Day: March 18, 2007

Extrajudicial executions, forced disappearances, political persecution, baseless accusations, and arbitrary arrest and detention have no place in a democracy. These are contradictory to it. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Norberto Gonzales, Raul Gonzalez, and the AFP cannot claim to be defending democracy, for they are a curse to it. BY BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat The May 2007 elections are…

Asserting his innocence and braving a police manhunt, Bayan Muna Representative Satur Ocampo accompanied by friends and supporters went to the Supreme Court on March 16 to ask that the “sham and fabricated” charges filed by the military against him be dropped. BY DABET CASTAÑEDA Bulatlat “I entrust myself to the wisdom and justice of…

The seven bodies found in an alleged mass grave in Inopacan, Southern Leyte which were being presented in the multiple murder case against Bayan Muna Representative Satur Ocampo, Jose Ma.Sison, Luis Jalandoni, Vicente Ladlad, Rafael Baylosis, Randal Echanis and several others have already been buried and used in a case somewhere else. BY KAREN PAPELLERO…

The Filipino people have been badly bruised so far by three repressive measures – the calibrated preemptive response policy (CPR), which discarded the maximum tolerance policy in dealing with protest actions; Presidential Proclamation No. 1017, which declared a “state of national emergency” throughout the country; and Executive Order No. 464, which prevented cabinet-level officials from…

BY ASIA PACIFIC MISSION FOR MIGRANTS Posted by Bulatlat The Malaysian government – already notorious for the way it treats migrant workers, especially undocumented migrants – is set to implement yet another anti-migrant program. This time though, the government is taking it to the extreme. Last month, the government issued a proposal to forcibly confine…

Ni Rey Tamayo, Jr. Inilathala ng Bulatlat Bagama’t malaya bilanggo ang isip Sa bangis ng takot na mula sa hukay; Ang hapong katawan ngayo’y ginigipit. O’ kasalanan ba maging taga-akay? Ng tunay na batas pilit pinapatay; Bagama’t malaya bilanggo ang isip. Sa minsang pagsigaw, paghingi ng gabay Ang naging kapalit hapdi n’ya ring latay; Ang…