Month: August 2007

Independent think-tank IBON Foundation calls on the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to spare consumers from yet another round of energy rate hikes by denying the Manila Electric Company (Meralco) its petition for tariff increases. BY IBON FOUNDATION Posted by Bulatlat Vol. VII, No. 26, August 5-11, 2007 Independent think-tank IBON Foundation calls on the Energy…

“We are concerned that the extrajudicial killings could be a conscious and systematic part of the Philippine government’s counterinsurgency program and that financial assistance from our government is being used to support, directly or indirectly, those within the PNP and AFP who are responsible for the killings” – U.S. legislators. BY BENJIE OLIVEROS HUMAN RIGHTS…

The specter of random arrests in connection with the July 10 beheading of 14 Marines in Al-Barka, Basilan following an encounter between the AFP and the MILF looms over the people of the said town. This is because the warrants of arrest issued for 130 suspected members of the MILF and the ASG alleged to…

A Philippine medical doctor and political activist is seeking political asylum in Canada after surviving a brutal attack on his family a year ago in the northern province of Kalinga in the Philippines. BY TED ALCUITAS HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH Contributed to Bulatlat Vol. VII, No. 26, August 5-11, 2007 VANCOUVER, B.C. CANADA – A Philippine…

The government’s Inter-Agency Task Force that once “burned the night lamp” if only to solve land disputes in Rizal town, Kalinga has been revived with the mission of rooting out the problem so that there will be no repeat of the June 25 carnage between “settlers” and policemen. BY ACE ALEGRE Contributed to Bulatlat Vol.…

The isolated hailstorm that hit a village in Baguio City Tuesday forebodes a stark reality – a dry spell ahead, an official of the PAGASA announced recently. BY ACE ALEGRE Northern Dispatch Posted by Bulatlat Vol. VII, No. 26, August 5-11, 2007 BAGUIO CITY (246 kms. north of Manila) – The isolated hailstorm that hit…

More than three-fourths of Filipinos rated themselves as poor in the latest survey conducted by independent think-tank IBON Foundation. BY IBON FOUNDATION Posted by Bulatlat Vol. VII, No. 26, August 5-11, 2007 More than three-fourths of Filipinos rated themselves as poor in the latest survey conducted by independent think-tank IBON Foundation. Results showed that 76.8…

More Filipinos were dissatisfied with the performance of President Gloria Arroyo, according to the latest IBON survey. BY IBON FOUNDATION Posted by Bulatlat Vol. VII, No. 26, August 5-11, 2007 More Filipinos were dissatisfied with the performance of President Gloria Arroyo, according to the latest IBON survey. In the July 2007 IBON Survey, conducted from…

Seven out of ten Filipinos gave President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo a failing grade in her anti-corruption efforts, according to the latest IBON Survey. BY IBON FOUNDATION Posted by Bulatlat Vol. VII, No. 26, August 5-11, 2007 Seven out of ten Filipinos gave President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo a failing grade in her anti-corruption efforts, according to the latest…

Recent trends reveal a new, more disturbing facet of call center employment: members of the academic community, students, graduates, and now, even the faculty, are leaving the university to work in such agencies because of the attractive pay BY MICAELA PAPA AND JERRIE M. ABELLA Philippine Collegian Posted by Bulatlat Vol. VII. No. 26, August…