Month: April 2008

On the brink of being executed, overseas Filipino worker (OFW) Rodelio “Dondon” Lanuza is frantically sending appeals through the email to be able to solicit support for the education of his two kids. BY AUBREY SC MAKILAN MIGRANT WATCH Bulatlat Vol. VIII, No. 9, April 6-12, 2008 On the brink of being executed, overseas Filipino…

The greatness of Carlos “Botong” Francisco and Lucio San Pedro becomes doubly admiring because their feet remained on the ground even after they had achieved iconic status. They mirrored and represented a generation of Angono whose parents – despite being fishermen, farmers and duck raisers – were trained and disciplined to value the meaning of…

Migrante fears that recruitment of OFWs bound for war-torn Iraq would intensify in the coming months as the U.S. State Department renewed its contract with Blackwater, a U.S.-based private contractor providing security to U.S. diplomats and personnel in Iraq. This, despite the existing ban on OFW deployments to Iraq, as, Migrante said, the POEA is…

The root of the problem that led to the rice crisis, rural backwardness, cannot be solved by sporadic solutions and releases of funds. It would necessitate a reversal of the economic programs and priorities of the government. BY BENJIE OLIVEROS ANALYSIS Bulatlat Vol. VIII, No.9, April 6-12, 2008 Supposedly, if the Arroyo government is to…

The failure of the Manila government to address the roots of armed conflict in the Philippines through peace negotiations has emboldened two armed political groups to raise the ante of their armed struggle against the seven-year-old presidency of Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. BY GERRY ALBERT CORPUZ Politics in Command / UPI Asia Online Posted by…

BY GERMELINA A. LACORTE Davao Today Posted by Bulatlat Vol. VIII, No. 9, April 6-12, 2008 DAVAO CITY – Pencils and notebooks made in Germany and Switzerland, durable umbrellas, raincoats as big as blankets because European sizes are almost twice as big as average Filipino sizes, used toys curiously making their way to the lumad…

The Philippines has become too dependent on food importation to make up for its shortfalls in domestic production and should reverse this trend. BY IBON FOUNDATION Posted by Bulatlat Vol. VIII, No. 9, April 6-12, 2008 The Philippines has become too dependent on food importation to make up for its shortfalls in domestic production and…

‘Bay fishers need livelihood, not casino’ The proposed establishment of a Las Vegas style casino and tourism complex in Manila Bay will trigger the displacement of small fishermen along the bay’s coastal areas from Pasay City to Cavite. This is because more eco-tourism projects and commercial establishments will be constructed to provide amenities to potential…