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At least 251 journalists jailed globally – CPJ

Rappler.com MANILA–At least 251 journalists are behind bars for doing their work, according to a Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) report released Thursday, December 13. China, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia imprisoned more journalists this year than in 2017, while Turkey remained the world’s worst jailer for the third year in a row, imprisoning at least 

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NUJP denounces red-tagging

By Ronalyn V. Olea Bulatlat.com The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) condemned efforts to link the group to the communist movement. Three Manila-based tabloids – Police Files Tonite, Bagong Bomba and Saksi Mata ng Katotohanan – carried the exact same headline: “NUJP PINAMUMUNUAN NG CPP-NPA-NDF” (NUJP HEADED BY CPP-NPA-NDF), the latter initials 

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2018 Yearender: Are You High? The Economy Isn’t

By Sonny Africa Executive Director, IBON Foundation The Duterte administration’s economic managers made some odd statements as the year wound up. Economic planning secretary Ernesto Pernia said “the Philippine economy became stronger and even more resilient than ever”. Finance secretary Carlos Dominguez III insisted on “the soundness of the Duterte administration’s economic development strategy”. Bangko 

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2018 inflation highest in 10 years amid slowing growth — IBON

IBON.org Inflation for 2018 is more than double the Duterte administration’s original inflation target for the year and the highest in a decade, research group IBON said. Along with slowing economic growth, this further points to the failure of government’s economic managers to rein in consumer prices and of its neoliberal policies, such as the 

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Fil-Am Darren Criss dedicates Golden Globe win to Cebuana mother

Philstar.com MANILA, Philippines — Filipino American Actor Darren Criss took home the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television on Sunday evening (California time). He thanked his Cebuana mother during his acceptance speech. “As we’ve seen, it’s been a marvelous year for 

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Poet Tita Lacambra Ayala writes 30

Rappler.com BAGUIO–“Paalam Nay…10:37” was all musician Joey Ayala wrote on Facebook, and the Filipino literati understood. Tita Lacambra Ayala, the poet much loved from Ilocos Norte to Davao City, died at 10:37 pm Wednesday, January 9, while combatting pneumonia in Davao City. She just turned 88 last January 2. She is the mother of Joey 

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10 uniquely Filipino Christmas traditions

No one celebrates the Yuletide season better than the Filipinos! Resilient, jubilant and charming, Pinoys are known all over the world for their long, lavish, animated and one-of-a-kind holiday season celebrations. Although our motherland doesn’t have a wintry backdrop that echoes a quintessential Christmas feel, the Yuletide season is still very much alive all over 

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Shades of Gray: Nerd, musician, black belter

PhilStar.com MANILA, Philippines — A self-confessed nerd who can rearrange in her head the tune of a song note for note has been crowned Miss Universe 2018. Her being a black belter might have been highlighted at the pre-coronation of Miss Universe, but the universe ought to know that at heart Catriona Elisa Gray is 

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‘A nation of orphans’

On human rights day, progressives mourn ‘bayan ng ulila’ as killings, rights violations continue By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO Bulatlat.com MANILA — The scorching heat did not deter Filipino progressives from commemorating International Human Rights Day, today Dec. 10. “This day is not for the government that spit on human rights and the documents it 

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The real target of military operations in Mindanao

By Anne Marxze Umil Bulatlat.com On Monday, Dec. 3, Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr. publicly tagged Bayan Muna former representative Satur Ocampo and ACT Teachers’ Partylist Rep. France Castro an “active members of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA).” In a news report, Galvez claimed 

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