Bloody Sunday in the Philippines

3 Daylight Killings Highlight Rampant Impunity By Carlos H. Conde Human Rights Watch Three people – an activist church worker, a provincial politician, and a businessman – were killed in separate attacks in the Philippines on Sunday by unidentified gunmen riding motorcycles. The media reported that on July 7, gunmen shot dead Salvador Romano, 42, 

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Duterte administration being dishonest about economic ‘gains’ — IBON

By IBON Media Research group IBON said that the Duterte administration is being dishonest in its recent pronouncements about high growth, reducing unemployment, and reducing poverty. The group said that the government is taking liberties with statistics as part of its propaganda campaign that President Duterte is keeping his promise of real change. In its 

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Chronic undernutrition among kids, pervasive hunger belie 4Ps logic — IBON

By IBON Media Research group IBON said that the results of the expanded national nutrition survey (ENNS) dispute the logic of institutionalizing the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) for poverty alleviation under Republic Act (RA) No. 11310. The program is said to be an  “investment in the next generation” that develops healthy educated Filipinos. Yet 

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Justice Carpio refutes Duterte gov’t: China can’t fish in PH

By Paterno Esmaquel II MANILA– Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio refuted the Duterte government on Tuesday evening, June 25, and said it cannot allow Chinese fishermen to fish in the West Philippine Sea. Carpio issued this statement after Malacañang, interpreting President Rodrigo Duterte, said the Philippines “will allow” China to fish in 

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Selective outrage? How Duterte reacted to other foreign affronts to Filipinos

By Pia Ranada MANILA–President Rodrigo Duterte’s very cautious response to the sinking of a Filipino fishing boat by a Chinese ship struck many as uncharacteristic given his image as a no-holds-barred, tough-talking defender of the ordinary Filipino. Not only did he echo China’s dismissal of the ramming as just a “maritime incident,” he had 

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Duterte selling out sovereignty for Chinese funding – IBON

By IBON Media Research group IBON said that the Duterte administration’s downplaying of the hit-and-run by a Chinese vessel of a Philippine fishing boat in the West Philippine Sea (WPS) shows how it gives more importance to Chinese funding over Philippine sovereignty. On June 9, a Chinese vessel rammed and sank the Filipino fishing boat 

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Govt should address job losses in agri, manufacturing — IBON

By IBON Media Research group IBON said that the rise in employment and decline in unemployment is seemingly welcome after the worsening job generation in the past four consecutive labor force rounds. But this should not be taken at face value because of alarming underlying trends. This includes job losses in the production sectors that 

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66 killed under Duterte, advocates call for defense of human rights in Negros

Under the Duterte administration, 66 farmers and activists have already been gunned down. By RONALYN V. OLEA MANILA — Israel Avelino wept in anguish as he narrated how his father Edgardo was killed by police operatives three months ago inside their home in barangay Panubigan in Canlaon City in Negros Oriental. On March 30, 

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Joi Barios: Poet in Exile

By Marra PL. Lanot The rather short woman waited for the audience to remain quiet, commanded attention, and stood tall. She whipped out a malong, and with that single prop, with the proper projection of her dramatic voice, she read a poem in Filipino, and she owned the stage. (Malong is a tube cloth worn 

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On the malicious arrest of Mindanao journalist Margarita Valle: We in the alternative media denounce the unlawful arrest of Margarita Valle, veteran Mindanao-based journalist and a columnist of Davao Today. Valle was arrested at the Laguindingan airport on June 9 by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) reportedly based on two arrest warrants dated 

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