Month: June 2005

While crushing the insurgency is the immediate aim of a policy decision to use all means including torture, assassination, and the suppression of free expression, the opportunities for bureaucratic plunder the entry of foreign mining companies into the country would make available are likely to be the basic reason behind the government determination to stifle…

As the Filipino people gear up for yet another campaign to oust a discredited President, not a few ordinary citizens have asked – what’s in store? Some opposition leaders have floated the chances of a simple resignation or a snap election while progressive blocs are pushing for a transition council. BY DABET CASTAÑEDA Bulatlat.com In…

Dr. Julkipli Wadi, a UP Islamic Studies professor, agrees with MILF chairman Al Haj Murad that peace is “partly at hand” in Mindanao. However, he thinks there is still a long way to go. BY ALEXANDER MARTIN REMOLLINO Bulatlat.com A professor of Islamic Studies at the University of the Philippines (UP) agrees with Al Haj…

Malacañang resorted to statistical trickery to declare on June 15: “Unemployment rate drops to 8.3 percent.” But a closer look at the numbers shows that the jobs situation in the country is more dismal than ever. BY SANDRA NICOLAS Bulatlat.com There is, it seems, no end to the half-truths emanating from Malacañang. Amidst serious allegations…

By Jasper Almirante/ Bulatlat Bulatlat.com President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s attempts at preempting an alleged destabilization plot by her political opponents have only put her in a position where she holds fort in a sand castle being battered by the waves. Electoral fraud and illegal gambling scandals rock her government at the same time that the people…

“Tunggal dumawat tayo ti nayon a sweldo, ibaga da a bassit ti mapaspastrek a ganansiya ken maluglugi da pay” (Whenever we ask for just wage increases, the company tells us that it is not earning, that business is not good). Striking mine workers have all the more reason to demand for a wage increase and…

After stopping plantation and milling operations at Hacienda Luisita, cane workers and their families gear up for blocking the construction of one of President Macapagal-Arroyo’s flagship projects – a super expressway. By Abner Bolos Bulatlat.com The much-delayed Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway Project (SCTEP), one of the 10 flagship programs of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, may yet face its…

Militarization heightens as Dole orders return-to-work A medical mission was prevented by the Lepanto Consolidated Mining Company (LCMCo) from delivering health services to the more than 1,000 striking workers and their families. This, however, proves to be the least of the union’s concern as military and police presence is increased in the area. They anticipate…

Wage hike legislation nears 6 years President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo faces a punishment worse than impeachment if she continues to ignore the demand of workers for a legislated wage increase in the minimum daily wage by P125 ($2.26). A party-list legislator argued that she faces the people’s wrath if workers are left with no other choice…