Sunday, March 4, 2018

Blocking the Train

Blocking the Train
for the workers' wages to pay the Duterte regime's Train Law. They dismiss it, while fighting against contractualization and having a national minimum wage.

they're just buying kinks. "

Aling Nene weekly purchases the Tandang Sora market in Quezon City. He is cooking at home for a family, but also cooking for co-workers at an NGO office in Quezon City. Like many who are stingy, he is concerned about the rise in prices of foodstuffs in January this year.

"Pork has reached P220. The ones that grow, vegetables, "said Aling Nene. It was once considered a diet of poor-vegetables and fish like a snake-he noticed a big lift.

It is easy to realize the cause of the increases. Oil products have increased since January this year. Petroleum, estimated at P8 per liter of extra price was lifted. Deisel and kerosene increased by P2.50 to P3 per liter. LPG increased by a peso per liter.

Therefore, Aling Nene noted that those who spend less on the budget are more likely to buy a spinach-worth P10. "The zucchini is too big. Likewise, the pineapple. "Of course, the oldest more expensive vegetables like broccoli were also appreciated.

Train Assault

The culprit, of course, is the completion of the excise tax (or tax on the production of products) ordered by the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (Train) Law, or the Republic Act No. 10963.

Except for excise tax on oil, Train Law also imposes excise tax on sugar products and high fructose corn syrup (such as softdrinks and other sweet drinks). It also imposes an additional tax on estate, donor and documentary stamp tax. In the meantime, the tax exemption was reduced to P250,000 per year (or P20,833 less than a month).

The Makabayan bloc has previously revealed the Duterte administration's rampage in Congress processes (such as the quorum's presence or simple majority of the polls) to pass the Train Law in December 2017. It adds to the suspicion of citizens not willing to debate the administration Train because it has a strong impact on the people-the price of commodities.

Due to public disrespectfulness, the students' organization, sponsored by UP Praxis at the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman by the Law on Train Law, recently sponsored. In this forum, the Department of Finance (DOF) has been a major advocate of the Train Law, in support of Duterte's course-to explain.

Only a technical assistant to the undersecretary arrived. A Jayson Lopez spoke, and he described the prices of commodities as "moderate" or modest. He added that workers will be able to easily increase this increase because "90 percent of minimum wage earners" will be able to return a larger take home pay made by exemption or lower income tax.

He said this was fine, because the replacement was an extra budget for "social services." Featured on the services provided: the Build! Build! Build! of the Duterte regime, or the planned construction of large infrastructure such as additional roads, railway systems, airports, and so on.


In such a forum, Sonny Africa, the executive director of the Ibon Foundation, has denied the DOF representative.

(The Ibon Foundation is a well-known independent institution that closely examines political and economic issues from the point of view of the ordinary citizens.)

First of all, Africa, it is clear that the effects of extra-commodity prices on ordinary citizens are not moderate or moderate. "In the rich, for example, P1,000 does not cost him. But it's hard (it's so heavy), "she said. The basic problem of Train Law, Africa, is that it does not depend on the actual realities of the Philippines-where the majority of citizens are suffering, unemployed or even low-income or unemployed.

Jerome Adonis, general secretary of the Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU), was convicted of this. In the same forum, he said in a clear statement in 2017 on the country's labor force that most Filipino workers are suffering from the lack of Train Law.

"In data of 2017, labor force is 61.1 million. In it, 38 million are employed. With the employed, 24.6 million are all contractual, "said Adonis.

Of the employed workers, it is estimated that at least 46 percent wage minimum wage: ranging from P255 per day (for agricultural workers) to Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao or ARMM (with the lowest), up to P512 per day (for to nonagricultural workers) in the National Capital Region or NCR (with the highest).

"54 percent do not have the minimum wage," Adonis added. "And most (firms), even minimum wage, vina-violate."

Even though workers who pay P250,000 per year down (obviously, this is the majority), obviously, the minimum wage is minimal in the daily needs of the workers.

"Most of the workers, tenants (the house)," explains Adonis. So, let's say that a worker is earning a minimum wage and has a family of P2,000 per month. "Monthly payments: water, let's say P300. With electricity P500. "

In the diet, let's say to the six-member family, I do not know if it's acceptable to P100 per head per day, "she said. Therefore, at P600 per day, the cost is 30 days or over P18,000 per month. "Clearly, the minimum wage is P512 per day or P13,312 (wages of 26 days a month ).

There is no cost to fares, social service costs such as child education.

"So, many of the workers, they have their ATM cards," Adonis said.

"We talked here with no Train Law yet," he said. "'It also explains why many of the workers, children do not teach. And if someone gets ill, they can not get it. malnourished children. "

Not in service

But the DOF says, the Train Law is for the social services of the people. Is this true?

Africa denies it. "In the 2018 (General Appropriations Act, or the annual government budget), the highest increase is in the infrastructure. Did they say that for the social services the Train had 69 percent of the housing budget reduced? (Reaching) Only 5.2 percent were raised in social welfare similar to last year? (Reaching) Only 6 percent increase in education-mainly for wages and not on expanding our schools? (Reaching) Only health 9 percent? "
In fact, Africa said, the P1.5-Million public health budget has been reduced. The preventive health program was terminated by P16.7-M.

Also notice Build programs! Build! Build! of the Duterte regime. The flagship infrastructure program centers in the formerly rich provinces, Africa, and not in the poorest provinces.

"Going out," he says, "what you pay for these projects (poor) does not benefit from it."

It is therefore clear that not for the workers and the poor can be collected from the Train Law. On the other hand, due to lower income tax bill due to this law, income-generating income in men-or wealthy.

Obviously, Africa said, the Train Law was created to facilitate the collection of government tax on the poor. "We see a shift from direct income taxes to consumption taxes (or taxes on expenditures). The government and legislators are afraid to raise the tax of the rich. They can also be taxed personally, and their backers (in the ruling class), will not come to the next election (if they will be taxed. "

But the increase in the tax on those who have the greatest wealth from the ruling class should be done by the government, Africa said.

