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Stories about Philippines

28 August 2015

Migrant Filipinos and Their Families Tell the Government: ‘Hands Off Our Balikbayan Boxes!’

"The implied accusation that they are out to cheat government is an insult they can never forgive and forget."

13 August 2015

After “Grossly Distorting” UN Views on the Internally Displaced Ata-Manobos, the Philippine Military Apologizes

"The community wishes to return to its lands but stressed that they will only feel safe to do so if the long-term militarization of their region comes to an end."

8 July 2015

As Typhoon Season Approaches, Families Displaced Last Year Still Await Permanent Shelter in the Philippines

"To lose my children is hard enough. All I wish now is that the government takes care of the shelter so I can start over again."

4 June 2015

‘We're Here for Our Families': Filipino Workers on Strike Share Hopes for Tomorrow

“We are fighting for regularization so that we will not lose our livelihood. This is for all the workers abused by the company.”

29 May 2015

Despite Attacks by Guards and Thugs, These Factory Workers in the Philippines Remain on Strike

About 90 percent of the workforce in the factory are contractuals or temporary workers. The striking workers were violently dispersed by goons reportedly hired by the company.

26 May 2015

Philippines’ Deadliest Ever Factory Fire Linked to Lax Labor Standards

An initial probe reveals that the factory violated several occupational health and safety standards, despite the government's assurances to the contrary.

9 May 2015

Philippines Deports Thai Worker for Insulting Filipinos on Facebook

Global Voices Advocacy

Some Filipinos in Thailand criticized the deportation: "Offensive, hateful and downright irresponsible as [the remarks] are, they were not criminal."

3 May 2015

Workers Celebrate Labor Day by Joining Street Protests Across Southeast Asia

Tens of thousands of workers across the region trooped to the streets to demand higher wages, benefits, and other improvements amid rising living costs.

1 May 2015

Filipino Workers’ Lives in Paintings by Antipas ‘Biboy’ Delotavo

A visual artist exposes the troubling impact of poverty, oppression, colonialism, and injustice in the Philippines.

27 April 2015

Southeast Asian Activists Unite in ‘People’s Walk’ Ahead of Regional Leaders’ Summit

More than 1,000 activists and leaders from various civil society organizations across Southeast Asia declared their position on human rights and growing economic inequality.

24 April 2015

Hong Kong Politician Wants More Headlines About Filipina Maids Seducing Their Bosses

The Philippine Consulate General responded, saying "discrimination should have no place in any society, most especially Hong Kong." Migrant domestic workers protested outside Regina Ip's office.

16 April 2015

A Filipina Woman Shares How She Ended Up on Indonesia's Death Row for Drug Trafficking

"We believe that Mary Jane was a victim of large drug syndicates who take advantage of the unawareness, vulnerability and desperation of our people."

12 April 2015

Japan’s ‘Compassionate Pugilist’ Gives Training and Hope to Poor Filipino Boxers

There are thousands of amateur Filipino boxers who wanted to be like world champion Manny Pacquiao but many of them remain poor and lack proper training.

23 March 2015

Six Reasons You Should Visit Malapascua, Philippines, at Least Once in Your Life

The Bridge

Deciding which of the 7,000 Philippine islands to visit is no easy task. Marie Bohner makes a strong case for one in particular.

22 March 2015

Giving Voice and Hope to the ‘Forgotten’ Victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines

Rising Voices

"Solidarity is a rainbow that inspires people to overcome the tragedies that threatened to destroy their lives."

13 March 2015

Look What Large-Scale Mining Did to These Four Beautiful Philippine Islands

"We cannot remain deaf and blind to the excesses of mining while our people suffer the consequences of actions not of their own making.”

1 March 2015

These Photos of Filipino Children Working in Mines and on Sugar Plantations Will Make You Cry

"It has been four years since I stopped schooling. I only reached the sixth grade level and then had to stop so I could work."

26 February 2015

Your Social Media Photos Could Help Protect Whale Sharks and Other Species

Open source software solutions like Wildbook allow scientists to tag and photo-identify individual animals through photos and videos posted on platforms like Facebook, Flickr, YouTube and Vimeo.

5 February 2015

Filipinos Ask ‘Where Is the President?’ After He Skips Arrival Honors for Slain Police

Forty-four policemen died in a special operation to capture the alleged mastermind of the 2002 Bali bombings. President Aquino attended a car event instead of the arrival honors.

3 February 2015

Philippines Admits Homeless Families Were Taken to a Posh Resort During Pope Francis Visit

But the government insisted that the 'family camp' for homeless families merely coincided with the papal visit.

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