Category: Must-Reads

WANTED: An Independent Senate

The Philippine Senate could be the last democratic institution for the government’s checks and balances, independent of and not beholden to the power ambitions of the presidency and expected to side with the people and defend whatever remains of Philippine democracy, people’s rights and welfare, and the country’s sovereignty。

In the Philippines, a dam struggle spans generations, inspires songs of unity for the environment

By MARYA SALAMAT This is one of the reports in a series produced by nmglthk.com with the Asia-Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) Media Fellowship. The series aims to report on linkages between gender, ecological conflicts and climate change. MANILA — Two proofs stand out today showing how long and how determined the…

In peril: Southeast Asia’s environment and its defenders  (Part 2 of 2)

READ ALSO: In peril: Southeast Asia’s environment and its defenders (Part 1 of 2) By Clemente Bautista Jr. and Paul Christian Yang-ed Kalikasan has been conducting researches into the cases of killings of environmental defenders in Southeast Asia. From the data we gathered, so far, we observe the following three patterns or trends: – There…

#Elections2016 |Scientists bat for genuine science, tech development in candidates’ platform

“With the national elections, it is crucial to convey to candidates the role of science and technology in national development and progress.”
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‘We have excellent resources, people but government not helping to put our acts together’
‘Let Filipinos benefit from Filipino talent, technology’
‘People should have access to publicly funded data, utilities’

K to 12 | The rise of low-fee, private schools for profit

BULATLAT SPECIAL REPORT:
“To generate profits, Apec and other similar chains, employ fewer and unqualified teachers and provide facilities which do not comply to standards. What’s quite regrettable in this regard, and almost scandalous, is that the government has waived regulations that exist in the provision of education, to satisfy the business interests of Pearson and Ayala.”