Taxes are rich 

If so, then, he said: "What if the richest 150,000 families will be taxed in the country? If they earn at least 20 percent of their annual income, the government will earn P71-Billion. If the next 171,000 wealthy families will pay 10 percent, the government will get an additional P20-B. "

If only 321,000 richest families in the country are taxed at 10-20 percent, the government will get more than P90-B. It will be much bigger than the Train, "said Africa.

The basic principle here is: lease the property.

"All government or State, it's really a tax. Any government-whether the New People's Army, the NDF (National Democratic Front) or the MILF (Moro Islamic Liberation Front) in the countryside, or even the Philippine government, you need a tax for the operation. But if you will be taxed, based on the realities of the Philippines. "

He said the tax would only be taxed on its citizens. The problem is, whether those who are poor-with a small wage or little or no livelihood-are still taxing. Meanwhile, the richest in the country, benefit from the reduction of the collected income tax.

Adonis said that because of the Train Law, the fight for national minimum wage is increasingly important today-or having equal national minimum wage across the country. This means raising workers' wages across the country-as well as the basic needs of workers and their families, both in the countryside and in the city.

KMU will also cite insist on contractual contractualization in the country, which will directly attack the rights of workers to assert their rights.

This is a crucial step, as the continuing expectation of rising commodity prices is expected. Because if the workers are united and will fight, it will not be far from time to time, but their wages will not be enough.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018


Trillanes dumped President Duterte ... HE WAS HEARING HEARING DUTTER. !! This is the Man Who Is Unclean. !! Since then, the Election Day is still in the hands of President Duterte but there is no evidence of Evidence. !! He's mistaken for his Plague and Alienation! EXPERIENCE DESPERADO NA TRILLANES. !! THAT'S NOT THAT WHICH PEOPLE WANT TO KNOW THEM. !!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Ten stories later passed by the media in 2017

Ten stories later passed by the media in 2017
Stories that are not enough for media dominance, during the fascist period of dictatorship.

There was a change occurred under the Duterte government - a change to open fascism and dictatorship. The dominant media has been good enough for the violent war against the regime. In general, it was also critical of this war.

But at Duterte's turn towards greater fascism - signaling to declare the Left as a "terrorist" even if the precise opposite is right - it seems that there are unreadable or unobtrusive essential stories. Through these stories, Duterte discovers how he has pledged his promises for progressive change, such as the abolition of contractualization, enforcing independent external policy, implementing land reform and national industrialization, achieving peace-based peace, etc.

Every year, Pinoy Weekly releases this list of stories we do not think is enough to be played or dominated by the dominant media. During the spread of false news, its release is up to date.


'Heart of peace talks': Negotiations for socio-economic reforms

The media discussed and discussed the continuation of the peace talks between the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and the Duterte government. The ceasefire was also considered after the February ceasefire, as well as the battles, especially the attacks of the New People's Army (NPA). But what are you talking about? How can negotiation address the topmost of the armed conflict?

The "peace talks heart" does not give attention: the negotiations on social and economic reforms, or the Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms (Caser).

In this negotiation, the NDFP denounces its proposals for economic prosperity to benefit the majority of Filipinos. This includes free distribution of agricultural land to farmers who enrich this land-part of genuine agrarian reform. Also, discussed the proposals of revolutionaries for national industrialization, or the establishment of primary industries such as oil, iron, etc.

The two parties agreed; Formally signing will take place in the fifth round of the peace talks on November 25 in Oslo, Norway. But a few days earlier, Duterte quickly retreated the government's negotiators. No confirmation took place. His former "friend" is considered a terrorist. Also declared a crackdown on leaders of the mass movement. It all ends with US Pres. Donald Trump. Duterte still conducts advertisements in the presence of the country's most significant comprador bourgeoisie, such as Enrique Zobel de Ayala.

Military laws around Mindanao 

Significant entrepreneurs in Mindanao are dutiful in Duterte's military law. They have used this declaration to attack workers who insist on their labor rights. In fact, in Compostela Valley, the bananas company mansion, used Shin Sun, is the military law to force the strikeout of it.

"There is no strike-strike. The martial law today, "said the military and armed goons of the company to the farm workers who struck.

In the meantime, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) also used martial law to bolster the NPA in its controlled communities-even before the peace talks between the government and the NDFP. Military law justifies the bombardment of Lumad communities in Southern Mindanao. It also caused military attacks on Lumad communities, including the conquest and closure of Lumad's alternative schools in Southern Mindanao, Caraga, Far Southern Mindanao, and other regions in Mindanao.

But the free voice related to martial law in Mindanao is like Rep. Manny Pacquiao, who said that "martial law is good for our (in the Mindanao)." This is what Duterte has to offer to martial law by the end of 2018. 

Lost and killed in Marawi

The mass media of the AFP's military campaign in Marawi became the protagonist.

Since its inception in May 2017, it has been mostly on the side of the military's anti-Maute attacks in the city. Periodic stories of the humanitarian crisis in the area appear. But in general, it is reported that the government has made a way to alleviate the hardship of the evacuees.

Meanwhile, there is no question of whether there are enough grounds for bombing; or if the narrative is telling the military to justify military operations and military law across Mindanao.

When Duterte declared the termination of military operations in Marawi City, the dominant media again reinforced the "heroism" of the soldiers involved in military operations. But the news seems to have been the continuation of the humanitarian crisis in the area. It also appears to have put more severe counts on the missing-and possibly dead civilians in the Marawi.

Bombing in various parts of the country 


Before the war broke out in Marawi in Mindanao, some areas in the country were experiencing an AFP bombing.

The people of Abra were the first batters of the military. The soldiers of the 24th Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army (IBPA) were killed in March by the 7th Infantry Division (ID) town of Malibcong in Abra. The province of Batangas survived the bombing. In September, the 203d Infantry Brigade and the Philippine Air Force's 730th Combat Group bombed Mount Banoi in Lobo, Batangas. Nueva Vizcaya also targets the bombing.

In the context of the continuation of the war on counterinsurgency bombings. But even if life and communities are at stake, there is no in-depth analysis and the media will investigate the dominant media. 

