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Where is the promise of change?

ONE year after President Duterte’s first State of the Nation Address (Sona), the Churchpeople Workers Solidarity (CWS) express disappointment over President Duterte’s inability to fulfil his promise to stop the unfair practice of labor contractualization in the country. CWS laments the worsening condition of the workers under the Duterte administration’s ...

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Testing the patience of Digong

THE political opposition has made it a childish habit to conjure issues and scenarios and put the blame on President Rodrigo Duterte to demonize him. On the heels of his State of the Nation Address, there is a perceptible crescendo of critical items and decibels this time coming not only ...

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Presidential backtrack

PRESIDENT Duterte has already backtracked from his previous pronouncements of ending joint military exercises with the US and terminating Edca. And now, he wants stronger ties with the US after Donald Trump won the presidency. It’s disappointing, to say the least. The people know better, Mr. President, and you must ...

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100 days of carnage

ONE hundred days after Rodrigo Duterte became president of the Philippines, a wave of unlawful killings has already claimed more than 3,000 lives, shattering progress on human rights in the country. Rodrigo Duterte’s first 100 days as president has been marked by state-sanctioned violence on a truly shocking scale. His ...

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Enlighten public about Pala slay

THE National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) is asking President Rodrigo Duterte to enlighten the public about the true circumstances surrounding the 2003 murder of Davao City broadcaster Juan “Jun” Pala who was ambushed while on his way home. Although it happened more than a decade ago, the ...

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An open invitation

OVERSEAS Filipino workers (OFWs) and their families welcome President Rodrigo Duterte’s vision of “a better Philippines” that OFWs can come home to. However, a “better Philippines” for OFWs does not only mean a drug-free or corrupt-free Philippines. Ultimately, a better Philippines for OFWs means an end to unemployment, contractualization and ...

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End the 70-year semicolinial, semifeudal system

THE Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) joins the Filipino people in marking the 70th year when the US imperialists “granted Philippine independence” and ushered in an era of chronic crisis and worsening poverty under the semicolonial and semifeudal system. For seven decades now, the US imperialists and its successive ...

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Are we going to the dogs?

I WOULD not have wanted to write this but from what I have observed, there are certain basics that people who supported and who still support the President-elect of our country should consider. While we all want the eradicate crime, especially drugs and corruption in government, many still believe in ...

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It’s about murder for whatever reason

(An open letter to President-elect Rodrigo Duterte) DEAR President-elect Duterte, That was quite a mouthful you unleashed on media. We do appreciate your reminder that, yes, we journalists are not a uniformly lily-white breed, in fact none of us are, although we would not go so far as to consider ...

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Protecting journalists, protecting democracy

Statement CMFR (Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility) takes exception to  President-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s statement, made during his May 31st press conference in Davao City,  that most of the journalists who have been killed  in the Philippines for their work were slain because they’re corrupt. While corruption is undoubtedly a ...

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