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Journalists, artists unite against Duterte’s attack on press freedom

#BlackFriday By Kathy Yamzon ManilaToday.net Journalists and artists wearing black shirts gathered today at the Boy Scout Circle in Quezon City for the #BlackFriday protest calling on everyone to defend press freedom and fight what they call ‘tyranny’ in light of the government’s revocation of online news site Rappler’s license and the court’s subpoena against 

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By Raissa Robles
Inside Philippine Politics & Beyond

“Salient features” of the House draft Constitution intends to turn Duterte into a dictator

The House Committee on Constitutional Amendments started discussing today the “Salient Features” of the draft constitution proposed by President Rodrigo Duterte’s government. The draft constitution itself has not been made public. It isn’t clear who actually wrote and submitted the “Salient Features”, but the document makes five things immediately clear: (1) Once the new Constitution 

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‘Poor government response’ slammed over Mayon eruption

By Kathy Yamzon Manila Today A group of disaster responders in the Bicol region is not satisfied with the disaster response management being carried out by both the national and local governments over thousands of evacuees in the province of Albay caused by recent eruptions of the Mayon volcano. As of this writing, the Bikol 

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DAMAGED CROPS. Volcanic materials cascade down to rice paddies in this file photo from Jan. 22, 2018. 
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Mayon eruption destroys P94M worth of agricultural crops

Rappler.com ALBAY, Philippines – Almost P94 million worth of agricultural crops have been damaged since Mayon volcano erupted two weeks ago, the provincial agricultural officer of Albay said on Thursday, January 26. Che Rebeta, provincial agricultural officer, said the initial estimate estimate of P93,916,916 in damage is expected to increase, as the volcano is expected 

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Econ Cha-cha will lead to further PH socioeconomic decline

IBON.org With the recent majority vote in favor of a constituent assembly (con-ass) by the House of Representatives (HOR), research group IBON warned that one of the primary reasons behind the push for Charter change (Cha-cha) is the lifting of foreign ownership caps​. This will lead to the further stunting of the Philippine economy​, said the 

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Independent foreign policy? Foreign interests behind TRAIN, Cha-cha, says IBON

IBON.org While President Duterte likes to claim that his administration adheres to an independent foreign policy, it appears that his major programs such as the packages of tax reforms and the planned Charter change (Cha-cha) are actually pushed by US and other foreign interests. IBON noted that the tax reforms and Cha-cha are among the key policy reforms long lobbied for 

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Under Duterte: Biggest contraction in employment in 20 years –IBON

PH growth job-destroying in 2017 Going on its second year, the Duterte administration saw the largest contraction in employment in 20 years, research group IBON said in its yearend analysis of economic and political trends. This shows that generaly rising Philippine economic growth remained unfelt by Filipinos and in fact saw a worse jobs crisis, 

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‘Parol ng Panawagan’ reminds us of what we need to reflect and act on this holiday season

By Kathy Yamzon (Manila Today) Members of the New Manila-Cubao cluster of the Nicodemus Solidarity Youth, a group of seminarians, hang lanterns made of recycled materials such as paper cups, newspapers and compact discs in a community in 11th Street in New Manila, Barangay Damayang Lagi in Quezon City as part of their first-ever ‘Parol 

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DND releases own ceasefire sked different from Duterte’s declaration

Manila Today Staff The Department of National Defense (DND) set their own ceasefire schedule on Thursday, a day after the unilateral ceasefire declaration with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and New People’s Army (NPA) of President Rodrigo Duterte. “The DND announces the declaration of a unilateral ceasefire against the CPP/NPA by the AFP 

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Biggest Christmas gift? Non-gainers in tax reform to pay for higher prices of products and services

By Lady Ann Salem (Manila Today) On December 19, President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law the 2018 national budget and the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN), saying the TRAIN is “the administration’s biggest Christmas gift to the Filipino people.” To those who have long voiced out their opposition to TRAIN, no statement could 

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