Turn away from the contractualization of contractualization

In March 2017, Labor Sec. Silvestre Bello III is the Department Order 174 which will terminate the contractualization of the country. But it was just a new face of contractualization. Under it, workers will be regularly employed not by the company but by the agency holding their firm. Thus, workers are not clear about their outcome as soon as the principal employer terminates their agency contract.

Another form of contractualization among government workers: On June 15, 2017, issued by Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Commission on Audit (COA) and Civil Service Commission (CSC) the Joint Circular No. 1. Like DO 174 in the private sector, it seems to confirm the contraction of the government.

This is contrary to President Duterte's earlier statements that he concluded contractualization; it seems that the President has abandoned the promise of gaining support to many Filipino workers. 

Bidding campaigns in different parts of the country

Under the leadership of some peasant groups, there are barriers, the success of the "bumping campaign" or the recovery of lands that they have plundered by corporations and landlords.

The Hacienda Luisita is one of the largest beddings in the country. Farmers have been involved in farming for several years to recover their land from the Cojuangco -Aquino. Subsequently, some farmers were also engaged in Hacienda Gancayco in Quezon, Lupang Almeda in Occidental Mindoro and Lupang Kapdula in Cavite.

But it's only part of a century's fight for the earth. Many peasants in the Philippines continue to seek real land reform that they are denied. 

Fire victims in HTI

The fire was damaged by two days at House Technology Industries Pte Ltd. in Cavite, a housing equipment shop. Three floors, a big mist, were burned at the time the workers were already at work.

Gov. Crispin Remulla is the media to paint photographs that allegedly made his headlines. In the morning after a day of the fire, he told the media with some parts of the burnt factory.

It is astonishing to such a massive and long fire, not knowing how many died. Yes, the number of wounded and injured were brought to the hospital. But the stories of HTI workers themselves are not featured that they do not believe that no fire died. They think that many have been killed, and have a family looking for their lifelong work in the workshop. They believe the management and government will be responsible.

This incident has not yet been investigated in HTI. It has not yet recovered how many people died in the blaze. It is a shocking to think that this may happen again and use this experience to cover the tragic situation of workers, especially during the disaster.

Migrant Filipinos, still on the verge of death penalty 

President Duterte loved Filipino workers abroad. In fact, he wanted to go home to the country and to work here. But in the current state of economy and employment, it seems difficult to do so. So the Filipino workers will stay and stay abroad. Usually, we will hear cases involving them, with the opportunity to reach death penalty.

Migrante International along with Jennifer Dalquez's undisputed lawmakers on June 19, after she was declared innocent by the Abu Dhabi court that she did not have to pay a dime or blood money. But the stories of the Filipinos in the death row in the country are not much in the past, in most cases involving murder and drug trafficking. There are 31 in Saudi Arabia. About 41 are in Malaysia. There is also two death row in China and US.

The media seems silent in promoting information about "new heroes" who are currently living abroad. The government appears to be calm and noisy to mobilize citizens to unite to rescue them, as happened in the case of Mary Jane Veloso (still in the death row in Indonesia).

Basis of prevention of destructive mining-and its return

The achievements of Regina "Gina" Lopez have been traced as representatives of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. He immediately changed the department, and soon contracts were dealt with in massive mining.

He said the 75 Mineral Production Sharing Agreements or MPSA must be canceled in the watersheds. He added that every mining company has to secure a trust fund account of P2 million, allowing them to remove their piles and obtain an export permit. Lopez said the 28 mining companies had to shut down because they violated the laws of the country.

The media did not adequately release the underlying Lopez's suspension policies on large-scale mining projects in various parts of the country. Aside from this, DENR's reversal was not sufficient enough for Lopez's decisions after he had been tortured and replaced by a retired general, Roy Cimatu. 

Progressively made by cabinet members

The amount of money left by Judy Taguiwalo, Rafael Mariano, Liza Maza and Lopez in their respective places as part of Duterte's cabinet.

Aguinaldo's record of cleanliness and non-corruption is the Department of Social Welfare and Development. He assured that the agency's pork barrel pension fund would not be available in patronage politics. Mariano then filed the Department of Agrarian Reform the rapid distribution of land to peasants under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law. Lopez suspended the operations of extensively and destructive mining.

But it was not enough to inform the media. Only "Left" and other layers of mud in their four became the center of the talk-made the Commission on Appointments to remove the three of them on the spot. It is undeniable that Taguiwalo, Mariano, Maza, and Lopez have contributed to their respective positions. It is a tribute to the people. The ruling classes just need to keep their jobs in control.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

To whom is Duterte's 'gift' in Asean

To whom is Duterte's 'gift' in Asean

The Asean agreement on migrant workers has no effect and no effect. It also does not cover the protection of undocumented migrants.

Who will actually celebrate this Christmas at President Duterte's big deal with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit regarding migrant workers?

While the Duterte treats itself as a change in the so-called Asean Consensus on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers, it begins to smell for a group of migrant workers

The agreement signed on November 14, was the result of the "ASEAN Declaration of the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers" in 2007. In 2018, the plan is set to complete the plan.

"Obviously, there is no proper consultation process, and lack of information on the side of the direct agreement with the migrants themselves," said Migrante International, an organization of Filipino migrant workers around the world and their families.

In addition to insufficient consultation between government and migrants, 2009 has been abolished by other countries in three main points: the legalization of the countries of the agreement, the protection of undocumented workers, and the participation of the family of migrant workers as a stakeholder of the provisions.

Migrante International members included a massive protest against the Asean Summit last week. Boy Bagwis

Legal liability

In the case of legal liability, it appears to be fuzzy, as the Labor Sec. Silvestre Bello III. It is no longer necessary to do so if it is "legally, morally, or politically binding." The important thing is that countries know that they have entered into the agreement and that they need to be fulfilled.

If migrant workers have legal protection in their countries of origin, it is very small and very easy for foreign employers to exploit them in favor of them.

