Month: February 2011

According to Migrante International, 105 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are stranded at the Amal Area oilfields amid violent clashes in Libya. 47 OFWs are also stranded at the Algerian border because they were not allowed to pass through due of lack of documents. (Photo courtesy of Migrante International /

The family and relatives of slain botanist Professor Leonard Co and their supporters, led by groups Advocates of Science and Technology for the People (Agham) and the Justice for Leonard Co Movement, successfully conducted a forum-fundraising activity dubbed “Lugawan for the Justice for Leonard Co campaign” on Friday in Balay Kalinaw, University of the Philippines (UP) in Diliman. All the funds generated by the ‘lugawan,’ will be used to pursue the legal case the family filed. By INA ALLECO R. SILVERIO /

Finally the congressional move to oust Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez (for the second time since 2009) has regained momentum. With the new administration’s avowed war against corruption and its majority control of the House, the militant party-list representatives hope the impeachment game will be played fairly this time. Nonetheless, they don’t rule out delaying tactics by the Ombudsman and her backers in the House. By SATUR C. OCAMPO

After watching the video, which was widely circulated on Facebook, many expressed shock and outrage, denouncing the Armed Forces of the Philippines as human-rights violators, while others simply commented how difficult it is to look at the video and not cry with anger.

Esmeraldo Bardon, one of the four detained activists, told that his incarceration made him more resolute in fighting for the interest of farmers and the Filipino people. “Although we were detained, our principles remain firm. Instead of being cowed in fear, the farmers vigorously campaigned for our release.”

MANILA — A migrant group in the Middle East believes that officials of the Philippine embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, duped an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) rape victim into believing that her case was weak and that it was to her interest to settle it “amicably.” Migrante International-Middle East regional coordinator John Leonard Monterona, said…

By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL MANILA — Contrary to the festive celebration being sponsored by the Aquino government, various cause-oriented groups marked the 25th anniversary of People Power I uprising with a protest against price increases. Members of people’s organizations under the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan or New Patriotic Alliance) marched along Epifanio delos…