Philippines

In memory of Rebelyn Pitao on International Women’s Day 2009

By Philippine Solidarity Network Canada The news of the abduction, torture and killing of a 20-year-old teacher, Rebelyn Pitao, in the southern Philippines demonstrates just how low the regime of Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has sunk. Desperate to hang onto power, sensing a growing dissatisfaction with her rule among the Filipino people, and unable 

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Revising history

I craned my neck watching from the back of a packed room at that historic press conference of Vice President Gloria Arroyo with AFP Chief Angelo Reyes who, together with other senior military officials, had just withdrawn his support from President Joseph “Erap” Estrada. The air was electric since everyone knew that the tide had 

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Malice aforethought

Almost to a man and woman, the journalists present in a press conference called by the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) last February 24 to rally opposition to the Right of Reply bills in Congress were asking why “Nene” Pimentel did it. February 24 was the eve of the final departure from 

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Tribute to Fancis Magalona

“Mahal na pangulo bakit mahal ang mga bilihin Di mo na nanaisin na tumira dito sa bayan natin Ang kinain ng mayaman tinatapon sa basura Pinupulot ng mahirap mapuno lang ang sikmura Balahurang nahalal halos kaban ng bayan isinugal Isinambulat sa Senado at sa dyaryo binulgar Napahiya’t ayaw umamain na sila’y nagnakaw din Di lang 

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Daughter of NPA Commander, Abducted, Tortured then Killed

Rebelyn Pitao, 20, a teacher at St. Peter’s College and daughter of Leoncio Pitao, an NPA commander known as Commander Parago, was abducted by four armed men at 6:30 p.m. last March 4, 2009 at the crossing of Bago Gallera de Oro Subdivision, Bago Gallera, Tolomo, Davao City. She was found dead floating on a 

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Philippines Still Vital to Obama’s Right Wing Agenda

From the U.S. national security lens, the Philippines belongs to the “arc of instability” where social unrest, challenges to the weak regime, and “extremism” will likely increase in the short term. Thus the country will remain a major chip of the U.S. template to contain China from rising as a hostile regional – or even 

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VFA, A Way Out for Smith

By upholding the constitutionality of the VFA, the majority in the Supreme Court has done the Arroyo government – as well as the US- two favors. It has upheld the Arroyo government’s policy of allowing the permanent basing of US troops in the country, and it has given the Arroyo and US governments a way 

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Another Oplan Phoenix?

There is really something more sinister than meets the eye in Malacanang’s determined push to place a notorious human rights violator, retired AFP General Jovito Palparan, in the Dangerous Drugs Board. Significantly, this move came to light when President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo took direct charge of government’s anti-narcotics drive in light of the word war between 

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The stake in our hearts

Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has received more than her share of comments for her repeated and failed attempts to meet US President Barack Obama. Probably because Valentine’s Day was approaching, early this week one commentator compared Mrs. Arroyo to a love-sick woman vainly pursuing the object of her affections. She’s also been accused of being caught in 

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WB Suspects, Whistle-Blowers Bagged Biggest Deals

PCIJ: THEY MAY have played vastly different roles but both the suspects and the whistle-blowers in the World Bank investigation on collusion and corruption in Bank-funded road projects in the Philippines have one thing in common: They all bagged some of the biggest public works contracts from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). 

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