Month: August 2007

The fascist mindset of the Arroyo government is reflected in the logic of Marikina City Mayor Marides Fernando, in justifying urban militarization, that “order precedes peace.” That is the logic of the all-out wars in Central Luzon, Southern Tagalog, Bicol, Samar and Leyte, Cagayan Valley, CARAGA region, among others, and recently in Basilan and Sulu.…

An increase in U.S. military assistance results in a corresponding increase in the number of human rights violations. During the Marcos dictatorship, the unprecedented amount of military assistance given to the government went to the persecution of people and mounting human rights violations. This is what is happening also under Arroyo. BY DR. RAINER WERNING…

There is no existing law in the Philippines criminalizing enforced disappearances. While Republic Act No. 7438 guarantees the rights of persons arrested, detained or under custodial investigation, it does not punish perpetrators of enforced disappearances. Victims of enforced disappearances are denied the protection of the law. BY EMILY VITAL HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH Bulatlat Vol. VII,…

A regional trial court in Cebu dismissed for “utter lack of probable cause” trumped-up charges filed by the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP) and the Philippine Army’s 78th Infantry Battalion against 27 activists and four other individuals. BY KAREN PAPELLERO Bulatlat Vol. VII, No. 29, August 26-September 1, 2007 CEBU…

The Arroyo government has been keeping a secret political “list” of foreign nationals and some Filipinos residing abroad whom it doesn’t like. These foreign nationals have either joined human rights missions to the Philippines, signed petition letters demanding an end to extrajudicial killings, wrote about the government’s corrupt practices, lobbied their governments to end support…

Election Commissioner Nicodemo Ferrer totally missed the point when he told reporters last week that the Commission on Elections en banc is considering to file electoral sabotage charges against at least two media executives for “spreading false news, false comment that diminish the credibility of Comelec.” Ferrer was alluding to media reports of massive fraud…

NI RAUL FUNILAS Inilathala ng Bulatlat Vol. VII, No. 28, August 19-25, 2007 Dilang nag-aalab ang dulo ng baril, At espadang gasang sa muog ng buhay; Kapingkia’y kapwa Pilipinong tunay Igting ng labana’y maraming nakitil. Liyab nitong apoy ay hindi mapawi, Angaw ang nagdusa na ating kapatid; Ang bayan ni Huwan ay palaging sawi Na…

Congress remains the stronghold of traditional politics, now shored up by the increasing presence of certain elitist Party list groups. This is a long way off the charter-based principle of guaranteeing the marginal sectors’ representation in the lawmaking body. BY THE CENTER FOR PEOPLE EMPOWERMENT IN GOVERNANCE (CenPEG) Posted by Bulatlat Vol. VII, No. 28,…

The government-set dialogue between the Philex Mining Corporation and the indigenous residents of this town and Itogon failed due to the mining company’s “arrogance,” a community leader said. The dialogue was intended to address issues concerning indigenous communities’ rejection of Philex’s mining permit application. BY LYN V. RAMO Northern Dispatch Posted by Bulatlat Vol. VII,…