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Bukas na Liham sa Mamamayan


Habang nananawagan kami ng patuloy na relief ay patuloy ding itinatapon sa basurahan ang mga nabulok na relief goods. Unang buwan pa lamang matapos ang Yolanda ganito na ang kalakaran ng pamahalaan, pagtatapon hindi lamang sa garbage sites kundi sa karagatan ng Ormoc City. Gayundin, ang mga nabulok na bigas na hindi naibigay sa mga nasalanta ng bagyong Pablo sa Mindanao ay ipinamahagi na rin sa mga nasalanta ng Yolanda. At habang nagtuturuan ang mga ahensya ng gobyerno kasabay naman nilang ikinakalat na walang matatanggap na relief ang sumasali sa mga kilos protesta

NUJP on the Supreme Court ruling on Cybercrime Law


A half-inch forward but a century backward. This best describes the Supreme Court’s decision on the petitions to declare the Cybercrime Prevention Act unconstitutional. For while the high court rightly declared a number of provisions of the statute unconstitutional, it otherwise upheld the law and, worse, online libel, thus adding yet another element — ironically [...]

Letter to the Editor | On Aspartame and MSG: FDA again serving as instrument of corporate interests

Aspartame, an artifical sweetener, is used in many food and beverage products. (Wikimedia Commons)

This is in response to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory declaring categorically that the artificial sweeteners Aspartame and Monosodium glutamate (MSG) are safe. The FDA’s apparent justification is that  the WHO/FAO Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) had approved the inclusion of aspartame and MSG in the Codex General Standards for Food [...]

Letter to the Editor | Ericson Acosta on the arrest of activists, land reform advocates in Hacienda Luisita

(Mula sa Hacienda Luisita Campaign Facebook account)

Activists, including a militant legislator, cultural workers and church people, were arrested yesterday in Hacienda Luisita, Tarlac while conducting a fact-finding mission there. Among those still detained as of this writing is artist and former political prisoner Ericson Acosta. The group that helped campaign for his release in Samar, the Free Ericson Acosta Campaign (FEAC), [...]

Scrap The Pork Barrel, The Fount of Patronage Politics

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“When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when the wicked rule, the people groan.”  (Proverbs 29:2) The amount involved, the outrageous sense of betrayal felt by the general public and the total insensitivity of those involved to the greater majority of the people boggle the mind.  The scandal provokes sadness and anger.  [...]

End Impunity Now!

Mga miyembro ng College Editors Guild of the Philippines na nagdramatisa sa pamamaslang sa mga mamamahayag at mamamayan sa Ampatuan, Maguindanao noong Nob. 23, 2009. (Macky Macaspac)

Statement of the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication on the third year of the Aquino presidency July 22, 2013 When Benigno S. Aquino III took his oath of office on June 30, 2010 as the 15th President of the Philippines, hopes were high that he could bring about much-needed change. The high [...]

On the turnover of the ‘source code’ to Comelec


How sure are we now that the claimed “source code” is the same one loaded in 70,000 plus PCOS machines that have been deployed all over the Philippines with several already tested for FTS? It will need opening up all PCOS units and running the hash code – a humongous task that only a “superman” [...]

Be a TRUE Iskolar ng Bayan! (The Undelivered Speech)

UP Cebu graduates, together with Staff Regent Jossel Ebesate, Student Regent Cleve Arguelles, some teachers and non-graduates, raised placards and held a streamer calling on the graduates to "serve the people" who funded their education. (Contributed Photo)

Note from the writer: This is the unabridged version of the speech. I was to deliver the shortened version (shortened due to time constraints) but to no avail because we were blocked by the marshals from our way towards the stage. Nonetheless, SR Arguelles did his job well by delivering a speech, instead, though the [...]

‘No to War of Aggression in the Korean Peninsula’


Statement on the intensifying tremors of war of aggression in the Korean Peninsula between the United States of America-Republic of Korea and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

On the passage of the Human Rights Violation Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013

Bonifacio Ilagan of SELDA speaks for human rights victims under Martial Law, during the signing of the Human Rights Violation Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013   during the 27th anniversary of EDSA People Power (Lui Quiambao Manansala)

Twenty seven long years after the fall of the Marcos dictatorship, a law confirming the atrocities and human rights violations under martial law is finally signed into law.  The Samahan ng Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto or SELDA, which led the filing of the historic class suit by the martial law victims against Ferdinand [...]


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