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Brgy elections: ballots and brouhahas

The enduring love the Filipinos have for democracy has been tested several times throughout the country’s history. The three groups of colonizers controlled the participation of Filipinos in the government. Former President Ferdinand Marcos stayed in power for more than 20 years – a term more than what was allowed by the Constitution.  More than…

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National Situationer: It starts with the first 100

Honeymoons don’t last long. Noynoy Aquino’s honeymoon with the Filipinos, as the new president, certainly didn’t. The anti-wangwang [siren] campaign, Aquino’s first, was a promising entry point for his administration. It gave the impression that the Aquino administration can empathize with what is a daily problem for Filipinos. His first issued memorandum on the retraction…

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Beyond bureaucracy: Assessing the Sangguniang Kabataan

After much controversy, the Filipinos will after all, elect their respective barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) leaders come Oct. Unlike the May national elections, this process will include those from the younger demographic, the Filipino youth. The youth, aged 15 to 17, will have the chance to elect officials, who would represent them in the…

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Hacienda Luisita: A cry for social justice

The Supreme Court’s decision to create a special mediation panel adds a new chapter in the long fought battle of the hacienda workers. This is the outcome of the oral arguments last Aug. on a petition by the Hacienda Luisita farmers and supervisors to revoke the stock distribution option (SDO) of the Cojuangco-owned plantation.