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Martial law victims start claiming compensation

Hundreds of Martial Law human rights violations victims trooped to the Commission on Human Rights in Quezon City Friday to start claiming their compensations. Following the release of the initial list of 4,000 eligible claimants by the Human Rights Victims Claims Board earlier this month, cheques are now being distributed to survivors of Martial Law 

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‘Scandalous’: ‘Why do we pay Shell–Chevron’s P146.8-B income taxes in Malampaya?’ – Bayan Muna

By MARYA SALAMAT Bulatlat.com MANILA – Amid the rapidly rising expenses of ordinary Filipinos, some of which are blamed on more taxes under the TRAIN law, Bayan Muna is questioning the de-facto tax holidays or write-offs being enjoyed by giant companies. These are hundreds of billions of money that the government has not been collecting 

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Severe Income Inequality in PH

Despite being relatively high compared to other Asian countries, Philippine economic growth is lopsided in the interest of a few at the expense of the majority of poor Filipinos. High levels of wealth are concentrated in the hands of a few, while family incomes have stagnated in real terms, especially amid rising prices.

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TRAIN-induced price increases are permanent—IBON

The inflation spike marks the start of increases​ driven by the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN)​ in the prices of basic goods and services for the next three years, research group IBON said. Further inflationary surges are likely to happen in 2019 and 2020 when the next two rounds of additional taxes on 

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Poor-quality work increased amid economic growth–IBON

First quarter economic growth this year did not translate to better jobs for Filipinos, research group IBON said. This means that despite government claims that the groundwork for reforms has been laid, growth has remained essentially exclusionary, generating jobs that are insecure and low-paying, said the group. Socio-Economic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia recently announced the 

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Speak Truth to Power, Keep Power in Check

POOLED EDITORIAL RODRIGO R. Duterte’s presidency has altered and controlled the public discourse so radically in its favor in ways rude and bold. One tragic result: it has restricted and narrowed the celebrated freedom of the Philippine press and the people’s cherished right to know. In his first 22 months in power, Mr. Duterte has 

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Gabriela condemns govt’s removal of comfort woman statue

By RAYMUND VILLANUEVA Kodao Productions MANILA — Women’s group Gabriela strongly condemned the removal of the comfort woman statue along Roxas Boulevard in Manila Friday, saying the move is a desecration of Filipino women’s dignity. Blaming Japan and the Rodrigo Duterte government for the statue’s removal, the group said the move casts a foul insult 

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Over a million more underemployed, part-time workers under Duterte

The number of Filipino workers relegated to insecure and low-paying jobs have grown under the Duterte administration, said research group IBON. Latest official labor force data shows a higher number of employed under Pres. Duterte. The number of employed increased to 41.8 million in January 2018 from 39.3 million in the same period last year, 

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National Artist Cirilo Bautista, 76

MANILA–National Artist for Literature Cirilo Bautista died early yesterday after more than a month’s confinement at the Philippine Heart Center in Quezon City. He was 76. Bautista was a celebrated poet, author, critic, columnist, professor of literature and Palanca Awards Hall of Famer. He spent many years teaching at De La Salle University (DLSU) where he obtained 

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POET, ACTIVIST. Edgar Maranan finally stops writing. (Photo courtesy of Lei Maranan-Goldstein)

Edgar Maranan, poet and activist, dies

By Frank Cimatu Bulatlat.com BAGUIO CITY, Philippines (UPDATED) – Edgar B. Maranan, whom poet Ruel de Vera described as a man who “can’t stop writing,” has finally stopped writing. Maranan died peacefully Tuesday morning, May 8, in Manila of liver complications, his poet sister Luchie said. On Facebook late on May 8, Luchie said that 

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