Philippines

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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US troops back

Seventeen years ago, the Philippine Senate voted to reject the renewal of the RP-US Military Bases Agreement, ending more than 40 years of US military presence and activity in the Philippines. The decision was met with acclaim from nearly all quarters, indicating it had broad support from the population. Within a year, the Filipino people 

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Sleepless in Somalia

As if it didn’t know, the New York Times last week wondered in an editorial what John McCain was thinking when he chose Sarah Palin to be his vice-presidential running mate. (Read story…)

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U.S. Bankruptcies, A Portent of Worse Things to Come

The bankruptcy of five global financial services firms based in the U.S. is not yet the worst that could happen. There is yet no end in sight to the current convulsion of the crisis in the U.S.. If things do not bode well for the U.S., more so for the Philippines. There is no truth 

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Surface James Balao, disaparecido

Appeal for support from a Canadian in the Philippines I am asking all of you to read this message and to help in any way that you can. For the last week and a half my office has been in the midst of an urgent campaign. Ten days ago, on September 17th, a member of 

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The Bangsamoro Crucible

Readers grappling with issues engendered by the aborted signing of the controversial MOA between government and MILF negotiators may find helpful the new book Rethinking the Bangsamoro Crucible published by the Center for People Empowerment and Governance (CenPEG). (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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A Day in the Life of a Jeepney Driver

eepney drivers work long days and endure a lot of difficulties in their struggle to eke out a daily living. At the end of the day, however, their earnings are far from enough to afford basic necessities. (Read story…)

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