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FULL TEXT: People’s Agenda 2016 * Latest Posts Democratic Space Politics & Governance Top Stories 

FULL TEXT: People’s Agenda 2016

The participants of the National People’s Summit (and all the preceding sectoral and re- gional pre-summits) presented these pressing issues to the Duterte administration with high expectations that it will engage the people in consultations and discussions, through various means, towards achieving these much-needed reforms.

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Prof. Jose Ma. Sison at 75: There is no sitting back for revolutionaries * Latest Posts Culture - Front Democratic Space Must-Reads Other Stories Politics & Governance 

Prof. Jose Ma. Sison at 75: There is no sitting back for revolutionaries

Prof. Jose Ma. Sison’s latest book is indispensable to understanding why and how, under the leadership of the CPP, the Filipino people and their revolutionary forces successfully fought and defeated the US-instigated fascist dictatorship of Marcos.

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Melissa Roxas, a US citizen survivor of abduction and torture Supports Burgos family and other families of desaparecidos * Latest Posts Democratic Space Human Rights Human Rights - Front 

Melissa Roxas, a US citizen survivor of abduction and torture Supports Burgos family and other families of desaparecidos

As a survivor of abduction by the Philippine military in 2009, my heart went out to the Burgos family after I heard the favourable news of the Philippine Court of Appeals ruling last week on the case of Jonas Burgos. After years of presenting the case before the Philippine Courts, the Court of Appeals has finally recognized that the Armed Forces of the Philippines was responsible for the enforced disappearance of Jonas Burgos. Jonas Burgos was an activist-agriculturalist who was abducted in broad daylight by the Philippine military on April…

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They wanted food, not fame * Latest Posts Democratic Space 

They wanted food, not fame

Letter to the Editor January 17, 2013 The more than 5,000 protesters in a previous 12-hour barricade in Montevista, Compostela Valley last January 15 were not there for fame. They wanted to live. The Philippine Army’s spokesperson Major Jake Obligado easily discredited the people’s action saying it was just mere propaganda; that it was led by progressive groups; and that it was only 1,500 protesters and not 5,000. Here’s our two-cents for Mr. Obligado: First, the issue at hand is the legitimacy of the demand of the more than 5,000…

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New Year’s wish of college editors: New Year’s Resolution for Pres. Aquino * Latest Posts Democratic Space Other Stories Politics & Governance Youth 

New Year’s wish of college editors: New Year’s Resolution for Pres. Aquino

The following are some of college editors’ proposed 2013 New Year’s Resolution for President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino, as compiled by the College Editors’ Guild of the Philippines (CEGP) national office: More prudent spending. The government should monitor spending especially with the implementation of the Sin Tax Law. – Patrick Ong, Editor in chief of The LaSallian, official student publication of De LaSalle University-Manila Ang New Year’s Resolution ko para kay Pnoy ay: palayain na ang mga political prisoners dahil naging sitwasyon na ito ng tatay niya. Hindi na nga makatarungan…

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Some notes on people’s culture and the International Day of Solidarity with Political Prisoners * Latest Posts Democratic Space 

Some notes on people’s culture and the International Day of Solidarity with Political Prisoners

By ERICSON ACOSTA Political Prisoner Despite the grim reality of imprisonment, I have not, as of yet, been condemned to a total state of ignorance as far as current efforts of various committed art and cultural groups and alliances are concerned. Thanks largely to a good number of artists and writers who have generously been sparing their time to visit me ever since the very first weeks of my incarceration almost two years ago, I have quite auspiciously been kept updated, however generally, on the developments and direction of the…

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Open letter of Filipino groups in Canada to Canadian PM Harper * Latest Posts Democratic Space Environment 

Open letter of Filipino groups in Canada to Canadian PM Harper

On the occasion of PM Stephen Harper’s State Visit to the Philippines 9 November 2012 Dear Mr. Harper, As Filipino Canadians with strong ties to our home country, we follow closely and with much interest your visit to the Philippines. In your visit, we hope that as the Prime Minister of Canada that you will represent the Canada most Canadians want — the Canada that believes in justice, human rights, and peacekeeping. You have declared that “Canada’s relations with the Philippines continue to grow and diversify, aided by an increasingly…

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Statement of UP Kilos Na on the 101st UP Diliman Commencement Exercises * Latest Posts Democratic Space Education 

Statement of UP Kilos Na on the 101st UP Diliman Commencement Exercises

22 April 2012 When they’ve tortured and scared you for twenty odd years / Then they expect you to pick a career / When you can’t really function you’re so full of fear / A working class hero is something to be. This excerpt from the lyrics of John Lennon’s 1971 song “Working Class Hero” should remind the iskolar ng bayan of UP Diliman who are graduating today, 22 April 2012, of who they really are. On this day, you, the august iskolar ng bayan should not forget, amidst your…

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The Force of Relevance * Latest Posts Democratic Space Education 

The Force of Relevance

For the Class 2012 of the University of the Philippines Congress of Teachers/Educators for Nationalism and Democracy- University of the Philippines (CONTEND-UP) 22 April 2012 The question has never been whether or not a UP graduate will succeed beyond the gates of the university. Doubtless, your UP education has sharpened your edges enough to cut through all the challenges that might confront you in any endeavor. The question, rather, has always been whether or not a UP graduate will wield excellence, tempered by honor, in the pursuit of relevance. Now,…

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Siblings send birthday greetings to missing activist James Balao * Latest Posts Democratic Space Human Rights Human Rights - Front 

Siblings send birthday greetings to missing activist James Balao

James Balao, a member of the Cordillera People’s Alliance (CPA) has been missing since September 17, 2008, the day he was abducted by suspected state security forces in La Trinidad, Benguet. Below is the letter written by his siblings. Dear Manong James, We love you. We remember you everyday and today, April 19, your 51st birthday we are reminding the government, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the President, the corrupt officials that until today you remain missing, that we are here on the streets again, with our statements,…

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