2018 Yearender: Are You High? The Economy Isn’t

By Sonny Africa Executive Director, IBON Foundation The Duterte administration’s economic managers made some odd statements as the year wound up. Economic planning secretary Ernesto Pernia said “the Philippine economy became stronger and even more resilient than ever”. Finance secretary Carlos Dominguez III insisted on “the soundness of the Duterte administration’s economic development strategy”. Bangko 

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2018 inflation highest in 10 years amid slowing growth — IBON Inflation for 2018 is more than double the Duterte administration’s original inflation target for the year and the highest in a decade, research group IBON said. Along with slowing economic growth, this further points to the failure of government’s economic managers to rein in consumer prices and of its neoliberal policies, such as the 

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Fil-Am Darren Criss dedicates Golden Globe win to Cebuana mother MANILA, Philippines — Filipino American Actor Darren Criss took home the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television on Sunday evening (California time). He thanked his Cebuana mother during his acceptance speech. “As we’ve seen, it’s been a marvelous year for 

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Poet Tita Lacambra Ayala writes 30 BAGUIO–“Paalam Nay…10:37” was all musician Joey Ayala wrote on Facebook, and the Filipino literati understood. Tita Lacambra Ayala, the poet much loved from Ilocos Norte to Davao City, died at 10:37 pm Wednesday, January 9, while combatting pneumonia in Davao City. She just turned 88 last January 2. She is the mother of Joey 

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10 uniquely Filipino Christmas traditions

No one celebrates the Yuletide season better than the Filipinos! Resilient, jubilant and charming, Pinoys are known all over the world for their long, lavish, animated and one-of-a-kind holiday season celebrations. Although our motherland doesn’t have a wintry backdrop that echoes a quintessential Christmas feel, the Yuletide season is still very much alive all over 

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Shades of Gray: Nerd, musician, black belter MANILA, Philippines — A self-confessed nerd who can rearrange in her head the tune of a song note for note has been crowned Miss Universe 2018. Her being a black belter might have been highlighted at the pre-coronation of Miss Universe, but the universe ought to know that at heart Catriona Elisa Gray is 

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‘A nation of orphans’

On human rights day, progressives mourn ‘bayan ng ulila’ as killings, rights violations continue By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO MANILA — The scorching heat did not deter Filipino progressives from commemorating International Human Rights Day, today Dec. 10. “This day is not for the government that spit on human rights and the documents it 

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Salugpungan Defense of Pantaron
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The real target of military operations in Mindanao

By Anne Marxze Umil On Monday, Dec. 3, Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr. publicly tagged Bayan Muna former representative Satur Ocampo and ACT Teachers’ Partylist Rep. France Castro an “active members of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA).” In a news report, Galvez claimed 

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From left: Ezra Acayan, Jonathan Cellona, Basilio Sepe, Howie Severino (representing Atom Araullo), Maria Ressa, Fernando Sepe Jr., Inday Espina-Varona and Manuel Mogato receive the trophies and caricature from LODI. (Photo by Ronalyn V. Olea / Bulatlat)

Journalists vow to continue telling the truth amid gov’t harassment

MANILA — Journalists have vowed to continue their work amid Duterte administration’s relentless attacks on press freedom during an event organized by media and arts alliance LODI (Let’s Organize for Democracy and Integrity), Dec. 6. Dubbed Sikato! Sigaw para sa Katotohanan, Pagkilala sa Malayang Pamamahayag, the tribute held at Rappler’s office honored eleven Filipino journalists 

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Ocampo et al released on bail, vow to file countercharges against perpetrators

“Make no mistake about it: while we welcome this victory, those responsible for these despicable acts cannot just rest yet because they will be surely held accountable.” By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL MANILA – Bayan Muna representative Satur Ocampo, ACT Rep. France Castro and 16 others who were released on bail vow to file 

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