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17-year old daughter of slain Lumad leader Dionel Campos: We want to speak, hear us

An Open Letter of MICHELLE CAMPOS, ALCADEV Graduate and Daughter of Dionel Campos, Chairperson of MAPASU to SOLITA COLLAS-MONSOD, in response to her article in the Philippine Daily Inquirer on September 19, titled “Who is exploiting the Lumad?” You are very fortunate to live in Manila, and you see how the military has become “a 

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Remembering Martial Law: Blame it on the system, and the person

By Benjie Oliveros It has been more than four decades, 43 years to be exact, since the late president Ferdinand E. Marcos declared Martial Law, and it has been 29 years since the Filipino people ousted the dictatorship. The current generation of young people, 30 years and younger, has no memory, nay experience, of what 

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3 foreigners, 1 Filipina abducted in Samal Island

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (UPDATED) – Three foreigners – two Canadians and a Norwegian – and a Filipina were abducted in a resort in Samal Island in Davao del Norte late Monday night, September 21, authorities confirmed. Police identified the victims as Norwegian resort manager Kjartan Sekkinstad, 56; Canadian guests John Ridsdel, 68, and Robert Hall, 

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FRONT: From left - Rachelle Cruz, Julius Tiangson, Rose Tijam, Michael Levitt, Dan Harris, Tony San Juan, Mila Astorga-Garcia
BACK: From left - Ariel Ramos, Noel Perada, Judith Gonzales, Marcelle, Willie Reodica, Amy, Joe Damasco, Eric Baculinao, Hermie Garcia

PPCO Political Forum

September 8, 2015, Casa Manila, Toronto The Philippine Press Club of Ontario held a Political Forum on Sept. 8, 2015 at Casa Manila restaurant featuring three candidates for Members of the Federal Parliament: Dan Harris, NDP; Michael Levitt, Liberal and Julius Tiangson, Conservative. Lisa Thompson, Ontario MPP, also spoke in behalf of Patrick Brown, MPP 

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Educators’ group to Aquino: Act on killing of educator and continued military occupation of Lumad schools

Silence or inaction to address matter tantamount to govt’s promotion of big business at the expense of indigenous people’s communities The Education Forum for Development (EfD), a network of 100 schools nationwide advocating transformative education, condemned the killing of Emerito “Emok” Samarca, executive director of the Alternative Learning Center for Livelihood and Agricultural Development (ALCADEV), 

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They’re killing teachers and children, Mr. President

By Inday Varona Dear President Aquino, Malacanang is a long way off from Mindanao’s verdant, rugged mountains. So maybe the news hasn’t reached you yet. I’m presuming it hasn’t. It’s hard to believe a man who still regularly shares the pain of his father’s murder can be silent in the face of our lumad children’s 

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Dispatches: Killings of Philippine Tribal Members Spark Public Furor

By Carlos H. Conde It’s been a bloodbath for the Lumad, the collective name for the indigenous peoples of the southern Philippines island of Mindanao. On August 18, Philippine government soldiers allegedly killed five members of a Lumad family  – including children ages 13 and 17 – in Bukidnon province. On September 1, suspected members 

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Death of Ph eagle shows gov’t failure to protect biodiversity, says green group

By Dee Ayroso MANILA–The Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment (Kalikasan PNE) said the death of the Philippine eagle Pamana exposed government’s “low priority” in protecting the country’s endangered species and forests. Pamana, a three-year old female Philippine Eagle (pithecophaga jefferyi) was found decomposing with a bullet wound in the chest on Aug. 16 in 

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Unending impunity

Dispatches: Unending Impunity in the Philippines

One was a peasant leader. Another was a newspaper publisher. Both were shot and killed by men on motorcycles on the same day, underscoring a continuing legacy of violence and impunity in the Philippines. Joel Gulmatico, chairman of the Arakan Progressive Peasant Organization in North Cotabato province, died Tuesday morning after a gunman shot him 

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Poverty is the cause, not the result, of overpopulation

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld The Philippine population reached 100 million in 2014, and is projected to reach 101.6 million this year. The projection is based on an annual growth rate of 2.1%, which, while lower than the 2.42% rate from 1990 to 1995, is still the highest in the Southeast Asian 

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