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‘Business interests ran the day’ — Lopez

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — At times close to tears, and with passion in her voice, former Environment and Natural Resources secretary designate Regina Paz Lopez maintained that the Commission on Appeals rejected her appointment based on business interests. “It is the constitutional right of every Filipino to a clean and healthy environment. It is our 

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APWLD strongly condemns misogynist attacks on Secretaries Judy Taguiwalo And Gina Lopez

05 May Manila, Philippines/Chiang Mai, Thailand On 3rd May, Secretary Judy Taguiwalo was subjected to sexist and misogynistic remarks during her confirmation hearing by Senator Vicente Sotto. At the same time activist Gina Lopez was denied appointment as DENR Secretary amid claims over her ‘controversial policies and alleged incompetence’. Women’s rights movements from across the 

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LETTER TO EDITOR: Sexism in the Committee of Appointments procedures

Dear Editor, The recent misogynist attacks on Secretary Judy Taguiwalo and Secretary Gina Lopez by the Philippine Commission of Appointments are alarming signs of institutional sexism. The Committee’s questioning of Secretary Taguiwalo’s marital status implies that unmarried mothers have no right to participate in public life. It is insulting to an individual who has dedicated 

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Four towns and an Apple: Mining and environmental plunder

EARTH DAY 2017 By Glenis Balangue A day before Earth Day, technology giant Apple made a bold claim. Blamed time and again for its role in sustaining the highly destructive mining industry, Apple said it plans to stop using minerals and metals for its famed iPhones and Macs. In its 2017 Environmental Responsibility Report, Apple 

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Megadams: unuseful, destructive–WPN

In forums and activities held around international commemoration of people’s action for rivers and against large dams and in pursuit of the right to water, advocates including the Water for the People Network (WPN) called on the public to support the clamor ‘people’s control over water resources and services.’ Government and private sector proponents, including 

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On the Wings of Bird Poems

By Ed Maranan To some people, birds might as well be the “crowning glory of creation”, a tag usually reserved for human beings. After all, writers throughout history have written odes, paeans and songs extolling these wingèd creatures, envying them their gift of flight, even expressing a wish to be transformed into such masters of 

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The DAR found that 83 percent of agrarian reform beneficiaries have either leased out or sold the land awarded to them. (AP file)

DAR voids illegal lease, sale of Hacienda Luisita CARP lands

MANILA, Philippines — Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano on Wednesday voided the sale and leasing out of Hacienda Luisita farm lots awarded by the government to agrarian reform beneficiaries. “This is a decisive action to defend and assert the rights of farmers to own and cultivate their awarded farm lots,” Mariano said. Mariano issued the 

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Ensure Luisita distribution to show resolve in land reform, peace – IBON

IBON today urged the Duterte administration to ensure the distribution of the Hacienda Luisita and provide support services to farmers to show its resolve in firming up free land distribution as the basic principle of genuine agrarian reform during the last round of peace talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). The 

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Students from the University of the Philippines campus in Manila stage a walkout in February to call for free education for all. 
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NUSP Statement on free education

Last year, Filipino students nationwide welcomed the introduction of free tuition in all state universities and colleges (SUCs) for academic year 2017-2018. Because of the student movement’s clamor for free public education at all levels, the Congress granted the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) an additional budget of P8.3 billion to fund all 114 SUCs 

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In defense of the poor

Statement of National Anti Poverty Commission Lead Convenor, Secretary Liza Maza, April 20, 2017 How society perceives poverty and the poor influence policy decisions and people’s initiative towards poverty eradication. We cannot effectively fight poverty if we see the poor as lazy, uneducated, non-tax payers and thus, undeserving of public support. Often associated with criminal 

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