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People's initiative is an exercise of 'power of the people' to enact laws, but it entails a long and expensive process
It will cost the Comelec at least P4 billion, and it will overlap with its preparation for the 2022 elections. Let’s set the exercise aside for when we truly need it.
Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto began his term by cleaning up the local government’s procurement process and auditing its assets. When the coronavirus pandemic hit, the city had money to help every household, and then some.
'[T]here are no initiatives yet to properly train teachers in indigenous history and heritage'
Marikina, a city of 450,000 residents, has one of the fastest reduction rates in cases. Mayor Marcy Teodoro says the city government simply did what public health experts advised: test, contain, and treat with speed.
One of the soldiers was allegedly hacked to death and burned
'Labag ito sa karapatang nakasaad sa Saligang Batas, kung kaya't dapat ito ibasura ng Korte Suprema,' says Akbayan
Petitioners led by former social welfare secretary Judy Taguiwalo also ask the High Court to compel the government to ramp up contact tracing efforts and release timely, accurate, and complete information on the pandemic
Iloilo City’s successful coronavirus response was not devised in a day. Neither can it be credited to only one person.
Rappler features local governments that have been ahead in responding to the coronavirus pandemic
‘The local government should be felt. ’Pag nag-lockdown ka, ’tapos pinabayaan mo ang mga tao, ’wag ka na,’ says Legazpi City Mayor Noel Rosal
Mayor Rex Gatchalian says, ‘If we can do it ourselves, do it on our own, it’s the most helpful thing we can do for the national government’
Mayors Trina Firmalo-Fabic of Odiongan, Romblon, and Krisel Lagman-Luistro of Tabaco, Albay, consult their constituents and get creative in their response to the health crisis
'We will strike while the iron is hot,' says the Armed Forces of the Philippines after Duterte steps up his rhetoric against communist rebels
Indigenous people in Latin America are being decimated by the coronavirus pandemic due to weak immune systems and centuries of state neglect
'There are no human races, there is only one human race. The concept of race reinforces the colonial structures that favors Eurocentric views.'
A suspect in the killing of 4 police officers in a 2019 ambush is killed in the encounter
'If we do not want to experience a contraction of our civil liberties we must all work to have the objectionable provisions in the anti-terrorism act invalidated by the Supreme Court or repealed by Congress'
(UPDATED) The businessman built food and beverage giant San Miguel Corporation and was a key ally of Ferdinand Marcos
'The overriding issue in the Rappler case is prescription,' says retired supreme court senior associate justice Antonio Carpio, who agrees that cyber libel must prescribe in 1 year, not 12 years
Several indigenous youth in South and Southeast Asia take the challenge of responding to the needs of their communities
The state-run TV network airs a clip featuring a quick background on the Philippine Revolution led by Andres Bonifacio, but the screen instead shows a photo of Emilio Aguinaldo
Pressure builds in the United States to rid the country of monuments associated with racism
Who is the biggest recruiter for the communist movement? Surely the generals know?
(UPDATED) China makes the security law a top priority at its annual National People's Congress session, after huge pro-democracy protests rocked the financial hub for 7 months in 2019
In separate statements, the European Union, Britain, Australia, Canada, and the US , urge China not to pass the proposed Hong Kong security law
Hong Kong's embattled leader Carrie Lam says she 'firmly' believes the law is aimed at 'effectively preventing and curbing actions that seriously endanger national security'
(3rd UPDATE) The most controversial move at the National People's Congress in China is a measure that would impose security legislation in Hong Kong
Beijing has made clear it wants new security legislation passed after the semi-autonomous city was rocked by 7 months of massive and sometimes violent pro-democracy protests in 2019
The suspect, whom police reports say operates as medic and supply officer of the rebel New People's Army, is also among the top 10 most wanted in Central Luzon
The first case reported in the Waorani tribe is a 'pregnant woman, 17 years old, who began to show symptoms on May 4,' the ministry says in a statement
The Armed Forces of the Philippines says 186 communist rebels have been killed since January 2020
Let there be talks, but honest and sincere talks, on just the 'small' agenda of cooperation on public health
The People's Bank of China says Fitch Bohua will be able to conduct ratings in China's interbank bond market, marking a further step in opening the industry
If the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict sees the ABS-CBN shutdown as a counterinsurgency issue, that's because the task force is meant to sniff out 'rebel influence' from anywhere
As the country battles a pandemic, 19 guerrillas surrender, and two are arrested in military and police operations against the New People’s Army from May 4 to 11
'We would rather give [the money] to our people, kaya lang itigil niyo ang inyong armed struggle, ititigil din namin ang ganitong pagbili ng armas,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana
The Department of Agriculture supports a project to develop some 20,000 hectares of idle ancestral lands for white corn production
'The families living on the river banks are lacking food and no longer know where to find water to drink, or with which to bathe,' says Marcia Andi, a Kichwa and leader of the Mushuk Llacta community
(UPDATED) The truce failed to stop clashes between government troops and communist rebels, both sides admit
'Internally displaced people are often highly vulnerable people living in crowded camps, emergency shelters, and informal settlements with little or no access to health care,' IDMC director Alexandra Bilak says in a statement
President Rodrigo Duterte makes the remark after expressing his sadness over the deaths of soldiers who were allegedly killed by communist rebels while delivering medical aid
'Death, violence and riots can also break out if the pandemic is left unchecked in prisons,' petitioners warn, even as the public health system is overwhelmed
In his taped Friday morning public address on the coronavirus, President Duterte blasts the communist rebels again and brings up an old peace proposal they submitted long before the pandemic
The 54 politicians allied with the Nationalist People's Coalition ask the national government to be more transparent with COVID-19 data and to assist LGUs in creating their own testing labs
The military says 4 soldiers were also wounded in the Negros Occidental encounter on Sunday, April 19
The military has reported at least 3 armed clashes with communist guerrillas since the government’s unilateral ceasefire ended on April 15
The truce has been fraught with accusations of violations from both sides, and the government has yet to say whether it will also extend its unilateral ceasefire that ended on April 15
The military awaits orders from President Rodrigo Duterte on whether the truce will be extended as many areas remain on lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic