“She loves the poor and the masses. This was why she wanted to be a social worker,” Concepcion Empeño, 64, said.
Month: May 2015
Mary Jane Veloso unites Filipinos with citizens around the globe
“A small petition in the Philippines became international and showed that the whole world sympathizes with Mary Jane.”
Nanay Celia: ‘I’m willing to die by firing squad for Mary Jane’
“I have decided to fight and you should too.”
Ordinary people stand up for their rights
By Carol Pagaduan-Araullo Streetwise | BusinessWorld Celia and Cesar Veloso are admirable parents who wouldn’t give up the fight to bring their daughter, condemned overseas Filipino worker Mary Jane, back to the Philippines – alive, safe and free — against seemingly insurmountable odds. They were up against an international drug syndicate, recruiting poor and desperate…
Davao city council bans mining
A newly-approved ordinance closes off Davao City to mining.
My father cherished Kapampangan verse
By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star The month of May evokes in me memories of joy and sadness. May is the month of fiestas. Where I was born and grew up, we have been celebrating two: May 4, the feast of Sta. Monica (the barrio of my birth) and May…
The threats to the press, within and without
By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld May 3 was proclaimed in 1993 by the United Nations General Assembly as World Press Freedom Day on the recommendation of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). It has since been celebrated every year by journalists’ and media groups in over 100 countries, with UNESCO…
A visit to the house with purple and pink flowers
By KATHRINA MANUEL Bulatlat.com Gloomy weather welcomed me, as I walked the street of Cambridge – not in the United Kingdom –but in Cubao, Quezon City at around 9 a.m. on May 7. I was searching for the place that houses the advocacy group for migrant workers, when a flowering tree caught my eye. My…
Health workers call for wage hike, decry contractualization, privatization of health services
“The Aquino administration has never increased our salaries, and worse, the number of contractual health workers increased.”
K to 12 | DepEd: 800k to 1 M Grade 11 students to be displaced in 2016
How ready is the government to implement K to 12’s Senior High School in 2016?
#FreeMaryJane | Veloso’s recruiters face charges of illegal recruitment, estafa, human trafficking
Mary Jane Veloso’s pro bono lawyer Edre Olalia questioned the factual basis for the Public Attorney’s Office to represent the arrested recruiters Ma. Kristina Sergio and Julius Lacanilao as they do not appear to be indigents.