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MONTREAL: Sr. Mary John Mananzan’s Radical Enlightenment

On spiritual asphyxiation, women’s empowerment and Duterte’s trolls By Joyce Valbuena “When you just do everything routinely and you think you’re okay but you’re not okay, then you are just going through the motion. That happens to us when we have no spirit in what we are doing – we are apathetic, depressed and burnout. 

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Philippines: The police’s murderous war on the poor (Amnesty International Report)

31 January 2017, 16:21 UTC Acting on instructions from the very top of government, the Philippines police have killed and paid others to kill thousands of alleged drug offenders in a wave of extrajudicial executions that may amount to crimes against humanity, Amnesty International said in a report published today. Amnesty International’s investigation, “If you 

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Congen Prospero: On same mandates, local groups’ demands and open-door policy

By Althea Manasan Despite all the uncertainty and controversy surrounding Philippine foreign policy since the inauguration of President Rodrigo Duterte four months ago, for the Philippine Consulate General in Toronto, it’s mostly business as usual. Located in Midtown, inside a building nestled between a Brazilian steakhouse and a casual Indian restaurant, the office is a 

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Cusipag: ‘We can’t talk but we will appeal’

The Philippine Reporter reached Tess Cusipag, publisher of Balita, to get her side on the Superior Court of Justice’s judgement on the defamation lawsuit against her and Balita Media Inc. filed by Ontario Senator Tobias C. Enverga Jr. In a phone conversation on Thursday, July 21, for the purpose of getting an interview, in reference 

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Lumad killings to take center stage in intl rights confab in Davao

DAVAO CITY—Some 200 visitors from 25 countries worldwide will attend a conference on human rights, focusing on the killings of the indigenous peoples (IPs) or Lumads in Mindanao. In a courtesy call at the City Council on Tuesday, Dr. Angie M. Gonzales of the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP) said they 

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Duterte, Robredo to be proclaimed next week

On Friday, May 27, Congress finishes tallying all 167 certificates of canvass from provinces, chartered cities, and local and overseas absentee MNILA, Philippines – Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Camarines Sur 3rd District Representative Leni Robredo will be officially president- elect and vice president-elect, respectively, early next week. Congress, sitting as National Board of Canvassers, 

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Left’s top choice for DENR: Bayan Muna Representative Zarate

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections has just proclaimed Bayan Muna as among the winning party-list groups in the May 9 elections on Thursday, May 19, but its top nominee as its representative in Congress has a tough choice to make soon. The National Democratic Front (NDF) is eyeing Bayan Muna party list Representative 

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Coalition against Philippine election fraud formed in Toronto

(Updated May 5, 2016) Koalisyon Kontra Dayaan to launch campaign on May 5 By Lui Queaño and Pet Cleto A coalition that will campaign against election fraud and irregularities – consisting of individuals, personalities, political parties and supporters, community activists, as well as youth groups and women’s organizations – was formed on May 3. The 

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Victims’ lawyers hail court junking of Palparan bail plea

“Amidst the din and reverie of the past holidays and some mercurial election inanities, we were glad to learn that the trial court correctly denied Gen. Palparan’s delusional bid to be granted bail.” By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO MANILA – Lawyers of the two disappeared University of the Philippine students hailed the decision of 

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The 2015 Climate Talks: What’s it about?

IN THE FACE of serious impacts of climate change, leaders of over 130 nations have come together in Paris, France for the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) Climate Talks. But according to civil society organizations, much of what is happening inside the COP, along with the repression of protests in the streets of Paris, is rather 

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