“We regret that the poor outcome of the FTS would reflect the outcome of the actual polls, which could lead to election failure.” — Aya Ragrario, University of the Philippines professor and convener of Kontra Daya
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By MARILOU AGUIRRE-TUBURAN
“We should work for ‘more talk towards more peace,’” Bishop Calang urged, adding that amid the ongoing civil war, the more important thing to do is to “not lose hope, especially from the part of the government.”
By BEVERLY ANN S. MUSNI, YR.
And as the workers, farmworkers and peasants marched and braved the heat, with hundreds of red flags waving, they showed Aquino they are still a force to reckon with, undeterred despite the oppression they are experiencing from massive corporations who stole their lands and displaced them from their homes and livelihood.
By GILBERT L. PACIFICAR
The 18 ethno-linguistic tribes of the island together with other support groups have converged to hold the government of Noynoy Aquino accountable for the destruction of the IPs’ ancestral lands and the many cases of rights abuses against the peasant and lumad communities including extrajudicial killings.