NOT ONLY TO HIS CLOSE ADVISERS (On Why Joblessness Continues to Rise)

President Aquino’s “What’s Wrong"  admonition to his Cabinet yesterday on why unemployment persists at a high rate , even rising to 27.5 percent in the last quarter of 2013 ( SWS, December 2013 ), - belying the claims of “ inclusive growth“,  should make him realize that he is listening to just one kind of voice in the economy –  that of the apostles of privatization and liberalization who dominate his Cabinet like Purisima,  Almendras, Balisacan and Abad.

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Statement of the Kilusang KonTRAPOrk on the Oral Arguments on the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), January 28, 2014, at the Supreme Court


The struggle against the pork is not yet over, in fact it is just intensifying.

Today, the so-called “Disbursement Acceleration Program” (DAP)—or one of the components of the president’s pork—is up for scrutiny by the Supreme Court during the scheduled oral argumentations. However, before we get lost in the tangle of legal jargon and partisan mudslinging, we must remind ourselves that the DAP issue is not simply, as the Aquino media team tried to spin it last year, an issue of whether or not the funds were embezzled, nor is it just an issue of whether or not President’s influence peddling during the impeachment of the former Chief Justice Renato Corona is ethical or illegal. Neither is it a mere “distraction” from the prosecution of the perpetrators of the Napoles PDAF Scam. It is not even just about the Executive branch’s unconstitutional usurpation of the Legislative’s power of the purse. It is far bigger than that.Statement of the Kilusang KonTRAPOrk on the Oral Arguments on the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), January 28, 2014, at the Supreme Court

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Activists Hit ADB’s Strategy and Yolanda loan

Manila, Philippines — Members of the Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) and the Philippine Movement for Climate Justice trooped outside the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to protest against the financial institution’s “business-as-usual” development strategy in the Philippines and against its impending $500M loan to the Philippine government for reconstruction and rehabilitation, during the ADB’s consultation with civil society groups.

The ADB Consultation with Civil Society on Strategy 2020 Midterm Review, an evaluation of its mandate and direction for its vision of an Asia and Pacific region by year 2020, is scheduled today.

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A Day of Reckoning Has Come

Today, we cross a threshold. 

Exactly 100 days ago, on the day alleged billion-peso pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles “surrendered” to the President, we, the people, issued a challenge to this government. We gave it exactly that much time to investigate and prosecute all individuals involved in the monumental thievery.

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Ngayong panahon ng bagyo, ang mga kababaihan ay naghahanda para sa kaligtasan ng kanilang pamilya. Ngunit meron bang makakaligtas sa pinakamalakas na bagyong humagupit sa bayan? Kahit ang pinakamalakas na hagupit ng Super Typhoon Yolanda. 

Ang hagupit ng “Napoles Pork Barrel Scam” kasama ang iba pang nabubungkal na katakot-takot na kaso ng pangungurakot ay patuloy na yumayanig sa Pilipinas dahil sa katiwalian ng mga pinagkakatiwalaang senador at congressman, mga opisyales ng pamahalaan. Ang nadiskubreng pork scam ay patuloy na yumayanig, mas malakas pa sa tumama sa Bohol, at tinamaan ng Yolanda sa Visayas dahil sa idinudulot nitong paghahati sa mga sangay ng gobyerno, at nagpapatingkad ng vulnerableng kalagayan ng pamahalaan at bantang paglubog ng ekonomiya.

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