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Blood Match: Elections and Identity in the DNA Age

Left on the doorstep of the Jaro Cathedral in Iloilo as a baby, she was eventually adopted by the King and Queen of Philippine movies, Fernando Poe, Jr. and Susan Roces. Photo from http://gracepoe.ph/meet-grace/
The case that thrust the saga of blood and identity currently playing out in the country’s presidential race into the public eye began almost 48 years in a church in Jaro, Iloilo.
According to facts from both the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and the Supreme Court (SC), the foundling now named Mary Grace Natividad S. Poe-Llamanzares or Grace Poe was abandoned as an infant in the parish church …

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Impossible Mission?

The Challenge of Informed Decision-Making on International Migration
Since the 1970s, millions of Filipinos have gone abroad in search of better job opportunities. For a growing number of Filipino families, overseas labor migration has become the only option to escape poverty. A substantial portion of these overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are women who take on jobs primarily in the services sector as factory workers, entertainers, nurses, and so on.
These OFWs are celebrated as modern-day heroes (bagong bayani) in recognition of all the sacrifices they have made and endured for the sake of their families. They have also made tremendous contributions to …

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Choosing leaders with clear environment platforms

Urban growth and environment experts called on voters to evaluate the development and ecological agendas of candidates as they choose who to vote in the Philippine national elections on May 9.
The country needs leaders who are sensitive to the need for better urban growth management and sustainable practices in the face of climate change, the experts said at the public forum called Sayran, Barugan! on 20 March 2016.
The event co-hosted by University of the Philippines Cebu and TV 5 at the school’s main campus in Cebu City served as a prelude to the second leg of 2016 presidential debates organized …

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Dealing with Criminal (In)Justice in the Philippines

The Philippine National Police is optimizing the use of technology in Crime Prevention and Crime Solution by launching the Bantay Krimen Mobile App at National Headquarters, Camp Crame. Photo from the Philippine National Police website.
Central American countries have a term for repressive policing strategies on crime: “Mano Dura” (Iron Fist). The tough rhetoric on crime policy in a region marked by high homicide rates and gang violence has propelled candidates into the presidencies of Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala. Perhaps we are heading in that direction too.
In the other side of the Pacific Ocean, the Duterte-Cayetano tandem has brought the …

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Open Sesame: What we learned from National Election Data (1992-­2013)

The Philippines is a signatory to the Open Government initiative; one of the 8 original signatories. While Filipinos have long clamored for freedom of information, the government has complained that no one is using the data that they have made public.
So the objective of this column is to promote open government data use. The column is called OPEN SESAME, in that our articles make use of open data, and “sesame” to refer to the TV show that enabled many of my generation to learn the basics of reading, writing and counting. In other words, this column aims to promote the …

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UP: No truth to BOR persona non grata resolution on Duterte

Statement of the Office of the Vice President for Public Affairs on the fake Board of Regents resolution against Rodrigo Duterte circulating on social media.

It has come to our attention that certain individuals and organizations have issued and circulated a Facebook post purportedly claiming that the Board of Regents of the University of the Philippines, issued a resolution declaring 2016 presidential candidate Davao City Mayor Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte as persona non grata.
In very clear and in no uncertain terms, the university would like to make it known that the Board of Regents has not made any such issuance. There has …

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UP to host CNN Philippines Town Hall on 18 February

As part of the activities under the UP sa Halalan 2016 project, the University of the Philippines is hosting CNN Philippines’ Town Hall on 18 February 2016, Thursday, 2:00 p.m. at Cine Adarna, UP Film Center, UP Diliman, Quezon City.
The Town Hall will feature Presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte and his Vice Presidential running mate Alan Peter Cayetano. It will be moderated by veteran journalist Pia Hontiveros. The Town Hall will be streamed live online via facebook.com/CNNPhilippines. Initial airing of the program will be on 20 February 2016 on free TV channel 9.
The Town Hall is held by CNN Philippines in partnership …

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