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Melamine Contamination Caused by Corporate Greed, Import Liberalization, Gov’t Neglect

Two doctors, one an advocate of community-based health programs and the other a toxicology expert, said that corporate greed, import liberalization, and the lack of priority given by the government to local food production and to ensuring food safety are to be blamed for the entry of melamine-contaminated products in the country. (Read story…)

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Backlash of U.S. Financial Crisis: RP economy to suffer — IBON Foundation

Contrary to government officials’ claim that the current U.S. financial crisis has little impact on the Philippine economy, independent think-tank IBON Foundation deems otherwise. (Read story…)

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Fil-Am Activists Slam One-Time Lumpsum Payment for Filipino WWII Vets

An organization of US-based Filipino activists has criticized the passage, by the Democrat-led US House of Representatives, of House Bill No. 6897 or the Filipino Veterans Equity Act of 2008. The bill, which was passed today by a 329-23 vote, provides for a one-time lumpsum payment to Filipinos who fought side by side with US 

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Groups Stage Protest vs Global Forum on Migration

The Philippines will host the 2nd Global Forum on Migration and Development (GMFD) this October. Filipino migrant workers, however, deem that the forum will only aggravate their conditions. (Read story…)

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More Violence Feared

DAVAO CITY –The Moro partylist group Suara Bangsamoro (Voice of the Moro People) fears that the dissolution of the peace panel would result in an escalation of violence in Mindanao communities. (Read story…)

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Detained Pastor Ordered Released by CA

Detained Pastor Berlin Guerrero was ordered released to the custody of his lawyers this morning by the Court of Appeals (CA). A United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) pastor, Guerrero was abducted May 27, 2007 by elements of the Naval Intelligence Security Forces. He was allegedly tortured before being turned over to the 

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Peace Advocates Hold Dialogue with NDFP Panel

A delegation of the Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform (PEPP) held a dialogue with the negotiating panel and consultants of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), Sept. 2, in Utrecht, The Netherlands. The PEPP delegation was composed of co-convenors Archbishop Antonio Ledesma and Sharon Rose Joy Ruiz-Duremdes, and members Bishop Deogracias Iñiguez, Bishop Efren 

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Terrorizing Communities: Oplan Bantay Laya II in Guihulngan

As the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) noted a decline in the incidence of extrajudicial killings in the country, another face of the government’s counter-insurgency program Oplan Bantay Laya II emerges. In Guihulngan, Negros Oriental, terror has gripped the hearts and minds of the people. (Read story here…)

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Domestic workers’ deaths in Lebanon mostly from suicides or botched escapes

———————- “Domestic workers are dying in Lebanon at a rate of more than one per week. All those involved – from the Lebanese authorities, to the workers’ embassies, to the employment agencies, to the employers – need to ask themselves what is driving these women to kill themselves or risk their lives trying to escape 

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OFW Group Calls for Sacking of Embassy Officials Forcing OFWs to Admit to Trumped-up Raps

An alliance of Middle East-based overseas Filipino workers’ (OFW) groups demanded that Philippine embassy officials who are forcing OFWs to admit to trumped-up charges filed against them by their abusive employers and deceiving them into thinking that it is the “only option left” so that they could be repatriated must be sacked from office. Read 

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