By MARYA SALAMAT Bulatlat.com MANILA – The agricultural towns of Isabela hit the headlines last month when typhoons Pedring and Quiel and the dams in Luzon combined to inundate and damage the province’s nearly ripe crops. But according to the farmers here, even before Pedring and Quil, they have been grappling with other ongoing disasters,…
Month: October 2011
Mining companies attacked by the NPA resume operations through government support
By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO
“The people affected by mining has long been asking the government to side with them. It is obvious, however, that government is quicker to respond to the interests of mining companies.”
Government workers march to Mendiola, demand wage increase
By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO Bulatlat.com MANILA — A street sweeper for the Metro Manila Development Authority for roughly 26 years, Marcial Raba, 55, said he does not dream of getting rich. He only wants his family to have a decent meal thrice a day, and for his three children to finish their education. His…
Another victim killed in Arakan Valley
By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL
Ramon Batoy, 35, was killed a mere three days after Fr. Fausto Tentorio was killed also in Arakan Valley.
Budget cuts on incentive pay, an attack on workers rights – government employees
By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO Bulatlat.com MANILA — Government employees call on the Aquino administration to honor their incentive pay, as recognized in the Salary Standardization Law III. “We are almost at the level of paralysis because there is money that can be allocated for social services and to augment the poor living conditions of…
UN urges Obama to lift US blockade vs Cuba
By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com MANILA – In Cuba, children and adults suffering from malignant bone tumors have not been given functional treatments. Extendable prostheses used to replace bone parts during tumor surgery are sold by US companies. Until now, Cuba cannot use US dollars in its transactions, or freely import or export products, including…
Calls for justice echo as Fr. Pops was laid to rest
By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL
“Tentorio was “a good priest, a fervent believer who for many years served the people of the Philippines in a courageous and indefatigable way.” Pope Benedict XVI
Musings in the first hours following Fr. Pops murder?
BY CJ KUIZON Davao Today Main Story: Scholars to pursue legacy of Fr. Pops ARAKAN, NORTH COTABATO—“I thought he had a stroke.” Lucita Nombreda or Ate Cita was the first to discover the dead body of Italian missionary Fr. Fausto Tentorio, PIME. The 72-year-old caretaker of the convent compound was about to throw the garbage…
Scholars to pursue legacy of Fr. Pops
By MARIETA BASTE-HERNANI and MARILOU AGUIRRE-TUBURAN
“Father Pops told us, Jesus Christ sacrificed his life for the people. What about us humans? Can’t we sacrifice our lives for our fellowmen and women, too?”
Sidebar: Musings in the first hours following Fr. Pops murder?
Do we really want a just and lasting peace?
By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat.com The Aquino government, and the media have been declaring that it is committed to peace, especially after 19 soldiers were killed in a firefight in Albarka, October 18, and another seven more soldiers and policemen two days after in Zamboanga, Sibugay. Despite the calls from the hawks in government – remnants…
Five years passed, impunity still reigns, people still suffer
Press Release October 27, 2011 Five years ago, on October 26, my parents, Federico and Nelly Intise were abducted by armed men believed to be government operatives in General Santos City. Five years had passed now, I still worry, with dim hopes on their whereabouts, or if they’re still alive. This is my recollection while…