Philippines

OFWs Face Bleak Future as Global Crisis Hits Companies Worldwide

DAVAO CITY — Unlike most overseas Filipino workers who lost their jobs in Taiwan, Isabelita Atis, 29, felt relieved when her plane finally touched down at the Davao International Airport in December last year. She was among the 6,468 thousand overseas Filipinos laid-off in Taiwan after 95 Taiwanese companies were forced to trim down their 

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Victims of Harassment Suits Fight Back

The Arroyo government and its allies have been harassing their critics — political activists, human-rights advocates, journalists, government employees, workers, teachers, environmentalists, lawyers, to name some — with court cases that range from the frivolous to the absurd. Now, these victims of political persecution have banded together to fight back. (Read story…)

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Spending Mother’s Day 7,000 Miles Away

During Mother’s Day on May 10, there are mothers 7,000 miles away in Canada working as caregivers in the hope that they would be able to reunite with their children soon and be able to provide a better future for them. But their dreams remain unfulfilled and they have been trying to cope with the 

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Rapu-Rapu Residents Face New Threats As Destructive Mining Resumes

More than three years after Lafayette, an Australian mining company, wrought havoc on Rapu-Rapu and its neighboring communities, residents are still reeling from the effects of the mine-tailings disaster. And they fear more threats as the mining operations resume. (Read story…)

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The VFA-Balikatan Mess

Vanessa and Gadian provide two more reasons why the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) should be abrogated and the Balikatan joint US-Philippine military exercises be stopped. (Read story…)

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Scandalous Impunity

MANILA — The United Nations (UN), including its committees and commissions, is not known for straightforward and precise assessments and statements. Its reports and statements are usually couched in diplomatic language. This is understandable because the UN is comprised of governments, thus they would not want to offend each other for fear of jeopardizing their 

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One brave woman

Should Lieutenant First Grade Nancy Gadian manage to live to tell her story about anomalies and corruption in the Armed Forces of the Philippine (AFP), she will have carved a niche for herself among the thinning ranks of today’s whistleblowers. For Lt. Gadian has all the disadvantages working against her. She is a junior officer 

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Group Decries Police’s Handling of Rebelyn Case

An alliance of individuals from the church, academe and human rights groups expressed dismay over how the Philippine National Police (PNP) handles the case of Rebelyn Pitao. Rebelyn, 20, 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 

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Political Killings Linked to Arroyo’s Order to End Insurgency

MANILA — In his follow-up report to the United Nations Human Rights Council, Prof. Philip Alston, the UN’s special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, said the Philippine government has not eliminated extrajudicial killings from its counterinsurgency operations. Alston visited the country in February 2007 to investigate the spate of killings in the country. 

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Filipino-Americans Reiterate Call to Cut US Military Aid to the Philippines

n the light of the recent report of Prof. Philip Alston, United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Filipino-Americans in the United States reiterated their call to cut all U.S. military aid and training to the Philippines. In his report to the United Nations Human Rights Council dated April 29, 2009, Alston 

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