Day: February 23, 2008

The Arroyo government and its allies say that the Filipino people are tired of people power. Does this mean that the Filipino people are tired of condemning massive electoral fraud, putting a stop to extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances, resisting repression, fighting corruption, struggling against hunger and poverty? That is wishful thinking on the part…

Philippine sugar industry leaders have recently intensified calls and lobby work to exempt local sugar from the compulsory tariff reduction program under the ASEAN Free Trade Agreement (AFTA). The AFTA seeks to eliminate all tariffs on imported sugar by 2010. BY KARL G. OMBION Bulatlat Vol. VIII, No. 4, February 24-March 1, 2008 BACOLOD City…

This year’s RP-U.S. Balikatan military “exercises” in Sulu, Basilan, Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, and North Cotabato start just shortly after two sexual assaults by U.S. troops in Okinawa, Japan – in which one of the victims was a Filipina. They also come less than three years after a Filipina was raped by U.S.…

By dabet castañeda HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH Bulatlat Vol. VIII, No. 4, February 24-March 1, 2008 The intensifying militarization of Quezon province has forced 69 individuals to leave their homes and livelihood and literally run for their lives during the last quarter of 2007. Tales of fathers and mothers being harassed and taken to military camps…

BY THE EDUCATORS’ FORUM FOR DEVELOPMENT DEMOCRATIC SPACE Posted by Bulatlat Vol. VIII, No. 4, February 24-Marcy 1, 2008 Crisis in the Philippine education sector is deepening as manifested by high dropout rate, deteriorating quality, rising resource shortages, and intensifying exploitation of teachers. And yet the highest officials of the country are embroiled in billion-peso…