Day: January 16, 2005

Twice his impending release was blocked by the U.S. government. In June this year, he would have served his maximum prison sentence but will the gates of freedom finally open for political prisoner Donato Continente? BY DABET CASTAÑEDA Bulatlat.com A political prisoner – one of the alleged assassins of an American colonel in 1989 –…

Charges of corruption, among others, resulted in the ouster of then President Joseph Ejercito Estrada on Jan. 20, 2001 in a people’s uprising popularly known as EDSA Dos. Immediately after being sworn in as Estrada’s successor, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo promised to lead by example and to be Estrada’s exact opposite. Four years later, corruption remains a…

The Office of the Ombudsman has now the biggest number of complainants since it was formed during the last years of martial law: 52 farmers, survivors and relatives of seven victims in the Nov. 16 Hacienda Luisita massacre. BY DABET CASTAÑEDA Bulatlat.com The Office of the Ombudsman has now the biggest number of complainants since…

After their strike was declared “illegal” by the labor department, mill workers at the Cojuangco-owned Hacienda Luisita face mass lay-off. The workers have vowed to defy the DoLE order and to maintain their two-month long strike. BY DABET CASTAÑEDA Bulatlat.com Still hurting from the gunshot wound he sustained when police and military forces tried to…