Day: October 20, 2011

LETTER TO THE EDITOR October 20, 2011 Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform “They dress the wound of my people as though it were not serious. ‘Peace, peace,” they say, when there is no peace.” (Jeremiah 6:14) It is not an overstatement to say that faith communities expressed jubilation at the resumption of the formal peace talks.…

‘The Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process is given charge of P569.64 million ($13.2 million), a strangely huge amount when it is not an implementing agency. It has no regular staffing, yet it claims to be implementing a multi-million project covering 970 villages.’

“The government remains blind to everything except the money that it gets from the mining firms – but this money is tainted with our blood; and no amount of money can ever compensate for the loss of our slain tribal leaders who fought for our rights to our own lands.”

By MARYA SALAMAT MANILA – The ‘accident’ in Keppel Subic Shipyard last Oct 7 that killed six workers and injured another seven showed the inadequacies in Philippine policies on labor, especially on workers’ health and safety, on the one hand and the privileges accorded to investors in special economic zones, on the other. The…