Singapore is one of the protesters who set legal liability for Asean countries that are worsening in the protection of migrant workers. The reason for the leaders of such a country is that it can stave off a country's sovereignty because its legal instrument will directly inform its current laws.

"The concept of 'non-interference' has been repeatedly used to prevent the obligation of the State on human rights ... To fully protect the protection of migrant workers, the need for legal liability of the countries," said Migrante International .

Legal liability is critical especially to Flor Contemplacion's story of immigrant migrants abroad, particularly Singapore.

In 2012, a 23-year-old Filipino housemaid in Singapore was mysteriously killed in the fall from his employer's condominium housing. Apple Gamale has just begun working for a week, but it has come home to boxers in Davao. According to the family, they did not receive any police reports, autopsy, or any documents that would clarify the truth of their family.

If Asean is serious about their purpose, it will set up laws that will undermine the provisions especially as these cases continue to worsen due to the conscientious legal protection of migrant workers.

Right of undocumented

On World Bank note, more than 10 million undocumented migrants have been scattered in Southeast Asia. Escape from employers' cruelty and lack of proper wages and rest days is the main reason for non-documented migrants in the region.

But for Malaysia, the undocumented workers in their security threats to their country so they refuse to provide them with the protection afforded by the agreement.

"The undocumented migrant workers are not just people who enter the country illegally. The more unenrollable work permits, leaving the abusive employer, or the employer will not be expelled, "clarified Migrante International.

This is the reason why migrants who have not been documented are unproductive to their productivity and benefit from their economy as a human security risk.
Family sacrifice

The families left behind by migrants who are leaving the country are forced to sacrifice because there is no opportunity here for their loved ones. Because more migrant Filipino workers are women than men, most of the affected families have no mother.

There are many negative implications for the separation of children from their parents. According to Migrante International's note, sexual and physical abuse and emotional problems are some of the challenges facing children of migrant workers leaving the home country.

"Women are typical caring for the family so the migrant women should have better treatment as workers," the group said. There are so many hidden charges along with the removal of parents in the country to work in foreign lands that are paid not only by those who leave but also of those who have been left behind.

Now that there is a decade of waiting to sign the agreement, can the Asean migrants hope to preserve their essence or implement their calls?

Outside the government-led agreements to protect their citizens against abuse, it should address the local situation of the labor sector. From this sector it is often forced to leave the country because there is no employment available, and if there is a very low wage and a very bad condition in the workplace.

Billions of people for the Asean Summit held in the country are irrelevant to the use of the interests of the few and the imperialist countries such as the US and China, the agreements made in this gathering.

The Lumad youth request from DepEd

noise from the workplace and the superb buildings refer to the native Lumad by opening their eyes. Far from the peaceful place they lived, they were in Metro Manila with their calls.

Rosielyn Yambanao, Grade 10, among many young Lumads in Metro Manila today. He was here because the military had forced them to leave their own communities.

At a young age, Rosielyn witnessed some of the State's abuse and violence. He is also a witness to the closure and bombing of their school and murder of their classmates and leaders.

"The government still says the school is a place of peace. They also say that students are entitled to study. But why is it that we have built the school and that the government has not helped us, as long as they are going to turn, they still bombard it? "Rosielyn asked.

Children and child rights activists are keen on the DepEd to identify their schools in the Lumad communities. Eule Bonganay / Salinlahi    

Military equipment

Recently, the Lumad youths, their teachers and supporters, have been working closely with the Department of Education (DepEd) office. They call for the rejection of the DepEd Memorandum 221.

DepEd Memo 221 or Guidelines on the Protection of Children During Armed Conflict is strongly opposed by the Save our Schools (SOS) Network. According to them, it only extends to the violation of human rights suffered by indigenous students.

"DepEd Memo 221 will be thrown out because it gives free entry to the school and public places. It will only violate the rights of children, "said Leah Sera, teacher of Mindanao Interfaith Services Foundation Inc.

One of the goals of the SOS Network and Lumad students is that they will face DepEd Sec. Leonor Briones and unite in their condemnation of the intensifying militarization and expulsion of the military in their area. But in the past couple of days of encampment, no shadow secretary or any official from the DepEd wants to appear and talk to them.

They also called on them to issue permits to operate. After the government does not reach their school, they say they themselves will help themselves.

In addition, they are in full compliance with the requirements to run a school. It is evident that the government does not listen to their natives. The worse is, the DepEd connects with the military to subjugate them and continue to ignore their call.

"I do not know this institution (DepEd) which attracts the courage to take on the strength of our calls," said Kabataan Rep. Sarah Elago.

Meanwhile, children like Rosielyn are eager to return to their community. But how can they get home if their own threats to their school are waiting for them? Their wish, even if they support the government agency, should ensure their education.

Their request, the support of other sectors that understand and sympathize with them for peace and their future.

Former DSWD Sec. Judy Taguiwalo to sing a song for the One Billion Rising campaign, with Monique Wilson, Gabriela, Salinlahi groups, and others, to support the SOS Network's presence in front of the Department of Education. KR Guda

Friday, December 15, 2017

Military law, second chapter

Military law, second chapter

The country re-immolates the tyranny under the Duterte regime. It can not prevent people from insisting on their rights. 

after a year and five months, the status of Filipinos under the leadership of the "fascist" president Rodrigo Duterte seems to be at the utmost.

From the president who said he was concerned with the people and the minds of progressive reforms, the Philippines is now led by a leader considered fascist and dictator who turned away from the needs of the people to bring the interests of some.

In fact, since the Human Rights Rights group, the signs of the regime's fascist goal are: the bloody war, and the continuation of anti-graft programs of previous regimes.

Even before the peace negotiations were canceled, some human rights violations have arisen from undue arrest and Karapatan's recorded murder. It intensified when it was announced that there was no negotiation between the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and the Philippine government and the New People's Army (NPA) and the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).

Based on these actions by Duterte, for the progressive, the president has always opted for the party, whose alliance and what to wear will show. And it is clear to them that this is not for the Filipino people.
Massacre of the masses

Early in the term of Duterte's term, the blood has been dug in the sails and sails of the Philippines because of its Oplan Tokhang under the leadership of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

The brutal killings of the drug-fighting program have caused many suspected piracy and drug use by some police and unknown armed individuals.

