“A humanitarian crisis of this proportion can and will spawn violence. It is high time that the Aquino government gets its act together rather than waste time and effort defending itself from international criticism for its glaringly disorganized and incompetent response to the disaster brought about by super typhoon Yolanda.” – GWP Rep. Luz Ilagan.
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“There is an urgent need to help children recover from this tragic experience. Communities have expressed how extremely anxious they are about their children’s well-being.” – Save the Children
“While we welcome all aid extended to our brothers and sisters in the Visayas, we don’t see the necessity of deploying missile cruisers and missile destroyers and, amphibious assault vehicles and other warships.” – Cristina Palabay, Karapatan
Before they could start rebuilding their lives, survivors of Typhoon Yolanda have to account for their missing loved ones first. Sadly, the Aquino government made it clear that searching for survivors beneath the rubble is not its priority.
“We are frustrated with the slow pace of the trial. It is disheartening that justice lies in the hands of those who are powerful, yet, they are not doing anything about it.” – CEGP-Ilocos Sur
“Last month we received a back-to-work letter from Mencorp. But when we went there to work – they only presented to us a ‘partial settlement,’ telling us that (Times) Mencorp has sold its holdings. But as per law, they still have to prove that.”
Concerns about the TPP are rising as it lays out a number of provisions that could prove harmful to the citizenry of the countries impacted by the agreement, which make up about 40 percent of the world economy.
A poem in response to Joi Barrios-Leblanc’s “Sumpa ng Kawayan” ni E. SAN JUAN, Jr. “….Iniluwa ko na ang galit sa pusong nagpupuyos Nang putulin ang aking binti, ngunit di pa rin nakaligtas Sa sumpa ng marahas na kalagayan– O Yolanda! Yolanda! Walang kailangan, elastiko’t “resilient” daw ako Mapagbigay, pigil ang luha’t tiis ang gutom–sino…
“How long will the trial take? 10 years? 20 years? We are getting old.” – Maria Cipriana Gatchalian, 61, widow of journalist Santos P. Gatchalian Jr.
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“In this [Ampatuan] case, our criminal justice system is not working. The much-needed reforms in our institutions never happened.” Harry Roque, lawyer for the families of 14 victims
By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld It’s been four years since the Ampatuan Massacre of November 23, 2009, and three years since Benigno Aquino III assumed the Presidency. The hearings on the petitions for bail of 63 persons out of the 108 accused of planning and carrying out the massacre who are in…