Author Archives: DAVAO TODAY

4 months ago

State of the ‘Bakwit’ Address: Marawi evacuees call on Duterte to stop the war

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State of the ‘Bakwit’ Address: Marawi evacuees call on Duterte to stop the war

When the battle between government troops and extremists in Marawi City erupted two months ago, 33 year-old Rosemina Mocsana, a mother of two children aged 11 and 12, evacuated with her family walking an estimate of four kilometers from the Mindanao State University​-​Marawi City compound going to Saguiaran town in Lanao del Norte to flee ​from ​the conflict area. They left their place at 8​:00 ​am and arrive in Saguiaran at 3​:00 ​pm. They had to pause ​every now and then to let ​t​he​i​r mother, who was suffering arthritis, rest.

4 months ago

FULL TEXT | State of the Bakwit Address

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FULL TEXT | State of the Bakwit Address

Habang patuloy ang gyera sa Marawi, patuloy rin ang kahirapan ng libo-libong pamilya, lalo na ang mga nag desisyong makitira sa bahay ng mga kamag-anak. Sa harap ng pinagsasabi ng mga ahensya, marami pa rin sa mga home-based evacuees ang walang sapat na suplay ng pagkain, kaya, marami sa kanilang mga bata ay nagkakasakit.

4 months ago

STATEMENT| The danger of deranged solutions

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STATEMENT| The danger of deranged solutions

It is thus with profound discontent and indignation that we, the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers, join the Filipino people in denouncing the Duterte regime for its failed promises, bourgeoning tyranny, and oppressive disdain for the people’s lives and human rights.

4 months ago

FULL TEXT | ACT Teachers Representative Antonio L. Tinio’s explanation of vote against Martial Law extension

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FULL TEXT | ACT Teachers Representative Antonio L. Tinio’s explanation of vote against Martial Law extension

Wala pong batayan na ipinaliwanag ang mga resource persons ng Malacañan para sa extension ng martial law. Binanggit po kanina ng sponsor at ng kagalang-galang na Majority Leader na may Supreme Court decision na nag-uphold sa pagdedeklara ng martial law. Pero nais ko lamang po ilinaw na ang desisyon na iyon ay nag-aapply sa orihinal na deklarasyon ng martial law at iba na po ang sitwasyon ngayong pinag-uusapan na natin ang extension.

4 months ago

FULL TEXT | ACT Teachers Party-List Representative France Castro’s explanation of vote against Martial Law extension

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FULL TEXT | ACT Teachers Party-List Representative France Castro’s explanation of vote against Martial Law extension

Sa kasong ito, ang piniling lunas ay naging mas masahol pa sakit na sinasabing kailangang lutasin. Hindi nasulusyunan ng martial law ang problemang dulot ng extremist groups sa Marawi, bagkus ay nagdulot lamang ito ng mas marami pang suliranin dala ng paghihigpit sa paggalaw ng mga mamamayan, maging sa pagbibigay ng batayang serbisyo. Ika nga, hinuhuli mo lang ang daga, sinunog mo na ang buong bahay.

4 months ago

PILLAR FOR ENVIRONMENT

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PILLAR FOR ENVIRONMENT

PILLAR FOR ENVIRONMENT. Civil society organizations call on the ASEAN senior officials to set up the fourth pillar on the environment for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in its 50th year. The CSOs met on July 21-23 at Ateneo de Davao University to come up with a manifesto to be submitted to ASEAN senior officials meeting in Manila. (More…) (Contributed photo)

4 months ago

IT’S A GO

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IT’S A GO

17th Congress votes in favor of extending Martial Law until December 31, 2017 during the Congress Joint Session at the House of Representatives, Quezon City on Saturday. (davaotoday.com)

4 months ago

STANDPOINT| Prospects and intricacies of a peace agreement in the GPH-NDFP negotiations

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STANDPOINT|  Prospects and intricacies of a peace agreement in the GPH-NDFP negotiations

The peace negotiations between the government (GPH) and National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) resumed last year in an upbeat mood with both sides agreeing to fast track the process. A year later, the talks has lost its steam and is proving to be a difficult and protracted one with a probability of meeting the same fate as in previous negotiations. Even as both the GPH panel led by Silvestre Bello and the NDFP panel led by Fidel V. Agcaoili try to save the process through continuing back-channel talks the realities on the ground – such as military intransigence and President Duterte’s poor grasp of the peace process, on one hand, and the NPA holding its ground to resist AFP operations, on the other – far outweigh efforts to keep the talks going.