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Philippine government calls for the rearming of Japan

By Joseph Santolan, December 14, 2012

Amid tensions with China, the Philippine foreign secretary said the government supported Japanese remilitarization as “a balancing factor”.

Death toll from Philippine typhoon exceeds 600

By Joseph Santolan, December 10, 2012

At least 100 of the deaths were the result of collapsed or buried evacuation centers.

Scores dead as typhoon hits the Philippines

By Joseph Santolan, December 5, 2012

The deaths so far reported have resulted from landslides, flash floods and falling trees and power lines. But the underlying cause is poverty.

Philippine mayor calls for extrajudicial killing

By Dante Pastrana, November 20, 2012

The rise to power of Rodrigo Duterte as Davao City mayor implicates major political figures in the Philippines.

Philippine “left” quarrels over election

By Joseph Santolan, November 13, 2012

The dispute reveals the depth of the opportunism and charlatanry of both Akbayan and Anakbayan, as well as other CPP-front organizations.

Philippine “left” quarrels over election

By Joseph Santolan, November 13, 2012

The dispute reveals the depth of the opportunism and charlatanry of both Akbayan and Anakbayan, as well as other CPP-front organizations.

Philippine anti-mining activist arrested for Facebook posting

By Dante Pastrana, November 6, 2012

The Aquino government has extended the criminalization of libel onto the internet and other forms of electronic media.

Philippine government implements two-tier wages

By Dante Pastrana, November 5, 2012

Along with the expansion of contractualization and underemployment, the new wage system is a major assault on the living standards of Filipino workers.

Former Philippine president arrested on the charge of plunder

By Joseph Santolan, October 16, 2012

The charge filed against her is being used by President Aquino’s administration to hold former President Arroyo without bail.

Philippine politicians declare candidacy for the 2013 election

By Joseph Santolan, October 13, 2012

Two major political coalitions composed of family dynasties are competing for a share in the power and the coffers of the state

Philippine president to sign Mindanao peace accord

By Joseph Santolan, October 11, 2012

Backed by Washington, the Manila political and business elites have struck a bargain with a section of the Mindanao ruling class for the joint exploitation of the island.

Scores killed in Manila floods

By John Roberts, August 10, 2012

Urban planners have described the latest floods in the Philippines as a “man-made disaster.”