing of 600 Moro people by American soldiers in 1906 when he said Monday, September 5, that the United States has not even apologized to the Philippines for its atrocities during the turn of the century. Duterte spewed out a tirade of historical extra-judicial killings when asked by 

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Bato-bato sa langit

Bato-bato sa langit, tamaan ay huwag magagalit. Nabastusan po ba kayo sa aming Pangulo? Pasensiya na po at nakapagmura. Posibleng: 1. Hindi naturuan ng good manners and right conduct ng mga Thomasites na padala ng Amerika. Hindi nasakop ng colonial miseducation, ika nga ni Constantino. 2. Masama ang gising. Baka binangunot dahil minulto ng isang 

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Silang Mga Gasera Sa Madilim Na Silangan by Rene Boy Abiva

Art as Resistance in Political Prisons

By Ed Maranan Some of the country’s best and brightest have been behind bars for many years. In the Philippines, they are called political detainees or political prisoners. Peter Benenson, who founded Amnesty International in the UK in 1961, popularized the term “prisoners of conscience”, which is still widely used. Under the Marcos martial law 

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The photo has been dubbed  “La Pieta” as Jennilyn Olayres is seen cradling the body of Michael Siaron like the Virgin Mary mourning over a dead Jesus Christ in Michelangelo’s world-famous sculpture. (Viral photo by Raffy Lerma)

353 NGOs urge stop to killings

LONDON (2nd August 2016) – Civil society groups from across the globe, including prominent human rights NGOs, have called on UN drug control authorities to urge an immediate stop to the extrajudicial killings of suspected drug offenders in the Philippines. Since 10th May 2016, more than 700 people have been killed by police and vigilantes in 

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Condemn Surge in Killings of Criminal Suspects

(New York) – The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) should urgently condemn the alarming surge in killings of suspected drug users or dealers in the Philippines, Human Rights Watch said today. These global authorities with responsibility for international drug control should call for an immediate halt 

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Philippine Police Killing Surge Prompts Probes

Senate and Rights Body to Investigate Drug Dealer Deaths By Phelim Kine The Philippine Senate and the official Commission on Human Rights (CHR) are undertaking what the new administration and the Philippine National Police (PNP) refuse to do: investigate the alarming increase in police killings of suspected drug dealers and users. Senator Leila de Lima 

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Elitist politics and economics: the real Aquino legacy

Towards the end of its six years in office, the Aquino government boasted its legacy of inclusive growth. Indeed for its neoliberal thrusts the Aquino administration may have achieved certain economic outcomes. But for the Filipino people, an unprecedented jobs crisis, using public funds to guarantee private profits, an even wider gap between rich and 

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15 pronouncements Duterte got right

By Altermidya.Net Much has been written about the wrong or unwelcome pronouncements of incoming president Rodrigo Duterte: his statement on journalist killings, catcalling, revival of the death penalty, and plans to bury late dictator Ferdinand Marcos in the Libingan ng Mga Bayani. An unconventional political figure, he has generated criticism and fear, on one hand, but 

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