Inflation lower but poorest Filipino families still struggle with high prices Families struggling with meager incomes still have to put up with high prices even amid lower inflation posted in February 2019. Research group IBON said that the poor majority of Filipino households are still having difficulty making ends meet with prices remaining high. Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) figures show that headline inflation slowed further 

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IBON: Duterte govt’s accusations baseless, aim to hide truth about economy

The Duterte government’s accusations against IBON are baseless and aim to stifle economic analysis that is inconsistent with its preferred narrative of growth and development. For over forty years, IBON has sought to explain socioeconomic and political issues to the public as our contribution to Philippine democracy and the cause of genuine progress and development. 

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Sketches of my High School Classmates

By Jojo Sabalvaro Tan I was suddenly driven to do sketches of my high school classmates to commemorate our entry into our seventh decade. Most of us have just turned or are turning 70 . To me, it is a milestone. Having met my classmates when we were around 10 years old and retaining our 

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Chel Diokno to Duterte: Stop weaponizing lists 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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On EDSA uprising anniversary, progressives assail ‘shadows of tyranny’ under Duterte

By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO MANILA — The EDSA Shrine has once again been filled with battle cries of the Filipino people as a broad array of human rights defenders, workers, the urban poor, youth and students, and church people gathered for the 33th year since the EDSA uprising to call out the government 

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Manila Bay

Businessmen cashing in on Metro Manila Reclamation project –IBON Research group IBON said that the Manila Bay reclamation project under the Build, Build, Build program is a profit-led infrastructure plan that will mainly benefit big business. The group said that contrary to government claims, the project will displace nearby communities from their homes and livelihoods and destroy the environment. The Manila Bay Reclamation 

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Cheaper rice for now, but at what cost?

By Sonny Africa The government’s economic managers claim that the new Rice Tariffication Act which takes effect on March 5, 2019 will ensure the availability of cheaper rice for Filipino consumers. They also claim that the law will make Filipino rice farmers more competitive and profitable. Yet while rice from abroad could become cheaper 

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Rice tariffication puts PH food security at risk—IBON IBON Executive Editor Rosario Bella Guzman said that non-quota tariff rice importation undermines the food security principles of supply stability and affordability. She said that in face of world market volatility, a fluctuating peso-dollar exchange rate and impending El Nino, government should seek to stabilize prices and the economy. Government will soon release the 

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Sister Elenita Belardo

‘Desperate move’ to vilify rural missionaries

We, the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines, a national organization of women and men religious, priests and lay, condemn the tagging of our organization as a “communist front,” this time through the complaints filed by National Security Council deputy director general Vicente Agdamag to the United Nations (UN). The report, submitted to the Office of 

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Bishops Calang and Ablon

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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