Philippines

Where Now for the Abusive AFP?

To honor its electoral promises, the incoming US administration must confront the AFP, along with other agents of repression which have operated with impunity during the Bush years. Alston’s condemnation of that impunity was unmistakable, but the Pentagon, US Special Forces, and various intelligence agencies have ignored such criticism, promoting the Bantay Laya counterinsurgency program 

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IBON Foundation says: Cha-cha proposal to legalize foreign economic plunder

The proposed amendment in the Constitution seeking to allow the foreign corporations to own land will legitimize the all-out and ongoing exploitation and plunder by foreign corporations of the country’s natural resources, research group IBON Foundation said. (Read story…)

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Foreign Lawyers, Judges See No Visible Results in Gov’t Measures to Address Killings

An independent international mission comprised of lawyers and judges said that while the Philippine government claims to have taken firm measures to address the problem of extrajudicial killings, including the establishment of various Task Forces, there have been no visible results. (Read story…)

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Kin of Missing Activist Seek Solons’ Help

Exactly two months since James Balao disappeared, his family called on the members of the House of Representatives to conduct investigation and help them in their continuing search. (Read story…)

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NUJP: Westmincom Biodata Requirement Violates Press Freedom

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines has expressed outrage at the sudden requirement by Maj. Eugene Batara, spokesman of the military’s Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom), for journalists to fill up biodata forms before they can be accredited for coverage. (Read story…)

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Sen. Jamby Madrigal, NDF urge: Resumption of peace talks

AMSTERDAM–Amsterdam, Philippine Senator Jamby Madrigal and Luis G. Jalandoni of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines signed Wednesday (Oct. 12) a historic joint statement, pushing for the resumption of formal talks and acceleration of peace negotiations between the armed revolutionaries of the NDFP and the Manila government within the presidential term of Gloria M. 

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Pacman now 90% fit for fight vs The Great Oscar

PHILIPPINE NEWS SERVICE — STILL a full month before he embarks on the biggest, richest fight of his career, Manny Pacquiao declared himself fit and ready against an adversary considered one of the biggest names in boxing history. Now in his fourth week of training at the Wild Card gym in Los Angeles for his 

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Danding gears up for 2010 polls

PHILIPPINE NEWS SERVICE– Although the next presidential race is three years away, business tycoon Eduardo Cojuangco Jr. has expressed his desire for the Nationalist People’s Coalition to gear up this early for the battle royale. Cojuangco wants his party to put up a presidential and vice presidential tandem in the 2010 polls, according to a 

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Gabriela Women’s Party protests new wave of persecution

Militant women’s partylist group Gabriela has vowed to defend itself against escalating state-instigated attacks and political persecution on progressive partylist groups and militant organizations nationwide. Gabriela Women’s Party national president and partylist representative Liza Maza said that in the partylist organization’s recently concluded National Council meeting, they have adopted resolutions to combat head on the 

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IBON Survey: Filipinos give Arroyo failing mark for performance

For her performance as chief executive, respondents of the latest IBON nationwide survey gave Pres.Gloria Arroyo a failing grade of 70.2, while her net satisfaction rating remained at a low -75.6— one of the lowest she received since she assumed office in 2004. 71.02% of respondents gave Arroyo a failing grade between 65 and 74 

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