OFWs line-up during the first day of the overseas absentee voting in Hong Kong.              (Photo courtesy of Migrante International)

Migrant group assails overseas absentee voting ‘irregularities’

PH Elections 2019 “It’s not like we’re doing this for the first time.“ By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL MANILA – A Filipino migrant group expressed indignation over reports of irregularities and problems encountered by overseas Filipino workers in the overseas absentee voting that kicked off last April 13. Migrante International called the Commission of 

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Kontra Daya convener Danilo Arao (right)

Party-list groups of the ‘rich and the powerful’ dominate survey

PH Elections 2019 “Voters should be wary of party-list groups of known political dynasties and big business interests claiming to represent the poor.” By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL MANILA –- Election watchdog Kontra Daya called for voter vigilance as the rich and the powerful dominate the recent survey of Pulse Asia. The group said 

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PROTEST. Protesters chant, ‘Not a nickel, not a dime, no more money for Duterte’s crime,’ as they urge an end to killings in the Philippines in front of the PH Consulate in Toronto.                                               Photo: Marites Sison

Filipino-Canadians demand justice for slain farmers in Negros

TORONTO, Canada – About 20 Filipino human rights activists staged a protest on Wednesday, April 10, condemning the recent killings of 14 farmers in Negros Oriental and urging the Canadian government to stop “all security and military assistance to the Philippines.” Protesters stood outside 160 Eglinton Avenue East, a busy midtown street where the Philippine 

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Workers begin 10-day countdown to wage increase

By MARYA SALAMAT MANILA — Days before May 1 Labor Day, the Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) reiterates its call for a pay hike. “Increasing the minimum wage from Php537 to Php750 will significantly lessen the gap between the current earnings and the family living wage,” the national labor center said in a statement today. 

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Family living wage for a family of five members in NCR “The choice of official poverty lines is a political one. Setting a high standard indicates the government having a high level of ambition for poverty eradication. Government, however has chosen to set a low standard – in this case, the Php10,481 per month or Php69.87 per day poverty threshold – which results in tens 

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Don’t insist on low poverty threshold, address jobs crisis, gov’t told The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) recently attributed reduced poverty in the first semester of 2018 to the rising quality of jobs under the Duterte administration. But research group IBON said that dismal jobs creation, the magnitude of joblessness, poor quality work, and meager wages give away the true picture of Philippine poverty. 

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Lower official poverty estimates don’t mean less poor Filipinos — IBON Research group IBON said lower reported official poverty estimates for the first semester of 2018 unfortunately do not necessarily mean that the country’s poverty situation is improving. The group observed that standard of living allowed by the official poverty line is very low and grossly underestimates the real number of poor Filipinos. Unless corrected, 

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Cordillera woman leader bags 2019 Gwangju Prize for HR

“Whatever the suppression, however, they failed to stop her continuing courageous actions, inspiring global citizens throughout the world, and thus was selected her (Cariño) as the winner of the 2019 Gwangju Prize for Human Rights,” it added. By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL MANILA – A Filipina human rights defender, Joanna Patricia Kintanar Cariño, has 

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Solon wins int’l award on union rights

By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL Back story: France Castro: teacher, friend, activist MANILA– Amid red-tagging of the progressive leaders, ACT Teachers Party-list Rep. France Castro has been named as recipient of the Arthur Svensson International Prize for Professional Rights 2019. The Svensson Prize has been awarded to persons and organizations working to promote trade union 

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‘Marcos Manloloko’ Road Trip

Travels down Martial Law memory lane on April Fool’s Day The organizers of the ‘Marcos Manloloko Road Trip’ or Road Trip vs. Marcos Dishonesty and Historical Revisionism said they could not have picked a better day, April Fool’s Day, to take an educational trip to ‘expose the crimes and the lies of the Marcos 

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