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TPP most intrusive economic deal in history–IBON

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, which is likely to be tackled on the sidelines of the upcoming Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) high-level meeting, will not benefit backward and underdeveloped countries like the Philippines. Research group IBON stressed that the Philippines should not join the TPP despite the Aquino government’s insistence on this. After years 

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Ampatuan Massacre, a grim symbol of reigning impunity under Aquino

IT is Pres. Benigno Aquino III’s last year in office but justice remains elusive for the victims of Ampatuan massacre. No perpetrator has been convicted, the victims still cry for justice. Aquino’s vow six years ago to immediately resolve the gruesome massacre has become a hollow promise: the culture of impunity and sheer lack of accountability 

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‘Why I’m here’ — Sr. Stella Matutina, Benedictine nun and human rights activist

  A fearless Benedictine nun tells her story of being one with the indigenous people’s struggles in Caraga region of Mindanao–despite threats from the military. By Sister Stella Matutina, OSB Why am I here? I am here because this is my missionary place. I am here because I was sent to continue our work as Benedictine 

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Defiant thousands march against Apec

By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO Bulatlat.com MANILA – In spite of security restrictions, road closures and government warnings against foreigners who will join rallies during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit, defiant protesters marched today Nov. 19, the second day of the summit, and reached Roxas Boulevard in Manila, a short distance from its venue 

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APEC leaders close summit by condemning terror attacks

MANILA, Philippines – Twenty-one Asia-Pacific leaders concluded their annual meeting on Thursday, November 19, by condemning recent terror attacks, which cast a shadow on the high-level economic summit. Leaders of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) called for increased global cooperation to fight terrorism following the Paris attacks that killed 129, the twin blasts in Beirut, 

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BACKING LUMAD. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle on November 11, 2015, visits the camp site of Lumad or indigenous people staging a protest in Manila. Photo by Roy Lagarde/Rappler

Cardinal Tagle to military: Leave the Lumad in peace

In one of his strongest statements, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle tells the military to leave the persecuted indigenous communities in Mindanao MANILA, Philippines – Leave the Lumad in peace. In one of his strongest statements as church leader, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle on Wednesday, November 11, appealed to the military to 

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‘Laglag’ or ‘tanim bala’ scam, blowing up in the face of the Aquino administration

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya of the Department of Transportation and Communications is again at the center of another scandalous issue – after the MRT/LRT breakdowns and mishaps – this time for the laglag or tanim bala scam. The scam involves the planting of bullets in passengers’ bags then extorting money 

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Airport passengers put stickers on baggage to thwart ‘tanim-bala’

By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO Bulatlat.com MANILA – “Pangontra.” Overseas Filipino workers and Filipino immigrants leaving via the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 gladly accepted and placed on their luggages the stickers that read “This bag is bullet-proof. #StopTanimBala.” They hope the stickers would repel any attempt to victimize thru laglag-bala. The stickers were 

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IFJ Asia-Pacific launches End Impunity campaign, calls for action on journalist attacks

Focus: India, Pakistan, the Philippines Today, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) Asia-Pacific, in coordination with its affiliates launches the three-week End Impunity Campaign for attacks against media workers. In the Asia-Pacific in 2014, 39 journalists lost their lives in the line of duty – accounting for nearly a third of all journalists killed around 

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Peasant groups dare presidentiables to address land problem

By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL Bulatlat.com MANILA –- As presidential candidates gear to woo voters, farmers and agrarian reform advocates under the banner of the Philippine Land Reform Movement (PLRM) challenged them to address the lingering land problem, corruption of agricultural funds, and human rights abuses. The PLRM presented its “Peasant Electoral Agenda for 2016” 

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