By WILLIAM RIVERS PITT truthout International Posted by Bulatlat.com The calendar has come around again to Thanksgiving, and families all over the country will be gathering around dinner tables to celebrate. Or try to, anyway. With unemployment above ten percent, and with actual unemployment closer to twenty percent, with foreclosures all over the place, with…
Month: November 2009
By PROF. JOSE MARIA SISON Chairperson International League of Peoples’ Struggle Posted by Bulatlat.com The International Coordinating Committee and all member-organizations of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS) condemn with all their moral conviction and strength the monstrous massacre of at least 57 people, including many women and children, 29 journalists and two human…
By CAROL PAGADUAN-ARAULLO Streetwise / Business World Posted by Bulatlat.com It was a carnage waiting to happen. In the wild, wild province of Maguindanao, ruled since 2001 by the Ampatuan clan, long-time political allies of de facto President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the Nov. 23 massacre of 57 people and counting, could be chalked up as another…
Guns and Goons
By ALEXANDER MARTIN REMOLLINO
“The MILF has no presence there, the place is near the checkpoints of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Citizen Armed Forces Geographical Unit (Cafgu), and is also near the Army station,” says the MILF’s Mohagher Iqbal. “So how could they accuse the MILF of having a hand in the massacre?”
Ni RAUL FUNILAS Inilathala ng Bulatlat Kung naging tingga at apoy ang ibinuga Ng aking nilabit na pluma at tinta Sa himagsikan kong nais ay pag-asang Mahango ang bayang nasadlak sa dusa’y Di na nagtagal pa ang digmang pakikibaka Sa mga kumupot sa paglayang sinisinta. Kung tumulad ako kay Andres Bonifaciong Laging hasa’y tabak sa…
By MARYA SALAMAT
Makabayan is a coalition of eight progressive party-list groups. Ocampo and Maza are running for Senate under Makabayan.
The unchecked rule of political warlords like the Ampatuans, army and police units like those controlled by President Arroyo’s mistahs, and warmongers in government like General Hermogenes Esperon and National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzales, make up a culture of tolerance for killings and contempt for the rule of law. Thus, this culture of impunity traces itself right back at the doorstep of Malacañang.
By CHERYLL D. FIEL
“The Ampatuan massacre goes beyond the issue of freedom of the press and of expression and strikes at the very foundations of democracy. This incident not only erases all doubts about the Philippines being the most dangerous country for journalists in the world, outside of Iraq, it could very well place the country on the map as a candidate for a failed democracy.”
By MARYA SALAMAT
Three big partylist groups have questioned the Comelec’s efficiency, fairness, accuracy and capacity to respect, uphold and promote the law, particularly that of the partylist system and in allowing representation for the marginalized.