[top to bottom: Rep Luz Illagan, Gabriella Women’s Party; Rep Ocampo, Bayan Muna; Rep. Beltran, Anakpawis]

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“’But what shall we substitute in it’s place,’ you say? What? A ferocious animal has sucked the blood of my relatives. I tell you to rid yourselves of this beast, and you ask me what you shall put in it’s place?”—Voltaire

CBT’s “People Power,” the recent Toronto visit of three progressive Philippine congresspersons, and the continuing bad news coming from the homeland has a lot in the Filipino community and others wondering about what to do about politics in the Phils.


This was a particularly interesting Friday. Myk and JR, Fils (and KPCer’s) from Toronto, and some foriegners that were volunteering in Manila were interested in visiting some urban poor areas to see how a vast number of their fellow Filipinos lived.