Philippines

Booting them out

The year ends with two of the most hated political figures in recent history, US President George W. Bush, and his dwarfed, local version, Gloria M. Arroyo, getting their symbolic comeuppance. Thanks to an intrepid Iraqi journalist, the lame duck Mr. Bush got the quintessential Arabian contemptuous send-off – having a pair of shoes hurled 

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Anti-Mining Activist Killed in Compostela Valley

An anti-mining activist was killed by unidentified men two days before Christmas, an environmentalist group in Compostela Valely said. Fernando Sarmiento, 39, secretary general of Panalipdan-Southern Mindanao Region (SMR), was killed by still unidentified men, December 23, around 7 p.m. at Purok 1, Barangay Cabinuangan, New Bataan, Compostela Valley Province. (Read story…)

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The Journalist as Citizen

Muntadar al-Zaidi, the Iraqi television journalist who hurled his shoes at President George W. Bush during a press briefing in Iraq’s Green Zone yesterday, has become a folk hero. His outburst, while denounced by many, has been praised throughout the Arab world, by anti-imperialist activists, even by some Americans who are critical of the US 

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Coping with the crisis in 2009: Back to basics

Is it possible for the Philippine economy to emerge from the global crisis in 2009? IBON Features— The global economic situation is expected to continue deteriorating until 2010 and even beyond, and the Philippines is going to be severely affected by the worsening crisis. Yet it is still possible to mitigate the effects on the 

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Pacquiao: Next Pay Per View King?

By Romel Ferriol Bernardo Top Rank Inc. Chairman Bob Arum has been one of the most prolific and successful promoters of boxing. Having promoted more than 9,000 fights since 1966 that include that of Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler, Roberto Duran, Thomas Hearns, he knows when a fight will perform well 

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No compensation for OFWs laid off in Taiwan

Hundreds of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who have returned home after being laid off from Taiwan because of the global crisis were assured by the government that they would be given loans for livelihood programs, as well as legal assistance and referrals, during an orientation conducted by the Overseas Workers’ Welfare Administration. But an OWWA 

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Another Bayan Muna Leader killed, three Lumads tortured

Bayan Muna (People First) leader who was shot and wounded by two unidentified men in Monkayo, Compostela Valley last November 30 died yesterday at the Davao Regional Hospital. Isabelo Celing, 47, barangay (village) coordinator of Bayan Muna Party List in Haguimitan was shot and wounded by armed men on board a red XRM motorcycle with 

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Legal offensive vs activists, disturbing – CHR Chair

In a dialogue with the Free Atty. Saladero et. al. Coalition, Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Chairperson Leila de Lima yesterday was quoted as saying that, after intense local and international pressure caused a slight drop in the number of extra-judicial killings and enforced disappearances, state authorities apparently have been employing a ‘new strategy’ against 

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Mayor yields to people power, rejects mining exploration

Residents of a small village in Bakun town, Benguet province proved that there is power in numbers as their concerted action led the town mayor to act in their favor affirming their stand against the Royalco Philippines mineral exploration project. (Read story…)

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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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