30th Anniversary Lecture Series: In celebration of 30 years of providing the Filipino people

In celebration of 30 years of providing the Filipino people
with relevant research, information and pro-people education

IBON Foundation, Inc.

invites you to its
30th Anniversary Lecture Series


Failure of Oil Deregulation and                               October 7, Tuesday
the Struggle Against Oil Monopoly                        

Economic, Social and Cultural Rights                     November 7, Friday
and Deepening Philippine Poverty                         

Social Research: Methods, Practice                        December 5, Friday
and Insights                                                          

The lectures will be held at 1-5 pm at the IBON Center, 114 Timog AvenueQuezon City. For inquiries, please call 927-7060 to 62 (Look for Gina, Tes or Joseph).


JPEPA: Deal or No Deal? The People’s Issues

JPEPA: Deal or No Deal? The People’s Issues

Friday, 12 September  2008, 9:00 am to 12 noon 

Venue: Fajardo Gonzales Auditorium, 18th floor, Bro. Andrew Gonzales Hall, 
De La Salle University (DLSU) Manila 



Opening Prayer                                                                               Benedictines for Peace


National Anthem


Welcome Remarks                                                                         Bro. Bernard Oca FSC

                                Vice-Chancellor for Lasallian Mission and External Relations


Message                                                                     Vice President  Teofisto Guingona


Speakers’ Presentations


JPEPA: An Overview                                                                  Mr. Sonny Africa

                                                                                                IBON Foundation, Inc.


State of Play at the Senate                                                          Mr. Arnold Padilla

                                                                                                 NO DEAL! Movement


Reactors                                                                                      Dr. Leah Paquiz

President, Philippine Nurses’ Association


                        Mr. Clemente Bautista

                                              Coordinator, Kalikasan-People’s Network for the Environment


Open Forum


Response from Senators                   

Formal Presentation of Manifesto to the Senators

Closing Remarks                                                                              Mr. Emmanuel Garcia

      Cluster Coordinator, LJPC Luzon-Central


The forum “JPEPA: Deal or No Deal? The People’s Issues”

“JPEPA: Deal or No Deal? The People’s Issues”, originally set for Sept. 4, has been moved to September 12, 2008, 9 am-12 noon. It will be held at Bro. Andrew Gonzales Hall, De La Salle University, Taft Ave. Manila

forum is organized by No Deal! Movement, St. Scholastica’s College, Benedictines for Peace, Institute of Women Studies and in cooperation with the DLSU.

For details on the forum, please contact the NO DEAL! Movement Secretariat at 435-6930 or Benedictines for Peace Secretariat c/o Rose Buyucan at 526-8075 loc. 107. 
Thank you and our apologies for the inconvenience.

NO DEAL CONVENORS Former Vice President Teofisto Guingona, Lead Convenor    Anakpawis Representative Rafael Mariano  Nitz Gonzaga, Kilusang Mayo Uno   Fernando Hicap, Pamalakaya   Dr. Carol Pagaduan-Araullo, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan   Jossel Ebesate, R.N., Alliance of Health Workers   Connie Bragas-Regalado, Migrante   Clemente Bautista Jr. Kalikasan People’s Network   Rechielda Extremadura, Lila Filipina   Arman Albarillo, Bayan-Southern Tagalog   Roy Velez, Bayan-NCR   Ed Cubelo, Toyota workers union   Sonny Africa, Ibon Foundation   Arnold Padilla , spokesperson 

Nueva Ecija solon files snap election bill in House

Nueva Ecija solon files snap election bill in House
By Norman Bordadora
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 19:28:00 02/19/2008

MANILA, Philippines — An independent member of the House of Representatives has filed a bill seeking a snap presidential election on May 26 amid mounting protests against the Arroyo administration in light of allegations of corruption in the national broadband network deal (NBN) and other scandals.

Nueva Ecija Representative Eduardo Nonato Joson filed the bill on Monday in an attempt to being closure “to the many accusations being hurled against the administration.”

Under Joson’s bill, the election will only be for president, with the winner to serve out only the remainder of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s term until June 30, 2010 and be ineligible for reelection.

The bill appropriates P2 billion for the proposed polls.

“The truth hounds. The truth haunts and the truth hurts. This is the primary objective of this proposal: To prevent danger and harm to our people precisely because in the search for truth and justice, someone will get hurt in the process,” he said in the bill’s explanatory note.

