Poverty

POVERTY

GLIMPSES By Jose Ma. Montelibano  I thought we got a boost hosting the ASEAN Summit that world leaders graced with their presence as well. Then, the 3rd quarter economic performance at 6.9% spoke for itself. Politics notwithstanding, these were two developments that showed the world how resilient Filipinos can be. With Christmas around the corner, I know there is enough reason to feel very positive. Read More …

Aquino-and-Poverty

PerryScope By Perry Diaz With only one and a half years left in his presidency, President Benigno “P-Noy” Aquino III is still trying to convince his “bosses” — the people – that he’s on track with his promise of “Walang korap, walang mahirap” (No corruption, no poverty) on the “daang matuwid” (straight path). And after four and a half years of his scandal-ridden administration, P-Noy Read More …

Sen. Grace Poe delivers privilege speech

PerryScope By Perry Diaz It is customary for a lot of people to say grace, a short prayer before eating a meal. The most common grace among Catholics is: “Bless us, O Lord, and these, Thy gifts, which we are about to receive from Thy bounty, through Christ, our Lord. Amen.” But to a lot of people in the Philippines, which is predominantly Catholic, saying Read More …

Power-corrupts

PerryScope By Perry Diaz After repeatedly denying it in the past, President Benigno “P-Noy” Aquino had let the cat out of the bag: He wants a second term! And he wants it for a strange reason: To curtail the power of the Supreme Court. Whoa! What happened? Going back to Day One of the Aquino presidency, it reminds us of the promise of hope and Read More …

Shouting-into-the-silence

By Fr. Shay Cullen PREDA Foundation One of most important things for a happy meaningful life is to have a goal, a positive purpose that does good for others and for ourselves. It can be helping in the community, volunteering in a Fair Trade shop, supporting in a shelter for the homeless, or raising funds for a worthy cause. Some people feel called to be Read More …

Poverty-boy-cradling-a-brother

GLIMPSES By Jose Ma. Montelibano I am aboard an airplane bringing me home to Manila after two great days in Iloilo province. It seems that being busy and able to help Yolanda victims somehow mitigates the growing frustration that even I, an active member in the humanitarian work of Gawad Kalinga (GK), have been feeling these last two months. I wonder about those who were Read More …

Romeo-Capalla

Fr. Shay Cullen Fair trade is all about working for justice, for the poor, the downtrodden, the impoverished and exploited people. It strives to lift them up to a life of dignity and greater opportunity in a non-violent, peaceful way through economic development. Fair Trade is a practical way to respect the rights and dignity of the poorest of the poor and to restore their Read More …

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GLIMPSES By Jose Ma. Montelibano All this talk about Charter Change, especially to amend economic provisions of the Constitution, fills me with dread. Strangely enough, though I had actively joined all sorts of protests to change the political provisions of the Constitution, it is the change of economic provisions that I am more afraid of. Or, to be more accurate, of one provision in particular. Read More …

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Frankly Speaking By Frank Wenceslao A US-Pinoy and Harvard-trained economist with a Washington DC think tank told me the above question shouldn’t been released publicly because Aquino’s top and middle-echelon officials probably lack knowledge or really don’t know the correlation between government actions and private sector reactions in sharing the nation’s resource endowment. With the possible exception of Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima my source and Read More …

Climate-change.2

GLIMPSES By Jose Ma. Montelibano Without much attention from those not directly affected, tropical depression Agaton kills 40 in Mindanao. And because the storm that has been bringing heavy rains hardly moves and has not yet exited, it can cause more deaths. I wrote last week that 2014 will not be a walk in the park, and Agaton is a precursor of things to come. Read More …