SEN. LEILA DE LIMA: Persecuted or Narco Politician?

De Lima to file ‘test case’ vs Duterte before Supreme Court

MANILA–Amid incessant attacks against her, Senator Leila de Lima said on Tuesday, October 11, that she is set to file a case against no less than President Rodrigo Duterte before the Supreme Court next week. De Lima said she would file a writ of amparo and writ of habeas data against the President, who has 

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Int’l criminal court ‘closely following’ PH war on drugs

MANILA, Philippines – The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague is “closely following” the war on drugs in the Philippines to see if the spate of deaths in the past 3 months may be considered “extrajudicial killings” that warrant a preliminary examination. “My Office, in accordance with its mandate under the Rome Statute, will 

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Arnel Figueroa was shot dead by security guard hired by government at Yulo Ranch in Palawan.

Farmer leader’s death violates ceasefire, peace talks – groups say

CAMARINES NORTE, Philippines – Various groups believed that the killing of farmer leader in Compostela, Valley is a violation of the unilateral ceasefire declared by the government in connection with the ongoing peace talks with the National Democratic Front. During a temporary stopover in Tabugon, Sta. Elena here, on Tuesday afternoon, Moro and Lumad leaders 

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Neoliberal economics continues, but nationalist change still possible

On the Duterte admininstration’s economic direction in its first 100 days: There is still much to be done for the Duterte administration to overcome the Philippine government’s stubborn adherence to old and discredited anti-Filipino neoliberalism. This overrides and is inconsistent with Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’s otherwise pro-poor and pro-Filipino pronouncements. This is also notwithstanding the welcome 

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Kuwentong Barbero (Tagalog version)

By Pamela Saavedra Isang araw sa Davao City, pumasok si Tikboy sa isang barbershop malapit sa City Hall upang magpagupit. Pagpasok niya, walang customer sa loob. Nakita niya ang isang matandang barbero na nagbabasa ng newspaper. Ang headlines – “De Lima, Walked Out From Senate Hearing”. Barbero: Magpapagupit ka sir? Tikboy: Oo, kol. ( Kol, 

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By Marites Danguilan Vitug

My words at Vet’s funeral mass on Sept. 29, 2016

(VET VITUG, Manila-based journalist and poet, died after a long illness last Sept. 26, 2016 at the age of 65 years old. In lieu of a eulogy, The Philippine Reporter is publishing Vet’s favorite poem, provided to us by his widow, Marites Danguilan Vitug, journalist and book-auithor, and Contributing Editor to the Philippine Reporter.) VET 

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Ako si Virgilio V.  Vitug

Mga kababayan, ako si Virgilio V. Vitug Nakasulat ng ilang tula sa isang panahon Ang maglaladlad sa inyo ngayon Ng aking pinakahuling obra: The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy  dog near the stream. The quick brown fox  jumped over the lazy dog near the stream. Ngayong natunghayan na ninyo Ang bunga ng aking 

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S&P is overrated, says Duterte ally

Days after President Rodrigo Duterte said he does not care about Standard and Poor’s Financial Services LLC’s (S&P’s) assessment of his administration’s initial performance, a member of the Philippine Congress described the global credit rating agency as “somewhat overrated.” “While S&P to a certain degree helps fund managers rationalize and feel good about their investments, 

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Duterte invites UN, EU officials to PH to probe killings

MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) – President Rodrigo Duterte is inviting United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and European Union officials to the Philippines to conduct their own investigation into extrajudicial killings. “I am inviting the United Nations, si Ban Ki – hindi ko alam ang pangalan ng yawang ‘yan, Ban Ki-moon, Ban Ki-sun – I am 

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DOH urged: Heed Cuba lessons, boost public health

Research group IBON said that Filipinos will benefit if the government adopts Cuba’s model of a state-run health care system. The group stressed that people’s access to this social service is becoming more limited by Philippine health services being increasingly run by the private sector for profit. Department of Health (DOH) officials recently toured Cuba, 

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