Category Archives: Politi-ko Features

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[Throwback] The President’s SONAs 2010-2014

Thursday, 23 July 2015 | Written by
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On Monday, President Benigno Aquino III will deliver his sixth and final State of the Nation Address(SONA). Here’s a recap of his past SONAs. 1st SONA July 26, 2010 Part 1 video Part 2 video Part 3 video Part 4 video Part 5 video Part 6 video 2nd SONA July 25, 2011 3rd SONA July 23, 2012 4th SONA July…Read More »

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Aquino’s wicked endgame: Attacks vs activists surge on Oplan Bayanihan’s final year

Monday, 20 July 2015 | Written by
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Cases of political harassment aimed at activists have escalated on President Aquino’s final year in power, to a level reminiscent of past presidents’ iron-fisted treatment of critics. Is Aquino waging a last-ditch witch hunt against his most vocal critics, in time for his final accomplishment speech in Batasan and with only a few months left before his internal security plan…Read More »

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#TibayTanduay: Workers stand firm vs labor contractualization

Friday, 26 June 2015 | Written by
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Like any local liquor brand, Tanduay taps an advertising theme that exemplifies Filipino cultural values – “Tibay Tanduay” to portray Filipino’s durability amid adversity. On television, the imagery of a hunky male with gorgeous ladies is the commercially palatable yet sexualized representation of this theme. But in Tanduay’s Cabuyao distillery plant, young contractual workers are giving “Tibay Tanduay” a different…Read More »

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Fight against Charter Change continues

Thursday, 11 June 2015 | Written by
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The Makabayan bloc who have consistently opposed efforts to change the economic provisions of the 1987 Philippine Constitution were jubilant of the non-passage of the Resolution of Both Houses No. 1 (RBH 1) on June 10. The House of Representatives did not vote for the passage of the economic charter change as anticipated. In a report by GMA News, House…Read More »

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A Review of Laws on Human Trafficking (Part 2 of 2)

Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | Written by
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Continued from Part 1  A structural problem Legislators and migrant groups are now pushing for a review of the said law and an evaluation of the performance of the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking considering that human trafficking remains to be a widespread problem. One particular concern is one raised by a recently-filed resolution calling for an inquiry into how many…Read More »

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Stop the Traffic: Addressing the problem of human trafficking

Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | Written by
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  The tragic, yet still undetermined fate of Mary Jane Veloso brought renewed national attention to the longstanding problem of human trafficking. Veloso was convicted of drug charges in Indonesia and was set to be executed; but a last-minute reprieve was granted by the Indonesian president after he was alerted by migrant groups about the peculiar character of Veloso’s case:…Read More »

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Ilaw ng tahanan: Gusto ko, happy ka, Nanay!

Sunday, 10 May 2015 | Written by
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May napanood akong play noong ako’y college sa U.P. Nalimutan ko na ang title nito at kung sino ang mga gumanap, pero hindi nabura sa isip ko ang sinabi ng karakter.  Aniya: “Nung ako’y bata pa, daughter lang ako ng tatay at nanay ko at kapatid para sa tatlong kuya ko. Nang magdalaga, naging girlfriend ako. Nang mag-asawa, ako’y naging…Read More »

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Walang puso? The labor woes of GMA 7 employees and talents

Saturday, 9 May 2015 | Written by
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Around 200 employees and talents of the regional offices of network giant GMA-7 are set to lose their jobs because of the network’s plan to streamline its operations, reports from local newspapers in the Visayas and Mindanao regions said.   According to Cebu Daily News, the mass retrenchments, which are to take effect on the last day of May, will…Read More »

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‘PH a country of Mary Janes amid stagnant wages, joblessness’ – labor NGO 

Saturday, 2 May 2015 | Written by
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The Philippines is home to millions of Mary Janes.   This was how labor NGO Ecumenical Institute for Labor Education and Research, Inc. (EILER) described the magnitude of forced migration in the country, referring to the plight of migrant worker Mary Jane Veloso who got a temporary reprieve from death row in Indonesia.   EILER said there are currently around…Read More »

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Escaping the clutches of illegal recruitment

Thursday, 30 April 2015 | Written by
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After Indonesian authorities granted the stay of execution to Mary Jane Veloso, the Overseas Filipina Worker convicted of drug trafficking under Indonesian penal laws, the focus is now on the investigation to be conducted by Philippine investigative bodies on Veloso’s alleged illegal recruiter Maria Kristina Sergio. Indonesian authorities admit that Sergio’s surrender to local police and the charges filed against…Read More »

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