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Despite growth in the Philippines, labor underscores systemic failure in rising inequality (tags)

Exclusive growth for exclusive group of wealthiest businessmen.

Democracy and socialism (tags)

Democracy is the most popular word in the vocabulary of politics but also the most brazenly abused.

Filipino workers challenge to Aquino (tags)

Three years ago, President Aquino promised to substantially reduce poverty, create quality and secure jobs, and end the reign of impunity, among others. He promised “inclusive growth”. Workers have had enough of these broken promises.

Philippine Congressman Walden Bello visits Filipino communities in US cities (tags)

IN several forums this month, Congressman Walden Bello is visiting Filipino-American communities in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle and Portland to talk about the upcoming May 13 mid-term congressional elections in the Philippines, and the role his political party, Akbayan Citizens’ Action Party, has played in the passing of progressive legislation during the just-concluded 15th Congress. Akbayan’s Risa Hontiveros is running for a Senate seat in May, and is in the circle of candidates deemed to have a chance of winning a seat – a first in the Senate for Akbayan. Akbayan is also running as a party-list organization to again have their House seats.

Philippine Chief Justice Corona urged to resign (tags)

TWO days after a "court holiday" was declared in support of impeached Chief Justice Renato Corona, Bantay Gloria Network (BGN) responded with a "national day of action" to press for the removal of Corona from his post.

Filipino Militant groups commemorate Bonifacio Day with mass protest (tags)

MANILA, Philippines—Various militant groups from the labor sector commemorated the 148th birth anniversary of Philippine national hero and revolutionary Andres Bonifacio Wednesday with mass protest action at the historic Don Chino Roces (formerly Mendiola) Bridge.

Philippines: End the rule of elites and capitalists! Power to the People! (tags)

On the occasion of Gat Andres Bonifacio’s 148th birthday, tens of thousands of workers belonging to the Alliance of Progressive Labor (APL) and its allied organizations marched in key cities around the country to protest against elite rule and their failed neoliberal policies.

Former Philippine President Arroyo charged with electoral fraud (tags)

MANILA: The former Philippine president Gloria Arroyo has been charged with electoral fraud in a move that could pave the way for her arrest, after the government rushed the case to a regional court to keep her from leaving the country.

PHILIPPINES: Akbayan calls people to enforce own hold departure order for Arroyo (tags)

Akbayan Party today called on the public to enforce their own hold departure order to prevent former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo from "evading justice."

Philippines: PALEA holds motorcade on the 30th day of its protest vs. outsourcing (tags)

Also in commemoration of PALEA’s 30th day of protest against contractualization, solidarity actions were held in San Francisco and Los Angeles by US unions and the Filipino-American community. In San Francisco, the groups picketed the Philippine consulate and PAL ticketing office, and submitted a letter of concern to Deputy Consul General Alfonso Ver.

Philippine Airline workers intensify protest actions (tags)

The Philippine Airlines Employees? Association (PALEA) today asserted that Philippine Airlines (PAL) President Jaime Bautista?s announcement that they no longer acknowledge Gerry Rivera and Bong Palad as union officers exposes union busting as the real aim of outsourcing. ?Truly a fish is caught by its mouth. Actually PAL is not just recognizing me and Palad as union officers but 62% of PALEA?s leadership and 70% of its membership who have been illegally lockout and terminated. Outsourcing thus is tantamount to union busting,? stated Gerry Rivera, PALEA president and vice chair of Partido ng Manggagawa (PM - Labor Party).

PHILIPPINES: Akbayan Lawmakers want Marcos declared ?enemy of democracy? (tags)

Coinciding with the 39th year anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law, Akbayan lawmakers today filed a resolution urging the House of Representatives to officially declare former dictator Ferdinand Marcos an ?enemy of democracy.?

