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EDITORIAL | Journalists who ‘serve the people’

Your newspaper continues to work for and hope that every journalist would grow and mature with the courage to pursue the Truth, to stand by the people’s individual and collective right to the Freedom of expression and information especially in these very trying times dominated by corruption, militarism and tyranny in government. Be among those Journalists who strive to ‘Serve The People.’

DARANUDOR TI ILOCANDIA | Taxing tobacco, tricking the people

Taxation is part of the government’s exercise of its authority. However, this authority comes with the responsibility to use the fund to improve the lives of its citizens. But under the current social conditions, proposals to raise taxes only serves those in power. The current state of our taxation and distribution system only sustains bureaucratic corruption, political dynasties and patronage politics.

FROM UNDER THIS HAT | Our people in November actions

Through this column the Management Committee of the Baguio City Indigenous Peoples Center (BIPC) would like to say thank you very much to the members of the Igorot community in Baguio who have donated tables, chairs, other furniture and fixtures to the Center.

AS THE BAMBOOS SWAY | The Philippine Superstructure

So, what is then the superstructure? It involves all the social, political, and cultural control of the ruling classes over the people. These controls are designed to hide the exploitative nature of the economic relationships on the prevailing economic base. They are designed to convince the exploited to the economic relationships on the economic base is but natural and there is nothing anyone can do about it. They are designed to distract the people’s attention away from the realities of the exploitative nature of the relationships.

WEEKLY REFLECTIONS | Giving due respect and appreciation to church workers

“But we request of you, brothers and sisters, that you appreciate those who diligently work among you, and have charge over you in the Lord and give you instruction, and that you respect them very highly in love because of their work. Live in peace with one another.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13

STATEMENTS | Hustisya para sa mga biktima ng Batas Militar

70,000 ang kinulong. 35,000 ang tinortyur. 3,240 ang pinatay. Lumobo ang pambansang utang mula $1 bilyon tungong $28 bilyon. Iilan lamang ito sa mga kagimbal-gimbal na numero na naglalarawan sa isang madilim na bahagi ng ating kasaysayan: ang Batas Militar ni Diktador Marcos. Mahigit 30 taon na ang lumipas, mailap pa rin ang hustisya para sa mga naging biktima ng paglabag sa karapatang pantao noong panahong ito.

EDITORIAL | Justice blind or “blindfolded”?

Concerned citizens also see the Sandigan Bayan’s recent ruling on the case vs. Madam Marcos, as described by Representative Antonio Tinio, “The decision is too little, too late, or that much of the massive ill-gotten wealth remains in the hands of the Marcoses. Nevertheless, a guilty verdict is a guilty verdict. . . . It gives us a taste of justice.

WEEKLY REFLECTIONS | Giving due respect and appreciation to church workers

“But we request of you, brothers and sisters, that you appreciate those who diligently work among you, and have charge over you in the Lord and give you instruction, and that you respect them very highly in love because of their work. Live in peace with one another.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13