Day: June 3, 2006

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo told the recent 27th National Conference of Employers that by working with her government, they can take the country to the “Enchanted Kingdom of First World Success.” But the country is nowhere near the road to success. On the contrary, it is well on the road to perdition. BY BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat…

BY ALEXANDER MARTIN REMOLLINO Bulatlat.com Posted 11:00 P.M., May 31, 2006 Journalists all over the country and friends from cause-oriented organizations wore black today in various protest activities to bid farewell to slain colleague Fernando “Dong” Batul, a commentator for DYPR in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. Batul was shot dead by two motorcycle-riding men at…

Bulatlat.com Posted 8:30 p.m., May 27, 2006 Noli Capulong, secretary general of the party-list group Bayan Muna, was killed near St. John Hospital in Barangay Parian, Calamba town in the province of Laguna (52 km south of Manila) today at around 6 in the evening. Dorris Cuario, secretary general of the human rights group Karapatan…

The tricycle is considered one of the most reliable transport vehicles not only in Cabugao, Ilocos Sur (433 kms north of Manila) where this picture was taken, but in most parts of the country. This is because of its capacity to traverse both asphalt and dirt road while carrying heavy loads. It can, however, become…

By Flon Faurillo / Bulatlat Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita and the top Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) have denied the role of state forces in the killings of political activists, which have continually escalated under the Arroyo regime. Malacañang’s denials came even as the Task Force Usig of the Philippine National Police has yet…

We detest the Arroyo government’s rejection of the report of the independent commission investigating the Lafayette mine spills in Rapu-rapu island. Blinded by the glare of mining investments, Arroyo is willing to sell out the environment and patrimony of the country for “30 pieces of silver”. We fear that Arroyo’s message tells mining companies that…

BY DENNIS ESPADA (Bulatlat.com) The police has filed criminal charges against President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s “heckler,” Cavite State University (CvSU) graduate Maria Teresa Pangilinan, even as Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez shelved his plan to sue her and called to lay to rest the issue. Imus, Cavite (23 kms. south of Manila) – The police has filed…

(Bulatlat.com) “The government should recognize the fact that there is insurgency because of social injustice and the inequitable distribution of economic resources in the country. It can only be solved by providing the poor long-term economic security,” said Jazmin Jerusalem, executive director of the Leyte Center for Development, Inc., a non-governmental organization. Tacloban City, Leyte…

BY JOHNNY FIALEN Northern Dispatch (Bulatlat.com) Abigail Cabbigat, 32, is a native of Lagawe, Ifugao. She spent two years in Hong Kong and 10 months in Lebanon as a domestic helper. She escaped on February 17 this year from her employer because of grave threats on her person and violation of her employment contract. She…

BY ARTHUR L. ALLAD-IW Northern Dispatch (Bulatlat.com) The lawyers of the 11 punks arrested last February in Buguias, this province while on their way to Sagada, Mountain Province may file a case of arbitrary detention against the Philippine National Police (PNP) officers and personnel who collared them, in addition with the criminal and administrative cases…

BY JHONG DE LA CRUZ (Bulatlat.com) Signs that Sulu is now on the way to recovery and development are yet to come, with random bombings and killings devastating this war-torn Southern Mindanao archipelago. “Unless the government begins reviewing its security policies and stop its overblown war against terrorism, Sulu will remain in its current state,…