Category: Philippines

In the first half of 2019, a great deal of global attention focused on national elections in three countries where authoritarian regimes or personalities were in command of the state: Thailand, the Philippines, and India. The big question was: would voters buck the authoritarian trend or affirm it? …

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Cristopher Villete was an active member of the peasant group Samahang Nagkakaisang Magsasaka ng Barangay Sumalo (SANAMABASU) has led the struggle for land rights in a 214 hectare property claimed by the Riverforest Development Corporation, a property developer owned by the Litton Family. Press Relea …

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Adyenda ng Taumbayan, hindi Chacha ng iilan! Ika-labing walong araw ng Lakbay mula Marawi hanggang Maynila. Peoples’ Caravan from Marawi to Manila. Photo by Del Bañares FOCUS ON THE GLOBAL SOUTH The midterm elections come at very critical conjuncture. The series of articles posted by Focus on the Gl …

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Armoured Dove of Peace. Graffiti art by Banksy; photo by Pawel Ryszawa. Retrieved from English Wikipedia (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Banksy_-_Peace_Dove_-_2008-03_-_close-up.jpg), https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/legalcode   Galileo de Guzman Castillo   Halina’t …

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Women’s rights advocates from different organizations converge on Rizal Park to demand respect for women’s rights and the recognition and resolution of their issues. International Women’s Day. 2019 March 8. Manila, Philippines. Photo by Galileo de Guzman Castillo. Bianca Martinez Even before Duterte …

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  Raphael Baladad   “Kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap” (If there is no corruption, there is no poverty) was the rallying call behind Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III’s Presidential campaign in 2010, with the promise of purging crooks from government ranks and leading the nation toward “tuwid …

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Where will the 2019 elections take us? A side street near a slum area in Quezon City is lined with election posters. April 2019. Photo by Joseph Purugganan   Joseph Purugganan   From his pulpit at the State of the Nation Address (SONA) in Congress, Duterte once again rebuked human rights a …

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Tapat na solusyon, hindi tapal na solusyon sa problema sa tubig at tagtuyot!” (Real solutions, not band-aid solutions in addressing the water supply crisis and El Niño!) World Water Day Mobilization. 2019 March 22. Quezon City, Philippines. Photo by Galileo de Guzman Castillo.   Galileo de Guzm …

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A year after the Lumad (indigenous people’s) killings in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato, and still no justice in sight, Task Force TAMASCO asks the Department of Environment and Natural Resources where its interests lie and whose agenda it serves. Quezon City, Philippines. 2018 December 3. Photo by Galil …

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Government responses to the recent crises on food have revealed one thing: uplifting the hands that feed the nation apparently rests at the bottom of Duterte’s list of development agendas. While the government resorts to importation to stabilize market prices and fill consumer demand for food, small …

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