Peasant groups dare presidentiables to address land problem

By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL MANILA –- As presidential candidates gear to woo voters, farmers and agrarian reform advocates under the banner of the Philippine Land Reform Movement (PLRM) challenged them to address the lingering land problem, corruption of agricultural funds, and human rights abuses. The PLRM presented its “Peasant Electoral Agenda for 2016” 

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UP supports Lumad’s fight for survival

By RONALYN V. OLEA MANILA – The country’s premier state university welcomed some 700 Lumad who traveled from different parts of Mindanao to the nation’s capital. In a press conference this afternoon, Oct. 27, UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan said it is the right of the Lumad to come to UP. “This is your 

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PH should thwart TPP bandwagon, group warns

APEC to be launching pad: Research group IBON warned that the upcoming Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting will most certainly be used to campaign for a powerful Pacific multilateral trade deal led by the United States. But by now the Philippines and other Asia Pacific countries should be aware of its dire implications and 

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#FighterNgBayan | Makabayan announces Colmenares’ bid for senate

By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO MANILA – Progressive bloc Makabayan Coalition has formally announced the candidacy of Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares for senate during its convention at the San Andres Sports Complex in Malate here, today, Sept. 30. “Make me your voice in the Senate. Now is the right time,” Colmenares said, addressing 

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3 foreigners, 1 Filipina abducted in Samal Island

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (UPDATED) – Three foreigners – two Canadians and a Norwegian – and a Filipina were abducted in a resort in Samal Island in Davao del Norte late Monday night, September 21, authorities confirmed. Police identified the victims as Norwegian resort manager Kjartan Sekkinstad, 56; Canadian guests John Ridsdel, 68, and Robert Hall, 

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Death of Ph eagle shows gov’t failure to protect biodiversity, says green group

By Dee Ayroso MANILA–The Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment (Kalikasan PNE) said the death of the Philippine eagle Pamana exposed government’s “low priority” in protecting the country’s endangered species and forests. Pamana, a three-year old female Philippine Eagle (pithecophaga jefferyi) was found decomposing with a bullet wound in the chest on Aug. 16 in 

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Aquino Legacy: More poor Filipinos in the last 5 years

Research group IBON said that the growing number of poor Filipinos in the country today debunks the Aquino administration’s claims that its successful poverty alleviation strategy would be one of its achievements that must be continued by the succeeding administration. The group delivered its assessment of the Aquino administration’s five years in office in its 

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Proposed 2016 national budget prone to abuse in election year

Research group IBON said that the proposed 2016 national government budget is vulnerable to abuse in the critical 2016 election year. There are large lump-sum amounts including suspiciously for local governments, as well as an apparent attempt to give the administration greater flexibility to declare savings and transfer funds in the middle of the year. 

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DAP-like mechanism persists in proposed 2016 budget

Despite a Supreme Court decision last year declaring the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) unconstitutional, a mechanism to retain discretionary lump-sum funds persists in the proposed 2016 budget, research group IBON said. Instituted by Department of Budget Management secretary Florencio Abad, the controversial DAP allowed the President to decide on using funds from discontinued projects or 

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Aquino Legacy: Wealth of richest tripled

The country’s few rich became richer while wages and incomes remained low for millions of working Filipinos in the last five years. This would be one of the clear legacies of the Aquino administration, research group IBON said. What government claims to have been inclusive growth benefited only a few families and corporations. The wealth 

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