Archive for the ‘Local Government’ Category

IN 2007, political scientist Julio Tehankee wrote that the two houses of the Philippine Congress have practically been home for at least 160 families over the last century. "These families have had two or more members who have served in Congress, and...

THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION Act is on the cusp of passage into law, if only the House of Representatives will work with a little more speed and focus on the bill in the next nine months. Should that happen, an FOI law might well be the best Christmas...

By Cong B. Corrales A WEAK AND EFFETE Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will be like giving the Bangsamoro people "a house without a roof" or "plates without food." This was how peace advocates from Mindanao and Manila responded to recent statements by...

By Ferdinandh Cabrera Contributor TAMONTAKA, Awang Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao -- While gunfire and bombs rained on residents of Datu Unsay and Datu Saudi Ampatuan in this province, about 60 young Mindanaons gathered here recently for a peace...

We are printing the full text of the speech given by Rowena Paraan, chairperson of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines given during the forum for World Press Freedom Day in Manila, Philippines entitled "Let Journalism Thrive: The right...

PHILIPPINE regional trial court Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes has finally denied the petition for bail of Andal Ampatuan Sr., the principal suspect in the 2009 Ampatuan massacre that led to the death of 58 people, 32 of them journalists and media...

HRW, ICRC raise alarm over 125,000 evacuees in Mindanao By Julius D. Mariveles TENS OF THOUSANDS of civilians in Maguindanao province have been displaced by the month-long military operations against the Bangsa Moro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF)...