Day: April 15, 2006

BY MAYETTE INIGUID AND ARTHUR L. ALLAD-IW Northern Dispatch Posted by Bulatlat.com A blind poet from Sagada, Mt. Province has recently been chosen as one of the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR)’s candidates for the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (TOSP). His being chosen as such is seen as a fitting gift for his school’s…

BY KARL G. OMBION Bulatlat.com Sipalay City faces another mining disaster with the operation of Colet Mines, says an Environmental Investigation Mission. Bacolod City – Sipalay City is facing a repeat of of the mining disasters in the 80s and 90s, when a mining company starts its full-blast operations this year. Mining engineer Efren Fabila…

By Michael Goyagoy IBON Features Posted by Bulatlat.com Although Malacañang denies having anything to do with it, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo recently declared her support for charter change through the people’s initiative. In typical fashion, Arroyo likened the people’s initiative to a train. But based on reports citing the less-than-scrupulous ways the signatures were gathered, it…

BY NICANOR SEGOVIA Bulatlat.com As the U.S. Catholic Church opens its doors to Filipino priests, this situation causes a “brain drain” of sorts in the Philippines. Priests and seminarians go to the U.S., attracted by a package of relocation, scholarships and other perks. ANAHEIM, California – Some 20,000 Catholic parishioners had their eyes focused on…

BY ABNER BOLOS Gitnang Luson News Service Posted by Bulatlat.com As the 14th martyr of the Hacienda Luisita struggle was buried, the issues connected to his death continue to hound the strife-torn hacienda. Concepcion, Tarlac – The mourners marched under the scorching sun passing lush corn and vegetable plots and the giant expressway project that…

BY LISA C. ITO Bulatlat.com While the Department of Justice (DOJ) seems to be hell-bent on keeping 73-year old Crispin Beltran detained at a Camp Crame hospital, doctors and psychiatrists are recommending his transfer to a hospital with adequate facilities. This, they say, is the only way to significantly lessen his chances of having a…

BY DABET CASTAÑEDA Bulatlat.com The Anti-Terrorism Bill, as passed by the House of Representatives on third reading, may be “used politically to erroneously charge with terrorism and improperly extradite” the known leaders of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) based in The Netherlands. The bill also demonizes national liberation movements which, a human…

BY ZOFIA LEAL Bulatlat.com April 6 is considered a victory for protesters as 3,000 demonstrators managed to reach Don Chino Roces bridge (near Malacañang Palace in Manila) after it has been declared as a “no-rally zone” as part of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s calibrated preemptive response (CPR). The mass action was against charter change that the…

BY BENJIE OLIVEROS (Bulatlat.com) The government cannot merely ignore the results of opinion surveys and issues raised against Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and simply claim that criticisms against her are false and the handiwork of the opposition. This seems to be a bad week for Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo who celebrated her 59th birthday April 5 as criticisms against…

BY ALEXANDER MARTIN REMOLLINO Bulatlat.com A former commissioner of the Commission on Elections said that the issue of alleged fraud in the 2004 presidential election is not yet closed as documents on the alleged cheating were shown at a Senate hearing. A former commissioner of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said that the issue of…

BY ALEXANDER MARTIN REMOLLINO Bulatlat.com “People’s initiative is an idea that comes from the people, it is not an idea imposed on (them),” lawyer Mejol Sadain, who retired from the Commission on Elections (Comelec) last February, said in an interview with Bulatlat. “This thing they now call people’s initiative is actually a Palace initiative.” A…