Philippines

YEARENDER: Of Aborted Agreements and Dashed Hopes for Peace

The year 2008 was supposed to have marked a milestone in the 11-year history of on-and-off peace negotiations between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). Yet this year, the dream of peace in Mindanao has only become more elusive. (Read story…)

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CARP Extension to Worsen Landlessness Problem

Members of the progressive party-list bloc at the House of Representatives walked out of the session hall, December 17, as their colleagues adopted Joint Resolution No. 19. They said they decided not to be a party to the landlord-dominated House of Representatives’ “pretensions, and deception of the Filipino peasantry and the people” in extending the 

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Laid off OFWs in Taiwan Duped by Malacañang

Retrenched overseas Filipino workers from Taiwan went to Malacañang hoping to receive assistance from the government. Instead, they were used for Mrs. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s photo gimmicks, and went home empty handed. (Read story…)

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Observance of Migrants Day Focuses on Distressful OFW Conditions

The distressful plight of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) became the highlight of a gathering of families at the Itogon Training Center at Bua, in Barangay (village) Tuding here, as the event focused on five Benguet OFW families. (Read story…)

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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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