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 […]

Total mining ban pushed

MANILA, Feb. 24, 2011—An environmental group has called for a “genuine” moratorium to all large-scale mining activities across the archipelago, in a bid to salvage the remaining forests in the country. Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment (KPNE) made the appeal in a forum, attended by environmentalists and conservationists at the University of the Philippines […]

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.

Urban poor in Tondo to protest impending demolition

“Within the first 100 days of P-noy (Pres. Aquino’s alias given by the media) in the Palace, significant numbers of demolition incidents and dislocation of urban poor families occurred. Instead of establishing a government that is building lives and communities, it seems that the Aquino administration is serving as vehicle to further destruct and destroy the pillars of our society,” says urban poor leader Joy Lumawod of the Tondo Foreshoreland People’s Alliance in a statement.

Badyet ng DOH para sa 2011 namumurong matapyas

Taliwas sa naunang pa­ngako ng Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III na bibigyang-halaga nito ang kalusugan nina Maria at Juan dela Cruz, bawas na pondo para sa pampublikong mga ospital ang nasasaad sa inihaing panukalang badyet nito sa taong 2011. Ito ang naging obserbasyon ng IBON Foundation, Inc. isang indipendiyenteng ahensiya sa pananaliksik. “Ang aytem sa […]

Lawmaker scores DOT’s P100-M web project; Website development shouldn’t be too costly—Kabataan partylist

Kabataan Rep. Raymond V. Palatino assailed the Department of Tourism’s “overpriced” website project saying that there are more practical and cost-efficient ways of attracting foreigners in visting the country.

SPECIAL REPORT: 2011 proposed budget prone to corruption—think-tank

Independent think-tank Ibon Foundation, Inc. doubts that the increment in the 2011 Budget is not for the public good but for “patronage” politics, which the Aquino administration, upon the first day of its installation, has promised to eliminate.