“The people are expecting, hoping for genuine change, but what is clear is that they could only achieve that through their strong mass movement.”
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“Aquino opened almost 730,000 hectares of ancestral land for mining, monocrop plantations, economic zones, military camps and US bases.”
Known for his sharp memory, Ka Paeng admitted that he deliberately memorized the facts and figures about agrarian reform programs of all the administrations.
“Change is not served on the table. In reality, we should fight for genuine change.”
The World Bank report noted that around three-quarters of all jobs and two-thirds of urban jobs in the Philippines are informal. Among wage workers, 6 out of 10 are hired informally, it said. “Informal wage workers lack employment contracts and social insurance, and are not protected against unfair dismissal.”
“We welcome Duterte’s vow to stop contractualization. We have yet to see him keep his promise.”
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“Let the schools continue to operate.”
“We are rendering services to the people in areas that have been practically neglected by government. Why are they [the government and the military] targeting us?”
“This is another effort to distract us from searching for James and seeking justice.”
A newly-formed coalition of 32 environmentalist groups “collectively challenges” incoming President Rodrigo Duterte to address major environmental problems.