October 29, 2020
NEWS | The systematic use of public funds to support private oligarch wealth is among the reasons for 12 Philippine real estate developers to be counted among Forbes’ World’s Billionaires list
October 3, 2020
BY JOSE LORENZO LIM
Are these projects really what will bring economic recovery while the nation grapples with a crisis-stricken public health system and economic decline?
February 26, 2020
December 6, 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?
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]