December 23, 2014     Philippines
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Sunday, December 21st, 2014

After all the breakdowns, accidents, a fare hike?

“Before proposing any increase, the high cost of operations and the large amount of debt incurred by the project should first be investigated, specifically on whether taxpayers are actually subsidizing debts incurred by the private consortium that built the MRT.” – Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Blue Ribbon or Torture Committee?

Blue Ribbon or Torture Committee

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Govt reports ‘better quality jobs,’ labor campaigns vs ‘contractualization’

“From contract to contract, an untenured worker is threatened with unemployment and hence is forced to surrender entitlements labor have fought for and won in its long history of arduous struggle…”

Saturday, December 13th, 2014

Emergency power seen as another source of pork, private profit

“It is like giving the President a bazooka to kill a fly when all that is needed is a fly swatter.”

Friday, December 12th, 2014

It’s bleak Christmas for GMA 7 talents

Talents, or those who are not considered “regular” employees by the GMA 7 management, despite years of service, do not receive their 13th month pay, a mandatory benefit under the Labor Code. Related story| New contract, same...

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Martial law victims decry ‘stringent requirements’ of Claims Board

“We had lobbied for a law that would compensate us; we worked and fought for it. I don’t think it (the claim) should be that painstaking for the victims.”

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Manilakbayan | Mindanao activists head home with more ‘dasig’ to struggle

They were called “vandals” and were snubbed by President Aquino, yet the Manilakbayan ng Mindanao are heading home with “victories” in their campaign against militarization and plunder of resources in their land.

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Aquino ‘guilty’ of gross rights violations

“Today, we declare the verdict on the US-Aquino regime’s crimes against the Filipino people, its violations of human rights and international humanitarian law. For these crimes, we say, the US-Aquino regime is guilty.” -- Cristina Palabay, secretary...

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

‘Ruby blows off hype on US troops, Aquino ‘readiness’

“Thousands were reported to have searched for alternative evacuation sites or forced to settle in unsafe sites, as designated evacuation centers were overflowing. Some declared evacuation centers were actually disaster-prone areas, and initial reports reveal how an...

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

3 tribal women, one struggle

Three indigenous women who joined the Manilakbayan ng Mindanao 2014 are among the many who demand peace in their ancestral lands beleaguered by militarization and development aggression.

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

#Manilakbayan | ‘I’m an educator and health worker, not an NPA’

Vilma Yecyec has been a health worker and organizer for the past 30 years. She has also been targeted by the military for that long.

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