(Below is a position paper submitted by Jonas Bagas to the House Committee on Health on August 24, 2011, on the proposed amendments to the Philippine AIDS Prevention and Control Act (RA8504. Mr. Bagas is vice chair of TLF Share and a member of the Philippine National AIDS Council) This is a well-timed initiative considering [...]
MANILA, Philippines – After months of battling government forces, Libyan rebels have entered the capital Tripoli, signaling the collapse of Muammar Gaddafi’s regime. As of dawn Monday (late morning in Manila), Aug. 22, 2011, various news organizations have reported rebels taking over most parts of the Libyan capital, with people celebrating on the streets. The [...]
Military officers campaigned for an anti-communist party-list group, counted votes inside camps, and cheated for candidates, probers told
Former president and Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is currently under close medical supervision due to an infection she got after undergoing a second cervical spine operation on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011.
MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang has been trying to assess where the loyalties of newly proclaimed Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III lie. Will he be a loyal member of the administration bloc in the upper chamber? His father, former Sen. Aquilino Pimentel Jr., supported a different presidential candidate in the 2010 election—Sen. Manuel Villar, standard-bearer of [...]
They put up common funds among towns or charge socialized fees in public hospitals
Zaldy may not be the favorite child, but some doubt he’d go all out against the patriarch who created him.
By AYEE MACARAIG, Contributor MANILA, Philippines—The Maguindanao massacre put six prominent male Ampatuans behind bars, all of them with experience in politics. This left the business of holding public office to a new set of family members—the women. Records from the Commission on Elections and a MindaNews report show the women ensured continuity in the [...]
MANILA, Philippines—In the early evening of August 2, 2011, the suicide of Benjamin Pinpin, 43, was just another crime story. Before midnight, his death had become a major business and political story dragging a major businessman in the country, eventually linking the husband of a former president and has since prompted President Aquino to say he [...]
How Zaldy Ampatuan got to the Palace and what it could mean for the government
MANILA, Philippines—Members of the elite Special Action Force (SAF) were supposed to conduct a fifth break-in at the Batasang Pambansa to steal election returns in 2005, but this was aborted because they had to respond to a jail crisis. This was revealed in affidavits submitted by a SAF officer and his three men to the [...]
Philhealth’s capitation fund: yet another source of abuse?
Bogus claims haunt Philhealth
Compassionate care eludes post-abortion patients
Desperate women seek desperate measures
‘Hello, Garci’ officer returns to intel community
Leaked copy of PNoy’s ‘SONA’
Our Beijing envoy
Quiet protest at the DOTC
Your war, our fatal assumptions
Celebrating the power of the human spirit
Of book writing and Chocolate Kiss-ing
I could have done a Vargas