Category: Must-Reads

‘Long and winding SONA silent on what matters most to Filipinos’ – progressive groups

“Aquino’s grandiose claims of economic growth based on cherry-picked economic indicators fail to hide the economic indicators that matter to ordinary Filipinos. Landlessness is growing; unemployment is rising; wages are being depressed; prices are soaring; and social services are decaying as they become more scarce,” Elmer Labog, chairman of Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU).

Every year comes out with an analysis of the impact of the administration on the issues and concerns that affect the Filipino people. This year ender has added importance as we are approaching the midpoint of the Aquino presidency – which campaigned under the banner of change – and its policy directions have already taken shape.

Gains, sins of omission and commission of the Aquino presidency

State of press freedom: Attacks and threats in 2012

Now you see them, now you don’t, but G.I. Joes are here to stay, no thanks to the Aquino government

The costs of the Aquino government’s K to 12 program

On Aquino’s mid-term, tillers in Luisita, elsewhere still landless

Health for sale

Aquino administration’s human rights policy: Big in words, too little in action

Aquino’s favorite whipping boys in 2012, government employees

Bleeding the supposed ‘bosses,’ the working masses, dry

In 2012, urban poor jailed, killed for fighting for homes

Elite governance, elite economics: When vaunted growth clashes with reality