At Karapatan's estimate, 4,000 to 14,000 reported as victims of this war.

Many young people also survived the brutality of the government's government. Based on the monitoring of the Children's Rehabilitation Center (CRC), more than 31 children were killed during the police operations.

Kian delos Santos, 17, Carl Arnaiz, 19, and Reynaldo de Guzman, 14, are just some of the brutal young men killed by the police. Despite strong evidence proving against the PNP, the brutal killings of the victims are still ongoing.

Political killings

This Dec. 3, the audience was shocked at the news: A priest was killed after it was shot by an unidentified individual in Jaen, Nueva Ecija.

Pastor Guimba and coordinator of the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines in Central Luzon, Fr. Marcelito "Tito" Paez was the victim of the shooting. At around eight o'clock when Fr. Paez in his car. He was still in San Leonardo's hospital but later died alive.

According to Karapatan, it was helped by the release of political prisoner and peasant organizer Rommel Tucay.

Meanwhile, one day before Fr. Paez was killed, a pastor, Lovelito QuiƱones, 57, died on his way home. The suspected elements of the Regional Mobile Group (RMG) allegedly engaged the NPA to murder the pastor. The 203rd Brigade of the Army member of the NPA has quizzed QuiƱones. The victim's family immediately denied it.

Meanwhile, many peasants and some human rights defenders have survived the hot trigger.

This November, the killer-leader of a number of military elements and unknown individuals was a succession. Almost all victims are suspected members of the NPA, but also support them.

The number of political prisoners in the country is also rising. According to Karapatan, more than 121 have been arrested under the Duterte administration due to trumped-up cases. In total, there are 449 political prisoners. Among them are elderly, sick and underage children.

Many Indigenous Lumads in Mindanao are facing too much. The militarization has been wreaking havoc in their area which caused them to evacuate. They also deal with violence against the military and even donations of rice and food are not allowed to reach the evacuees.

In the last two weeks, the attacks intensified. Dec. 3, fired eight native T'boli and Dulangan, who were all peasants of suspected members of the 27th and 33rd Infantry Battalion of the Army in the province of Saranggani.

In the early afternoon, Lumad should have harvested their crops when they were shot. The dead were identified as Victor Danyan, Victor Danyan, Jr., Artemio Danyan, Dato Celardo, Samuel Angkoy, To Diamante, and Bobot Lagase, Matend Bantal. Meanwhile, Luben Laod and Tetua Laod were wounded. Among those killed in the fighting group for their ancestral domain were kidnapped by the Consumer / DMCI company for a long time.

Some B'laan (Lumad) have begun to evacuate from several barangays in Saranggani due to the unremitting attacks of the military. Approximately 210 families are evacuated.

"They do not allow food from some help even with some government officials. They also do not allow students and teachers to enter their area where the evacuation center is located, "said Chad Booc, volunteer teacher of the Alternative Learning Center for Agricultural and Livelihood Development Inc. or Alcadev in Surigao del Sur.

Meanwhile, despite the slamming of Marawi fighting between the government and the members of the Maute group, thousands of residents are still missing-can not determine whether they move elsewhere or die in bombs and battles.

Color palette

In the short term, the former Duterte administration quickly changed color. From white to white because of the great promises made to the town, it suddenly poured down on the road, mountains and mountains.

Unsuccessful scenarios among the grassroots, peasants, and urban poor have been signaling some groups' alertness, especially since the proliferation of military forces in Mindanao and the expansion of its implementation throughout the country.

In addition to declaring Duterte "terrorists" as the revolutionary members of the CPP-NPA-NDF, it is alarming that the intensification of attacks on civilian communities and individuals. Meanwhile, in the Declaration by the President of the crackdown on legal and civilian mass organizations, the country seems to have gone to the jurisdiction of the military to openly suppress the rights of the people.

"Many activists, progressive organizations, and target communities know the brutal and abusive abilities of the State, and we are worried about it," said Cristina Palabay, general secretary of the Right.

But the country's experience in martial law shows that in the face of repressions the mass movement will only grow stronger, the voice of the peoples who assert national independence and democracy.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Light on the future of the Lumad youth

The CTSMI community is composed entirely of Lumad students, teachers, non-teaching personnel and parents. He's Spirit   
Education is one of the basic needs of a person. The government must ensure that it is provided to all citizens especially the poor sector. In addition to food and land, housing, water, clean environment, health, employment, social protection, participation and peace.

According to the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) mass action campaign now led by a veteran activist, Sec. Liza Maza.

Thus in remote areas like in Brgy. Maco in Compostela Valley recently visited NAPC representatives.

October 25 was celebrated the fourth year of the Community Technical College of Southeastern Mindanao, Inc. (CTCSMI). In 2013, academics, human rights groups, leaders-grassroots, and religious organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) work together for such an escort to serve the Lumad communities. It aims to serve the Lumad youth and their communities by developing a school that promotes their culture, rights, livelihood and future.

A comprehensive focus on the welfare and well-being of the Lumad is the central program implemented by CTCSMI. It is a school that promotes youth awareness with their parents and the whole community to uphold their dreams and the ability to self-reliance, to rise and to inherit the importance of their collective action.

At present, there are 165 college scholars in the CTCSMI community. They study for free and live in the dormitory of CTCSMI. They were scattered at Liceo De Davao in Tagum, University of Mindanao, St. Mary's College, North Davao College and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority or Tesda. It takes courses related to the development of their community such as education, nursing, acupuncture, engineering, production of organic agriculture, fishing and accountancy.

In attendance of the NAPC representatives, the students immediately assembled for the show.

One of them met with CTCSMI teacher Adelaida Pregua, 57, who was also a member of the agricultural instructors and also taught Senior High School. "We shape the youth (para) after they have learned to be more willing and willing to participate in changing their situation and actively developing their community," Adelaida said.

