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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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Journalists, institutions decry ‘absurd legal attack’ against Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – A number of journalist groups and institutions slammed the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) recommendation to file cyber libel charges against Rappler Incorporated, its CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa, and former researcher Reynaldo Santos Jr over a nearly 7-year-old story written months before the cyber libel law was enacted. In a press 

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Minimum age of criminal responsibility, reset to 12 years old, from 9

12, not 9 years old; “social,” not criminal responsibility, says House ABS-CBNNews.com MANILA–The House of Representatives on Wednesday (Jan. 23) approved on second reading a bill lowering the age of criminal liability. Lawmakers approved a bill lowering the age of criminal liability to 12 years old, instead of 9, as first proposed. House Justice Committee 

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Bill exempting journalists from being witnesses in anti-drug operations filed

By Kath M. Cortez DavaoToday MANILA, Philippines – As the government intensifies its campaign against illegal drugs, Makabayan representatives in Congress filed a bill to support the call to spare journalists from becoming witnesses during anti-drug operations. Led by Act Teachers Partylist Representatives Antonio Tinio and France Castro, the group including Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos 

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Alliance calls on Filipino people to act amid ‘bleak situation under Duterte’

“The mass killings are meant for mass intimidation! Not just in the drug war, but in the war against authoritarianism, in the war against poverty, and in the war against political dynasties and perpetuation of this system of injustice.” By ALYSSA MAE CLARIN Bulatlat.com MANILA— A broad array of groups and individuals expressed concern over 

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Fil-Am actor cast as lead in Broadway hit ‘Hamilton’

Philstar.com MANILA, Philippines — Last January 19, Filipino-American actor Marc dela Cruz took the stage as the lead role of the hit-Broadway musical “Hamilton” for the first time. “I am over the moon to be a part of Hamilton,” he said in an interview with New York-based Filipino-American magazine “The FilAm.” “I’ve been a fan 

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