Philippines

Damage due to ‘Pablo’ balloons to P14-B

MANILA, Philippines – The amount of damage due to typhoon “Pablo” has reached P14 billion, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Wednesday. The NDRRMC said the agriculture sector took the most damage at P9.51 billion, while the costs of damage for infrastructures and private properties were pegged at P4.47 billion 

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‘Pablo’ damage: P900-M for roads

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Public Works and Highways on Wednesday said Typhoon “Pablo” destroyed an estimated P900 million in national structures, particularly roads in the Southern Philippines. DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson said the figure does not include schools and hospitals in the calamity-hit areas. He said the agency’s biggest concern is the destruction 

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Once progressive Cateel, now in ruins

MANILA – Cateel in Davao Oriental was once a progressive town that was visited by residents from neighboring areas so they can buy food and other necessary supplies. Today, no less than the residents of Cateel are now searching for shelter, food, and medicines outside their beloved town. “As if it was lifted [the whole 

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Letter to the Editor: Defend human rights defenders

Recently, 28 individuals who are community leaders, volunteer development workers and local human rights defenders in Tinoc, Ifugao (Philippines) were listed in a document  “ Municipality of  Tinoc (Target Persons) that was issued by the 86th Battalion (Highlander) of the 5th Infantry (Star) Division of the Philippine Armed Forces labelling those in the list as 

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Diverse opinions: The essence of free media

By Alexandra Prieto-Romualdez (Editor’s note: Philippine Daily Inquirer President and CEO Alexandra Prieto-Romualdez delivered this speech at the 9th Media Nation Summit on Nov 23, 2012 in Tagaytay City.) I’m delighted to be part of Media Nation, this annual attempt by members of the country’s news profession to address issues of concern. And because it 

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Andres Bonifacio honored, remembered on his 149th bday

By MARYA SALAMAT Bulatlat.com MANILA – Filipinos celebrate this Nov 30 the 149th birthday of the man they call as the great plebian, Andres Bonifacio. But unlike in usual government-sponsored celebrations marked by a one-time laying of wreath, some short speeches in hurried programs, token souvenirs to commemorate the hero, progressive peoples’ organizations nationwide prepared 

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Frankenpols

OLITICIANS ARE at least partly the creations of the mass media, which in many cases present to the public only their versions of the person rather than the person himself. These Frankenpols the media recklessly cobble together out of their often limited perceptions, expectations and biases, the way Victor Frankenstein of the Mary Shelley novel 

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Maguindanao massacre and the absence of genuine justice, press freedom, and good governance

The continued reign of impunity, political dynasties and warlordism, the Aquino government’s contempt for a critical press and the lack of sweeping political, electoral and judicial reforms all contribute to the absence of justice. By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat.com MANILA — The Maguindanao massacre is the worst attack on the media and press freedom; it is 

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Gat Andres Bonifacio, the underrated hero

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat.com Manila — The proposal of Rep. Raymond Palatino of the Kabataan party-list group for the Department of Education to develop and include a subject on the life, works, and ideals of Gat Andres Bonifacio in the college curriculum is timely indeed. All of us had to take a three-unit Rizal subject 

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Shades of gray in media ethics

By Marites Dañguilan Vitug A governor of a Northern Luzon province treated reporters to a weekend in Boracay, ostensibly to show them how this island markets itself to the rest of the country and the world. This coastal province wants to be a must-see-destination and is looking for success stories to emulate. To some outsiders, 

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