Since the time of President Fidel V. Ramos, Filipino retirees have never seen their SSS pension increase. Quirico D. Gapasin, 77, complained of this as he joined a picket in front of the SSS main office in Quezon City. He was just passing by East Avenue, he said, when he chanced upon members of Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) and Piston protesting the impending hike in SSS premiums, amid the little to no improvement in benefits and services.
Month: May 2013
ACT calls on Comelec to release delayed honoraria of teachers
“It has been two weeks now since the elections. The winning senators have already been proclaimed but the BEIs, the teachers who made the election possible, have not yet been compensated.” – France Castro, ACT Teachers Party
Migrants’ group accuse Saudi envoy of neglect, abuse of authority
Instead of helping the stranded OFWs, Ambassador Ezzedin Tago allegedly ordered that they be denied electricity and water and food and medicine donations be embargoed.
Sagada folk assert ownership of Kiltepan peak
By GWEN GAONGEN Northern Dispatch SAGADA, Mountain Province – As a way of asserting people’s ownership of the Kiltepan tourist spot, some 100 guides and residents of Sagada destroyed the newly-installed gate and fence of the property that is now being claimed by Wilson Capuyan, along the road leading to Kiltepan peak here, May 22.…
Youth groups slam tuition hikes, K+12 program
“Coupled with the implementation of the K-12 program – which has been signed into law despite the opposition by teachers, parents and students – the new spate of tuition increases in basic education will surely aggravate the education crisis in the country.” – Kabataan Partylist
Tribe groups seek UN hand on rights violations
Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) chairman Windel Bolinget pointed out that despite the Philippine government’s adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and other human rights treaties, the escalating human rights violations perpetrated against indigenous peoples in the country are alarming
Journalists mark 42nd month of Ampatuan massacre
MANILA – Journalists from various media outfits commemorated the 42nd month of the Ampatuan massacre, May 23, at the National Cathedral of St Mary and St John in Quezon City. The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) mounted an exhibit titled “Never Forget: The Ampatuan Massacre” featuring photos by Jes Aznar, Nonoy Espina,…
By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Sixto Brillantes, Jr. thinks there’s a conspiracy afoot to discredit the Philippine electoral system. He’s identified the supposed conspirators as “those behind” the Automated Election System (AES) Watch, a coalition that has about 40 organizations and individuals as members, among them academics,…
Precondition or non-compliance
By Carol Pagaduan-Araullo Streetwise | BusinessWorld While the May 13 elections and its aftermath hugged the headlines of the mainstream press and much of the attention of the general public, those who are committed to seeking peaceful avenues for resolving armed conflict in the country have been quietly meeting and crafting their positions on the…
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Activists in N. Luzon decry intensifying surveillance, threats
A document with the title “MUNICIPALITY OF TINOC (Target Persons),” which bears the logo of the the Charlie Company of the 86th Battalion (Highlander) of the 5th Infantry Division (North Star), Philippine Army, listed the names of human rights defenders and development workers in the Cordillera and Ilocos regions who are now the subject of intense surveillance and threatening text messages.