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Protestant Bishops Appeal for Release of Detained Pastor

Members of the Council of Bishops of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines intensified their campaign for the release of Pastor Berlin Guerrero with a “Pilgrimage Walk for Justice and Freedom” at the Court of Appeals. Read the story here.

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JRU Students Suspended, Condemn ‘Campus Repression’

Nineteen students of Jose Rizal University (JRU) in Mandaluyong were suspended after organizing a snake rally on the afternoon of July 17. These students are dismayed over the “blatant campus repression.”  Read the story here.

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Political Killings in R.P. draw International Condemnation

By Emily Vital From Europe to the Philippines, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo received relentless criticisms for the unabated extrajudicial killings under her regime. Disgraced During her recent trip to Europe, leaders of various countries expressed concern over the Arroyo government’s bad human rights record. During her visit to Finland, President of Finland Tarja Halonen and Foreign Minister 

Posted 11 years ago by

Trouble in Paradise: U.S. anti-immigration law may unsettle RP economy

By Reyna Mae L. Tabbada The plight of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and immigrants in the United States still hangs in the balance with the recent passage of U.S. Senate Bill (SB) 2611, the equivalent of House Bill (HB 4437) or The Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005. The act aims 

Posted 11 years ago by

Mass arrest of undocumented immigrants in U.S. looms

By Nicanor Segovia SAN FRANCISCO, California–A House bill that aims to criminalize undocumented immigrants in the United States has sent a chilling effect on Filipino-American communities along with other ethnic groups. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), led by Bishop Gerald Barnes, chair of its Migration and Refugee Services (MRS), has itself warned in 

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A Petition for Press Freedom

Proposed amendment to Bill of Rights: A menace to Philippine democracy We, the undersigned journalists and media organizations, oppose the move to amend the Bill of Rights of the Philippine Constitution and condemn government efforts to curtail the democratic space. The Malacanang-appointed Constitutional Commission has proposed amending Section 4 of the Philippine Constitution’s Bill of 

Posted 12 years ago by

The Ugly Canadian; Globalizing Philippine Mining

(Last of a 3-part series of articles that first appeared in The Philippine News Today published in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) By Ted Alcuitas Barrick Gold’s takeover of Placer Dome Inc., which will be finalized on Jan. 19, 2006, has thrown a monkey wrench to the civil suit filed in Nevada by the Province of 

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The Ugly Canadian

Special Report on the Mining Industry in the Philippines (First two of a 3-part series of articles that first appeared in The Philippine News Today published in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) By Ted Alcuitas (It has been close to 40 years since Placer Dome first signed a deal with President Ferdinand Marcos to open Marcopper 

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Violence Still Increasing: 63 Journalists Killed, More Than 1,300 Physically Attacked or Threatened

World Press Freedom in 2005, the deadliest year for a decade In 2005: • 63 journalists and 5 media assistants were killed • at least 807 journalists were arrested • 1,308 physically attacked or threatened • and 1,006 media outlets censored On 1 January 2006, 126 journalists and 70 cyber-dissidents were in jail around the 

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‘Posible’ inspires Pinoys

The country’s triumphant performance at the 23rd Southeast Asian Games served as a timely reminder to Filipinos that nothing is impossible with hard work and dedication. A message of hope and encouragement spread like wildfire across a cheering nation: “Taglay mo ang dugong bayani. Sulong, laban, ‘wag uurong. Pakinggan sa ‘yong puso ang sigaw na 

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