The Philippines was under a State of Emergency, announced
presidential spokesperson and press secretary Ignacio Bunye on the
morning of February 24, 2006, by virtue of Proclamation No. 1017.
This occurred after the government claimed that it foiled an alleged coup
d’état attempt against the administration of
Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo earlier that same day. The
purported coup plot was supposedly timed to coincide with
demonstrations marking the 20th anniversary of the “people
power” revolution that toppled former dictator Ferdinand
Marcos. The president lifted the State of Emergency on march 3, 2006.
Dispersal Of Women’s Rally: Sign Of
Gma’s Extreme Paranoia!
MANILA - MARCH 8, 2006
The women members of the
Alliance of Progressive Labor (APL) and Akbayan Citizen's
Action Party with other fraternal organizations rallied at the Sto.
Domingo church to march towards Mendiola to commemorate International
the International Women’s Day march by Julie De Los Reyes for
Manila – March 8, 2006
CONTRARY to what corporate Makati feared as yet another
the thousands who marched in the streets of Ayala Avenue and Paseo de
Roxas on March 8 were there primarily to celebrate International
AKBAYAN Party and the Alliance for Progressive Labor
filed criminal and administrative charges against the Philippine
National Police for the illegal dispersal of two women-led protest
activities, the illegal arrest of AKBAYAN Rep. Risa Hontiveros and APL
leader Josua Mata, and the illegal detention of dozens more.
PHILIPPINES: BAYOMBONG, NUEVA VIZCAYA REGIONAL TRIAL COURT
The community of Barangay Didipio, Kasibu Nueva Vizcaya filed a
Petition for Mandamus against the Department of Environment and Natural
Resources and Climax Arimco Mining Corporation (CAMC), and its
transferee Australasian Philippines Mining Incorporated (APMI) to force
the agency to cancel the environmental compliance certificate (ECC)
issued to Climax Arimco/Australasian Philippines Mining Inc.
(CAMC/APMI) and prevent the implementation of an invalid Environmental
Compliance Certificate (ECC).
Overwhelmed by media outside the NSW Supreme Court in Sydney before the hearing began, Vivian whispered, "Yes, yes, thank you" when asked if she was happy that so many people were concerned for her welfare.
Unable to come to terms, Vivian Alvarez Solon’s
legal team and the Australian Government Solicitors have submitted to
arbitration Vivian’s claim of compensation for her wrongful
detention and deportation.
The Liquor Handlers And Miscellaneous Union (LHMU)
section stepped in and offered assistance and solidarity to exploited
Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWS) on contract to restaurants in
Australia’s federal capital city. The LHMU has been praised
helping the guest workers escape from what has been described as
Project Respect is keeping a close eye on the
implementation of Australia’s anti-trafficking measures. This
article is reprinted from the Project Respect newsletter, issue no. 1,
Much has been written about the global problem of trafficking
in persons, especially women and girls for the purposes of sexual
slavery. What will be looked at here is the Australian response to trafficking
of women beginning with the Australian Federal Government’s
implementation of a $20 million anti-trafficking package.
As a child, I hated Barbie. She epitomised the bubbly blonde
adorableness to which every little girl in my Queensland primary school
aspired, an ideal that a scrawny bad-tempered half-Pakistani misfit
like me could never hope to attain.