Day: February 11, 2011

In jail, maltreated, away from home and without any assistance from the government, these OFWs are no longer concerned about pursuing their dreams of escaping poverty. Their main concern now is to survive their ordeal and be able to go home to their families as free individuals.

Sidebar: Lawmaker Calls Attention to Increasing Number of OFW ‘Drug Mules’

“The issue of land and territorial domain is at the heart of the Moro conflict. The Moro home is encroached upon, divided for more than a century. To recover, secure and protect their remaining space is justified. The Moro could not accept to be squatters in their own land.” – Prof. Julkipli Wadi, dean of the University of the Philippines Institute of Islamic Studies.

Sidebar: Lessons from the Failure of the MOA-AD

By INA ALLECO R. SILVERIO MANILA — Gabriela Women’s Party Representative Luz Ilagan expressed disappointment after Malacañang reently announced that it is excluding the Reproductive Health Bill from the list of priority bills for 2011 because it does not fall under the category of disasters. Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda on February 7 said Malacañang…

By INA ALLECO R. SILVERIO MANILA — After their successful strike last year, members of the Bleustar Workers Labor Union (BWLU) face more challenges as the union prepares for a certificate election (CE) on February 18. This, despite finalizing a collective bargaining agreement with the management of the Bleustar Manufacturing and Marketing Corporation (BMMC).…

Fr. Joe Dizon of Pagbabago said the recent exposé on corruption in the military is another test for the current administration. “This is a golden opportunity to show that he (President Aquino) is serious (in fighting corruption).”

Sidebar: Cash Handouts in the Philippine Military

She became known as the small but firebrand speaker during the protest actions leading to the People Power II uprising that ousted then president Joseph Estrada. Protesters from all walks of life, from the urban poor to well-dressed women from the elite, went near the stage whenever she spoke during rallies.

By ALMA B. SINUMLAG Northern Dispatch Posted by MANKAYAN, Benguet — In sitio (subvillage) Tabbac, Bulalacao of this town, a month long barricade continues in opposition to the drilling activities of Goldfields. Support from the town’s neighboring villages, people’s organizations, and partylist group continue to reach the barricade site, which, according to residents, made…

By KIMBERLIE OLMAYA NGABIT-QUITASOL Northern Dispatch Posted by LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community of Cordillera rallied behind Bayan Muna Rep. Teddy Casiño, calling for the enactment of an anti-discrimination law. Lesbians for National Democracy (Lesbond) and Progressive Organizations of Gays-Metro Baguio (Progay) recently called on all LGBTs…