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27 Apr 2008 | One Comment

“God’s policy is antiquated and it cannot help the people who are reeling from poverty,” Duterte said during his weekly television program in Davao City. “We should study the situation of our country. There are families who have 10 or 12 children but their parents cannot feed them because they don’t have jobs.”

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This map illustrates the different ways and forms by which the United States has established its military basing in the Philippines. It shows the locations of the increasing number of military exercises the US has been holding year-round in venues throughout the country from Batanes to Tawi-Tawi since 2001. It also charts the growing number …

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Senator Pimentel said the grant of bail to Trillanes will enable him to perform his duties as elected senator of the republic. Majority of senators had signed a resolution last year urging the courts to allow Trillanes to attend Senate sessions and hearings while his case is being tried.

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Senate Minority Leader Aquilino “Nene” Q. Pimentel, Jr. (PDP-Laban) today clarified that the presidential form of government will be retained under the proposal to federalize the country contained in a joint congressional resolution he has filed and supported by 11 other senators.
Pimentel said what the federal system seeks to replace is the existing unitary system which is characterized by the …

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27 April 2008, Quezon City, Philippines – Sectors from the urban poor, farmers, nurses, fisherfolk, labor and the environment today gathered at a press conference, calling on the members of the Senate to reject the conditional concurrence resolution that Senator Miriam Santiago unveiled during her privilege speech at the Senate re-opening early last week.
The Magkaisa Junk JPEPA Coalition (MMJC) expressed …

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House Deputy Minority Leader and Bayan Muna Rep. Satur C. Ocampo today denounced the Arroyo government’s renewed overt surveillance with apparent intent to harass and intimidate the human rights lawyers defending him and fellow party-list representatives in Congress in three murder charges filed against them on April 18 in Nueva Ecija Regional Trial Courts.
“We condemn the Arroyo government and its …

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Senate Minority Leader Aquilino “Nene” Q. Pimentel, Jr. (PDP-Laban) today urged President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to drop her government’s libel case against Archbishop Oscar Cruz of the Archdiocese of Lingayen and Dagupan to spare her from criticisms that she continues to pursue a policy of vindictiveness against her critics.
Instead of getting back at her critics through harassment suits, Pimentel said the …

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Apologists for the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA) continue to claim that the treaty’s ratification will mean more employment and foreign remittances for Filipinos. But according to independent research group IBON, JPEPA highlights the Philippine government’s insensitivity to nurses and caregivers.
IBON research head Sonny Africa says that government is trying to portray that the JPEPA is a clear-cut …

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Greenpeace slams DA for ignoring warnings on US rice shipments
Manila — Greenpeace revealed last week that despite their
repeated warnings, two GMO-contaminated rice varieties have slipped into
the Philippines once again. Greenpeace commissioned tests have detected
the presence of GMOs (genetically modified organisms) in two imported US
long grain rice brands, Blue Ribbon Texas Long Grain and Riceland
Arkansas Long Grain that are being …