Many Filipinos had trouble spending on food and services in past three months — IBON Survey

Research group IBON’s most recent survey shows many respondents saying that they had difficulty in buying food and paying for their children’s schooling and health expenses. Asked how their family met food, schooling and health expenses in the past three months, majority answered that they had difficulty in buying food while more respondents had difficulty meeting 

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50 injured, 29 nabbed as police disperse protest at US embassy

“Today, we witnessed how even our local security forces are keen on employing violent tactics to quell the dissent of the marginalized and the oppressed.” By DEE AYROSO Bulatlat MANILA – At least 50 protesters were wounded and 29 were arrested by the Manila Police District (MPD) in a violent dispersal of a rally by 

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Journalist Wences Balanquit of Southern Tagalog Exposure. 
PHOTO: Mayday Productions

STATEMENT: AlterMidya condemns illegal arrest, assault of journalists in violent dispersals

ALTERMIDYA, a national network of alternative media groups, strongly condemns the attack on journalists covering the protest at the US embassy Wednesday morning. Close to a thousand protesters, mostly indigenous people, were about to conclude their demonstration when police violently dispersed, mauled and arrested several demonstrators. Among those illegally arrested was Wences Balanquit, a journalist 

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RENEWAL OF TIES. President Rodrigo Duterte and President Xi Jinping shake hands prior to their bilateral meetings at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 20. Photo by King Rodriguez/PPD

Duterte visit signifies ‘full recovery’ of PH-China relations

BEIJING, China – President Rodrigo Duterte’s visit to China was successful in restoring the “friendship” between the Philippines and China, according to the Chinese government. “The visit signifies the full recovery of China, the Philippines’ friendship back to the normal level,” said Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin on Thursday, October 20. Liu gave the statement 

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LAKBAYAN 2016 marchers from indigenous communities and their supporters from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao converge in Manila to protest militarization and demand justice and peace.

National minorities put crime scene yellow tape on mining firms’ gates

By MARYA SALAMAT MANILA – Some 400 members of indigenous people’s groups from Northern Luzon trooped to Makati for a series of picket protests on their first morning in the capital this Thursday, October 13. With many of them in their traditional attire, they recounted their situation which they said the mining and energy 

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SEN. LEILA DE LIMA: Persecuted or Narco Politician?

De Lima to file ‘test case’ vs Duterte before Supreme Court

MANILA–Amid incessant attacks against her, Senator Leila de Lima said on Tuesday, October 11, that she is set to file a case against no less than President Rodrigo Duterte before the Supreme Court next week. De Lima said she would file a writ of amparo and writ of habeas data against the President, who has 

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Int’l criminal court ‘closely following’ PH war on drugs

MANILA, Philippines – The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague is “closely following” the war on drugs in the Philippines to see if the spate of deaths in the past 3 months may be considered “extrajudicial killings” that warrant a preliminary examination. “My Office, in accordance with its mandate under the Rome Statute, will 

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Arnel Figueroa was shot dead by security guard hired by government at Yulo Ranch in Palawan.

Farmer leader’s death violates ceasefire, peace talks – groups say

CAMARINES NORTE, Philippines – Various groups believed that the killing of farmer leader in Compostela, Valley is a violation of the unilateral ceasefire declared by the government in connection with the ongoing peace talks with the National Democratic Front. During a temporary stopover in Tabugon, Sta. Elena here, on Tuesday afternoon, Moro and Lumad leaders 

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Neoliberal economics continues, but nationalist change still possible

On the Duterte admininstration’s economic direction in its first 100 days: There is still much to be done for the Duterte administration to overcome the Philippine government’s stubborn adherence to old and discredited anti-Filipino neoliberalism. This overrides and is inconsistent with Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’s otherwise pro-poor and pro-Filipino pronouncements. This is also notwithstanding the welcome 

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Kuwentong Barbero (Tagalog version)

By Pamela Saavedra Isang araw sa Davao City, pumasok si Tikboy sa isang barbershop malapit sa City Hall upang magpagupit. Pagpasok niya, walang customer sa loob. Nakita niya ang isang matandang barbero na nagbabasa ng newspaper. Ang headlines – “De Lima, Walked Out From Senate Hearing”. Barbero: Magpapagupit ka sir? Tikboy: Oo, kol. ( Kol, 

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