"It's not just a theory of learning," she says. "Now, they're getting ready. For example, CTCSMI has its own Nature-Based Health Program. (Here,) alternatives (from indigenous components) to the treatment routines. Using herbal medicine and acupuncture they are exploring the application of their studies. "

Similarly to Organic Agricultural Production, CTCSMI has its own farms. Here, there is the application of the theory that students studying in the course of Agriculture have been applying. Meanwhile, the CTCSMI community also recognizes that the increase of students who can graduate from Education is important. So many of the first batch of teachers actually taught at CTCSMI, graduating from Liceo De Davao today.

Presently, there are 46 preschool (elementary) and elementary, 204 junior high schools, 83 senior high schools and 163 colleges residing in the dormitory of CTCSMI. The purpose of the school is to make everyone more comfortable, so they work to expose children's learning resources.
Kristine May. <b> Yes Spirit </ b>

Kristine May. He's Spirit

Kristine May, 21, tells how she became a teacher at CTCSMI.

"I just finished a Bachelor of Elementary Education at the University of Southeastern Philippines. (But) I chose to teach it because it was an alternative teaching style. Our curriculum contains patriotic, experiential and scientific teaching methods, "Kristine said.

He is pleased to see that he is witnessing the development of the Lumad children. "I want them to grow up not to stay in the community's aspirations and eventually become part of their support for their occupation."

He promises to himself that he will not leave the children poorly in knowledge and unprepared in the world full of contradictions and problems. "These schools are important and the government should support the people's own efforts," he said.

If the children are watching for the children, it is likely that the Lumad children can raise the awareness of this school in this school.

CTCSMI students were happy, enthusiastic and actively listened to at the gathering. One of the students was Regine Binag, 12, the eldest of five siblings and in Grade 7. "I came here because my parents could not afford to study me at the DepEd (Department of Education) school. Here I (in school) live because our place is far away, "Regine said.

His story, he wants CTCSMI because everyone is in peace, silently and they learn "not bourgeois" things-they teach them the importance of self-esteem.

"I dream of graduating from school so we can go to poverty and help other Lumad children," Regine said. Perhaps because of the good example of CTCSMI teachers, as well as Regine, wanting to be a teacher too. "I want to be a teacher someday to teach me to read, write, and teach goodwill or behavior (my children)," he added.

At CTCSMI, encourage the entire family's participation in the programs. The whole administration, teachers and all of its non-teaching personnel believe that the Lumad community is fully embraced from various areas and breeds the program to steadily improve their service delivery.

Emaly Presno is a Witness here, 39. Two children are educated at CTCSMI and are active in its health program.

"It is very easy to enter the CTCSMI program because the children's education is free. From uniforms, school supplies, quality of education including health, nutritious food and shelter for CTCSMI-free scholars, "said Emaly.

Emaly told NAPC representatives to visit "alive" in this school the spirit of promoting the "ten basic needs of the people". It is a great thing to them that parents and the exchange of their children's education are their active participation and appreciation of a comprehensive program that will uphold the Lumad's ability to independently.

According to Pia Perez, executive director and administrator of CTCSMI, many more are needed and must be done to fully help our Lumad citizens. But the school is a huge step.
CTCSMI teachers.
CTCSMI teachers. He's Spirit

"We encourage us to continue to enjoy it, our services continue to grow and support from private and even government officials who are real people," Pia said.

According to NAPC, CTCSMI is an inspiration to others in promoting an education that meets and addresses the comprehensive needs of Lumad's peoples.

"Due to the unity of unity and participation of the entire CTCSMI community, it proves that nothing is impossible when willing and united. It is not impossible for the government to pursue these people's efforts as long as they want and seriously respond to the needs of the poor. It should be enough to support enough support, help and services of the government, "Maza concluded.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The great apostasy

The great apostasy
The progressive change is contrary to the Duterte regime.

President Duterte closed a window (or door) to the possibility of progressive change.

Contrary to his statements that he does not control the Congress, especially the Commission on Appointments (CA), which has denied Judy Taguiwalo's secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the public knows the truth. Any regime in the country, has a strong influence on Congress, and the President uses this influence to push legislators to pass the bill and policy they want. The song says, just wondering what is wrong.

Taguiwalo unveils the leadership of the people from the Left: loyal to the people's service, without corruption, and talent and creativity to improve the service of the people. Rafael "Ka Paeng" Mariano, now secretary of the Department of Agrarian Reform, is still demonstrating and remains unconfirmed by the CA. As the head, the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) Sec. Liza Maza.

As part of Duterte's move towards Right and closer to US imperialism, he has gradually been deprived of the cabinet members who serve the most loyal people. In the meantime, just over a year ago, we have seen much of Duterte's turning back from brutal statements against US military presence in the country.

More than three months after the outbreak of Marawi City broke out, we saw the President's full acceptance of the US "military" - the imitation of imperialism in the massive and open crushing of the city, killing civilians and violating rights Moro citizens. We are so far at the time that Duterte was condemned to US crimes against the Moro during the Filipino-American war, as he himself administered the repetition of these crimes now.

We can say that the war and the insurgency are just an expansion or extension of the "terrorism" of Duterte's previously demonstrated fascist tendencies we have seen in his war-torn war. In the name of this war, called Oplang Tokhang, he commissioned the Philippine National Police (PNP) to use the whole force-even if it was illegal-to eliminate addicts and to drive illegal drugs.

Like his tactics for "terrorists", Duterte has been in the hands of iron and bloody destruction of social problems such as the spread of drugs and "terrorism" that can only be solved in response to the basic problems of Filipino society. And these problems, according to the national-democratic movement, are the rule of imperialism, the existence of bureaucrat capitalism (regardless of the government's business as a business or for official interest), and feudalism (monopoly control of some landlords In the country's major agricultural lands).

Perhaps, Duterte has come to realize that he can not really address these problems, especially since he has embraced the implementation of the neoliberal economic policies previously implemented by previous presidents. Through these policies, the intensification of imperialist control over the economy and politics continues in the country, while the rule of the few oligarchic members in the country continues. In the meantime, social services such as education, housing and medical services remain far away from the hands of the poorer people-because of the neoliberal view, it is not the right of citizens but products that can be enjoyed by a few.

