Philippines

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Duterte’s Banana Republic

Duterte campaigned on being a “change” politician – a breath of fresh air from the putrid-smelling “trapos”. But with the order to arrest Trillanes, it’s business as usual in our banana republic. Tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme, a banana republic makes a beast. By José Victor ‘Jayvee’ Salameña From the 

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Rice tariffication to impoverish Filipino farmers more, Congress warned

Research group IBON raised concern over the current move by the House of Representatives (HOR) to lift the quantitative restrictions (QR) on rice imports and instead apply a 35% tariff on unlimited rice importation. This will practically decrease farmgate prices, said IBON, but not necessarily lower retail rice prices as government claims. Rice prices have 

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Govt’s TRAIN to blame for highest inflation in nearly 10 years — IBON

Research group IBON said that the government’s insistence on higher taxes especially on the poor is among the factors driving inflation rates to their highest in nearly a decade. The group said that runaway inflation is due to the peso depreciation and rising global oil prices combined with the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion 

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Poor Filipino families worst hit by rising July 2018 inflation

Research group IBON said that faster inflation largely due to rising food prices hits poor households the worst. The group also said that the Duterte administration’s proposal to increase food imports is short-sighted, and that the best defense against rising food prices and high inflation is to increase domestic food supply through long-term solutions that 

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Another Filipino domestic worker missing in Kuwait

Another Filipino domestic worker in Kuwait has been reported missing. Filipino household service worker Ronalyn Yonting Lagawan “has been missing for 18 months now,” according to ACTS-OFW Rep. Aniceto Bertiz III. “We’ve been advised that Ms. Lagawan’s family has lost all contact with her after she ran away from her employer in Kuwait in February 

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What you need to know about #BoycottNutriAsia

By Ysh Cabana Ticked-off consumers, irked by NutriAsia management’s bloody dispersal amid labour disputes, are calling for boycott of favorite Pinoy brands. What is NutriAsia? Owned by Filipino-Chinese businessman Joselito Campos, NutriAsia, Inc. is the largest producer and distributor of Philipippine condiments and cooking oil. After leaving the flourishing family business in drug manufacturing, Butch 

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We were praying when the goons attacked’ — priest at NutriAsia strike

“We, the striking workers, are fighting for our wages, jobs and rights.” By Tyra Aquino Bulatlat.com NutriAsia workers on strike and their supporters belied the claims of the company, police and Labor Sec. Silvestre Bello III that they instigated the July 28 violent dispersal in front of the food giant’s Marilao plant. In a press 

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‘Billed-billed-billed’ debt problem ahead – IBON

The national debt is equal to 48 percent of the 6.8-percent GDP in the first quarter of this year. By Adam Ang Bulatlat.com MANILA–Taxpayers would have to subsidize private profits and shoulder debts incurred through domestic and foreign borrowings due to the Build, Build, Build (BBB) infrastructure program of the Duterte administration, an independent economic 

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Coal mining — behind militarization and displacement of Lumad communities

Surigao Del Sur The brutal militarization and human rights violations committed by the 75th IBPA of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and its paramilitary Magahat-Bagani led by Marcos Bocales,  drove 328 Lumad families with 1,607 individuals to evacuate from 15 communities of Lianga and San Agustin in Surigao del Sur last July 16, 2018. The Lumad were forced 

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United People’s SONA: One march, one program calling to end charter change, tyranny, killings

By MARYA SALAMAT Bulatlat.com MANILA – The first United People’s SONA gathered broad and diverse groups of people to share “the true SONA” yesterday July 23, 2018. From the main converging areas all over the University of the Philippines in Diliman to the march to Commonwealth, the participants demonstrated organized discipline and displayed similar calls 

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