Farmer in Arid Field in the Philippines

SWS: 3.1 million Filipino families suffer from hunger in Q4 2016

MANILA, Philippines – An estimated 3.1 million Filipino families experienced involuntary hunger at least once during the 4th quarter of 2016, a recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey reported. Published first on BusinessWorld on Tuesday, January 24, survey results showed that 13.9% of respondents suffered from involuntary hunger from November to December 2016. This is 

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Tentacles of Philippine police killings spread

Anti-Drug Squad Linked to Murder of South Korean Businessman By Phelim Kine Human Rights Watch The killing by Philippine police of a South Korean businessman is an ominous indicator of the breakdown of rule of law under President Rodrigo Duterte. A government investigation released this week concluded that the Philippine National Police (PNP) officers who 

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Sakadas bare ‘slave-like conditions’ in Hacienda Luisita

The sakadas worked from 4 a.m. until 5 p.m. for a pay way below the minimum wage of P334 per day in Tarlac. They received P9 to P128 (US$0.18 to $2.6) per day due to numerous deductions. By RONALYN V. OLEA MANILA – Some 200 sakadas or seasonal agricultural workers from Bukidnon left for 

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Most Filipinos ‘worried’ about summary killings – SWS poll

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – While many Filipinos support President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on illegal drugs, most of them also fear that they, or someone they know, will be victims of extrajudicial killings. A new Social Weather Stations survey, first published on BusinessWorld, found that 78% of its respondents were worried they could be the next 

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Mr. President, you could not totally disregard human rights

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective As December 10 International Human Rights day draws near, let us remind the Duterte administration that human rights is not something which could be upheld or disregarded at the whims or caprices of the government, the war no drugs notwithstanding. There are fundamental rights that could not be totally disregarded 

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HOR Probe on Bilibid Drugs

Dayan, Espinosa: Who’s telling truth on drug money for De Lima?

MANILA, Philippines – The government’s 2 key witnesses against Senator Leila de Lima have different versions of when and how alleged drug money was brought to the embattled senator. Testifying before the House committee on justice on Thursday, November 24, De Lima’s ex-aide and former boyfriend, Ronnie Dayan, insisted that the last time he received 

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Filipino community and international supporters in The Hague, Netherlands.

#MarcosNoHero protests go global

Overseas Filipino workers and Filipino immigrants in different parts of the world added their voices in denouncing the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB). Migrante International chapters in Hong Kong, Thailand, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Canada, United 

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SC allows hero’s burial for Marcos

By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat MANILA — Voting 9-5, the Supreme Court has given the go-signal for the internment of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. SC spokesperson Theodore Te announced the high court’s decision dismissing the petitions against the burial of Marcos at around 2 p.m., Nov. 8. The 

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Martial Law victims: 9-5 is just a number, not the truth

Three decades later, hundreds of Martial Law victims and their kin who are still seeking justice gathered at the University of the Philippines in Diliman to chant the familiar battle cry` in a somber, more reverberating tone that echoed both anger and frustration after the Supreme Court announced that former president Ferdinand Marcos who led 

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IBON Survey: Filipinos think raising workers’ wages should be govt’s top concern

In research group IBON’s latest survey, Filipinos top-ranked raising workers’ wages among the most important concerns that government should address. Meaningful and gainful livelihood and improvement of social services emerged as second and third top concerns, respectively. Survey respondents were presented with a list of primary national concerns. These included upholding economic sovereignty, nationalization of 

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