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Filipino fishers are called upon to sacrifice during PH-US Balikatan

Fishers in San Antonio, Zambales, may have to sacrifice days’ worth of catch as the Coast Guard enforces a three-day “no-sail zone policy” in the municipal waters during next week’s war games between Philippine and US troops, according to security analyst Chester Cabalza.  The policy, which bans fishing within the municipal waters on May 6-9,...

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Drought now ‘an emergency situation,’ peasant group leader says

To survive the monthslong dry spell, indigenous peoples in Barangay Pilar, South Upi, Maguindanao del Sur, have resorted to eating wild yam. As a result, 15 families were poisoned.  In the forests of Barangay Nalkan, Datu Blah T. Sinsuat, Maguindanao del Norte, water sources are drying up, forcing children to trek hilly, landslide-prone areas to...

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Digital martial law library launched, ‘to ensure that all Filipinos will remember’

With the click of a button, you’ll find a copy of Proclamation 1081; read excerpts of hard-to-find memoirs, including Benigno Aquino Jr.’s “Testament from A Prison Cell”; or view videos of Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. in the heyday of martial law.  The possibilities are endless when you visit the Ateneo Martial Law Library and Museum...

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2028 election too far off for anyone to claim to be the future prez – Pulse Asia

Vice President Sara Duterte and Sen. Raffy Tulfo were statistically tied in a recent survey showing Filipinos’ preference for a presidential candidate, but neither can claim to be the candidate to beat in the 2028 presidential election.    “I don’t think anyone here can safely say he or she is going to be the president because...

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Only Supreme Court can resolve ‘Achilles’ heel’ of Charter change resolutions, legal luminaries say

Only the Supreme Court can resolve the issue of whether Congress should meet jointly and vote separately in the current contentious effort to amend the Constitution, legal luminaries said at a forum held at the University of the Philippines on March 14.  “We can save much time and effort if this is resolved once and...

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Project Gunita et al.: ‘The truth will outshine the lies’

The academic organization Project Gunita and dozens of groups and individuals, including victims of rights violations during martial law, are taking President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to task for distorting facts about the dictatorial rule of his father and namesake in a March 4 interview with ABC News Australia. “President Marcos has yet again tried to...

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1987 Charter ‘imperfect’ but carries safeguards vs instability, framer says

When politicians tried to have their way in the crafting of the 1973 Constitution, they were met with street protests in the tumultuous early years of Ferdinand Marcos Sr.’s regime. The writing on the wall was very clear. Filipinos “didn’t want politicians to be involved in the drafting of the Constitution,” human rights activist Edmundo...

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Cooky Chua and Joaquin Ignacio on making music and the changing times

For some time it was a familiar scene: Wherever the singer Cooky Chua and Color It Red performed, her young son Joaquin Ignacio would be doodling backstage. At one point, during a break, he strode onto the stage, strumming his small guitar. Not surprisingly, Joaquin would heed the same calling years later: He picked up...

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‘Relive Edsa, Junk Cha-cha’ is the rallying cry

Delisting the February 1986 Edsa People Power Revolution as a national holiday is bad enough; attempting to tinker yet again with its “legacy,” the 1987 Constitution, to push the interests of politicians is even worse.   Moved by that common stand, dozens of civil society groups have banded together to resist any mode of Charter change...

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Marcos-Duterte bickering is ‘all politics’ from which nothing can be gained, says Drilon

First Lady Liza Araneta Marcos’ snub of Vice President Sara Duterte minutes before she and President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. boarded the plane for Vietnam on Monday was very telling, and former senator Franklin Drilon sees tough days lying ahead of her in the Cabinet. According to Drilon, Sara Duterte’s position in the Cabinet became “more...