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The recently-implemented Indonesia-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (IJEPA) promised increased exports to Japan. But as the IJEPA went into effect in July, Indonesian Industry Minister Fahmi Idris said that Indonesia’s main exports, such as agricultural products and timber, will continue to face high non-tariff barriers in the form of quality standards, while Japanese high-tech imports will…

BY Bulatlat.com September 5, 2008 The Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan-New Patriotic Alliance) said that the recent Supreme Court decision on the Senate versus Romulo Neri gives present and future government offenders ‘unbelievably wide latitude to commit misdeeds.’ Voting 9-6, the Supreme Court yesterday upheld its earlier decision that former National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Secretary…

BY NOEL SALES BARCELONA Bulatlat.com Posted 4:17 p.m., September 2, 2008 PASAY CITY — Members of the Confederation for the Unity, Recognition and Advancement of Government Employees (Courage) condemned the issuance of a warrant of arrest for Ferdinand R. Gaite, Courage’s national president, due to the libel case filed against him by Government Service Insurance…

BY Bulatlat.com September 1, 2008 – 3:16 p.m. While the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) welcomed the Commission on Human Rights’ (CHR) resolution on the Manila Peninsula standoff, the group also found the said resolution wanting. In its resolution, the CHR found violations in the “arrest, detention and processing” of journalists who…

BY Bulatlat.com September 1, 2008 – 6:21 p.m. An activist environmental group is not convinced at all in the Metro Manila Development Authority’s (MMDA) claim of cleaner air. Clemente Bautista, national coordinator of the Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment (KPNE) branded MMDA Chairman Bayani Fernando’s claim as pure air. Fernando declared that there was…

I think no one will disagree with the proposition that our problems in the judiciary, in the legislature, in the executive branch, in the rest of our institutions and processes are inextricably intertwined and will defy lasting solutions unless we dismantle the prevailing unjust social and economic order and establish a truly free, democratic and…

Edita Burgos, mother of the disappeared activist Jonas and General Manager of the We Forum, called on journalists to rise above the “more dangerous barrier” to pursuing a story: that which is self-imposed. BY RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com Volume VIII, Number 30, August 31-September 6, 2008 Edita Burgos has been brought to the limelight since…

“The OceanaGold Corporation and Lafayette mining projects are both anti-people and anti-environment. These are the main reasons why OGC will not prosper and will fail.” Bulatlat.com Volume VIII, Number 30, August 31 – September 6, 2008 Environmentalists, indigenous peoples, and Church people picketed the Australian New Zealand (ANZ) Bank office in Makati City demanding that…

Four of the largest rural-based organizations in the Philippines have issued a statement opposing five proposed farmland-as-collateral bills in the House of Representatives, claiming they would lead to massive cancellations of land titles currently held by farmers who have benefited from the country’s agrarian reform program. BY GERRY ALBERT CORPUZ Politics in Command / UPI…

As Malacañang forwarded to Congress the proposed P1.4-trillion national budget for 2009 last Aug. 26, the Confederation for Unity, Recognition and Advancement of Government Employees (Courage) said that Mrs. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is really preparing for the elections of 2010, adding that they will guard the P1.41-trillion budget to ensure that it would not be used…

Political payback. That is how the members of the Water System Employees’ Response (WATER), the largest federation of water district workers in the country, see the appointment of former Surigao del Norte (1st District) representative and defeated administration senatorial candidate Prospero Pichay Jr., as the new Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) chief. BY NOEL SALES…