Philippines

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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Because of VFA, Philippines Cannot Check Visiting US Troops for Swine Flu

MANILA – The Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (New Patriotic Alliance) said Wednesday the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) is a “public hazard” because it exempts visiting American troops from health inspection by Philippines authorities, even at a time of high alert against such diseases as the swine flu. Passed by the Senate and signed by then-President Joseph 

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A Mother in Prison in a Foreign Land

Every year, many Filipinos leave the country to seek greener pastures abroad. This scenario usually involves parents leaving their families and believing that a career overseas will be able to provide a better future for them. They sacrifice by being away from their loved ones in exchange for a more financially-secure life. One of these 

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Disgraceful

The Lozada perjury case may be the most celebrated example of the Arroyo regime’s abuse of state authority to attack the innocent in order to cover up the truth, protect the guilty, perpetuate itself in power and continue plundering the nation’s coffers, but it is not the only one and certainly not even the worst. 

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Don’t Blame Pigs — Blame Flu on Those Who Mimic Swines

Let us just hope that the A/H1N1 virus does not enter the country. Because if it does, how could we prevent its spread when 44 million Filipinos struggle to survive on P18 to P44 ($0.38 to $0.93) per day? How could we stop it from contaminating people when respiratory diseases are increasing and are among 

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Philippine Gov’t Report before UN Body vs Torture Questioned – Rights Group

The Philippine government’s second periodic report to the United Nations Committee Against Torture (CAT) was ‘bombarded’ with questions, human rights network Philippine UPR Watch said. The 27-member Philippine government delegation, headed by Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita, presented its report, April 28, to the 42nd session of the UNCAT in Geneva, Switzerland. (Read story…)

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The Failon syndrome

In this country, the name Failon has instantly become associated with police brutality and abuse of authority. The untimely death of Trinidad Etong, the wife of popular radio and television news anchor Ted Failon, likely by her own hand, has resulted in a series of tragic events for her family. What would otherwise be a 

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Left forms new coalition for 2010 elections

Candidates for Senate In a press conference, Makabayan co-chairperson and economist Maita Gomez declared the coalition’s support for at least four candidates for the Senate. “As of now, we are proposing at least four possible candidates for the Senate. (They are) public officials with clean track records in government and a long history of leadership 

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Of Twisted Fates that Happen Only in the Philippines

Rodolfo “Jun” Lozada has been ordered arrested on perjury charges stemming from his revelation that former Arroyo spokesperson Mike Defensor offered him money to keep his mouth shut about his abduction from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport; Jovito “The Butcher” Palparan who is being linked to the spate in extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances wherever 

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Cha-Cha Proponents: Clinging to an Obsolete Ideology

As administration allies push for amendments of economic provisions in the Constitution, research group IBON Foundation says that the resolution seeking to allow corporations to own land and land-based resources in the Philippines are based on an outmoded ideology which believes that liberalizing the economy to greater foreign investment will lead to development. (Read story…)

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