Workers Party challenges Philippine President to protect labor rights at Hanjin (tags)

The militant labor group Partido ng Manggagawa (PM) challenged President Benigno Aquino III (PNoy) to uphold and protect workers rights at the giant Hanjin shipyard in Subic, Zambales as complaints mounted of violations of labor and safety standards. Dozens of members of PM and the Philippine Airlines Employees? Association (PALEA) joined the Church-Labor Conference, an alliance of labor and religious organizations that is co-chaired by Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo, in a rally this morning at Mendiola in Manila.

Philippine Airlines workers vote to strike (tags)

The Philippine Airlines Employees’ Association (PALEA) held a torch parade tonight as initial results in the strike poll reveal a tremendous vote for yes. Only the ballots of PALEA members in the Metro Manila offices of Philippines Airlines have been counted and show 96% votes of for a strike and a mere 3% voted against. In the last strike vote conducted last December, some 86% voted yes. In yesterday’s voting, 1996 PALEA members in Metro Manila participated out of some 2987 total members.

2011: Another bleak year for the workers in the Philippines (tags)

2011: Another bleak year for the workers, militant labor leaders lamented in a breakfast forum

Philippine Airlines workers protest, appeals to Philippine President to stop layoff (tags)

The Philippine Airlines Employees’ Association (PALEA) today returned to Mendiola for a rally to appeal to President Benigno Aquino III to stop the mass layoff of 2,600 employees at Philippine Airlines (PAL). PALEA submitted a formal petition to the Office of the President appealing for presidential intervention to suspend the implementation of the Baldoz decision pending its review.

PHILIPPINES: PAL labor row erupts anew as workers protest DOLE decision (tags)

The labor row at Philippine Airlines (PAL) flares up once more at the start of the airline peak season with its workers starting today a series of protest actions against the recent decision of Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz to allow the mass layoff of some 3,000 workers. At 10:00 a.m. today dozens of members of the Philippine Airlines Employees’ Association (PALEA), the ground crew union at PAL, held a symbolic protest at the main office of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Intramuros, Manila.

MAS MASAKIT ANG AMBA KAYSA BIGWAS” Ni NOYNOY AQUINO SA MASANG PILIPINO (tags)

Mukhang mas masakit ang amba ng Rehimeng US-Aquino III kaysa aktwal na hambalos nito sa sambayanan. Hindi pa man nakakabangon ang masa sa mariing parusa ng nakaraang siyam na taon ng rehimeng US-Arroyo, eto na naman ang bagong rehimeng Aquino II na naghahanda ng panibagong atake sa sambayanan. Kitang kita sa pagpili nito ng mga tao sa military na naghahanda ito ng mabagsik at panibagong opensiba laban sa masang Pilipino. Paano ba, ang bagong hirang na hepe ng AFP na si General David na galling sa NOLCOM ay nagbabanta agad na “wawasakin ang NPA sa loob ng tatlong taon.”

Philippine Airlines workers stage protests against Labor Department (tags)

PAL union rallies anew at DOLE, appeals “midnight decision”

Labor Day statements from the Philippines (tags)

LABOR URGED TO USE LABOR VOTE TO ADVANCE LABOR AGENDA . May 1 protest demands a stop to layoffs and contractualization.

MERGER NG PNB-ALLIED BANK, GANAP NA KONTROL NI LUCIO TAN SA BANKO (tags)

Nalaman ngayon ng EPCC NEWS na magsasanib ng Philippine National Bank (PNB) at ang Allied Banking Corporation (ABC). Dahil dito ganap na makokontrol ni Lucio Tan ang kontrol sa PNB dahil makokompleto nito ang 80% dahil sa pag-aari niya sa Allied Bank. Ang Allied bank ay dating kontrol ni Juan Ponce Enrile at ng mga Marcos. Isa ito sa mga hinahabol na ari-arian ng PCGG subalit bigo sila sa kanilang pagiimbestiga laban dito maging sa ma kaso laban kay Lucio Tan.

Iligal na pang-aaresto at panggigipit mula Marso hanggang unang linggo ng Abril (tags)

Iligal na pang-aaresto at panggigipit ang tampok sa mga paglabag sa karapatang-tao ng rehimeng Arroyo nitong nakaraang Marso 10 hanggang Abril 3.

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