Philippines

A woman listens as she attends a seminar for expectant mothers called Buntis Congress in this 2010 file photo taken in Mandaluyong. BW FILE PHOTO

Senate approves bill on expanded maternity leave

BUSINESS WORLD Senate Bill (SB) No. 1305 would double the length of maternity leave to women regardless of civil status or legitimacy of her child, to 120 from 60 days. Employers may also extend to another 30 days the leave granted, but with the additional month being without pay. Single parents will be granted a 

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Change? Not three decades after EDSA, not under PDP–IBON

IBON.org The Philippines remains backward and underdeveloped with severe inequality 31 years after the so-called EDSA revolution, research group IBON said. The Duterte administration’s new Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022 will not change this, said the group, in continuing the failed neoliberal policies of the Marcos regime and all subsequent administrations. EDSA 1986 was a repudiation 

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President Rodrigo Duterte shares a light moment with Environment Secretary Gina Lopez during the 9th Cabinet Meeting in Malacañang on December 5, 2016. (King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo)

Duterte to Commission on Appointments: Listen to Gina

DavaoToday DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Digressing from his prepared speech on Tuesday while addressing the agriculture stakeholders in Malacañang, President Rodrigo Duterte said Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Gina Lopez had a good case in her hands, and should be given credit. “You just cannot ignore the cries of Gina Lopez. I know 

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Regions with biggest mining activities among the poorest–IBON

IBON.org Contrary to claims that closing down mining operations will worsen poverty, research group IBON said that large-scale mining activities impact heavily on marginalized sectors and intensify poverty. The group also said that the mining sector’s export-oriented character further deprives communities by taking away potential resources for local development. The Employers’ Confederation of the Philippines 

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De Lima arrest meant to silence criticism vs Duterte: Amnesty Int’l

ABS-CBN News MANILA- Human rights group Amnesty International has condemned the looming arrest of Senator Leila de Lima, saying the charges against her are “politically motivated.” In a statement Thursday, AI said the arrest of De Lima “is a blatant attempt by the Philippine government to silence criticism of President Duterte” and divert attention away 

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Gina Lopez to detractors: Fight clean

DAVAO TODAY DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Second update 9:51 pm February 22, 2o17)- Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Gina Lopez told her detractors to stop hurling her accusations for ordering the closure of 23 mines and cancelling 75 mining contracts in watershed areas early this month. “For my detractors, stop it already. If you’re going to 

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Human rights group, church peace forum call for peace talks resumption

MANILA TODAY “Karapatan strongly urges President Rodrigo R. Duterte to rethink his statement on the termination of peace talks between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP)” opened the human rights group in a February 6 statement. The group believed that the Duterte’s backing 

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Heartbreak over V-Day

MANILA TODAY At past 8pm on February 13, he was allowed to eat on his own. His rice and viand were packed in what market retailers would call “1-kilo plastic bag.” He wrapped his right hand with one of those clear plastic bags so he could eat with his hand. He could probably have eaten 

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Duterte to discuss peace talks with Leftists Cabinet members on Feb. 20

DAVAO TODAY DAVAO CITY, Philippines —- National Anti-Poverty Commission Lead Convenor Liza Maza said she and two other Left-leaning Cabinet officials and government negotiators will be meeting President Rodrigo Duterte on February 20. Maza said the Cabinet has not yet taken up the issue of the terminated peace talks with the National Democratic Front of 

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Trump presidency bodes ill for smaller nations like PH

IBON.org America’s inauguration of its 45th President sent jitters across the world as to the future of foreign policies, said research group IBON. For the Philippines, whose economy has been influenced largely by the US for many decades, this is an opportune time to rethink its economic policies and its relations not only with the 

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