That is why he only uses hand-iron to respond to the symptoms of the above-mentioned social problems. He has also abandoned the peace talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), especially the promises of liberation to political prisoners. He intensifies the "all-out war" against the revolutionary movement that is bound by martial law in Mindanao. He even threatens to extend military rule across the country.

The fascist dictatorship is not the progressive change that is in the minds of the 16 million Filipinos in mind to vote for Duterte. Certainly, in the next few weeks and months, the number of its citizens will increase.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Basic SEO practices for newbies:

Basic SEO practices for newbies:
The thing to remember is that SEO isn't a magic bullet. It's important, but no one knows the exact algorithms the SEs use, and each one is different so all you can do is optimize the best you can. There happens to be a few things that you should just always do whenever you make a new website. Don't stress over every little thing, just make sure you are doing it, this should just become kind of automatic for you.

Make sure you fill in your meta tags with a good title, description, and the right keywords. I personally don't think the keywords meta-tag is nearly as important as everyone else on here does, but it gives me a way to organize my keywords list for me to reference. When you start having many different websites, it's good to include whatever notes to yourself you can. When you come back to work on an older site you might not remember everything you were thinking before. The meta tags help you remember your site info as much as it helps the SE figure it out. A good rule of thumb is that anything that won't hurt you for SEO and might help, you should use and use correctly. Definately use the title meta-tag, try to include keywords in the title. Definitely use the description meta-tag, google will normally use this for the summary it displays in the listing. It isn't used for indexing so write it for humans, this is what gets people to click on your link when they see it in the SERP. Don't use the same metatags for every page on your site. Take the time to make them be specific to each page.
Create good content. Make sure you have some decent content. Content is what the internet was invented for. If you have unique and quality content, then all the seo and backlinking you're doing is just to get the ball rolling. Give them what they want, show them where it is, and they'll start coming. If it's good enough then it'll eventually start building on its own naturally because people like what they found. That's the idea anyway. So whenever possible use the best page design and the best content possible. Avoid duplicate content between different pages on your site, the SE will most likely penalize your site for that.
Remember, your content isn't just something to get google to like your site, it is the whole point of your site. The content and how you structure it is what will make visitors do what you want when they get there. If it's crap they'll just leave, and 99% of them won't leave by clicking on your adsense or affilliate link, they'll just close the window or use the back button. (yes, of course if your doing blackhat stuff you can make the browser go where you want, but that's for a different discussion.)

Include your keywords. Structure your content correctly, make a few title headers in the content that include keywords (use header tags h1, h2, etc.), try to have a keyword density around 2% in your content, and maybe 4% for the whole page including the metatags, alt tags, anchors, etc.
Be sure that your .htaccess is set up correctly. Decide on which way you want your url to be and stick with it. If you decide to use www then always use it like that in your links, don't use both. I usually set up a 301 for all www requests to redirect to non-www urls. If you don't set that up then every single page on your site can appear to google as having at least one duplicate. If that's the only thing wrong on your site it isn't going to kill you, but it's so easy to fix. If you don't know how to set up a redirect in your .htaccess file then just do a search, there are many other threads explaining it. Check google if you can't find it here. Also, .htaccess only apples if your on an Apache server, Windows servers do it a little differently, if that applies to you then just search google to find out how to do it. If your consitent in your linking, then the only time the redirect will come into play is if you get natural backlinks that you have no control over. You should also specify which you prefer, www or not-www in google tools if you use it. (If you don't then you really should, I recommend you set yourself up an account for webmaster tools and analytics.)
Make a robots.txt file and I like to include a favicon because without them the robots will trigger file not found errors on your server. Be sure to configure your robots.txt correctly. Make a custom 404 page. If your site has more than just a couple of pages then also create a sitemap.xml file. It's not a bad idea to just create a sitemap anyway no matter what, it lets you define the structure of your site to the crawlers. Just search google if you don't know how to do any of that, it's very basic and you can find exact instructions within a minute when you do a search.
Other than that there isn't a lot more you can do for on-site SEO. When people ask about SEO they're always thinking of on-site SEO, but thats the easy and quick part. Just do it and get on with it.

Everything else is off-site SEO and involves building backlinks and promotion.
This is where you need to focus your efforts. This is where the magic bullet is, if there really is one.

Social Bookmarks, Directory Submissions, Profile Links, and Blog Comments are really the easiest place to start getting backlinks. It's not a bad idea to purchase these links from a service. They are easy to make, but to do it right they really need to be posted from many different accounts and ip adresses. A good idea when your starting is to do it yourself a little bit to see how it works, then purchase larger quantities from a service. You want to get a lot of links, but you don't want to over do it. Building to fast can look unnatural, just do some searches and read up on it a little more. How many and how fast is a judgement call you have to make. hold off on more complex linkbuilding until you have a little more experience. Linkwheels and other link structures can be very powerful, but can also hurt your site a lot if not done correctly.

Whenever possible include keyword anchors and title or alt tags on your backlinks. Don't always use the same anchors, vary it up a little, use 3 or 4 different keywords and even do a few with some non keyword anchors. You are trying to look as though a lot of different real people have taken a liking to your site, if it were natural then all links wouldn't be exactly the same, so you want to simulate that same type of randomness. Backlinking strategies are all about simulating the natural events that happen as a site grows in popularity. If you can do it successfully then the SE's will give you good position in the listings, and then hopefully what you are simulating can become reality. The point of all of it is to get traffic.
Change up your anchor text. The idea of backlinking is to simulate that masses of people are becoming interested in your site. It should have some amount of randomness to it in order to look natural. I've seen a few made up stats on what's best, but I think a good rule of thumb is maybe about 45% primary keywords, 35% secondary keywords, and about 15% random unrelated like Click Here, and then about 5% just the url. The exact percentage isn't dramatically important, it just needs to seem like the linking is natural.
Create relevant articles containing your keywords, include backlinks using keyword anchors, and submit to article directories. Article directories are mostly authority sites and your article becomes a relevant backlink to your site. Then create profiles and accounts on blogs, social networking sites, forums etc. Include a link to your website whenever you do that and each one of those become backlinks as well.
Thats the end of it. Well kinda.
Go back and watch your stats to see what keywords are getting the most traffic to your site, analyze the data a little bit and if you need to, remove or add keywords to your content and tags, and adjust the anchors your using in your backlinks.

