Features

Grassroots remain marginalized in policymaking with absence of Freedom of Information Law

June 9, 2010

IBON FEATURES | Upholding the people’s right to information is both urgent and necessary especially under a worsening climate of impunity, human rights violations and massive corruption. Marginalized sectors who have been continuously denied of their right to participate in policymaking are the biggest sufferers in the failure of Congress to pass the freedom of […]

The ills of privatized elections

June 1, 2010

IBON Features | ‘Election privatization’ is a phenomenon that is feared even in the most advanced countries as undermining an important democratic exercise such as the national elections Also on the elections and prospects under the incoming administration: The Ills of Privatized Elections; RP under new gov’t: is there hope for our backward economy?; First […]

RP under new gov’t: is there hope for our backward economy?

May 29, 2010

IBON Features | Will the incoming administration take the bold steps needed to ensure land distribution and enhance agricultural production? Will the president-apparent promote measures in favor of building and strengthening local industries Also on the elections and prospects under the incoming administration: The Ills of Privatized Elections; RP under new gov’t: is there hope […]

First 100 days: beyond anti-corruption, real steps to reform

May 28, 2010

COMMENTARY | By Sonny Africa | Beyond an anti-corruption drive or ‘successful’ elections and a peaceful transition from the Arroyo administration, the real test of democracy in the country depends on identifying the real problems and the… Also on the elections and prospects under the incoming administration: The Ills of Privatized Elections; RP under new […]

From a weak republic: challenges for the next administration

May 13, 2010

IBON Features | By Sonny Africa | The challenges that the looming Aquino administration faces are gigantic but could be addressed if it has the readiness to act Also on the elections and prospects under the incoming administration: The Ills of Privatized Elections; RP under new gov’t: is there hope for our backward economy?; First […]

Seeking Change: Will the May 2010 Elections Deliver?

May 6, 2010

COMMENTARY | by Sonny Africa | Candidates can cultivate an image of reform but what exactly, beyond the predictable motherhood statements, can and will they do? Also on the elections and prospects under the incoming administration: The Ills of Privatized Elections; RP under new gov’t: is there hope for our backward economy?; First 100 days: […]

Growth Figures Expose Government’s Fake Stimulus, Limits Of Relying On Remittances

November 28, 2009

Third quarter growth results released recently by the National Statistical Coordination Board show that the economy is back to its trend of poor growth | By Sonny Africa IBON Features – The weak third quarter growth results reported by the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) do not only confirm the uncertainty of achieving the full-year […]

SDO And Farmers’ Misery In Luisita

November 16, 2009

Through the stock distribution option, the essence of land reform has been distorted to benefit landowners-denying the farmers of actual land redistribution. IBON Features – The massacre in Tarlac’s Hacienda Luisita five years ago where seven farm workers were felled by government bullets and scores suffered injuries-is a tragic testament to the peasants’ continuing plight […]

Landlessness And Peasant Woes: A Lingering Calamity

October 21, 2009

Disaster or no disaster, this year’s Peasant Month again finds the Filipino farmer still deep in distress from the effects of unprecedented land-use conversion, land monopoly, high rent, usury and low wages, lack of government support and a litany of soci IBON Features – Recent tropical storms Ondoy and Pepeng reportedly caused P20 billion worth […]