By INA ALLECO R. SILVERIO Bulatlat.com MANILA — Urban poor communities in Bacoor and Dasmariñas in Cavite are stepping up protests against demolition plans of the local and national governments. On November 29, the Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay) in Cavite put up protest camps in Kadiwa Market in Dasmariñas and in Talaba 6 in…

By INA ALLECO R. SILVERIO
“Governments look at remittances as a tool for development and a means to repay global debt. They have actually put a positive spin on massive forced migration and commodification of workers. They have the gall to call it a ‘tool for development’ when it fact it results in the decimation and break-up of families, the exploitation of millions of workers and the uneven distribution of wealth and power in the world.” – Irene Fernandez, migrants’ rights activist

By INA ALLECO R. SILVERIO Bulatlat.com MANILA — Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Javier Colmenares is calling for the removal of fiscals and judges who help elements of the Armed Forces of the Philippines file “fake charges” against leaders of progressive party-lists and human rights advocates. Colmenares also hailed the move of Makabayan Coalition leader in…

By INA ALLECO R. SILVERIO Bulatlat.com MANILA — The plans of the Aquino government to turn the Philippines into a gambling and gaming capital in Asia are laden with corruption, a progressive lawmaker and a multisectoral alliance said. Bayan Muna Rep. Teddy Casiño and the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) are calling for the immediate suspension…

By INA ALLECO R. SILVERIO Bulatlat.com MANILA — The worldwide association of writers PEN International marked the 31st Annual Day of the Imprisoned Writer last November 15. It was a day to recognize and support writers at risk, and for the last 31 years, the group has commemorated the day to raise awareness on the…

By INA ALLECO R. SILVERIO
Migrante International received an independent report on the explosion written by an investigating team consisting of Saudi engineers, experts and consultants, which revealed that the extent of the damage and the high number of casualties were caused mainly by the volatility of the area and not solely by the accident per se.

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