“Jailing children…is punitive instead of corrective. It deprives instead of fulfilling rights, and exemplifies cruelty instead of compassion.”
By GI MORI
“There are technological solutions it could implement to prevent data corruption.”
“I would like to think that the real reason I am being detained – indefinitely if the kingpins of national security have their way – is that somehow I am contributing my share to the people’s struggles to overhaul this unjust and undemocratic system. Only diehard reactionaries would condemn this as a criminal act.”
Farmers and advocates warn of the negative impacts of rice tariffication.
“The Rice Industry Development Act (RIDA) bill seeks to lift our rice industry from a multi-dimensional crisis that wasted away its productive capability, stunted its development and forestalled the country’s attainment of food security.”
Price increases are to be expected as the country’s staple food will be solely at the hands of the profit-oriented private sector.
While not a guarantee to lower prices in the long run, opening up the rice sector to unbridled imports leaves the country’s rice security at the mercy of an unpredictable and increasingly unreliable world market. This happens as 95 percent of Philippine rice imports come from just two countries whose own domestic production is either slowing down or declining. Globally, rice production has been steadily decelerating in the past four decades.
“This situation may lead to chaos and further manipulation of the supply and price of the staple by unscrupulous traders.”
‘There is no real rehabilitation if the Manila Bay ends up with profit-driven corporations.’
Almost a year after their warrantless arrest, detention and prosecution for alleged illegal possession of firearms and explosives, on Jan. 15 Rafael Baylosis and Roque Guillermo were ordered freed by a Quezon City court. Baylosis is a peace consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) in the GRP-NDFP peace talks, which President…