March 2016

It is the time of the year when call for change becomes the dominant tone. The May 2016 national elections offers again a new start with a new leadership, letting everyone hope that the past flubdub and illusory promises of the preceding six years will never be repeated. Despite mainstream media's spin on his achievements, the incumbent President Benigno Simeon (BS) Aquino’s electoral pledges of a righteous path have resulted to disappointments, disasters, and danger.

As Philippine politics is traditionally dominated by the rich and the powerful, the attention th...

November 2015

The Philippines hosts for the second time the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in 2015. Since October, the Aquino government frantically conducts build-up activities and prepares the country to show a supposedly "rising tiger in Asia" as declared by the World Bank. Almost 20 years ago, the Philippines was also touted as “Asia’s next economic tiger” when it hosted for the first time the APEC summit in 1996. Back to the present, the country is still called a "rising tiger."

Adding to the rising Philippine economy propaganda is its tune of inclusiv...


Save Fabella Hospital!

More indigent pregnant women will be in danger giving birth after June 8, 2016. That is the fatal day when the government-run maternity hospital Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital (Fabella Hospital) in Manila will no longer service poor pregnant women. Fabella Hospital, the public maternity hospital for the poor, is included in the government’s PPP (public-private partnership) program where state hospitals are part of a“modernization and corporatization” project. Its Php743-million contract was awarded to J.D. Legaspi Construction to design and build the new Fabella hospital.

According to national statistics, 11 Filipino women die every day because of pregnancy-related complications. The privatization move will further deprive poor women of their much-needed maternal health and...

No high hopes for change: VAW will continue to affect low-income women after 2016 elections –CWR

7 May 2016

A women’s research and training institution puts no high hopes on the election results to resolve the persisting violence against women. The Center for Women’s Resources (CWR), which has been working for women since 1982, do not see a change in scenario with more spaces alloted to the rich and the powerful, even in the party-list system.

"The party-list system has supposedly opened a space for the under-represented sectors. But even this limited opportunity now accepts any group or party that will further push the marginalized sectors like women to the way side,” remarked Jojo Guan, CWR executive director.

The Supreme Court has revised in 2013 the rules, allowing political parties and groups not representing marginalized sectors to run under the party-...