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Virtual Insanity

facebook-pageA few weeks ago, government chief peace negotiator Alex Padilla was quoted in a news report saying Facebook is “pushing rebels into oblivion.” According to him, rebellious young people are now venting their sentiments on Facebook and thus has curtailed the pool of new recruits of the Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People’s Army. Left alone, he said, the insurgency would eventually die a natural death and the role of the peace talks today is to speed up that process.

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Gov’t must take steps to stop skyrocketing oil prices

Since the start of the year, oil pump prices have increased 11 times; diesel for a total of P8.10 per liter, P6.10 per liter for gasoline, and P7.50 per liter for kerosene. Prices of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) have also increased three times since March

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Youth and Politics: A 2010 Round-up

As organized youth groups and student leaders prepare for heightened struggle and greater political participation this year, it would be helpful to recall how the youth engaged in politics and rocked the nation in 2010. Let us look back at some of the top youth

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Taking the GRP-NDFP peace talks seriously

Last December 3, the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) announced that informal peace negotiations have started, and that formal peace talks are to resume on February in Oslo, Norway. To show the sincerity and goodwill of both sides in

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FAQ: Aquino’s budget cut on SUCs

(Part of an article published on blogwatch.ph) Is there a budget cut for SUCs in the 2011 Aquino budget? Yes. Aquino said it himself in his budget message to congress last August 24, 2010: “We allocated P23.4 billion to 112 State Universities and Colleges (SUCs)