Month: October 2008

The Arroyo government is frantically working for an increase in the deployment of Filipino migrant workers in the Middle East to cushion the impact of the probable lay-offs and decrease in remittances of overseas Filipinos in the US and other counties hit hard by the financial crisis. But the Middle East, according to Migrante International…

Representatives of Protestant churches and indigenous peoples all over the world condemned the abduction of missing activist James Balao, an indigenous Ibaloi of Benguet, have called for a speedy investigation, and urged the government to locate and surface him. BY ARTHUR L. ALLAD-IW HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH Northern Dispatch Posted by Bulatlat BAGUIO CITY (246 kms.…

Delegates of the International Solidarity Mission (ISM) to Surface James Balao were frustrated and disappointed over government inaction in resolving the case of the missing activist. BY CYE REYES HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH Northern Dispatch Bulatlat LA TRINIDAD, Benguet (248 kms. North of Manila)—Delegates of the International Solidarity Mission (ISM) to Surface James Balao were frustrated…

Detained National Democratic Front consultant Elizabeth Prinsipe is heartened after an Ilocos regional trial court judge dismissed the rebellion charges against her and ordered her release. It’s one down, three more pending cases to go, for Prinsipe. BY ROD TAJON HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH Northern Dispatch Posted by Bulatlat CANDON CITY, Ilocos Sur (347 kms. north…

The view of women as sexual prey has always been present in military culture. Indeed, civilian women have been seen as sexual booty for conquering soldiers since the beginning of human history. So, it should come as no surprise that the sexual persecution of female soldiers has been going on in the armed forces for…

To compensate for the losses caused by corruption, Transparency International reports that an additional $45 billion would have to be invested over the next decade in order to reach the Millenium Development Goals, particularly increasing the access to safe water. BY RONALYN OLEA Bulatlat The Transparency International’s “Global Corruption Report (GCR) 2008: Corruption in the…