If there’s anything new that deserves much anticipation in 2010, it is the role to be played by reform-minded, cause-oriented groups and the “civil society” movement. Reforms that respond meaningfully to the demands for effective leadership and governance as well as wide-ranging social and economic reforms need a more assertive social movement.
Month: January 2010
By CAROL PAGADUAN-ARAULLO Streetwise / Business World Posted by Bulatlat.com The ongoing trial of foremost Maguindanao massacre suspect, Mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr., has raised hopes in some quarters that justice will be soon rendered to the 58 victims (57 whose remains have been found with 1 still missing). Four other Ampatuans including the patriarch, former…
Inilathala ng KADAMAY-Foreshoreland Pagpasok pa lamang ng taon, nagsimula na namang nag-iikot ang mga militar na nakadeploy sa komunidad ng maralita sa Baseco at pinupuntahan ang mga bahay ng mga lider-maralita. Ito ang aktwal na nararanasan ni G. Allan Monterde, tricycle driver, ikalawang Presidente ng Samahan ng Mamamayan sa Baseco at kasapi rin ng Kalipunan…
New Year, More Challenges
Big Brother Is Watching
By REP. RAYMOND PALATINO
Manny Villar’s brave decision to openly embrace a platform-based unity with the Left has smashed the taboo in Philippine politics. From now on, the participation of the Left will be expected in future electoral contests for top political posts.
Magtatapos na ang ika-sampung taon pagkapresidente ni Gloria Arroyo, at matatag ang kanyang kulturang kontribusyon. Kakaiba ang mga ito sa karanasan ng mga kamakailang presidente ng bansa. Ito ang pinakamasahol na kulturang kontribusyon ng anumang presidente sa kagyat na kasaysayan ng bansa. Lantaran naman ang gamit ng fasismo ng anumang rehimen pero ang kay Arroyo ang naghasik ng pinakabangkaroteng kulturang tahasang ginamit para sa politikal at ekonomiyang ganansya.
By MARYA SALAMAT
Human-rights violations in 2009 are “numerous and varied and no sector of society is exempted,” belying the Arroyo government’s claim that steps have been taken to improve the Philippine government’s human-rights record, according to Karapatan. And with Oplan Bantay Laya 2’s deadline in 2010 fast approaching, more abuses are certain to occur, it said.
Evacuees affected by the recent typhoon Ondoy (Ketsana) and Pepeng (Parma) welcome the new year in evacuation camps in Brgy. Dos, Calamba in Laguna. Due to damages brought about by the typhoons, over 1,000 families are still displaced and live in crowded evacuation centers. (Photos by Buck Pago / AKP Images)