Day: August 9, 2008

Hundreds of government employees, under the public sector union federation Confederation for Unity, Recognition and Advancement of Government Employees (Courage) trooped to the Petron gas station along Philcoa last Aug. 8 to protest the continued implementation of the 12-percent value-added tax (VAT) on oil and the Downstream Oil Industry Regulation Law and to demand the…

The collapse of the World Trade Organization (WTO) talks last week are pushing Japan to become even more aggressive in seeking bilateral and regional trade deals that advance its big corporate interests. BY IBON FOUNDATION Posted by Bulatlat Vol. VIII, No. 27, August 10-16, 2008 The collapse of the World Trade Organization (WTO) talks last…

“In the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement, particularly articles twenty-eight and twenty-nine in the agreement, outlines that huge fishing fleets from Japan will be allowed to explore our national waters in the Philippines, particularly our exclusive economic zones.” BY STEFAN CHRISTOFF Contributed to Bulatlat Vol. VIII, No. 27, August 10-16, 2008 Opposition to a bilateral trade…

The Philippines’ indigenous peoples – who comprise some 15 percent of the population and who are among the country’s poorest – have become more marginalized and impoverished under this government. BY ALEXANDER MARTIN REMOLLINO INDIGENOUS PEOPLES WATCH Bulatlat Vol. VIII, No. 27, August 10-16, 2008 When Mrs. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo delivered her State of the Nation…