Philippines

Remittances Slowing Amid Rising OFW Deployment

MANILA — While government economic managers report that overseas Filipino remittances are increasing, actual remittances or transfers are in fact slowing, according to research group IBON. Data from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) show that the year-on-year growth of remittances dropped from 4.9% in February and 3.1% in March to just 2.2% in April. 

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Sick Filipina Maid, 6 Others, ‘Hostaged’ by Employment Agency in Middle East

In February, Maribel Figaroa and several other Filipino women went to Oman to work as domestic helpers. Instead of gainful employment, they ended up being abused and exploited by the placement agency that brought them there. (Read story…)

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In Arroyo’s SONA: A Different Picture

In her ninth State of the Nation Address, President Arroyo painted a rosy picture of the Philippines – a world so much different from the one most Filipinos live in, her critics say. (Read story…)

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‘I will never tire to tell the truth’

Below is the opening statement made by Filipino-American activist Melissa Roxas during a hearing by the House committee on human rights on her allegations of abduction and torture in the hands of the Philippine military. Good morning, honorable members of the House of Representatives, friends and human rights advocates. I am Melissa Roxas. Thank you 

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Apart from Politics, Pressure from WTO, US, EU Drives Charter-Change Bid

The political dimension of charter change has dominated the national agenda. But the constant driving force behind all the attempts since the last decade to modify the Constitution has been the external pressure coming mainly from the WTO, the US, the EU and other rich countries to create the sort of policy environment that will 

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Can Arroyo Afford to Declare Martial Law?

Talk is rife that the Arroyo government would proclaim martial law, especially after the series of bombings that rocked several parts of the Philippines. However, the Arroyo regime sorely lacks the factors that enabled the dictator Ferdinand Marcos to successfully impose martial rule. The bottomline: if Arroyo declares martial law, she would be adding fuel 

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Revolutionary option

AFP Chief Gen. Victor Ibrado recently admitted that the military is having difficulty meeting the deadline imposed by de facto Commander-in-chief Mrs. Gloria Arroyo three years ago, to end the decades-old communist insurgency in 2010. (Philippine Star, 22 June 09) This was after he and his predecessors had repeatedly boasted that the military was on 

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Rigodon

Convicted of plunder in 2004, Joseph Estrada was pardoned in 2007, after a public declaration that he would no longer run for any elective office. But that was then. Since early this year Estrada has been saying that he might seek in 2010 the presidency he lost to Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 2001, when the second 

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Bombings Raise Specter of Martial Law

While authorities dismiss the recent bombings in Quezon City, Jolo, Iligan City and Cotabato City as mere pre-Sona “noises,” critics, martial-law era activists and analysts believe that an Arroyo regime desperate enough to hold on to power is capable of anything, including using its iron fist on Filipinos. (Read story…)

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Activist Nightingale passes away

By Trina Lagura MANILA – Activist-singer Susan Fernandez passed away Thursday (July 2) afternoon after battling ovarian cancer for more than a year. She was 52. Surrounded by her family and friends, Fernandez, who was known for her socially-oriented songs including “Babae Ka,” died at 1:50 p.m. at The Medical City in Pasig. “Susan just 

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