The joint venture, says the BEU and others against the joint venture, would turn water from a natural resource to a profit-generating commodity, to the detriment of consumers. For starters, the union says, a 12 percent value-added tax will be automatically tacked onto water bills once the deal is closed.
“Instead of pursuing a senseless all-out war, the President should devote more government efforts to carry on peace negotiations with revolutionary groups, especially with the CPP-NPA-NDFP, and resolve the roots of armed conflict, which is social injustice.”
Women play a vital role in society and their socio-economic needs must be addressed so they could fully realize their potential.
“Yolanda victims are still without aid, still living in bunkhouses, yet the government is prioritizing the building of tide embankments, and hotels.”
The Filipino’s version of the maglev train is cheaper than that of Germany, which costs US$40.9 million per kilometer of the rail.
“This is an effort and initiative of the local farmers’ organization who wished to have a secondary school near them to cater farmers and indigenous peoples.”
“The commissioners asked us more on the whereabouts of the New People’s Army, if they are also staying in our communities.”
“It would have been hard not to notice this forced confinement. There were no armed guards to restrict their movement.”
“The Armed Forces of the Philippines’ only reputation is their propensity to violate human rights and terrorize the Filipino people.”
“Knowing Catamco, this is just a scheme to divide us, to use our traditional ways to make us fight against each other.”
“We expect the Philippine government to immediately and thoroughly investigate the killings and the involvement of the AFP, and bring the perpetrators to justice.”