“[It] will be ironic and a tragedy if our people will be the victims of such search for truth and justice,” Joson added.

Joson pointed out that a snap election was held in 1986 to find out whether the dictator Ferdinand Marcos still had the trust and confidence of the people.

“A new mandate was necessary at the time to preempt growing opposition to his rule and the consensus at the time was that he could still win if elections were held then. The allegations of mis-governance were the same then and now,” Joson said.

Section Two of Joson’s bill says that if passed, the law will be deemed as “a political question based on historical precedent.”

“[This] could ultimately be decided only by the members of [Congress] as the duly elected representatives of the people in the first instance and by the people as the repository of sovereign authority,” the bill says.

Bishop urges new kind of people power

Lagdameo: It’s for truth and to end corruption By Beverly T. Natividad
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines — The head of an influential group of Roman Catholic bishops Tuesday raised the possibility of a new brand of “people power” that would spur people to bring out the truth and end corruption that had kept the country hostage to the “greed of power-holders.”

Archbishop Angel Lagdameo, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, said that a “convergence of bearers of truths” could save the country.

Backed by the Church hierarchy, Jaime Cardinal Sin called on people power and hundreds of thousands of Filipinos responded and toppled strongman Ferdinand Marcos in 1986.

Lagdameo told reporters after meeting with about 50 civic, student and business groups that the massive anticorruption movement that ousted President Joseph Estrada in 2001 was a disappointment because it “installed a President who later on was judged by surveys as the most corrupt president.”

Lagdameo was apparently referring to Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who became President after Estrada was ousted.

“We went from one frying pan to a worse frying pan,” he said.

Referring to the recent CBCP call for “communal action,” Lagdameo said that if, by consensus, “the communal action is people power, it will have to be a different ‘brand.’ It will not be simply a repeat of the past … The movements of some groups for a national campaign against corruption may be a sign.”

At the meeting, civil society groups asked the Church leadership to guide and spearhead “communal actions.”

“They want clearer guidance and leadership. They want to see us with them,” said Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz after he, Lagdameo and Caloocan Bishop Deogracias Iñiguez held a dialogue with various sectoral groups.

Cruz said the bishops listened in order to know the “what, how and when” of the planned communal actions.

Lagdameo made the comments amid mounting calls for Ms Arroyo to resign as a Senate inquiry looks into alleged bribery in the scrapped $329-million broadband deal with China’s ZTE Corp.

Priests and nuns have offered refuge to a key witness in the Senate investigation — a former consultant for the project, Rodolfo Lozada Jr. — amid threats to his life. They have also organized prayer protests and joined street rallies calling for Ms Arroyo’s resignation and a clean government.

Who’s who

Lagdameo called for a “brand new people power” and said a campaign against corruption in government may be a start.

Among those who attended the dialogue were representatives of the Black and White Movement, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan), Makati Business Club, Integrated Bar of the Philippines, Kubol Pag-Asa, Gabriela, Muslim Legal Assistance Foundation, Bangon Pilipinas, National Council of Churches of the Philippines, United Church of Christ in the Philippines, Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Philippines, Solidarity Philippines and the La Salle Brothers.

But even Lagdameo’s presence at the meeting does not signify that the CBCP has already joined the movement against the Arroyo administration.

Lagdameo said he attended the meeting only as the archbishop of Jaro.

“That’s why I attended this meeting, because I will bring this message to my brother bishops,” he said.

On Monday, Lagdameo lauded the successful holding of “communal action” undertaken by civil society in response to the bishops’ call.

Apparently referring to Lozada, Lagdameo said in a statement: “Imagine, with just one courageous person willing to witness to the Truth, some good things are already starting to happen, like the exposition of other scams, lies, deceits, ‘moderate and immoderate greed’.

“We hope and encourage that other courageous and inspired persons will emerge to tell or expose or humbly face the truth, whose concealment had made our country captive to corruption and greed of power-holders.”

Lagdameo told reporters the challenge to Filipinos today was to find “how to express its new brand of people power.”

He said he was optimistic that the civil society groups he met may have already found some of the answers to this challenge.

Not just talking

Cruz said that no clear action had yet resulted from the meeting.

Both sides, he said, only committed themselves to a continuing dialogue but would come out with a more concrete agenda soon.

“This is not the end of this. Our agreement does not stop here. And this will not be just talking but definitely there will be doing and acting,” said Cruz.

He said the dialogue with civil society was gaining ground because more people were joining it. With a report from Associated Press