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IBON Survey: Filipinos give Arroyo failing mark for performance

For her performance as chief executive, respondents of the latest IBON nationwide survey gave Pres.Gloria Arroyo a failing grade of 70.2, while her net satisfaction rating remained at a low -75.6— one of the lowest she received since she assumed office in 2004. 71.02% of respondents gave Arroyo a failing grade between 65 and 74 

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Soldiers raid evacuation center in N. Cotabato

Early last month, Rakman Suleik and his 17-year-old son Samsudin, together with a few others, fled from the fighting between government troops and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in Aleosan, North Cotabato. They had evacuated, to safety or so they thought, at the house of a certain Colonel Maguid of the Philippine National Police 

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Witness insists bombing that killed 4 children, 2 adults was deliberate

Mohalidin Unsi insists that the bombing attack by an OV 10 aircraft that killed four children, his wife and father-in-law, September 8, while they were fleeing on a boat was deliberate. He said they were even fired upon by soldiers while they were retrieving the bodies of the dead children. (Read story…)

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Two more union leaders nabbed, another being hunted down

The crackdown against Southern Tagalog activists continues as two more union leaders were arrested this morning. Arnaldo Seminiano and Sonny Gum-o, both organizers of Ilaw-Buklod ng Manggagawa (IBM), were arrested by four policemen around 10 a.m. at Manggahan, General Trias in Cavite, a report from the Center for Trade Union and Human Rights (CTUHR) said. 

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Hidden culprit

The widespread belief that the financial meltdown and consequent global crisis is not systemic but was caused by the insatiable greed of financial CEOs reinforces another myth: that government–or the state–can hardly be blamed for the crisis. (Read story…)

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Green with envy

The contrast with Philippine elections couldn’t have been sharper. It wasn’t just the speed with which the results were being tallied that was the source of much head-shaking over our own slow-as-molasses count, nor with the way the US media were providing information on almost everything related to the elections, including a celebration in the 

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An Entourage of Fools

First, it was retired Philippine National Police (PNP) comptroller Eliseo de la Paz to arrive at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Then came former Agriculture Undersecretary Jocelyn “Joc Joc” Bolante’s turn. The only people missing in this tragic comedy are Benjamin “The Broker Abalos Sr., made famous by his role in the graft-ridden $329.5 million 

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Obama’s victory: Symbolism, Change and the Need to Rupture

While racism in America does not disappear completely with Obama’s victory, the result of the US presidential elections reflected a significant change, a milestone in the struggle against the racist mindset. More importantly, it symbolized the American people’s clamor for change. But it would take more than the election of an African-American from the Democrats, 

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Greed at the heart of capitalism

ost mainstream media critiques of the US and world financial crisis point to greed as the underlying culprit. The implication is that if the financial CEOs were not so greedy, the meltdown would not have occurred. This kind of analysis however entirely misses the point about the nature of capitalism, especially monopoly capitalism. Capitalism is 

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The usual victim

A “Right of Reply” law is likely to be passed before Congress goes into Christmas recess this year. As most journalists know—or should—such laws compel media organizations to publish the reply of persons who believe themselves to have been unfairly treated by the media. They make mandatory the professional and ethical responsibility of journalists to 

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