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Organised chaos and the election season

PH Elections 2019 By Irish Mae Silvestre The Philippine Reporter MANILA–Being a third culture kid means I’m not quite an outsider, but I can’t exactly pass for a local either. I’m familiar enough that a lot of things don’t faze me like hotdogs and marshmallows on a stick. But other things (such as “unli rice”) 

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Groups unite against Election fraud, repression

PH Elections 2019 “We have seen how the massive resources of government are being put to use to campaign for administration candidates.” By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO Bulatlat.com MANILA — With only five days to go before elections, various groups convened today, May 8, at the Colegio de San Juan de Letran to stand strong 

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Party-list groups of the ‘rich and the powerful’ dominate survey

PH Elections 2019 “Voters should be wary of party-list groups of known political dynasties and big business interests claiming to represent the poor.” By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL Bulatlat.com MANILA –- Election watchdog Kontra Daya called for voter vigilance as the rich and the powerful dominate the recent survey of Pulse Asia. The group said 

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PROTEST. Protesters chant, ‘Not a nickel, not a dime, no more money for Duterte’s crime,’ as they urge an end to killings in the Philippines in front of the PH Consulate in Toronto.                                               Photo: Marites Sison

Filipino-Canadians demand justice for slain farmers in Negros

TORONTO, Canada – About 20 Filipino human rights activists staged a protest on Wednesday, April 10, condemning the recent killings of 14 farmers in Negros Oriental and urging the Canadian government to stop “all security and military assistance to the Philippines.” Protesters stood outside 160 Eglinton Avenue East, a busy midtown street where the Philippine 

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Workers begin 10-day countdown to wage increase

By MARYA SALAMAT Bulatlat.com MANILA — Days before May 1 Labor Day, the Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) reiterates its call for a pay hike. “Increasing the minimum wage from Php537 to Php750 will significantly lessen the gap between the current earnings and the family living wage,” the national labor center said in a statement today. 

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Don’t insist on low poverty threshold, address jobs crisis, gov’t told

IBON.org The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) recently attributed reduced poverty in the first semester of 2018 to the rising quality of jobs under the Duterte administration. But research group IBON said that dismal jobs creation, the magnitude of joblessness, poor quality work, and meager wages give away the true picture of Philippine poverty. 

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Lower official poverty estimates don’t mean less poor Filipinos — IBON

IBON.org Research group IBON said lower reported official poverty estimates for the first semester of 2018 unfortunately do not necessarily mean that the country’s poverty situation is improving. The group observed that standard of living allowed by the official poverty line is very low and grossly underestimates the real number of poor Filipinos. Unless corrected, 

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Solon wins int’l award on union rights

By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL Back story: France Castro: teacher, friend, activist MANILA– Amid red-tagging of the progressive leaders, ACT Teachers Party-list Rep. France Castro has been named as recipient of the Arthur Svensson International Prize for Professional Rights 2019. The Svensson Prize has been awarded to persons and organizations working to promote trade union 

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Chel Diokno to Duterte: Stop weaponizing lists

Rappler.com MANILA, Philippines – Human rights lawyer and senatorial candidate Chel Diokno slammed President Rodrigo Duterte for weaponizing lists against government critics. The Otso Diretso senatorial bet was asked during Rappler’s #TheLeaderIWant senatorial forum on Monday, March 4, what he suggests should be done so people in power will not break the law. “Dapat tigilan 

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Hands Off the Bearers of the Gospel

Ecumenical Bishops’ Forum EBF Statement on the Red-Tagging of Bishop Felixberto Calang and Bishop Antonio Ablon The Ecumenical Bishops Forum (EBF) decries the malicious tagging of Iglesia Filipina Independiente Bishop Felixberto Calang and Bishop Antonio Ablon as among the “terrorist members of the New People’s Army and Communist Party of the Philippines.” We condemn this 

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