Philippines

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Landgrabbing breeds hunger, resistance

Mining companies comprise some of the country’s biggest landgrabbers. MANILA – Did they go to the wrong office or is it just the wrong secretary? After NGO workers launched a book documenting big cases of land grabbing in the Philippines yesterday, May 17, they drove to the office of the Department of Environment and Natural 

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Karapatan scores AFP, Duterte for Masbate EJKs

“It was a bloodbath,” thus said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay, as they recently received reports on the extrajudicial killing of four farmers and two children on April 15 and 20, 2017 in Masbate province in line with military operations under Oplan Kapayapaan of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. On April 15, Masbate farmers 

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Deaf-mute college graduate joins DOLE internship program

A deaf-mute college graduate from Tacloban City has proven that disability is not a hindrance to providing public service. Ma. Merliza Montibon, a deaf-mute college graduate of Hotel and Restaurant Services at AMA Computer Learning Center is now part of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Regional Office No. 8 family after being qualified 

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Countries call for end to killings in PH drug war

United Nations member states urge the Philippines to launch a thorough and impartial investigation to punish those behind drug-related killings MANILA, Philippines – Despite Senator Alan Peter Cayetano insisting that there is no new wave of killings, United Nations member states still called on the Philippine government to conduct a “thorough” investigation into extrajudicial killings 

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100K– strong Labor Day rally demands ‘Social Justice Package’

Living Wage, Regular Jobs, Free Mass Housing On the first Labor Day under the Duterte administration, national labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno led today’s nationwide protest of over 100,000 workers and urban to demand a “Social Justice Package” of a P750 national minimum wage (NMW), an end to all forms of contractualization and for free 

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Reality check not just for Gina Lopez

Nearly a year after it assumed power, can this presidency really afford to appoint people on the basis of competence and not loyalty or personal ties to the leader? And then there were 3. In less than a year, the Duterte Cabinet has seen 3 members kicked out unceremoniously, either by the President himself or 

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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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