OPINION: What’s withLagunaLake?

The largest freshwater lake in the Philippinesis on the spotlight as the Baggerwerken Decloedt en Zoon (BDC), a Belgian firm offering maintenance dredging, port construction and development, and land reclamation had filed a case against the Philippine Government before the Washington, D.C.-based International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes. What’s the reason? President Benigno C. […]

Special Report: New Zealanders urge P-Noy to end disappearances, other atrocities in PH

MANILA, August 30, 2011–In the commemoration of the International Day of the Disappeared today, people in New Zealand who are in solidarity with the people of the Philippines, urge President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III to help ease the pain and agony of the families and friends of the disappeared by surfacing them; or if […]

Audit own intel funds, P-Noy told

MANILA, July 20, 2011—The Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) asks the Aquino government to properly, transparently and completely audit the intelligence funds, amounting to P1.46 billion (US$34.05 million), which the Congress has approved last year. Fernando Hicap, Pamalakaya’s national chair, says that the President should inform the public how the said amount […]

KMU assails DOF’s plan to increase self-employed taxes

MANILA, July 16, 2011—Militant labor center, Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) assails the Department of Finance’s (DOF) plan to increase the tax payment of workers, under self-employed and professional categories in order to beef up government funds. Joselito “Ka Lito” Ustarez, vice chair of the KMU said in a statement that the DOF, particularly the Bureau […]

Despite Osama’s death VFA still, needed to be junked—LFS

MANILA, May 9, 2011—Notwithstanding the alleged threats of terrorist attack, in connection with the death of the al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, the League of Filipino Students (LFS) urged the Philippine government to junk the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA). The VFA is a special treaty signed by theUSand the Philippine governments in the early […]

After six letters of request: Dialogue with P-Noy for Morong 43 case remains elusive

Six months after their arrest, the families, friends and colleagues of the Morong 43 still hope that Pres. Benigno C. Aquino III will take heed to their call and immediately release them. Last November 5, they went to Malacañang, checking if they can talk to the Chief Executive. However their attempts remained futile. The Presidential […]

FAO official rejects probe on Laguna Lake project

To the fishermen’s disappointment, William Rolf, senior fisher officer of the United Nations’ (UN) Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) had rejected the request of the group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) to probe the impending dredging of the largest freshwater lake in the Philippines, the Laguna de Bai.