Category: Philippines

How the WTO negotiations threaten Philippine agriculture, fisheries and industries. Joseph Purugganan* When World Trade Organization (WTO) Director General Pascal Lamy visited Manila last February, he discussed with the Philippine government and the business sector the necessity for compromise in th …

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Joseph Purugganan* (This paper was presented at the forum on JPEPA: More Pain than Gain for Filipinos organized by Peace Cycle, March 7, 2007, University of the Philippines, Manila.) “The Philippines is ripe for more trade and investments” was Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo’s sales pitch a …

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[Español ]   Walden Bello* [Published on Sunday, October 15, 2006, by The Nation. ] The awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Muhammad Yunus, regarded as the father of microcredit, comes at a time when microcredit has become something like a religion to many of the powerful, rich and famous. Hil …

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The ASEAN has traditionally avoided thorny intra-region foreign policy and security issues, and the official agenda outlined by the Philippine government for its year-long chairmanship is no exception. However, as these internal issues-such as human rights violations in Myanmar and southern Thailand …

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[Espanõl] By Herbert Docena MANILA – Political activist Cathy Alcantara was gunned down by unidentified assailants last December 5, outside the resort where she had helped to organize a conference on farmers’ rights. Two months later, the lifeless body of her activist friend, 19-year-old Audie Lucer …

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By Walden Bello* (This article first apeared in the Journal of International Affairs, Spring/Summer 2006, vol. 59, no. 2. It is published here with permission.) Massive infrastructure damage and great social dislocation have been common consequences of natural disasters and social disasters like war …

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By Herbert Docena MANILA – ON THE VERY DAY WHEN FILIPINOS were to mark the 20th anniversary of the ‘People Power’ uprising which ended Ferdinand Marcos’ dictatorship, Marcos-style dictatorship sprang a come-back: this time, in an attempt to prevent another ‘People Power.’ That day, President Gloria …

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By Joseph Purugganan30 protestors, most of them Filipinos, entered the Philippine Embassy in Bangkok on Thursday, March. 2, to demand the lifting of the State of National Emergency decree (Presidential Proclamation 1017).  In a meeting with Ambassador Antonio Rodriguez, the protesters also urge …

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Manila, February 25, 2006 | Before Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo announced Proclamation 1017, which put the country under a state of national emergency, a spate of unsolved killings and other human rights violations of legal political activists have been on the rise. Human rights organizations and other g …

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November 17-18, 2004 at Felis Resort, Davao City The results of the most recent survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) pointed out a most glaring paradox—hunger in Mindanao, the foodbasket of the Philippines.  Hunger incidence in the region was estimated at a national high …

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