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IBON FEATURES – Stay the course, the country’s economic managers always insist. They will be the last to admit bad economic news because eternal sunshine is part of their job. Their recent spontaneous reactions against federalism are however more revealing. They are losing control of the economy as it is and they know the ill-conceived 

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Wage hike needed as Filipino families’ incomes erode Jan. – July due to inflation

A substantial increase in the minimum wage is necessary and doable as the country’s poorest households are losing income due to escalating inflation, said research group IBON, contrary to the recent claims of an employers’ group. IBON estimates that income losses of the poorest 60 million Filipinos ranged from Php1,276 to as much as Php3,489 

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IBON offers ‘Serve The People’ book online

On its 40th year and amid the growing tumult of an unreformed political and economic system, IBON is glad to share online Serve the People, Ang Kasaysayan ng Radikal na Kilusan sa Unibersidad ng Pilipinas by the Congress of Teachers and Educators for Nationalism and Democracy (CONTEND) and Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT). Serve the 

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Pres. Duterte miscalculated his hold on institutions in revoking the amnesty granted to Sen. Antoinio Trillanes IV

Duterte loses to Trillanes

By Segundo Eclar Romero Duterte has set the stage for sacrificing Jose Calida. He has said he issued Presidential Proclamation 572 on the say so or Calida as Solicitor-General. Duterte, of course, knows that targeting Trillanes was a joint project between him and Calida. They both hated the Senator, and would take the first opportunity, 

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Duterte’s Banana Republic

Duterte campaigned on being a “change” politician – a breath of fresh air from the putrid-smelling “trapos”. But with the order to arrest Trillanes, it’s business as usual in our banana republic. Tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme, a banana republic makes a beast. By José Victor ‘Jayvee’ Salameña From the 

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Rice tariffication to impoverish Filipino farmers more, Congress warned

Research group IBON raised concern over the current move by the House of Representatives (HOR) to lift the quantitative restrictions (QR) on rice imports and instead apply a 35% tariff on unlimited rice importation. This will practically decrease farmgate prices, said IBON, but not necessarily lower retail rice prices as government claims. Rice prices have 

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Govt’s TRAIN to blame for highest inflation in nearly 10 years — IBON

Research group IBON said that the government’s insistence on higher taxes especially on the poor is among the factors driving inflation rates to their highest in nearly a decade. The group said that runaway inflation is due to the peso depreciation and rising global oil prices combined with the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion 

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Poor Filipino families worst hit by rising July 2018 inflation

Research group IBON said that faster inflation largely due to rising food prices hits poor households the worst. The group also said that the Duterte administration’s proposal to increase food imports is short-sighted, and that the best defense against rising food prices and high inflation is to increase domestic food supply through long-term solutions that 

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Another Filipino domestic worker missing in Kuwait

Another Filipino domestic worker in Kuwait has been reported missing. Filipino household service worker Ronalyn Yonting Lagawan “has been missing for 18 months now,” according to ACTS-OFW Rep. Aniceto Bertiz III. “We’ve been advised that Ms. Lagawan’s family has lost all contact with her after she ran away from her employer in Kuwait in February 

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NutriAsia-Boycott

What you need to know about #BoycottNutriAsia

By Ysh Cabana Ticked-off consumers, irked by NutriAsia management’s bloody dispersal amid labour disputes, are calling for boycott of favorite Pinoy brands. What is NutriAsia? Owned by Filipino-Chinese businessman Joselito Campos, NutriAsia, Inc. is the largest producer and distributor of Philipippine condiments and cooking oil. After leaving the flourishing family business in drug manufacturing, Butch 

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