KATRINA STUART SANTIAGO

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The conversation about the occupation of the idle government housing units in Pandi, Bulacan has unsurprisingly settled simplistically on the fact that members of the urban poor, all members of Kadamay, took over these houses outside of the process set for them by the public housing system of government. Yet…

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IT was on March 8 when I first heard of how members of urban poor organization Kadamay had taken over units of a government housing project in Pandi, Bulacan. It seemed like the best way for our women (and men of course!) to celebrate International Women’s Day: to take over…

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I have no love lost for Vice President Leni Robredo, but I would rather she was VP than Bongbong Marcos. Having said that, one wishes she knew what she was doing. That she would have the sense to have a real communications team, one that will have her back and…

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ONCE again, Malacañang’s spokespersons had it wrong, commenting on the “Madam Secretary” episode before they even saw it, putting it into question for whatever it was that they were told it contained: a fictional Philippine President who’s punched in the face by the fictional US Secretary of State, for making…

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If there’s anything that’s been absolutely fascinating watching the proceedings for the confirmation of Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Gina Lopez at the Commission on Appointments, it’s how that long list of oppositors have come together solely to discredit her by misinforming the public and evading culpability…

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HERE’s the thing with the death penalty bill that was passed by the House of Representatives on Tuesday. It’s so ill-timed, it disallowed debate and discussion, it refused any amendments—unless it’s something agreed upon during the majority caucuses—and ultimately it revealed how a majority of our Congress representatives do not…

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If I owned a mining company in the Philippines, and my mine was declared closed or suspended by the new leadership of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), I would fight back. I would fight back with transparency. After all, I demand it of the DENR audit; I…

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THE Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) have been busy doing some spinning. They keep insisting–complete with infographics–that the jeepney phase-out is actually a modernization plan that will make these public transport vehicles safer for the public and kinder to the environment. After…

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It came to me on the evening of February 21: why not “live” tweet the events of the EDSA People Power Revolution of 1986 as it happened? How hard could it be, I thought. I remember one year when the now defunct (but quite missed!) communications office of the previous…

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