Continue building links. Remember you're trying to artificially create the appearance to the SE that your site is popular. When that happens naturally, people are always adding new links to your site. Since you are trying to look natural you have to do the same thing. Linkbuilding never stops completely.
OK, there you go. That's that basics of SEO. Everything else is about fine tuning, and has to be looked at for each individual situation.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

The truth in free tuition

The youth have succeeded in gaining the P8.3 billion allocated last year's Duterte administration for student tuition in more than 100 state universities and colleges (SUCs) in the country.

A few months after the declaration, the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) issued a memorandum of understanding on the implementation of the said Budget or Unified Student Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education (UniFAST). It states that instead of free education for everyone, prioritize "poor but worthy students."

The same is the scene after the University of the Philippines (UP) -Diliman chancellor declared Dr. Michael Tan this month as long as there is no clear policy on the implementation of the free tuition policy, will not be able to collect tuition fees at UP Diliman in the upcoming first semester.

Subsequently, the Philippine Institute of Development Studies (PIDS) think-tanked Facebook has infographic on the UniFAST's correctness and the "contravention" of free-of-charge tuition for all.

IBON Foundation, an independent research institute in the country, denied this. According to them, the PIDS is at the forefront and at the point of view.

"With the free tuition fee, education is social good (for the good of society). He is not a commodity, "said UG Naguit, education advocacy specialist of IBON, using PIDS on" user pay principle ", an approach that values ​​individual payment of the people. "The state has mandated the Constitution to give it to citizens."

But this is not so easy, the belief of PIDS. In their written policy paper, they find that a major factor in being "counterproductive" is that free tuition fees and taxes will be allocated for education improvement and exemption.

"The tax increase does not happen just and without spending," PIDS said. As a result, the infrastructure, agriculture, and other expenses will be reduced.

Ben Te, second secretary of the Kabataan Partylist, said that taxpayers need more than just being charged today and increasingly needing to reduce service to other sectors of society.

"Imagine how much our government is spending for bombing in Mindanao, Marawi. She gets funding. But the problem is, because our government wants it, [earns] the profits of the universities, so there is high tuition, "Te explained.

IBON also said the government should not service its services in various sectors, especially in addressing the needs of the poor.

"That's why there's such a thing (not studying), high school accessibility is too limited for low-income groups," JP pikquig, publications section head of IBON. In one IBON study, two in every three families live at P125 per day.

Despite these controversies, IBON and PIDS are united with free tuition to make it a true free education for the people. According to PIDS, there are no half of the cost to study the tuition. There is the cost of accommodation, fares, equipment and more.

Because of this, the PIDS believes that those who are able to fill the expenses apart from tuition will only benefit from free tuition.

But if PIDS sees it as a free tuition against the poor, it sees others as a preliminary step towards achieving free and quality education in the country.

"Regardless of what your economic bracket is, education is the right of every citizen. As the PIDS shows, education is the privilege (of them), which is a commodity that is priced, "concluded Naguit.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Release and Resistance

Release and Resistance
10 political prisoners have been released, thanks to the mass campaigns and peace talks. 

Apolonio Barado, a fisherman from Legazpi City, was sixteen years in jail. Despite a decade of endurance in the cell, Barado did not have any details about it, from supplying him to release.

"They arrested me because I was accused of being a New People's Army. For a long time, it was my hair, "Barado said. He added that the multiple murder case, a "bum," he said.

He told all this with other political prisoners released on the night of July 6. He and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) consultant Emeterio Antalan, as well as Ricardo Solangon, Joel Ramada, Jose Navarro, Generoso Rolida, Arnulfo Boates, Manolito Matricio, Joshua Ungsod, and Sonny Marbella of conditional presidential pardon.

"This is a good news for their families, friends and supporters who have seen how they were shut out and exploited because of the cases they did not," said Cristina Palabay, general secretary of the Right.

"We are detained because we have a fight, not in any (criminal case)," Barado said, in spite of the excitement of liberation, is still bitterly imprisoned.

Barado will never accept 16 years of non-return. We have the affliction in her eyes, and others released, every time they talk about it.

In fact, Barado had a heart attack in September. She was brought to the Philippine Heart Center, and with the help of outside co-workers, she was able to cure her.

Not only did Barado have a critical illness in prison. The NDFP and the NDFP have also been calling for the release of political prisoners who are seriously ill.

"In the 2nd round of the peace talks, the Philippine government panel released a release of more than 200 inmates, including over 100 who should be released from basic humanitarian status because of the elderly, women with disabilities, , And that's really something very long ago, "said Rafael Baylosis, NDFP consultant. "The third round came, no [still] released."

Like Barado, in the premises that Rolida sold his tuberculosis. In 2003, Rolida was sentenced to death and was sentenced to death in 2005. Her health began to be released.

"Of course, within the building of the prison, because of the many death sentences, many people, you sleep in cement, you have a cardboard," said Rolida.

Rolida's tuberculosis was still critical in 2012, so he was confined to the New Bilibid Prison hospital for four months.

Rolida was just one of the many political prisoners who had been in prison. Last year, Bernabe Ocasla, a political prisoner, died after suffering a heart attack for the third time.

"The elderly, those with illness, and long time in jail, there are so many leftovers that can be released," Rolida added.

Even so, even with the release, they still carry the aim of resuming the fight for the release of another political prisoner. No more than half of the now-released 400 political prisoners have been released, and even Rolida and Barado are still unable to calm down because of the conditional pardon.

According to Manolito Matricio, the farmer, who is now liberated he has the opportunity to join Rafael "Ka Paeng" Mariano of the Department of Agrarian Reform in the development of genuine agrarian reform.

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