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‘Negros 9’: Work for poor continues

THE SO-CALLED “Negros Nine”: Fr. Brian Gore (seated, from left), Fr. Vicente Dangan and Fr.  Niall O’Brien with the six lay leaders were detained at the Negros Occidental provincial jail on trumped-up charges in 1983. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Collectively, they were called the “Negros Nine”—three missionary priests and six lay leaders who were wrongly accused of killing a municipal mayor and his companions in Negros Occidental province in the twilight of the Marcos dictatorship in the ’80s.

Posted: July 5th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Filipinos don’t believe there’s less corruption, poverty under Aquino–poll

Filipino men take a bath along a street in Manila, Philippines. AP FILE PHOTO

Filipinos don’t believe there is less corruption or poverty in the past three years under the administration of President Benigno Aquino III, according to a nationwide survey by Ibon Foundation.

Posted: June 27th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

In Indonesia, the poor trade garbage for health care


Mahmud hauls bags full of rubbish to the small, dilapidated clinic next to a busy road on Indonesia’s main island of Java several times a month.

Posted: June 15th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Independence Day: More meaningful if fewer Filipinos are poor

All flags are up for independence day in Kawit, Cavite in time for June 12 celebration of the independence day.  JOAN BONDOC/INQUIRER

Two Mindanao governors on Thursday agreed that the celebration of the Independence Day would have been better if majority – if not all – of the country’s poor had been freed from the shackles of poverty.

Posted: June 12th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Rising from ‘poorest of the poor’ in T’Boli

JOHNNY Tolentino at his farm in T’boli, South Cotabato province. Tolentino is one of a few success stories in a tableau of failed poverty reduction attempts. JEOFFREY MAITEM

Farmer Johnny Tolentino recalls how he was barely surviving hand-to-mouth when he first received five years ago the P4,000 cash assistance from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) under its Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).

Posted: June 8th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »