[Event] Groups launch Anti Mining Solidarity Week of Actions -ATM

Groups launch Anti Mining Solidarity Week of Actions Call on Chamber of Mines, government: Stop the Plunder! Tao Muna, Hindi Mina! Groups led by Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM) launched a week-long campaign opposing the Chamber of Mines’ push for more mining investments in the country. “Every September since President GMA’s time, the Chamber of Mines…

[Blog] Kristel and the UP Dream by Jose Mario De Vega

Kristel and the UP Dream by Jose Mario De Vega This paper is a continuation of my article, “Self-Destruction: The Question of Suicide and the Tendency to Harm Oneself (GetRealPhilippines.COM and Blog Watch Citizen Media, March 19 and the Human Rights Online Philippines). Last Wednesday, a freshman student from the University of the Philippines-Manila ended…

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[Appeal] Vendors face forced eviction and food insecurity -AHRC

PHILIPPINES: Vendors face forced eviction and food insecurity February 22, 2013 ISSUES: Right to food; inhuman and degrading treatment; hunger, starvation, corruption; impunity; rule of law Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from Defend Job Philippines about an eviction notice served on the vendors of Luneta Park (also called Rizal…

[In the news] RH, ‘desaparecidos’ bills now laws President signed without fanfare -INQUIRER.net

RH, ‘desaparecidos’ bills now laws President signed without fanfare December 29, 2012 Without fanfare, President Benigno Aquino III signed the reproductive health (RH) bill into law last Dec. 21. It was signed together with the Anti-Enforced Disappearance Act. The highly contentious RH law provides “universal access” to reproductive health services and supplies such as contraceptives.…

[Blog] President Obama’s call for “meaningful action”: the Connecticut shooting incident and the question of gun control in the US by Jose Mario De Vega

President Obama’s call for “meaningful action”: the Connecticut shooting incident and the question of gun control in the US by Jose Mario De Vega I am writing in reference to the latest horrendous shooting incident in America. It seems to me that this cycle of violence is not only becoming rampant but a regular occurrence…

[Event] #WhyMining -RAPPLER.com

#WhyMining. BY RAPPLER.COM March 2, 2012 What? The strongest advocates and critics will converge on Friday, March 2, at Inter-Continental Hotel in Manila for a forum on mining. The Conference on Mining’s Impact on Philippine Economy and Ecology comes amidst a new mining policy that was controversial for allegedly requiring a review of resource contracts,…

[In the news] Groups square off on mining Friday -INQUIRER.net

Groups square off on mining Friday. Philippine Daily Inquirer March 2, 2012 Mining supporters and critics are expected to square off Friday in a forum organized by the country’s biggest business organizations amid fresh doubts over the viability of the local industry aggravated by the government’s seemingly uncertain policy stance toward it. In an interview…

[In the news] Joint fact-finding committee runs non-partisan survey on proposed Pulangi V -MindaNews

MindaNews » Joint fact-finding committee runs non-partisan survey on proposed Pulangi V. By Walter I. Balane February 14, 2012 MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/13 February) – A mediation group, Mediator’s Network for Sustainable Peace (Mednet), Inc., has facilitated the formation of a joint fact-finding committee composed of representatives from the proponent, the opponents, and the communities affected…

[In the news] Protesters insist trees will suffer – SunStar.com.ph

Protesters insist trees will suffer By JM Agreda, SunStar.com.ph January 20, 2012  PROTESTERS scheduled to march down Session Road Friday lambasted SM’s recent statement claiming it will not cut 182 trees during its mall expansion and instead transfer the trees to other locations. Environmentalist Michael Bengwayan said the earth-balling process is also a death sentence…

[In the news] Wikimedia Philippines joins fight vs. US anti-piracy bill –

Wikimedia Philippines joins fight vs. US anti-piracy bill GMAnews.tv January 19, 2012  The Philippine chapter of Wikimedia, the foundation behind the open-source online encyclopedia Wikipedia, is throwing its full support behind its international counterpart’s 24-hour blackout to oppose a US anti-piracy bill due to its supposed censorship potential. WikiMedia Philippines said that, while the US…