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Tag: oligarchs

Their Wealth is Tu-Big!

March 21, 2019

Water is a human right and should be a public service. But did you know how much it boosts private profits of the country’s richest oligarchs? JAIME ZOBEL DE AYALA Famously known for their malls and condominiums in urban centers across the country, the Ayala family has interests in many other sectors. This includes privatized […]

Less land for food

March 30, 2018

While foreign land grabbing intensifies across the globe, the concentration of Philippine agricultural lands in the hands of oligarchs amid sham land distribution is becoming even more rampant, depriving the tillers of the fruits of the land they made productive, and threatening the country’s food security.

Unsolicited projects for favored business interests to rise under Pres. Duterte?

March 2, 2018

By Arnold Padilla ​When President Duterte said last month that “all projects of the Philippines would be something like a Swiss Challenge”, media attention has focused on the Swiss Challenge and its implications. But what the presidential statement implied was that in order to supposedly fast track his ambitious Build Build Build program, the administration […]

Will amid woes: Dismantling large landholdings, staving off hunger

November 16, 2017

Despite decades of land reform programs, millions of peasants remain landless. Land monopoly persists and continues to expand under various agribusiness venture agreements (AVAs) and other market-oriented land reform schemes such as the stock distribution option (SDO). Farmers and farmworkers who stand their ground demanding land distribution are meanwhile met with violence or intimidation by […]

Large landholdings amid peasant landlessness

November 15, 2017

After a series of failed land reform programs, the large landholdings of the country’s big family names remain. These include plantations of coconut, sugar, banana, pineapple, palm oil, and mango orchards. Their monopoly control extends over the country’s natural resources through mining tenements, forest leases and management agreements, foreshore leases, special economic zones, and tourism […]

What Ever Happened To Change Is Coming?

July 24, 2017

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Addressing the rampage of land use conversion

April 27, 2017

The land-to-the-tiller clamour mounts. This, amid the recent spate of farmers’ killings and other forms of military attacks against peasant communities nationwide. These human rights violations have escalated even after both panels of the government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) have acknowledged in the on-going peace talks the country’s agrarian problem […]

Filipino kids wither while super rich get richer under Aquino

March 7, 2016

Research group IBON called attention to the worsening state of Filipino children’s health amid reports that the Philippines’ super-rich had continued to grow even richer under the Aquino regime. The stark contrast underscores the exclusiveness of hyped growth, the group said. The burgeoning wealth of 11 Filipino businessmen, amounting to US $41.5 billion or Php1.95 […]