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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No reason to celebrate phony ‘Independence’ under Duterte’s puppet regime — LFS

The League of Filipino Students decries the Duterte government’s antics of celebrating Philippine Independence Day tomorrow, despite its outright puppetry to foreign plunderers and terrorists such as the US ad Chinese government. “Under the Duterte administration, the Filipino people have moved farther from the quest for genuine independence and national sovereignty. In his three years 

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Sinking of PH vessel by Chinese vessel ‘a first’

‘It is enough reason for this administration to seriously reconsider its friendship policy toward China,’ maritime law expert Jay Batongbacal tells Rappler MANILA, Philippines – The sinking of a Filipino vessel in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) as exposed on Wednesday, June 12, is a first in the dispute between the Philippines and 

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3 speeches in a row, Duterte silent on Chinese ship sinking PH vessel

The Philippine president has yet to publicly remark on the incident in the West Philippine Sea MANILA, Philippines – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has not made any public statement about the ramming of a Philippine fishing boat by a Chinese vessel a day after the defense department bared it and 4 days after the incident 

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