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2 Apr 2008 | One Comment

Bayan expects the crisis to worsen and oil and rice prices to increase as the government continues to implement the same flawed policies that helped worsen the crisis.

2 Apr 2008 | One Comment

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr.
(PDP-Laban) today criticized the World Bank for
discouraging the grant of state subsidies to rice
farmers while urging the government to reduce the
tariff on imported rice.
Pimentel said if farmers in Japan and in the other
neighboring Asian countries, as well as the United
States and Europe, get substantial subsidies from
their respective governments to boost food production,
there is no …

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The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) supports the Lake House Employee’s Union (LHEU) in filing a Fundamental Rights petition to prevent political interference and intimidation of journalists working with media outlets belonging to the government-owned Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd (ANCL), or Lake House, and to promote implementation of the Lake House Provisions Act.
The LHEU is a member of the …

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2 Apr 2008 | One Comment

Amidst the worsening political crisis hitting the Arroyo government brought about by ZTE-NBN scandal and all other issues raised since 2001, economic situation is also getting worst. For about 3 weeks, the country’s facing the issue on rice shortage. Ironically, government officials are singing different lyrics looking something or somebody to blame.
Senator Miguel Zubiri noted that climate change is a …

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Cigarette manufacturers will soon be required to print
on the packages of their products colored pictures to
warn the people of the health of tobacco smoking to
human health.
This requirement is proposed under Senate Bill 2147,
filed by Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Q. Pimentel,
Jr. (PDP-Laban), to protect consumers from trade
malpractices and from substandard and dangerous
products.
“This bill seeks to effectively instill health
consciousness through picture-based health …

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HONG KONG, CHINA – Developing Asian economies will register solid growth in 2008 despite a coincident slowdown in major industrial economies, surging food and fuel prices and a simmering credit crisis in the United States, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) says in a new major report.
ADB’s flagship annual publication, Asian Development Outlook 2008 (ADO) released today, forecasts developing Asian economies …

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Higher food and fuel prices will force consumers to reduce discretionary spending. The rapid rise in overseas remittances is expected to slacken.

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The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today condemned a resolution passed by the Afghan Parliament’s lower house that would prohibit television stations from showing dancing and other “un-Islamic” practices on their programs.
“This form of censorship is only going to increase the pressure on Afghan media to present only a certain type of images and we fear this could lead to …

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Independent think-tank IBON Foundation criticizes Trade Secretary Peter Favila for seemingly conditioning the public that the controversial Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA) will be approved before the month ends.
JPEPA, a bilateral trade deal that eliminates tariffs on Japanese industrial goods, faces strong opposition for a host of issues including estimated revenue losses for RP of P10.6 billion yearly due to …

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