By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld “Change” has been the mantra of all administrations since at least the Marcos period (1965-1986). Ferdinand Marcos vowed to “make this nation great again” when he was elected in 1965, and to “reform society and save the Republic” when he placed the entire country under martial law…
Month: July 2013
Preempting a firestorm of protest
By Carol Pagaduan-Araullo Streetwise | BusinessWorld The “Amboy” (American Boy) troika of President Aquino, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario is hard at work justifying renewed basing rights for the United States Armed Forces while making it appear that there is nothing new about what will be granted to the…
PH-Belgium trade pact likely to revive P18.7 B dredging project in Laguna Lake
Pamalakaya said the dredging is in preparation for the across-the-lake privatization and conversion of the 90,000-hectare lake.
Landgrabbing by multinational firms prevalent in underdeveloped countries – foreign activists
An international peasant workshop billed “Global Landgrabbing, Genuine Land Reform and Human Rights” concluded that lands in underdeveloped countries are being grabbed, at an alarming rate, by multinational corporations to maximize profits, thereby displacing thousands of communities and denying peasants their right to the land they till.
Kin, rights advocates hail junking of bail plea of Palparan’s co-accused
“The prosecution thus far had shown that evidence of guilt against the accused for said crimes is strong.” — Judge Teodora Gonzales of the Malolos Regional Trial Court Branch 14
Rights group decries irregularities in jail transfer of NDF consultant
The CHRA deemed that the transfer “is a ploy to disrupt the hearings of Bangibang’s cases and to lengthen his unjust detention.”
‘I should have remembered what my father wore on the day of his disappearance’
So meeting Samuel felt like meeting a brother whom I shared a similar childhood, having activist parents; and a shared pain of losing them. But more than that, it felt like meeting a comrade from the different side of the world, which I shared the same struggle with –the struggle for justice.
Labor dept hit for failing to protect steel workers
“It seems that not even death can force the labor department to speak up against capitalists.” – Joselito Ustarez, KMU vice-chairman
Policies outlined in President Aquino’s 4th SONA add to people’s burdens
By BENJIE OLIVEROS Analysis A lot has been said about President Benigno Aquino III’s fourth State of the Nation Address. Perhaps one of the most scathing remark came from Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago who likened the president’s speech to a college paper because as Senator Santiago said, a lot of footnotes were placed in the body…
European advocates urge EU to withdraw 10 M euro grant to Aquino government
The resolution passed by the International Conference on Human Rights and Peace in the Philippines cited the “failed justice program” of the Aquino government in calling for the aid’s withdrawal.