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[Women on top] Top 10 powerful women in Philippine politics

Saturday, 10 May 2014 | Written by
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(First of 3 parts) by Amihan Euza Mabalay In a United Nations (UN) study which covered the years 1992 to 2001, women participation in governance showed an increase particularly in the proportion of women elected as local chief executives — mayors, governors, barangay captains. In the given period, the Congress had 17% women representatives.  Meanwhile, a 2013 study revealed that…Read More »

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[PCIJ] Hacendados y politicos

Tuesday, 22 April 2014 | Written by
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by Julius D. Mariveles Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism HE WAS born to one of the old-rich families of Negros Occidental in the sprawling Hacienda Binitin in the town of Murcia, but Roberto L. Montelibano does not consider himself a sugarcane planter. Instead, he thinks himself as a businessman, although like many other hacendado clans in the province, his family built its…Read More »

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[PCIJ] AFTA and the sugar industry: Tiempo Muerto for Negros, Tiempo Suerte for Filipinos?

Tuesday, 22 April 2014 | Written by
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By Julius D. Mariveles Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism   CUARESMA or Holy Week is the time when Filipinos reflect on the agony of Jesus Christ. It is also the time when the mamumugon – the workers in the vast haciendas or plantations of Negros Occidental – slip into a suspended state between life and death, a seeming purgatory on earth. This is Tiempo Muerto, the dead…Read More »

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Beyond traffic jams: the bigger picture on Metro Manila’s transportation disaster

Saturday, 5 April 2014 | Written by
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by Amihan Euza Mabalay As the construction of 15 major road projects is underway, Metro Manila is experiencing monstrous traffic congestion. As if Metro Manila’s notorious reputation for its jampacked roads is not enough, the infrastructure projects will definitely make the situation more horrifying. Is there a real solution to Metro Manila’s traffic? Will the government’s alternatives which are short-term,…Read More »

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