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UP professors denounce the pork barrel system * Latest Posts News in Pictures Politics & Governance Press Releases and Statements 

UP professors denounce the pork barrel system

MANILA – Concerned faculty members of the University of the Philippines (UP) joined calls for the abolition of the pork barrel system. In a press conference on Friday, August 17, the UP professors wore their official sash used for graduation ceremonies called “Sablay” to convey a message: “The pork barrel system is ‘sablay.’ Instead of honor and excellence, the pork barrel ends up promoting dishonor and mediocrity.” The UP Sablay has the letters U and P in alibata (traditional alphabet). It symbolizes the high standards of honor and excellence in…

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‘Justice beyond monetary compensation’ * Latest Posts Press Releases and Statements 

‘Justice beyond monetary compensation’

For immediate release February 23, 2013 Environmental and women’s groups are demanding ”justice beyond monetary compensation” for the USS Guardian’s grounding of the Tubbataha Reef National Park, saying that the incident is a blatant example of US disrespect for Philippine patrimony and natural resources. “We want indemnification beyond financial compensation, the prosecution of liable officials and the serving of due punishment, and the payment of all charges necessary to restore Tubbataha to its pristine state before the grounding,” said Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment National Coordinator Clemente Bautista, Jr….

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CHED need not be a piper tiger;  Youth groups assail bogus consultations on tuition hikes * Latest Posts Press Releases and Statements 

CHED need not be a piper tiger; Youth groups assail bogus consultations on tuition hikes

Youth groups led by Kabataan Partylist and the National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) marched to the office of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) in Diliman at 11 a.m. February 21, 2013 to protest the proliferation of “bogus” tuition hike consultations in both public and private colleges and universities throughout the country. Student leaders called on CHED to “tighten its grip” on colleges and universities that will be passing proposals for tuition and other fee increases for the coming academic year. “Through the Tuition Monitor Network spearheaded…

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Youth advocates call for electoral platform against unjust tuition increases * Latest Posts Press Releases and Statements 

Youth advocates call for electoral platform against unjust tuition increases

PRESS RELEASE February 22, 2013 In the month of tuition hike consultations Youth advocates call for electoral platform against unjust tuition increases Youth advocates for clean elections urged the current administration and the electoral candidates to “address the dilemma of escalating tuition rates” in colleges and universities, as tuition rate doubled since 2001 and more than 350 schools are expected to increase tuition next schoolyear. Based on the data from student consultations held by member organizations of RockTheVote Philippines, a network of young individuals and groups calling for transparent elections…

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KMU slams PMI Bohol Colleges for union-busting * Latest Posts Labor & Employment Press Releases and Statements 

KMU slams PMI Bohol Colleges for union-busting

PRESS RELEASE 22 Feb. 2013 MANILA — National labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno condemned today the management of the Philippine Maritime Institute in Tagbilaran City, Bohol led by Ms. Rizabel Cloma-Santos for busting the workers’ union in the school by terminating the union’s officials Last Jan. 15, six union officers of the PMI Faculty and Employees Union, an affiliate of the National Federation of Labor Unions-KMU, were terminated from work without a clear basis, prompting the union to launch a strike last Wednesday. Union officials Alberto Porlacin (President), Joseph Nelson…

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Green and women’s groups on Tubbataha issue: ‘Justice beyond monetary compensation’ * Latest Posts Environment Politics & Governance Press Releases and Statements 

Green and women’s groups on Tubbataha issue: ‘Justice beyond monetary compensation’

Bulatlat.com MANILA — Environmental and women’s groups are demanding ”justice beyond monetary compensation” for the USS Guardian’s grounding of the Tubbataha Reef National Park, saying the incident is a blatant example of US disrespect for Philippine patrimony and natural resources. “We want indemnification beyond financial compensation, the prosecution of liable officials and the serving of due punishment, and the payment of all charges necessary to restore Tubbataha to its pristine state before the grounding,” said Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment National Coordinator Clemente Bautista, Jr. Marine experts and leaders…

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Aquino’s ECC for Xstrata-SMI is catastrophic * Latest Posts Economy Environment Press Releases and Statements 

Aquino’s ECC for Xstrata-SMI is catastrophic

PRESS RELASE Ka Efren, NDFP-FarSouth Mindanao Region 22 February 2013 Malacanang’s approval and issuance of the ECC for the Xstrata-SMI gold-copper project in Tampakan is a plot hatched in hell. Pnoy is inexcusably accountable for this barefaced and traitorous act. He has proven once more his subservience to his real bosses — the big landlords, big comprador bourgeoisie and foreign monopoly capitalists that includes the large-scale miners. His assertion of the ECC also shows that his overhyped “matuwid na daan” (righteous path) is a bare and futile posturing conditioned to…

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KMU slams robbery in federation’s office * Latest Posts Human Rights Labor & Employment Press Releases and Statements 

KMU slams robbery in federation’s office

Media Release 23 Feb. 2013 MANILA — National labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno condemned today a case of robbery in the office of one of its federations, saying the incident is part of the Aquino government’s surveillance and harassment operations against government critics. Last Feb. 21, the office of the Alliance of Nationalist and Genuine Labor Organizations (ANGLO) along Kamias Road, Quezon City was robbed. Two cabinets in the office were forcibly opened and a USB drive was taken. ANGLO is a KMU federation from which renowned labor leader Crispin…

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200 terminated call center agents in Cebu * Latest Posts Economy & Business Labor & Employment Press Releases and Statements 

200 terminated call center agents in Cebu

PRESS RELEASE 21 February 2013 CEBU — The BPO Industry Employees’ Network (BIEN), a broad network of contact center professionals and employees from the country’s sunshine industry, expresses its concern for and support to the more than 200 call center agents of Cordia-Philippines who were illegally terminated. According to a news item, 23 out of the more than 200 employees of Cordia-Philippines, a Cebu-based BPO company, filed charges before the National Labor Relations Commission against their former employer for alleged illegal closure, non-payment of salaries and non-remittance of their mandated…

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OFW Lanuza saved from execution * Latest Posts Press Releases and Statements 

OFW Lanuza saved from execution

Press Statement 1 February 2013 We are elated upon hearing the report that our fellow overseas Filipino worker Rogelio ‘Dondon’ Lanuza, at long last, will soon be freed after the Saudi government reportedly shouldered the payment of 2.3-M riyals of blood money which he and his family has to pay to the kin of the Saudi national he unintentionally killed in 2000. For more than 12 long years, Migrante spearheaded a campaign along with various OFWs organizations in Saudi Arabia and in the Middle East what we dubbed ‘Save OFWs…

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Network for clean, peaceful, and responsive elections launched * Latest Posts Press Releases and Statements 

Network for clean, peaceful, and responsive elections launched

Press Release 30 January 2013 Taft, Manila— Members of the youth sector convened at the Iglesia Filipina Independiente for the launching of Rock the Vote Philippines, a youth network that advocates for clean, peaceful, and responsive elections. The delegates tackled pressing issues such as political dynasties, election-related violence, fraud, traditional politicians, and the usage of government programs such as the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) for early electioneering. The launch, geared to forge unities and formulate a youth agenda, sought to unite the body of upcoming events and activites that range…

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