Philippines

Susan Fernandez, 1956-2009: Missing folk singer and feminist

By Boy Villasanta MANILA–The first time Susan Fernandez and I met was at the office of Dr. Nicanor G. Tiongson at the Faculty Center of the University of the Philippines in Diliman that we, conveniently, turned into a classroom for a motley group of Filipino culture students. I was taking my master’s course in Philippine 

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Torture victim Melissa Roxas: ‘Talking about it is like going back to that dark place’

By RONALYN V. OLEA Human Rights Watch Bulatlat MANILA — Filipino-American Melissa Roxas finally broke her silence and recounted her ordeal in the hands of the military. Roxas and her two companions, Juanito Carabeo and John Edward Jandoc, were abducted in the afternoon of May 19 in sitio Bagong Sikat, barangay Kapanikian, La Paz town, 

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Con-Ass and the people’s wrath

The anti-Charter change (Chacha) and anti-Arroyo forces had barely a week to mount the muscle-flexing protest action yesterday in Ayala Avenue, Makati City and in major urban centers nationwide. They achieved a big measure of success by gathering thousands in Makati and thousands more in various cities and big towns nationwide. They displayed broad participation 

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Revolution

Most Filipinos think that, as the expression from US political lore goes, Mrs. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is so unpopular she couldn’t win an election as a dog-catcher. Her numbers validate that view, the most recent being a whopping 46 percent disapproval grade and a 48 percent mistrust rating, according to Pulse Asia. If her numbers 

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Pressure Mounts in Cha-Cha Battle

By BENJIE OLIVEROS MANILA — When the Supreme Court junked the petition filed by Oliver Lozano for being premature, it refused to fall into the trap set by the Arroyo’s administration’s allies in Congress. It also rejected the claim of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s allies that they passed the House Resolution 1109 because they merely wanted 

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A Peasant Leader’s Murder Shatters the ‘Peace’ in Dumaguete

Fermin Lorico was a peasant organizer and a mass leader. He had been a marked man. On Wednesday, minutes after attending the anti-charter change rally in Dumaguete City, a gunman shot him several times – the latest in a series of extrajudicial killings of progressive leaders in Negros Oriental. (Read story…)

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Falling remittances foretell gloomier consumption, growth

Remittance from overseas Filipinos continued to slow in with year-on-year growth of just 2.2% in April which is down from 3.1% in March and 4.9% in February, according to newly-released data from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP). According to research group IBON, this foretells further depressed consumption and growth in the economy as well 

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Philippines already in recession – IBON

The Philippines has started to enter into what is effectively a recession since last year, according to research group IBON Foundation. This is considering not just the steeply dropping growth rates but also the rising joblessness and poverty in the country. Government officials have argued that the country is not in recession because while growth 

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Journalist Julius Fortuna dies of heart attack

MANILA–Journalist Julius Forlales Fortuna died of massive heart attack at 9 a.m. Tuesday (June 23). He was 61 years old. He left behind wife Sabina and two children, son, Amilkar ‘Shotti” and daughter, Jillian; brother, Edmund, sister, Ma. Victoria F. Tobari and brother-in-law Chizuka Tobari. His wake will be at the Paz Memorial Chapels, Araneta 

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Arroyo’s Cha-cha Gambit

Analysts say the Arroyo regime is exploiting a disorganized political opposition and an apathetic (or deceived, if not coerced) public to ram through charter change so Arroyo can remain in power — either as prime minister or House speaker — and possibly protect herself from legal suits in the future. The key to confronting this 

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