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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...

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.

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