Month: August 2005

“It’s time for the people to defend their own liberties. We (bishops) will plan about (persuading) the people to come out, the people should come out. The sooner, the better.” By Bulatlat.com A Catholic bishop who early July was one of the first group of church leaders who called for President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s resignation, has…

With the administration-controlled House Committee on Justice voting to kill the amended impeachment complaint against President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in favor of a weak one whose veracity is in question, the impeachment battle has shifted to the streets for those who considered Congress as the main battlefield. Meanwhile, bigger anti-Arroyo protests are at hand. BY ALEXANDER…

Reconciliation between the Anglo-American and Islamic and Arab people can be achieved through a war crimes tribunal, similar to the Nuremburg Trials after the Second World War. The practitioners and proponents of crimes against humanity beginning with the President of the United States and the Prime Minister of Great Britain should be brought to trial…

“The next time you enter the grocery store to buy a milk or chocolate drink, please remember the plight of the Nestle workers.” This is the appeal of Nestle workers whose case against the giant Swiss-owned food multinational company drags unresolved. By Dennis Espada Bulatlat.com Cabuyao, Laguna – “Good Food, Good Life” is Nestle’s promotional…

“Tiempo Muerto” (dead times) are bad times for cane workers. They go hungry because there is no work and are neglected by landowners. Last Aug. 17, close to a thousand hungry-stricken sugar workers and farmers trooped to the office of the provincial government in Negros Occidental to demand immediate food and production subsidies. By Karl…

The lack of more definite agreements in the recently-concluded July council meeting raises the possibility of yet another collapse in the forthcoming WTO talks. By Sonny Africa IBON Features Posted by Bulatlat.com Gloom settled on negotiators at the World Trade Organization (WTO) as its July General Council Meeting ended with the failure to reach key…

After completing a one-year exploration activity, two firms, the Japan Petroleum Exploration Co. Ltd (JAPEX) and a Canadian company Forum Exploration Inc. (FEI), are reportedly finalizing a 25-year contract to extract and produce oil from Tanon Strait. Tanon Strait is a narrow channel about 3 kms deep, 185-km long between Cebu and Negros. By Karl…

Oil companies have been overpricing the public in the past years, as they took advantage of automatic price hikes allowed under a deregulated regime. In a review of pump prices from 2000 to 2004, Ibon Philippines found that oil products have been overpriced by a total of PhP3.68 per liter. By Maria Salamat Bulatlat.com The…