Month: February 2013

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat.com Pres. Benigno Aquino III has been so pleased with himself recently. Before the National Economic Development Authority released the country’s growth statistics for last year, President Aquino had already announced that it is something to be proud of, reportedly hovering around 6.6 percent. However, the hype of the Aquino government over…

By Carol Pagaduan-Araullo Streetwise | BusinessWorld The passage of the landmark Marcos human rights victims compensation bill or the “Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013” is a most welcome development even if reservations persist about how it will be implemented, once signed into law by President Benigno Aquino III, to the satisfaction…

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld With only six days of sessions left before the 15th Congress adjourns, and despite the optimism of Congressman Lorenzo (Erin) Tanada III, the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill was dead in the water as of this writing (January 24). Although the House Public Information Committee chaired by…

Press Release 30 January 2013 Taft, Manila— Members of the youth sector convened at the Iglesia Filipina Independiente for the launching of Rock the Vote Philippines, a youth network that advocates for clean, peaceful, and responsive elections. The delegates tackled pressing issues such as political dynasties, election-related violence, fraud, traditional politicians, and the usage of…

By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL
Exhibiting total disregard for the needs of typhoon victims and a strong bias against the poor, the Philippine National Police in Compostela Valley filed cases against eight leaders of typhoon victims who staged a protest action against the lack of distribution of relief goods in their area and to demand for a stop to large-scale mining and illegal logging activities.