April 20, 2014     Philippines
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Saturday, April 12th, 2014

Manila city council opposes high electricity rates

Raymond Palatino of multisectoral alliance POWER hopes that City Resolution 6165, ‘A Resolution Expressing the Strong Opposition of the City Council of Manila to the High Electricity Rates Charged by Power Companies’ will inspire other city councils in Metro Manila to pass a similar measure.

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Charter Change to pave the way for ‘ocean grab’ – fisherfolk group

“The decision of the House Committee on Constitutional Amendments to amend the 1987 Constitution will entice fishing investors abroad to embark on monopoly fishing expeditions inside the country’s territorial waters to fish for high value sea-based products...

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Despite virtual monopoly, price-fixing, Meralco paints self as ‘not the bad guy’ in rate hike

In this week's hearing, Meralco is ostensibly just following rules, and WESM rules have inability to prevent manipulation while the regulator failed to ensure rules do not prejudice Meralco costumers. Read also: Opposition to Meralco rate hike...

Monday, January 27th, 2014

‘Rice smuggling happened with gov’t consent’ – Anakpawis

“The farmers-as-importers program is nothing but a legal cover provided by the NFA to rice cartels and smugglers to corner the big bulk of rice importation.” – Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

Against power rate hike, workers, youth call for Jan. 21 Blackout Protest

"We find it revolting that Meralco is the No. 1 corporation in the country in terms of profits while the Philippines is No. 1 in Asia in terms of costly electricity rates.”

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

2013: Unchanged policies and economic disasters

Growth is becoming more exclusionary with every year of the Aquino administration and its unreformed economic policies By IBON FOUNDATION MANILA — The year 2013 has seen more rapid economic growth, rising foreign investment, and praise from...

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Evicted and starved, Hacienda Dolores farmers fight for their land

The farmers were living peacefully, tilling the land to feed their families until two private companies began evicting them and claimed their land.

Friday, August 30th, 2013

With planned MRT, LRT fare hike, public to ‘subsidize’ profits of private concessionaires – RILES Network

Citing financial statements culled from past public consultations with DOTC and train operators, RILES Network said the real cost of a single ride ticket, which already covers the maintenance and operation, is only P9.50 ($0.21). What the...

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Solons to probe ‘irregularities’ in setting water rates

"Unjust and immoral pass-on charges manifest the failure of the Concession Agreement between Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) and water concessionaires Maynilad and Manila Water to provide affordable water rates to the consuming public." – Bayan...

Friday, July 19th, 2013

Fears, skepticism meet ASEAN connectivity

“There is no product to export (once) we’ll be flooded with (ASEAN products); all the farmers will be jobless here,” said Phil Export XI executive director Conrado T. Hernaez in a press conference at Marco Polo Hotel...

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

‘Why let water firms charge all their expenses plus profits to consumers?’ groups ask Aquino

“There are more than enough grounds for the rates to go down if regulators will really disallow the charging of questionable items such as the income taxes of the two water concessionaires.” – Renato Reyes, Bayan ...

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