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PRIMER: The Pork Barrel System

1. What is the pork barrel? In general, the term pork barrel refers to government appropriations used by politicians to fund pet projects and programs for their personal political and economic gain. In the national budget, pork barrel funds usually come in the form of discretionary, lump sum appropriations that […]

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Cacique Diplomacy: Why Pres. Aquino is not interested in the Sabah claim

Why is it taking forever for Malacanang to state whether it acknowledges the official claim of the Philippines to Sabah and will pursue it with vigor or will drop it like a hot potato?

Many are beginning to surmise that the Aquino regime is not at all convinced that the Sabah claim has merit and his description of it as a “hopeless cause” is not just a slip of the tongue indicating “ignorance or incompetence” as Sultan Jamalul Kiram III suspects but his regime’s point of view and even policy on the matter.

The objective of the so-called study ordered by Mr. Aquino appears to be to find holes in the claim rather than determine its veracity and validity. Otherwise, why has the “study” not come up with anything at all so far? Surely the DFA and other government agencies can dig up the documentation on the Philippines’ Sabah claim whilst Mr. Aquino consults the many experts that have specialized in scholarly, legal and historical, study of the same.

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WaiverWatch launched by youth group Kabataan Partylist

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The Bud Dajo massacre and the politics of US occupation

As the USA is beefing up its military presence in the Asia-Pacific, we are sharing two articles on the forgotten massacres committed by US troops during the Philippine-American War and a documentary on the Politics of U.S. Occupation.

Destroying Moro Communities: Remembering Bud Dajo and Bud Bagsak

By Ferdinand C. Llanes
April 2003

The battles of Bud Dajo in 1906 and Bud Bagsak in 1913 in Jolo, Sulu, may be regarded as two of the more dramatic events to remember in the manner the Americans carried out “pacification campaigns” in the country and how Filipinos mounted stubborn resistance to the U.S. invasion. Filipino Moslems are to be credited for putting up the last stand against the military conquest. To this day, the Tausugs of Sulu have not forgotten and rail against “military exercises” in the heart of their homeland. The battles are important to remember as a link in the Filipino struggle for nationhood.
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What happened at Bud Dajo: A forgotten massacre–and its lessons

By Andrew J. Bacevich
March 12, 2006, The Boston Globe

ONE HUNDRED YEARS ago this past week, on March 7, 1906, the American military’s first sustained incursion into the Islamic world reached a climax of sorts. At Bud Dajo, on an island in the southern Philippines, US troops massacred as many as a thousand Filipino Muslims.

In the conventional narrative of America’s rise to greatness, Bud Dajo hardly qualifies for a footnote. Yet the events that occurred there a century ago deserve their own chapter. For those hankering today to use American power to transform the world of Islam, Bud Dajo offers a cautionary tale.
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Philippines: US military outpost with nuclear capabilities?

Source: RT news

The bulk of America’s warships will be permanently deployed in the Asia-Pacific region by 2020. US cooperation will turn the Philippines into an “outpost” serving the purpose of containing China, believes political activist Renato Reyes.

­Philippine President Benigno Aquino is committed to developing a “minimum credible deterrent capacity,” and the US has pledged to help the country step up its defenses in the face of a Chinese threat. The Philippines’ cooperation with the US comes amid very tense relations with China, over territorial disputes in strategic waters. It remains unknown, though, how much military hardware the US will provide to the country.

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Filipino-Americans marched against NATO/G8

Filipino-Americans led by Bayan-USA marched with thousands of protesters from the Coalition Against NATO/G8 War and Poverty Agenda. The big protest action is considered as “one of the city’s largest demonstrations in years, airing grievances about war, climate change, and a wide range of other complaints as world leaders assembled for a NATO summit.”1
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Some videos: Imperyalismo ibagsak! 1% mismo, babagsak!, Film-Ams are part of the 99%, Junk, junk VFA! U.S. out!, There’s a people’s movement in this town!.

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Engineering the Eurozone Collapse – F. William Engdahl on GRTV

The Eurozone continues to spin out of control. But how did the collapse begin, and who will profit from it? Below is a video interview by Canada-based Center for Research on Globalization about the Eurozone crisis.

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Documentary: Ang Kaaway (The Enemy)

Produced in 2003 by ST eXposure, this documentary fearlessly exposes US imperialism as the root of oppression and poverty in Philippine society. The documentary traverses the different periods in the history of the Philippines wherein direct and indirect US imperialist control and intervention took place. The work seeks to arouse audiences to understand and be one with the struggle of the Filipino people for a country and a world that is ultimately free from the shackles of imperialism.

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Trip ni Teddy: Ang makabasag trip na oil price hikes

On this episode of Trip ni Teddy, Bayan Muna Rep. Teddy Casiño shares the Top 5 Tips to save petroleum. He also explores the best solution to stop these oil companies from milking us all dry. Tama bang makuntento tayo sa pagtitipid? Labing-apat na taon na ang Oil Deregulation Law, […]

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