Month: September 2005

After deliberating on the impeachment complaint, is it possible that the House of Representatives will now discuss an issue as local as the plight of striking workers at the Lepanto Consolidated Mining Company (LCMCo)? Progressive lawmakers hope so. BY ABIGAIL BENGWAYAN Northern Dispatch BAGUIO CITY — Party-list groups Bayan Muna (BM, or People First), Gabriela…

Norman Bocar, the lawyer-activist in Eastern Visayas who had called for President Macapagal-Arroyo’s removal, was shot Sept. 1 in the fashion used for the execution of activists in the region and in Mindoro Oriental. Both places had been placed under the command of now Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan. BY AUBREY SC MAKILAN Was a former…

After the impeachment complaint, the members of the House of Representatives are expected to deliberate on the 2006 national budget and to start the so-called great debate on changing the 1987 Constitution. It may interest legislators to know that the urban poor in Baguio City are calling for charter change, but of a different kind.…

Laughed at, insulted, discriminated, beaten up, oppressed and exploited, lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgenders have been persistent in their struggle for their rights. Slowly but surely, they have moved forward. By Gilbert Pacificar and Bejay Absin Mikaila just finished his first year college education from a local university. Yet he has been initiated into the…

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) denounced Sept. 1 the “September terrorist attack” scenario being raised by National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzales saying it’s “part of Malacañang script to justify the suppression of mass protests and prevent the possibility of an anti-Arroyo uprising in the wake of the killing of the impeachment process by…

The Asia Pacific Mission for Migrants (APMM) and other Filipino migrant organizations Aug. 30 sent a petition to Taiwan’s Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) on the Aug. 2 beatings of four overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) by security guards of Formosa Plastics Group, one of the biggest factories in the island. Aside from the beatings, the…