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Businessmen cashing in on Metro Manila Reclamation project –IBON

IBON.org Research group IBON said that the Manila Bay reclamation project under the Build, Build, Build program is a profit-led infrastructure plan that will mainly benefit big business. The group said that contrary to government claims, the project will displace nearby communities from their homes and livelihoods and destroy the environment. The Manila Bay Reclamation 

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Cheaper rice for now, but at what cost?

By Sonny Africa IBON.org The government’s economic managers claim that the new Rice Tariffication Act which takes effect on March 5, 2019 will ensure the availability of cheaper rice for Filipino consumers. They also claim that the law will make Filipino rice farmers more competitive and profitable. Yet while rice from abroad could become cheaper 

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Rice tariffication puts PH food security at risk—IBON

IBON.org IBON Executive Editor Rosario Bella Guzman said that non-quota tariff rice importation undermines the food security principles of supply stability and affordability. She said that in face of world market volatility, a fluctuating peso-dollar exchange rate and impending El Nino, government should seek to stabilize prices and the economy. Government will soon release the 

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Sister Elenita Belardo

‘Desperate move’ to vilify rural missionaries

We, the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines, a national organization of women and men religious, priests and lay, condemn the tagging of our organization as a “communist front,” this time through the complaints filed by National Security Council deputy director general Vicente Agdamag to the United Nations (UN). The report, submitted to the Office of 

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Hands Off the Bearers of the Gospel

Ecumenical Bishops’ Forum EBF Statement on the Red-Tagging of Bishop Felixberto Calang and Bishop Antonio Ablon The Ecumenical Bishops Forum (EBF) decries the malicious tagging of Iglesia Filipina Independiente Bishop Felixberto Calang and Bishop Antonio Ablon as among the “terrorist members of the New People’s Army and Communist Party of the Philippines.” We condemn this 

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From cyber libel to cyber attacks, Duterte is desperate in suppressing the truth

By Renan Ortiz Below is the unity statement of LODI, National Union of Journalists in the Philippines, AlterMidya People’s Media Network, Bulatlat, Kodao Productions, and Pinoy Weekly. The arrest of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa on spurious cyber libel charges under suspicious conditions confirms that the Duterte administration has taken to twisting the law and legal 

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Nakaambang pagsabog ng krisis sa ilalim ni Duterte

Bumabagal at humihina ang ekonomiyang Pilipino sa likod ng paggiit ng administrasyong Duterte ng pagsigla nito. Nagkukumahog ang economic team ng rehimen na mabawi ang dating momentum ng ekonomiya. Walang-habas ang paggastos ngayon sa imprastruktura pero maging ito ay tila kapos din upang mapigilan ang pag-atras ng ekonomiya. Lumilitaw ang kapalpakan ng neoliberalismo. Inabot na 

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Journalists, institutions decry ‘absurd legal attack’ against Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – A number of journalist groups and institutions slammed the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) recommendation to file cyber libel charges against Rappler Incorporated, its CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa, and former researcher Reynaldo Santos Jr over a nearly 7-year-old story written months before the cyber libel law was enacted. In a press 

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What makes a hero?

FILM REVIEW: Goyo, The Boy General (2018) By Ysh Cabana The Philippine Reporter The story of Gregorio del Pilar, one of the youngest generals best known for the defense of Tirad Pass against a backdrop of American aggression. And in online streaming site Netflix 120 years hence, he’s been given a more thoughtful biopic with 

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‘Pelikula lang?’ Directors, critics hit ‘Bato’ movie

Bulatlat.com MANILA, Philippines – Former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald dela Rosa thinks it’s unbelievable that his life is now literally the stuff of movies, with no less than Robin Padilla portraying the Davao-born cop. But critics – including prominent names in the film industry – are dumbfounded over the movie’s release but for 

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