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Probe sought on language discrimination in Philippines

Philippines is an archipelago of 7,107 islands in the Pacific Ocean with a population of over 90 million people of various ethnicities. More than 170 languages are spoken by the Filipinos even though the official languages are English and Filipino (based on Tagalog). A resolution has been filed in the Philippines House of Representatives by Kabataan Party representative Raymond Palatino seeking investigation into alleged imposition of penalties in some schools on students for conversing in Filipino and other Philippine dialects in order to encourage use of English.

According to Palatino there is colonial attitude among Filipinos towards English which suppresses development of local Philippine languages. This attitude would render local culture inferior to that of the West, he says. For more information on the subject please visit

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