The military’s victim?

Jun 22, 2007

Activists and human-rights advocates stage a demonstration on San Pedro Street on Thursday to denounce what they claim as the government’s intensifying anti-insurgency campaign that victimizes children. The photo in the placard is that of Grecil Buya, the 9-year-old girl from New Bataan, Compostela Valley, who was killed in March during a military raid on members of the communist New People’s Army. Read the story ( photo by Cheryll D. Fiel)

The view from Magsaysay Park

Jun 20, 2007

Davaoenos enjoy the beach front and the view in Magsaysay Park, one of the more popular parks in Davao City. ( photo by Germelina A. Lacorte)

People before profit

Jun 15, 2007

A member of the group Mamamayan Ayaw sa Aerial Spraying (Maas), which advocates the banning of aerial spraying of pesticides on the city’s banana plantations, stage a demonstration in front of the Davao City office of the Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA), the industry group. The association is asking a court injunction against the ban. ( photo by Barry Ohaylan)

Bags ‘r us

Jun 13, 2007

An ukay-ukay vendor at the Agdao public market shows her ware. For as low as 150 pesos, a bargain hunter can have a branded, top-quality backpack. | Read the story ( photo by Barry Ohaylan).

Street education

Jun 12, 2007

A pupil does her homework on the sidewalks of C.M. Recto Street as she waits for her parents to pick her up. Classes in the city began last week, with several public schools lacking facilities. The Philippine educational system is once again facing the same set of problems that Filipinos face each beginning of the school year. ( photo by Barry Ohaylan) | Read Davao Today’s coverage of education issues

Pinoy maids slam HK’s ‘insulting’ pay hike

Jun 10, 2007

A Filipino domestic worker in Hongkong protests a pay increase implemented by the Hongkong government that she and hundreds of others like her consider an insult because it is way below their demand. Migrant groups in the Chinese territory are protesting the government’s piecemeal approach to wage increases for domestic workers. Hongkong is one of the top destinations for Filipino maids. (Photo:


Jun 09, 2007

‘Miss-Ogyny’. Members of the Gabriela Network in New York held last week a “beauty pageant” to dramatize the killings of political activists, many of them women, in the Philippines. Photo shows a GABNet member dressed like a beauty queen, with a sash saying Miss-Ogyny, and holding a purple umbrella decked with small placards containing photos of Philippine women victims of political killings. (GABnet photo) | Read Davao Today’s coverage of the extrajudicial killings in the Philippines | More Davao Today photographs

Protest in Gensan vs abductions

Jun 08, 2007

Members of the party-list group Bayan Muna stage a protest rally in General Santos City on Thursday evening, calling on the military to release their colleague Gilbert Rey Cardio, who was abducted Wednesday by men believed to be government agents in Koronadal City. Related stories: Bishop Calang on abductions: We cannot allow the tragedy of silence to continue to befall us
| Bayan Muna leader cried Pulis! Pulis! | Davao Today’s coverage of human rights issues

$1-billion mining investment eyed in Mati

Jun 08, 2007

According to officials from the mining inudstry, the Philippines’s potential for growth in the sector remains good. In fact, BHP Billiton, the world’s biggest miner, is interested in investing up to a billion US dollars in a nickel mine project in Mati, Davao Oriental, according to Benjamin Philip Romualdez, president of the Philippine Chamber of Mines. Romualdez said at the Asia-Pacific Mining Conference in Makati City this week that foreign companies have invested nearly $700 million in the Philippines in the past three years as a result, he said, of the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Mining Act of 1997 that opened the industry to foreigners. But environmentalists, who protested the conference, have warned of environmental destruction. (Photo: