Philippines

Mine workers affected by global crisis

Mine workers are starting to feel the effects of the global financial crisis. The Lepanto Consolidated Mining Company has begun implementing a work rotation scheme. Worse, workers could not avail of loans because the company did not remit to the proper agencies the contributions paid by the workers. (Read story…)

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Looming showdown

The Arroyo regime is hell-bent on ramming through Mrs. Arroyo’s devious schemes to remain in power, no matter how isolated from and detested by an overwhelming majority of our people. Mrs. Arroyo’s railroading of Charter change (dubbed “Chacha”) will isolate her more and rush her rule headlong to political self-destruction. When Corazon Aquino assumed the 

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Human Rights, Elusive or Illusive?

Sixty years have passed since the promulgation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and 22 years after the ouster of the Marcos dictatorship. But the situation in the country is characterized more by violations of human rights rather than its protection and promotion. And it is the worst forms of human rights violations that 

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Beyond euphoria

Filipinos know the feeling, the euphoria that exploded in the US over the victory of Barack Obama, the first African-American to win in the US presidential elections, over John McCain, US President George Bush’s anointed candidate. It was akin to the collective high that overcame the vast majority of the Filipino people when the Marcos 

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UN Human Rights Committee says Arroyo gov’t guilty of violating rights on Marcellana-Gumanoy case

The United Nations (UN) Human Rights Committee has found the Arroyo government guilty of violating the rights of human rights defenders Eden Marcellana and Eddie Gumanoy. (Read story…)

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‘Presidential’ Resolution to Amend the Constitution: Term Extension to Perpetuate Pres. Arroyo in Power and Avoid Criminal Prosecution

The move of the son of President Gloria Arroyo and her Kampi party-mates and allies in the House of Representatives to ram what is nothing more than a “presidential” resolution calling for a convening of a “constituent assembly” to amend the Constitution deserves the most serious objection from members of the legal profession and the 

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Politics, Philippine Style

What do the Senate coup, the fertilizer and Euro generals scams, and the continuing extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, and filing of trumped up charges against activists have in common? These show the rottenness of politics in the Philippines. (Read story…)

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Where Now for the Abusive AFP?

To honor its electoral promises, the incoming US administration must confront the AFP, along with other agents of repression which have operated with impunity during the Bush years. Alston’s condemnation of that impunity was unmistakable, but the Pentagon, US Special Forces, and various intelligence agencies have ignored such criticism, promoting the Bantay Laya counterinsurgency program 

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IBON Foundation says: Cha-cha proposal to legalize foreign economic plunder

The proposed amendment in the Constitution seeking to allow the foreign corporations to own land will legitimize the all-out and ongoing exploitation and plunder by foreign corporations of the country’s natural resources, research group IBON Foundation said. (Read story…)

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Foreign Lawyers, Judges See No Visible Results in Gov’t Measures to Address Killings

An independent international mission comprised of lawyers and judges said that while the Philippine government claims to have taken firm measures to address the problem of extrajudicial killings, including the establishment of various Task Forces, there have been no visible results. (Read story…)

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