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Experts, advocates push for higher health budget, econ spending

“If we don’t spend enough, ordinary citizens would continue to suffer…If we don’t reverse the business closures, how could we generate jobs? The government would then have to provide aid, which is obviously not sustainable。” — Marikina 2nd District Rep。 Stella Quimbo

MONEY HEIST: Smoke & mirrors in the 2021 proposed national budget

BY MARJOHARA TUCAY ( THE NATIONAL BUDGET reflects an administration’s priorities. Pres. Rodrigo Duterte stated in his 2021 budget message: “The national budget of P4.506 trillion that we are proposing for fiscal year 2021 is focused on our greatest priority of the moment – to sustain and strengthen government efforts in effectively responding to and…

‘Right to health and information left up in the air as high court denies call for mass testing’

“We cannot accept the Court’s reasoning that it is barred from compelling the executive to protect the people’s right to health ‘in a certain way or to a certain degree’ and ‘no matter how dire the emergency’ when it is obvious that the current response is a huge failure and places our people’s health and safety in peril。”

IN-DEPTH: Public education sector, neglected even more in the time of pandemic

With the pandemic still raging on, the crisis in the Philippine educational system has been further exposed. Instead of addressing the concerns of the education sector, the Duterte administration has chosen to neglect it even more by not providing enough budget for distance learning.

An Interview with John Shipton, father of Assange: “Julian’s oppression is the great crime of the 21st century”

The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention stated that Julian was arbitrarily detained and that he should be compensated and released immediately. The last report was in February 2018. It is now 2020 and Julian remains in Belmarsh maximum security prison under 24-hour lockdown.